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November 2010 Newsletter

Dear Family and Friends,

It is 4 am here in Uganda and I have been up writing since 2:30am. Since I was on a “writing role” I wanted to wish my fellow Americans a Happy Thanksgiving and give you an update. I want to first and foremost thank God for His steadfast love and His mercies for His mercies are new every morning and His loving-kindness is everlasting. He remains faithful to His word, even when we do not. How great is our God!

Next I want to thank all of you for your prayers, especially this year, as there have been many ups and downs. But God! I purchased a book from Bobby Connor in August of 2009 and he wrote in the book Hosea 2:14. God was gong to allure me to the wilderness and speak comfort to me. I also received two more words during my internship at IHOP Sept to Dec. 09 that God was going to speak comfort to me. In Hebrew the word comfort means to speak kindness.

This has been a year of wilderness for me in that I have had to face and still face some difficult obstacles, but even in this season, God has truly spoken comfort and kindness to me. He continually lets me know how much He loves me. He is calling me to go to a deeper place of trust and love in him, a place I have not traveled before. I am reminded of Paul where he has asked God to take the thorn in his flesh from him and God replies. My grace is sufficient. God is taking me to a place where His grace is sufficient and that my complete dependence is in Him and Him alone.

This journey has not been an easy one, but it has been a welcomed one as I have cried out to God to use my life for His pleasure and purposes. There is a great price to pay, dying to self but I am so very thankful that my God loves me that much. He is only asking me to love Him back that much. Yeshua talks about that in the Gospel of John, Chapter 17.

Why does He want me to love him back that much? I am glad you asked! It is because He wants me to give His love away to others. To give as He gave, “freely you have received freely you give.” We know that we cannot give away what we do not have. Beloved, He wants you to do the same.

Our Nazarite Discipleship Group has now been meeting every Tuesday for the past two months. We have been going deeper into the heart of God and Holy Spirit continues to show up and meet us in unexpected ways. This is the time for the Nazarites to rise up. I continue to hear reports from these young leaders how God is showing up in their lives and taking them deeper. I recently received a testimony by Pastor Vincent that during one of his meetings he gave an altar call for the Narzities to rise up and come forward. Over 100 young people came forward. It was a powerful movement. God is up to something here in Uganda. There is such a feeling in the atmosphere that Revival is just a heartbeat away and love is the way to God’s heart for revival.
I began a second discipleship group with the children from Sherry’s home. There are 16 children from ages 6 to13 I know these young ones are on God’s heart for they are the next leaders of Uganda and it is imperative they are discipled now so they will have a strong foundation in the Lord.

The end of August I traveled to Gulu in the North to speak at the conference on the need to pray for Israel. It was a powerful conference and we commissioned the intercessors at this prayer center as intercessors for Israel.

I spoke on Song of Solomon 8:5-6 at the Solemn Assembly in Wakiso, Sept 3rd and heard reports back that is was a very powerful message and one that has not been heard before. “Who is this coming up out of the wilderness, leaning on her beloved”

I also spoke at the Secondary school here in Luzira where I stay. I had an awesome time of sharing with the first and second year students prior to their exams. I spoke on “Success is Hitting the Mark” and the “mark” his putting our trust in Jesus. The Holy Spirit showed up as expected and I have been asked to return to speak to the third and fourth year students. Praise be to God!

I have been asked by Derek Prince Ministries in South Africa to be the liaison to distribute one of Derek Prince’s books to various bible schools, ministries and parliament within the Kampala area. This book is free and is a compilation of six books plus a self-bible study. So far the response has been great.

The end of September I was invited to attend the gradation ceremony of ATK Bible School in Jinja. That is Dr. Cliff Pash’s Ministry Advancing The Kingdom Ministries. I was able to distribute 30 of Derek Prince’s book to the graduates and remaining students. Graduates were receiving Doctorates, Masters and Bachelors certificates and it was a blessing to see these graduates realize such an accomplishment in their lives.

Since I have been short on finances, and am still saving money to fix my van, I have been staying around the Kampala area during November and will continue to do so through December. I was suppose to speak at a leaders conference to pastors in Gulu the 17th thru the 20th but was unable to go. I am also scheduled to speak at another conference the first week of December in Gulu on our Israel roots.

Good News! I received my two-year workers permit for Uganda, which is good until September 5, 2012.

I have looked at this season that I am in, as a time to go deeper in intercession and alone time with God. Who knows maybe that is His plan for such a time as this!

Again thank you so much for your continued support, especially in prayer.

Love and Shalom, Jo Anna

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