My Engine Room T.E.A.M.
I pray this finds you well.
I am writing to ask if you would like to continue on with me in the Engine Room by praying to God for the needs and work of the ministry as we proclaim Christ around the world.
I call it the Engine Room because it is the place where we come to God in prayer who is the source of all power. Prayer is the fire underneath our ministry.
The effect of your prayer and intercession on the Sunnybank event in Brisbane, Australia a couple of weeks ago was amazing. So many things happened in people’s lives behind the scenes it was truly remarkable.
That is the first time we have sent the recordings of the sessions out to anyone. They are normally for sale only but as you were praying I wanted to bless you with them. From to time I will send you recordings but not with every email.
Remember to be on the Engine Room T.E.A.M. (Together Everyone At Mission) there are just TWO RULES you need to know.
- Pray in your way for the needs we send you. ‘Your prayer is great prayer. God hears you.’
- I will write very personally so please do not share it with others. It’s personal between me and you.
If you know someone else who would like to be on the Engine Room T.E.A.M. get them to write to me first on TheEngineRoom@TheCatholicGuy.com
If you do not want to continue on in the Engine Room Prayer TEAM because you thought it was just for Sunnybank, no problem at all. Thank you. Just send me an email and I will make sure you do not receive any more emails.
So here are the prayer requests:
I am writing at a particular time when we are facing challenges that only God can overcome.
As I have shared in the past, in my final year of school I believe God put on my heart to proclaim Christ ‘to the ends of the earth’. To be truthful, I did not really understand how this would happen or what the details of it were or whether it was just the encouraging thoughts of a teenager in prayer.
It is this vision that decades later still captures me to my very core.
When television on a small channel came into my world I was stunned. Not what I had thought I would be doing but potentially it could go around the world even though at the time it did not. Because God knows our future he prepares us now for what is to come. From Easter Sunday April 12, 1998 I started speaking once or twice a week and then on March 4, 2006 the small television program began and every week I spoke learning how to share faith. I have kept every talk I have given since April 12, 1998.
People do not know their future, but God does, and He prepares us not just with the skill of our hands and mind but mostly by doing the difficult work of transforming our heart, integrity and spirit. This is what God needed to do in me. Conversion is the spiritual work of our lives as we are conformed into the likeness of Christ.
During this time a Catholic Archbishop consistently prompted me to go and speak in Catholic parishes and conduct events of renewal or Mission/Events as they came to be known. In the end reluctantly, I agreed but thought it had no potential. How wrong I was. Tens of thousands of people came over the next few years and they still do. A good number of you in the Engine Room have attended one of these events. The recent event in Sunnybank in Brisbane was one of these.
Then a little over two years ago the door opened to the truly international world of television that operates out of the USA going into every continent in the world. US television executives had seen our little program and approached me. While I was intrigued I didn’t really know if it was possible. It was here that Rosemary encouraged me to go to the USA and see what God might say and do. So, I came to the USA knowing just one person and thinking I was probably just being crazy.
I soon met three other men, one in Tulsa and I had no idea even where that was. Another in a high-rise building in Chicago and a third man who worked on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. None of them would want me to use their names.
They changed my life because they believed that Jesus was worth proclaiming. Many of you from around North America, across Australia and the Pacific, throughout Asia, in countries around Africa, all over Europe owe much, without exaggeration to these three men who believed in you by making this ministry possible these past two years. They have changed so many people’s lives by being on the T.E.A.M. – Together Everyone At Mission. Everyone knows me and is thankful to me, but true sainthood is what happens without any thought of applause. These three men are the workers in the field who will hear the words of Jesus, ‘well done good and faithful servant. Your faith has saved you.’
I owe them so much.
At first, I was unsure if it was even possible as I nor my team had any understanding of how ‘big time’ television works from a production, financial or management perspective. The past two years have been an education at fast-forward speed.
Since we began on the international television program from the US however God has healed, restored, renewed, encouraged and drawn people to encounter Him as their Lord and savior. People have joined Churches, sought forgiveness of those who they have offended and where they are now alone have become brave enough to face the future. Marriages that were shaky have been restored. Young people have encountered Jesus. Priests/Pastors have been strengthened. People have sold homes, changed careers and courses of study because they have encountered Jesus through this little television program. It is an amazing journey.
These three men mentioned above have done this along with my amazing staff and the volunteers who make it all possible
All of this has happened because our loving Father loves people. He loves you.
By you being on the T.E.A.M. through the Engine Room Prayer Team you add the power of prayer to the effort of so many people contributing their skills, talents and resources because prayer is the ‘jet fuel’ that releases God’s grace, mercy and sovereignty over the ministry. You are critical to our Mission of proclamation.
In January we were all very excited with where the ministry was going and then the injury to my eye occurred that could have meant certain blindness if I had not dealt with it immediately. I was told I would be ok in four weeks’ time, but it turned out to be nearly three months.
The injury kept me from traveling which, as my last Engine Room email said, has put the entire ministry in jeopardy from a financial perspective because everything came to a screaming halt when the injury occurred at the end of January.
I arrived in the USA two Saturdays ago.
I write to ask if you the Engine Room will pray.
I have spent the last few days in Dallas, Texas and am writing tonight from Tulsa, Oklahoma USA.
While we face this huge challenge, at the same time the greatest opportunity of my entire ministry career has just been offered to me in the past two weeks that will affect the lives of millions of people around the world. At the moment I am not at liberty to speak about it but without any exaggeration at all when I do tell you, your only response will be to say God is amazing.
If the incident with my eye had not come about, preventing me from travel, this opportunity to proclaim Christ may well have passed by all of us.
So, I am writing to ask you to pray;
- For the CRITICAL meetings that will take place in the next seven days.
- For the ability to proclaim Christ powerfully in a life changing manner.
- For those who are far from God today for any of a number of reasons.
- For those who are shaky in their faith that God can strengthen them.
- For the families of all of us on the T.E.A.M.
- For the provision that we need right now to get through in light of the delay mentioned above.
SO HOW DO WE MOVE FORWARD FROM HERE IN FAITH.
For those of you who were either at Sunnybank in Brisbane or watched the third session titled, “Walking Daily with God’ the answer is there. If you did not see it just click on the picture below after you have read the email.