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November 2005 Prayer Letter

Thankfulness

Great Commission Ministry News from Linda Kitchen in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Please join with me in reflecting and rejoicing in what the Lord has given me to be thankful for:

  1. My relationship with God. He is my Sustainer, Refuge, Hope, Healer, Provider, Redeemer, and Lover of my soul. Thankfully, He never leaves us nor forsakes us!
  2. God’s animal kingdom – I have experienced six very random opportunities, yet I’m convinced these were divine moments planned by a loving Father, where I’ve crossed the paths of His beautiful creation allowing me sweet moments of reflection and connection with beautiful furry felines. Thank you for your prayers. The peace of the Holy Spirit has been near these past 3 weeks.
  3. A 4-day vacation in Austria to visit my distant relatives, where I was greeted with glorious snowfall and amazing mountain walks which brought refreshment to my soul. The delightful hospitality, simple living, and rich European traditions brought a lift to my Spirit.
  4. Opportunity to read the Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. The upcoming release in early December of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” in movie theaters around the world (even here in Amsterdam!) is bringing an excitement to my heart as outreach possibilities abound with the parallel story of Aslan (the Lion King) and Jesus (the King of Kings). Click here if you would like more information.
  5. 5. On the 24th of November, I attended a Thanksgiving Commemoration service at the Pieterskerk in Leiden, the Netherlands. The Pilgrims lived in Leiden and worshipped in this church from 1609-1620 before sailing to America. On Friday, July 31st, 1620 the Pilgrims left from the Netherlands aboard a 60 ton vessel called the Speedwell. Those same people eventually boarded the Mayflower at Plymouth, England on September 16, 1620, and set sail for the New World. My heart was touched in a special way while sitting in this historical location being proud of my heritage, thankful for freedom, remembering and being thankful for my family and friends in America. Tears ran down my cheeks as a beautiful solo rendition of “God Bless America” resonated against the centuries old stone and brick walls.
  6. 6. Our church, Zolder 50, is committing to praying together from 6:15-7:30 am (that’s right, early morning) for 2 weeks (Monday – Friday, Nov. 28-Dec. 2). We are expecting God to speak to us, direct us, impart vision to us, unify us, heal us and awaken our hearts to a deeper love and passion for Him and for those who don’t yet know Him. We also desire to simply give to God, to bless Him, worship Him and honor Him, without expecting anything in return. Thank you for praying for us and with us!
  7. 7. God has placed women in my life here in Amsterdam that bless, challenge, encourage and pray for me. And, I’m thankful that the Lord desires for me to give back to them through what He is teaching me and the way He has gifted me. Please pray for these relationships, with: Mariska, Renske, Hanne, Christel, Jetske, Nathalie, Amy, Mirjam, Suzy, Jen, Sue, Heidi, Marie Christine and Patricia.
  8. 8. Partners all over the world… your prayer support, encouragement, and financial support are an integral part of this ministry. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you do.

Serving Him together with you,
Linda
linda.kitchen@gcmweb.org