In the next 72 hours women will experience the power of God in ways they never thought possible. It is a beautiful event and I feel very privileged to play a part.
The theme of Heart this year is from Romans 12:2;
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Can I ask you to pray from Thursday evening until Saturday evening for all of the women who will be in attendance? For the speakers who have flown in from different cities and that God would work in the life of every women who attends. Please also pray in advance for the Sydney, Melbourne and Perth events over the next couple of months and then that God would lead us to other places.
HAVE YOU EVER FELT FRUSTRATED?
As all of you know I spend a little more than half my time a year now in the USA. When I was at the Vatican on August 26, 2006 and the thought of making a Catholic television program arose on that day, little did I know what God had in store for me into the future.
Television today in its many forms of delivery via traditional television, cable, satellite and now the future of television the internet, penetrates to every corner of the world. On July 19, 1977 as a teenage boy when I felt the call to proclaim Christ around the world, I had no idea and could not have imagined how this would occur. The internet and modern communications did not exist.
Three years ago, when I was approached about being on television from the USA which goes all over the world, I also never would have thought just how hard it would be to do. Maybe that is why when God calls people, all He promises is the grace to be able to respond when it is needed. All He wants from us when we begin is our ‘yes.’ It is why the Scripture says, “we walk by faith and not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7.
Earlier this year during the Lent Videos, I shared a prayer that I have come to pray often;
“Lord here am I, do in me, as you will.”
I have found this is a very dangerous prayer, which is no doubt is why numerous people at various times have said they could not pray it. They were frightened of what God might ask of them. I vry much understand how they feel.
For maturing Christians dying to self is at the center of our lives. This is where Jesus wants us to experience His presence, power and the Kingdom of Heaven on earth as we become more dependent upon Him.
Unfortunately for confidentiality reasons, I cannot share the details of the following just yet, but I have been offered the opportunity to proclaim Christ around the world in a manner that will fulfill that calling I experienced as a teenager in a much, much larger way than even when I started in the USA three years ago. In time an announcement will be made by the companies and ministries involved. I am not permitted to say just yet, but I can ask you to pray.
The past three years have been a struggle and a joy at the same time. Learning new ways at an international level has stretched Rosemary, the team and me in ways that I did not know we could be stretched.
Challenges and obstacles have needed to be overcome time and time again. So often I have cried out to God, “Father God help. Why so hard? Surely you want your Son proclaimed? We are trying.” I have sat in hotels exhausted from trying so hard and feeling very alone.
Just when the thought of pulling back has occurred to me I have had people, out of the blue, send a story of how the ministry touched them or someone they love. People have called to say don’t stop when they have had no idea of what I was and am going through.
Rosemary’s spiritual gift is that of faith and time and time again she has said to me, “keep going. Do not give up no matter what you and I have to do.”
Back in January when all of these opportunities began to take us to another level of proclaiming Christ I thought, “here we go.” It was then that the retina in my eye detached with imminent blindness expected within days going to occur if I did not have emergency surgery. This meant I could not travel to organize the opportunities being given to us. You know this story. At first, I was told I would be good to travel within four weeks. I was so frustrated at the time because we were on the verge of breakthrough.
This did not occur however, I was stranded for nearly three months. In this time our funds exhausted yet the doors continued to open to us. If we had that three months we would have been more than ok.
I have to be honest and say I have screamed out to God and said, “Not fair. Not fair. So close and yet so far.”
I am currently writing a book titled, ‘You Have To Fight For Your Promised Land.’ It is based on the story of the Chosen People in the Bible entering into the Promised Land where they had to fight for what God had promised them. Their Promised Land was occupied just like ours is whether it be for a great marriage, career, family, etc. We always have to work hard to achieve what God plants in our heart for our future.
We have fallen short by just three months of being able to take up the opportunity to proclaim Christ on a massive scale. At the same time to achieve what we have, we had to leave behind the safety of the security we had in the past.
A friend and his wife who have helped tremendously, asked me last week why not just stop and go back to Australia and the ministry I am doing there and forget about this idea of proclaiming Jesus around the world through television. We were eating dinner at the time and I thought to myself as I sat there, ‘that makes so much sense.’ I even repeated through our conversation, “I could just go back to where I was and keeping doing that.”
I have to admit there is a certain appeal to what they said, the pressure, the fight would be over. No more catching planes every 2.83 days of my life. No more hotels and hotel food. No more loneliness and missing my family. No more thoughts of, ‘am I mad.’
I knew however, in what we Catholics call our conscience, what they suggested which makes so much sense was something I could not say yes to. That I have to keep going no matter what.
As we have come to the end of our funds, Rosemary and I are going to sell our home and use the money to keep our staff together and get us through the next three months by which time we will have set up for the next step. When we have done crazy things in the past we normally don’t talk about them publicly, but Rosemary wanted me to ask you in the Engine Room to pray knowing that you will keep this to yourself.
The possibility of touching the lives of people with Christ around the world is a risk we do not think we can walk away from.
Should what we are working for be successful, we will have the ability to train priests and lay people with a method of proclaiming Christ that transforms the world. I am often asked by Bishops in the US and Australia if I will speak to priests. It will raise money to support ministries and charities in the Church. It will promote vocations as it has in the past. I just spoke to another young man who is considering priesthood as a result of coming in to contact with the ministry. We will launch youth and young adult programs particularly to reach young people finding it difficult to connect with Church. We will continue to promote ecumenism and the encouragement of Christian Pastors and Churches who also proclaim Jesus.
If things do not work out like we think they will and we lose everything then God will look after us. He is our everything. The ministry will end everywhere but God will still be on His throne deserving our praise, worship and adoration. His plans and ways are greater than ours.
Rosemary believes we should at this time, ‘bet the farm’ which is another way of saying use everything we have for Christ.
So, will you please pray for God’s will and provision as we try to proclaim Him.
In sharing this with you I would remind you of the two rules to be in the Engine Room.
RULE 1. This is a personal letter from me to you and not for you to share with others, put on websites or blogs or distribute to your prayer groups or communities. I am writing to you. If you want to share it with others send me their name and I will write and explain the Engine Room to them. TheEngineRoom@TheCatholicGuy.com The Engine Room is the only group of people that I personally oversee.
RULE 2. Being in the Engine Room will only work if I can share our real needs. I am not asking you to do anything or donate anything because of what is shared. If you feel God lead you in some way no problem, but that is not what the Engine Room is all about. All I am asking you to do is pray.
Having shared this, please do not forget to pray for the Heart Conference over the next few days.
Please also pray that people will come to help us, not because they will get anything from it, but just because of what Christ does in people lives to set them free for eternal life.
Feel free to pray, comment or ask questions below. The Engine Room Prayer Community is the only group that I am able to answer questions from. I will answer below as well. The reason for this is that prayer is the most important activity we can undertake and so the Engine Room is a priority for me.
You can also write directly to me at BruceDownes@TheCatholicGuy.com
This is miracle territory my friends. God will bless all of us and build our faith.
Thank you for your prayers.
Bruce & Rosemary.