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DPM Update – 2016 November

4 Nov

Dear Friends

Grbabies on the way
We found out recently that Markus & Allison… and John & Cheryl are both having sons.  More boys, YAY!  Long live the Hendrickson name!  🙂  So in January, we’ll have a total of seven grand-children, all four years old and under.  Wow!!  Now that’s what I’m talking about. p-1824-636_grandkids

Crazy Testimony!!
John and Cheryl just had an amazing God-thing happen in their lives.  They now own and live in a house about 1 block from us.  You will love reading about this crazy cool God-story (click here).

Click here for more short and encouraging testimonies.

Real-time healing
This audio recording is of a man making a public speech at the very moment he was healed of a voice debilitation.  He had sought medical help for years to no avail.  Go to about [4:30] in this audio clip to begin… and somewhere around [6:30] the healing occurs.  The theology expressed is questionable, but our good God just loves to show off (Click here).

Recent ministry trips
In October I was asked to co-speak with Ray Hughes at Culture Changers Conference in Joplin, MO.  He’s a blast and the presence worship was great.

Several weeks ago, Debbie and I made an 11-day ‘exploratory’ trip to visit friends in Evergreen, Colorado Springs, Ft Collins and Parker, Colorado and Laramie, Wyoming.  Of course it was great to connect on their turf!!!  But to also connect with their friends, groups and churches, just made it that much better.  End result is, we’re confident we’ll be going back to do more of the God-stuff with our friends.

An unexpected joy was meeting my distant relative Ellen Buck, in Ft Collins and enjoying God together in one of the meetings.

Last week, Debbie and I spent 4 days in Chicago at the Face to Face HUB conference.  Always fresh and free… a little ‘shake and bake’ and SO MUCH FUN.  We helped lead worship times and prayer times.

Next weekend I’m back in SW Wisconsin for a men’s retreat.  Everyone needs a get-away like this… and God always does something very special.

The following week, it’ll be a blast joining our family and extended family in Branson for a 5-day reunion. 

Presidential election
As you know, a most critical election is upon us.  I have no problem saying these two candidates and party platforms are starkly opposite in most every way.  And even though both candidates are flawed, it’s blatantly clear which platform supports our Judeo-Christian heritage.  In a break from my norm, I decided to make postings for one week only, of ‘the way I see it’.  If you’re interested, read my Facebook posts this last week before elections. This election is huge!

Lance Walnau on Trump
Lance is a well-respected man of God and very savvy on the global scene.  This 27 minute video will offer some insights you may not have considered about Donald Trump as a unlikely tool in the hand of God.

He just published a book: “God’s Chaos Candidate: Donald J. Trump and the American Unraveling” by Lance Wallnau.  Read the first chapter of his book for free here.  Or purchase it on Amazon here.

Happy voting!

Our love to each one of you!!!
Mark and Debbie

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KC, MO 64131
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DPM Update – 2016 August – More Big News

7 Aug

Dear Friends

John & Cheryl – another baby13872911_10154211768695202_2827570913943736346_n
More amazing news!  The grands are popping like rabbits.  John and Cheryl are expecting baby #4 next February.  Can you believe it, Debbie and I will have a total of 7 grandkids 4 years old and under. Yay for the grands!!

He-Man Campers, Intl – Alert!!  
The he-men, she-women and small fry will rendezvous for our yearly gathering NEXT WEDNESDAY!!!  Aug 10-13 is almost upon us!  Be advised of the new location:  Just south of Joplin, MO.  A small river runs beside the property… that means, swimming, floating and a rope swing out over the water.  And with so many worship radicals attending we’re going to have worship in the open air chapel.  We also have bathrooms and showers this year… YAY!  There’s even a kitchen to cook food… for some of the campfire-challenged chefs.  Playground equipment will entertain the small fry.  And for the tent-challenged newbies, there are a few bunks available in the lodge… bring your own bedding.  We’re gonna have a blast.  Remember: it’s NEXT WEEK!!!  For more info: (click here)

Upgraded prayer
A small group of veteran pray-ers started gathering earlier this year and began seriously focusing on praying more theologically appropriate prayers.  Hmmmm.  That sounds heavy duty doesn’t it?  Well, all it really means is praying the way our bibles read in the New Covenant.  We’ve discovered that we pray far more inappropriate prayers than we could hardly believe.  We had to unlearn Old Covenant models of begging… in favor of praying:

From the finished work of the cross
From Heaven versus from earth

From victory versus for victory

You see, when we pray, “When will You rend the Heaven’s and come down”, it’s outdated by about 2000 years.  Jesus already did that!  Praying to a God afar off… must be replaced with praying from our exalted position of being seated in the Heavenlies with Christ and inside of God.  Remember, Jesus said, “It is finished”, so we must begin thinking and praying like it really is finished… meaning we must begin to thank Him and prophesy Father’s will into existence.  We must see ourselves as fully empowered with all of His Kingdom available to us.

I realize that most of us wrestle mightily with insecurity when it comes to God’s love… fearing that we’ve fallen out of His love by some infraction… or major sin.  This tends to keep us in fear and ‘at a distance’ from God, such that we have difficulty praying with any degree of confidence.

Here’s a major insight: If we ever pray with any trepidation or fear of God, or if we ever doubt His good will toward us… then we automatically know that we don’t really know Father’s love well enough, because, “Knowing His love perfectly, drives out all fear.”  You see, His love for us has nothing to do with our works (good or bad) or the lack of them. It’s not by works of righteousness which we have done…” , so we must learn how to  “…come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

We must deal militantly with old covenant paradigms and fear based thoughts and prayers. We must …demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.  But be advised: This is much harder than it seems!  For one week try only praying/prophesying Father’s will from your Heavenly position toward your earthly situations.  Old default and automatic prayer rhetoric will try to dominate your mind and vocabulary… and will try to violate your position of faith.  It’s crazy how much our minds have become saturated with outdated patterns of thought!

Anyway, we experienced about 2 months of awkward prayers because our ‘CPU’s’ were maxing out trying to replace our overly familiar inappropriate prayer paradigms with upgraded but as yet unfamiliar prayer vocabulary.  But eventually we began to experience some amazing and refreshing anointed prayer meetings.   Now that we’ve created a little beachhead of upgraded praying, we’re beginning to open up this prayer meeting to others.  It’s been good!

Want some homework?  Try this: Ask yourself what Father’s will is regarding your situation.  Got it?  Now picture yourself seated/hidden in Christ… and begin praying from your Heavenly position toward your earthly circumstances.  There are only two appropriate postures now: thanking and prophesying.  Enjoy your workout.  🙂

OK… I’ll help get you started.  First, notice that there is no begging… nor is there any asking, in this prayer… because we confidently believe that whatever Father has already told us, is really true.  Now, let’s say that you need a breakthrough… and since we already know, “He’s given us everything pertaining to life and godliness”, then we say,

“Father I’m not sure about all the future details of this story, but I’m confident that it has a fantastic outcome because You and I are writing a powerful living epistle with my life.  I’m learning to be secure in Your love and co-labor with You by prophesying into my situations… just like my brother Jesus, would do.  So I declare that breakthroughs and provision will come forth to fulfill Your will and all of my needs “according to Your riches in glory”.  And any resistances that would be a barrier to that process must fall and be gone, in Jesus’ name.  Father, I’m delighted to be in this story-writing process with You.  You and I make a great partnership.  Thank You for all the past trophies of breakthroughs that fill the ‘mantle’ of my life.  You are a great Father!  When we talk about this again later today, I’ll tell You a couple of those trophy stories, because I know You love hearing my grateful heart.  In the meantime, I thank You for another powerful victorious story in the making.  Amen”

Video of miracles in Sweden
You’ve seen the powerful movies; Furious Love, Finger of God, Father of LightsHoly Ghost and Holy Ghost Reborn… well here’s another radical movie by a completely different ministry from Sweden.  It’s about 100 mins long and has dozens of real time powerful and bonafide healings, baptism of Holy Spirit, believable deliverances with God-signs and radical salvations.  This is not a re-inactment or hype… just real ‘on the street’ God encounters of the radically impacting kind.  Don’t be surprised if your heart does ‘strange’ things.  🙂  I highly recommend The Last Reformation – The Beginning (2016) – FULL MOVIE!  It’s free!

Just for fun
Watch this young boy try to demonstrate how God’s power is “stronger than the world” (Just over a minute of video fun)

Appreciation for you!
Thank you for winning over lower mindsets and training your heart to hear and obey His voice.  Thank you for becoming a ‘self feeder’ as you’ve learned to ‘dig’ for your own fresh spiritual water and food.  Thank you for being a Life source and Light bearer to your world.  You are a great delight to your Heavenly Father.

Everywhere Debbie and I go, your hearts are so warm and full of love.  Thank you for how you graciously care for us and inspire us!  We truly love you!!!

Much Grace to you and yours!
Mark and Debbie
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DPM Update – 2016 June – Big News!

23 Jun

Dear Friends

Big news!
There is a new human being on planet Earth… Charles Lee Shaw is the newborn son of Chris and Charlie1Lydia Shaw.  Mama, baby and Daddy are doing just fine. They’re back home and now discovering the joys of parenting.  And speaking of parenting: Can you believe it, our baby just had a baby?  How does that happen!  BTW…both grandfathers have the middle name; ‘Lee’.  It’s pretty cool to have my name carried on.

Debbie and I were in Redding, CA to welcome our new family member.  While there, Debbie did things that mothers do… attending to Lydia’s needs, cooking, cleaning, and smooching on Charlie… and she’s staying an extra week in Redding.  I did the ‘daddy do’ things, plumbing repairs, car repairs, fix-it things… and agreed with the mothers about how cute Charlie is. 

More big news!
And speaking of really ‘grand’ children, Debbie and I will have another ‘grand’ addition to our family next January.  Markus and Allison cid:image004.jpg@01D1CCE6.88B6A2B0Hendrickson are expecting their second child. We’re so excited for them!  We were Skyping with them a while ago when we realized that Avalee’s shirt said, “Big Sister”.  Surprise!  It took us about 10 minutes for the meaning of the shirt to sink in.  Kids!!!  They’re always coming up with some way to pull a fast one over on their parents.  Keeps life interesting and fun.   
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While in Redding, I climbed a couple mountains (a 2000’ and a 5000’ climb).  What’s a dad to do when his son and daughter-in-love are in training for a scheduled 7000’ climb to the top of 14,000’ Mt Shasta this Saturday?  I had to join them, of course.  What kind of dad would I be if I couldn’t keep up with my son?  O, the ramifications are horrible!  🙂  And besides, every mountain I’ve ever seen has begged me to conquer it… so we conquered at least two of them.  It was very rewarding in lots of ways… family time and stunning views… and I still have aching muscles.  But it was well worth it!  So I’m ready for more mountains… natural and spiritual… because that’s just what pioneers live to do.

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During our two weeks there, I helped lead a couple house churches and a monthly pastors meeting in Anderson, CA.  And Father’s Day just happened to occur while we were there… (Hmmm, I wonder who planned that???)  It was a great day with family and friends.

Angels are real!
Did you know that angels love when you talk about them and celebrate their ministry to us?  Well, here’s a cool story about an angel that seems to indicate just that. 

One morning I was meeting at a coffee shop with my friend Paul, and his son Jarius.  Our conversation gravitated to angel activities and applauding their attendance in our lives.  We actually experienced a little ‘God-swirl’ while talking.  The time came to leave to drive to Paul’s job nearby… a flip-house he had bought 2 weeks earlier.  As we left the coffee shop, I said, “Let’s see if we can find an angel on your job.”  I was half joking… but I’m convinced more and more that we should expect and integrate with our cid:image010.jpg@01D1CCE6.88B6A2B0angels’ presence around us.  cid:image012.jpg@01D1CCE6.88B6A2B0

The house was in the middle of serious remodel – tear out, rebuild, drywall/mud and paint – from top to bottom.  When we walked into a basement room, I exclaimed, “Paul! What is that up in the corner?”  It was an angel figurine.  To which he exclaimed, “I can’t believe it, I’ve been in here for two weeks and haven’t seen that angel!”  We both were taken aback at the remarkable timeliness of that angel when we said not more than 20 minutes before that we were going to see if we could find an angel on the job.  And how often do you even see an angel figure of any kind?  So cool!

Did a previous owner hang it and the angel was kept hidden from Paul until we could see it together and give it more gravity of meaning from our recent conversation?  Or did an angel create it in the minutes before we entered the room – complete with cobwebs – in order to confirm and validate our subject of angels?  I really don’t know.  But in any case, it caused our hearts to soar in faith for even more integration and participation with our “fellow servants”, the angels (Rev 19:10).

Exciting changes
This is an exciting time of great spiritual discoveries and growth.  I hope that you are right smack dab in the middle of the Good Stuff.  God is big… and He’s so good… and He’s delighted to give us the Kingdom! (Lk 12:32)  What a God!!

We love you!
Mark and Debbie

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KC, MO 64131
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DPM Update – 2016 February

5 Feb

Dear Friends

Holiday family time
It was tons of fun having all of our kids and grandkids home for the holidays.  We’re so proud of them all!  

Clouds have silver linings
We didn’t have a white Christmas but we finally got some snow a few days later.  Which led to someone plowing into our minivan and totaling it.  Nobody hurt!  But as adventures in God go… just a little cash added to the insurance settlement and we were ‘back in business’ with an upgraded minivan.  God… He’s the best!!

New year fun already
We spent most of our time near home from Thanksgiving until after New Year’s Day.  And it was a needed respite, as we had traveled quite a bit from summer to mid-November.  But since New Year’s Day, we’ve been to sunny San Diego for a semi urgent God-mission… and then to the blizzard-ly Nordt Country on one of my ‘Holy Spirit’ tours. 🙂  God-missions are always exhilarating and rewarding. 

The will of the Father
Jesus said in John 4, “My food is to do the will of the Father.”  And it’s really true from our experience. 

It really doesn’t matter where you are   IF   your satisfaction and contentment is not derived from things and comfort zones.  Paul said it this way, “I’ve learned to be content in whatever state I find myself.”  And “Godliness with contentment is great gain.”  And, “I am all things to all men in order that I might win some.”  You see, Paul had matured to the point that life wasn’t about Paul.  He had learned to find his happiness in Someone higher.  

If ‘self’ is the center of our universe, then life becomes very small awfully quick.  We get bored with ‘self’… and then we get frustrated when others are not serving my ‘self’… which leads to a rocky life and relationships.  But when our objective is to frequently hear the much coveted, “Atta boy” from Father, then as often and wherever that occurs, that place has all the richness of ‘home’, at least for that period of time.  So really, home becomes where the “Atta boy” is.  And as long as we’re following Him wherever He leads… and eagerly saying “Yes” to His promptings, then life is an adventure of joys in a ‘home’ as big as this world… and beyond. 

Actually Buzz Lightyear got it right as he motivated us to go, “To infinity and beyond.”  Or if Buzz doesn’t inspire you, maybe John Wesley will when he said, “All the world is my parish.”   Just think of it… there are no limits to one’s happiness when our home is wherever He is… no matter what country we find ourselves in.  We live in a great country… Kingdom country, that is!

Grandbaby Hendrickson #5 is on his way
Announcing: Chris and Lydia have just passed ½ way on the way toward a home full of baby cries, diapers, coos, snuggles and joy.   Baby Shaw is due sometime in June. 

Take a de-stressor ‘pill’
Try this 1 minute video of pure relaxing… you may want to watch it twice.  I’m sure you Apple people will excuse the Android logo at the end.  🙂

Our love and blessings!!
Mark and Debbie

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Hendrickson
11011 Olive St
KC, MO 64131
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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2016!!!

24 Dec

 

From our home to yours
Merry Christmas… and a very blessed New Year!
Mark and Debbie and family

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Once upon a time in a land far, far away, a very average young couple gave birth to a healthy baby.  Nothing much different here.  And that birth might have shepherds281112_02passed as your garden variety normal birth, if it hadn’t been for the shepherds and wise men who began to show up.pppas0071

 Even though Mary had been pondering all those ‘crazy’ visits from angels, can you hear her asking, “What’s compelling these people to come see our baby?”

 But what she may not have understood at the time, is that every person wants see a real expression of God in their world.  So when the wise men and shepherds saw the supernatural indicators (star and angels) faith rose in their hearts and desire compelled them.  They believed that they could have an encounter with Him for themselves.

 Wise men and women still seek Him… and find that He’s always been closer than they ever expected. 

I love those who love me, and those who search for me find me.” – Prov 8:17

Thank you for your love and care for us!  We’re so proud of your courageous lives and the testimonies you share.
A blessing: May brand new and exhilarating breakthrough be yours this 2016 New Year!


And here’s something just for grins:

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DPM Update – 2015 December

4 Dec

Dear Friends

The Adventure
Wow, it’s been awhile since we’ve sent a DPM update.  Lots has happened.  In fact, this Summer and Fall has been one of our busiest.  We’ve served at a WYAM DTS and 3 or 4 area churches for about 10 days near Calgary, Canada, have been to California 3 times, to the Nordt country (WI & MN) several times, to Morningstar and many day-trips around our home region… we even led a several night meeting in my two home towns (Dallas City and Pontoosuc, IL) in August.  That was so much fun… after being gone for 40 years.  You can find our past and future itinerary, here.

One of the reasons you haven’t received many DPM updates is because I’m posting more of my inspirations and updates on my blog, ‘Beyond The Map’.  I’ve given it that title because ‘normal’ can sometimes feel very predictable… so I must commit to living Beyond The Map.  That’s what keeps me alive.  In other words, if I only do what I did yesterday, then I don’t grow… because my faith muscle never get exercised.  So I’m learning to live dependent, not upon what I know, but on His leading and His empowerment beyond my knowledge or ability.  This is wildly fun territory, filled with the richest of rewards.

Testimonies
We’ve collected some really cool testimonies along the way.  To read of healing, life transformation and supernatural provision stories, click here.

Supernatural Provision book
To get your own copy of Supernatural Provision, click here.  We fulfilled the original contract of 5000 books and are well into the next contract.  All the books have been given away free gratis (except for sharing the cost of shipping).  Of course you can always purchase it in hardcopy or kindle format on Amazon, or from any of the online bookstores.  I’m totally amazed at how God has supplied the necessary funds for us to purchase and give them away.   But He’s just that GOOD… and more!!!  If you would like to follow SP on Facebook click here.

Beyond the Map – my blog
I’d like to invite you to subscribe to my blog, Beyond the Map.  You’ll find several hundred posts of insights, testimonies, quotes, family matters, audios, etc.  There’s something for everyone… just search by category… or by a specific word.  And like our DPM Updates, we have never asked for money.  Our hope is that our communications would never ‘take from you’ or even ask from you, but rather, create inspiration and give encouragement to you, making you feel empowered to fulfill all of your God-given dreams.

Sign up
To follow Beyond The Map blog, click here.  Then add your email address to the “Follow” box on the right side of the page… OR… click on the red “RSS – subscribe” icon.  You will then receive every new blog post.  And of course, if this doesn’t interest you… or you just don’t have time for another email in your Inbox, then just ignore this invitation.  I totally understand.

Home for a while
Debbie and I have no plans for major travel through the whole month of Dec and most of Jan.  More grandkids times… and friends, discipling, day ministry trips, etc.  It’s just so good to ‘flow’ with the seasons of God.  His yoke is easy and His burden is light… and He knows when we’re to run and when we’re to rest.  He’s the best administrator and booking agent.   If we move with Him… it’s ‘easy peasy, lemon squeezy’.   🙂

You are Champions!
Thank you for each and every testimony of your valiant overcoming lives.  We sincerely thank you for your love and care for us.  You truly inspire us.   You are an inspiration to many more people than you know.  And you are more dynamic than you think you are.  Not only is heaven lovingly watching, but your friends and neighbors are watching and wishing that they had the ‘guts’ to do what you are doing.  You are making Jesus proud!!!!   We declare much grace to you and yours!

Lots of love
Mark and Debbie

PS  Web locations where you can find us:
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Dwelling Place Ministries
Hendrickson
11011 Olive St
KC, MO 64131
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Blog: www.marklhen.wordpress.com
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DPM Update – 2015 April

27 Apr

Dear Friends

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Europe 2015
What a blast!  Four countries in five weeks:  Norway, England, Wales and Switzerland.  All but one of our hosts have been in our home in KC sometime in the last few years… and all were over-the-top gracious when we were in their home.  This was definitely a God trip, as we can see the fingerprints of God throughout.  We were in about 30 meetings in 34 days… so it was full, it was a wild ride, it was heavenly, it was full of love (both given and received) and it was extremely rewarding.  When we think of all the lives we personally touched with a hug, a prophetic word, worship time, preaching, remembrance of their name, a laugh, time of tears, or a time of counseling… it’s a little overwhelming to comprehend how God let us personally touch so many of His people with His love.  God is so good that His resources of love are never exhausted.  I’ve gotta believe that Heaven’s ‘bank accounts’ are a little richer for all the love exchanged. 

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Beautiful!!!  Fjords, sheer vertical mountain sides, snow-capped mountain tops, beautiful green deep valleys, the land of tunnels (we drove through over 100 and the world’s longest), whole cities without stop signs in favor of round-a-bouts, crystal clear streams, grass roofs, and quaint old-world architecture and style buildings.   All these make Norway a spectacular place to see.   But surprising to me was that most believers we met were lovers of Holy Spirit freedom… which made it a ton of fun for us.  A four-day “Outcry” conference, Jesus Fellowship church, house churches and one day of teaching at Veien Bible school gave us many opportunities and great pleasure to be a catalyst for freedom and joy.  A great big “Thank you” to our hosts, Oystein & Sigrid Hilleren and Bruce & Ellen McKibben!!!

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England was a place for Debbie and I to rest and relax.  We spent parts of two days in London on a whirlwind date… saw many of the major sites, mastered The Tube and double-decker bus system and of course, we had to eat traditional fish-n-chips and meat pie at the pub!  Then we were guests in Paul & Michelle Gaskin’s Bristol home where we had an easy schedule of rest, relaxing and sight-seeing… with the exception of one afternoon and evening of meetings.  Easter Sunday morning, we enjoyed the liturgy of a formal Anglican church as Paul’s daughter was baptized.  A warm “Thank you” to Paul & Michelle!!!

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This land is rife with recorded revivals extending back for over 1000 years.  My mind staggers at the extent of God’s intervention in mankind’s history here.  All of the UK and Europe are like a modern Bible of visitations of God.  Our time in Wales was rich with spiritual refreshing and renewal for us; from visiting Ffald-y-Brenin (a current revival hotspot), to visiting two chapels where Evan Roberts had his historical experiences in 1904 that changed eternity for thousands. (We won’t be the same… there’s so much more I’d love to say about that!)  Then we settled into a sleepy little town of Presteigne were we integrated into very rural life with hikes through pastures full of sheep and shops that still operate in old-world style. Very enjoyable. We also shared in several meetings and discovered that God has on-fire people everywhere.  One of our meetings was in a 400 year old pub. That night the ‘drinks’ were on the house… God’s house!  As far as our hosts could determine, Presteigne had not experienced a Holy Spirit evening like this for longer than anyone knew.  We’re so privileged to be a part of God’s love expressed on earth!!!  A very grateful “Thank you” to our hosts, Dick & Gladys Funnell and Jon & Anne Judson.

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We were welcomed graciously and warmly… then immediately we stepped into nine days of a fairly full schedule. Our schedule was rewarding in many ways… from just good fun, to awe inspiring stunning scenery of majestic snow-capped jagged mountains and tranquil green valleys, to many divine appointments where hearts were melted and wonderfully massaged by the love of God.  This is a very noble culture, but lacks expressed love, which makes for a most wonderful God-moment when the authentic love of God is felt.  This proved true many times… as evidenced by so many tears that it’s impossible to tell of all the experiences.  A three-day spiritual retreat, several house churches and small groups gave many opportunities for personal touch and affection.  Do you think Jesus loves this?!?!  Otto & Helen Leuthold, Walter Hegetschweiler & Marianne Frei, and Salvi & Marinella Greco & family were all amazing gracious hosts… “Thank you, SO very much!!”

Switzerland has 4 official languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh.  Then to make matters more confusing, German has a high and low version which are VERY different from the other.  In addition, most everyone speaks some English.   So literally this country speaks 6 languages.  Wow, crazy, but everyone seems to make it work.

Overview…
It was a huge blessing that most people in each country spoke at least a little English… and many are quite fluent.  We strongly felt the pleasure of Heaven throughout the whole trip.  The favor from people and impact in people’s lives was much more than we could have ever expected!  What an honor to love Jesus’ bride and give her hope and a personal ‘kiss’ from Him.  We can truly say that we have richer hearts for giving love away.  Sounds like Jesus in John 4:34 when He said, “My food is to do the will of the Father.”  In other words, when we do His will, it will be food (’nutrition’) to us. 

So now, let us have a week or so of ‘sabbath’ at home… and to see our family… then we’ll be ready to do it again… somewhere on the earth… and in God’s timing, I’m confident we’ll be back in Europe.  Your prayer ‘cover’, support and care were hugely appreciated.  Thank you all SO very much!! 

To view pics of our travels, visit our Facebook page and click on the Europe 2015 photo album.

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Speaking of family, our daughter Lydia is planning a trip with a team to Chennai, India…  May 8-16.  They will be teaching worship music, art, singing, dance and prophecy 4-6 hours each day… with children outside of the orphanage in the mornings… and in the afternoons, to children who live in the Children’s House of Prayer.  About 300 children are going to receive the love of Jesus in a personal way.  Thank you for keeping Lydia and team in your prayers.  For more info or to watch live, see: http://chopnetwork.org  (Pic – Lydia on an Africa mission trip)

With our love and blessings!!
Mark and Debbie

Dwelling Place Ministries
Hendrickson
11011 Olive St
KC, MO 64131
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