September 30, 2004

Cathy, Dominique (student), & Bianka
Today we spoke in four German high school classes about everything from American schools, to the hurricanes, to football, to... JESUS! One of my friends is a teacher in this school and she made it possible for us to come. Most of the students are from Turkey and are Moslem, so we had some very interesting conversations - it was a great opportunity and we have been invited back tomorrow - DANKE JESUS!

September 29, 2004

Iraqi interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi came to American on September 23, 2004, to thank us for helping to free his country from the evils of the previous dictatorship. Tomorrow and Friday I will be speaking in a high school here in Berlin and most likely the students will ask me what I think of the Iraq war. Sadly, the typical news both here and in the states gives a very negative, untrue picture of what is really happening in Iraq. While praying about tomorrow, the LORD reminded me what I heard the current prime minister say while recently in the USA: "THANK YOU, AMERICA!" (listen to him speak on c-span here)

September 28, 2004

Jack the Basset Hound, Tator Tots the Pomeranian, Freddy the Seal, & Mr. Squirrel
Just needed a good laugh after a VERY intense couple of weeks. PRAISE THE LORD FOR HIS CREATION!

September 27, 2004

Jim and Gayle Durham are missionaries living in Mountrouis, Haiti, where they have an orphanage (website House of Bread)
Today I received from a friend the following email with a couple of attachments:
"The email came to me from the lady I worked with in Haiti. sharron etheridge. I actually helped at the orphanage she mentions and met the people there. I appreciate anything you can do. angelia"
---------- Forwarded Message ----------
"I'm sure you have heard about the devasting flood in Gonaives, Haiti. More than 1200 bodies buried in mass graves and still more than 1200 people potable water, no food and no shelter. Jim and Gayle Durham are close personal friends of mine in HAiti. They live in Mountrouis, Haiti and have an orphanage. Copied below is an email from them re: the flood relief they are invovlved in, in Gonaives. The relief measures are very dangerous, as the panic stricken, starving people fight to get food and water. If you know of people who would be willing to help the starving people in Gonaives, I know that these people can be trusted and the money would go directly for the purchase of food and medical supplies for Gonaives. The address of where to send money is in their email. Even if you are unable to send a donation, please pray for the people of Gonaives and for the safety of those people reaching out to help them. Sharron Etheridge" (photo)
---------- Forwarded Message ----------
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2004 09:47:05 -0700 (PDT)

September 26, 2004

Amazingly, as I listened to the internet news last night regarding the Catagory 3 Jeanne hurricane that was aiming for Florida very near where Frances hit just a few weeks earlier, there was alarm among officials because some people were not heeding the warning to evacuate their homes! This reminds me of the many who are turning a deaf ear to today's prophetic voices which are saying, "Turn to God, get the sin out, and worship Jesus!" Over the last 3 days, I have had extreme back pain which brings intense shooting pains with any sudden movement. And last night and today while reading about yet another hurricane to hit America, I cried over the suffering and loss of life which was going to result again. The judgment of God is on our nation and today as I lay on the floor weeping - a place of relief for my back - I received a text message on my mobile phone from a prophetic friend who said, "I have the impression that the pain with your back is also a symbol that Florida and the USA must bow their knees before the LORD. We must repent. Cathy, lament in the Spirit for the USA like Jeremiah did." Then I read in Jeremiah 4, This is what the LORD says to the people of Judah and Jerusalem: "Plow up the hard ground of your hearts! Do not waste your good seed among thorns. Cleanse your minds and hearts before the LORD, or my anger will burn like an unquenchable fire because of all your sins." It was only while on my knees, crying for forgiveness for our many sins including rebellion, abortion, selfishness, pride, arrogance, disobedience, and the list goes on, did the pain in my back pain lift. GET RIGHT WITH GOD TODAY... DON'T PUT IT OFF! NO ONE IS PROMISED TOMORROW! RUN TO JESUS BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!!

September 25, 2004

Satellite images and tracking of Hurricane Jeanne (source)
Residents along Florida's east coast are bracing themselves yet again as strengthening Hurricane Jeanne will be the fourth major storm to hit the state in six weeks. A million people have been ordered to evacuate and it is estimated to hit land at a catagory 3 or 4, threatening to batter areas still recovering from Hurricane Frances earlier this month with heavy rain, floods and damaging waves. Watch continuous coverage on the internet at OH LORD, PLEASE HAVE MERCY!

In 1997 when I first went to the Brownsville revival in Pensacola, I remember sitting in one of Dr. Brown's teachings when the LORD gave me a vision of a baby bird with its mouth opened wide. The Holy Spirit spoke to my heart saying, "Open up and receive all that I have for you. Many close up in fear and don't get all that I want to give. Like a baby bird trusts that its mother will give it only what it needs, so you need to TRUST ME to feed you exactly what you need, my daughter!" And so that began a turning point in my life which has led me to where I am now, a missionary in Germany - hallelujah - and last night I met more hungry people! Maria & I went to a special meeting at her friend's home in which I was the guest. After sharing my heart, we prayed and waited on the Lord worshipping Him with prophetic song. The result was some had not felt the Holy Spirit like that in a looooong time and they want to meet again. GO GOD! In John 6:35, Jesus replied, "I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me will ever be hungry again. Those who believe in me will never thirst." AMEN!

September 23, 2004

From Genesis to Revelation, read here about healing in the scriptures. May FAITH rise up in us all to BELIEVE His Word and stand on the Truth that God can heal us, God wants to heal us, and that GOD DOES HEAL US - "He sent His Word and HEALED our diseases" - HALLELUJAH!

September 22, 2004

Jacques and Chalesia from Haiti
He was known to be the meanest man in the community... a killing machine who murdered many people through voodoo. His name was Jacques Innocent, the witch-doctor - read his amazing story here. In a letter Jacques wrote as a new believer to a friend, he said, "I want to greet you in the name of Jesus. I love you very much and I know that God loves you too. I want to thank you very much because you came to Haiti. As a result of your coming I came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior. Now let me tell you as you already know, the Christian pathway is not an easy one. I have to give up all things to follow Jesus, even the way I used to make money to survive. Sometimes the devil is tempting me when I don’t have any money. Still I choose Jesus. Yours in Christ." GOD IS ALWAYS IN THE MIRACLE BUSINESS - HALLELUJAH!

Today, disaster relief operations are underway in Haiti where 700+ people were killed and 1,000+ are missing in flooding spawned by Tropical Storm Jeanne. Sadly, an estimated 160,000+ Haitians have been left homeless. In April 2003, then president Jean-Bertrand Aristide sanctioned voodoo as an officially recognized religion. I believe there is a MAJOR connection between this demonic religion and the disaster there. What is voodoo? A typical voodoo service begins with a Roman Catholic prayer followed by syncopated druming with attendees dancing around a tree in the center of the yard, moving faster and harder with the rising pulse of the beat. Then a priest draws symbols in the dust with cornmeal and rum is poured on the ground to honor the demonic spirits. A woman dancer may fall to the ground convulsing for a moment, then is helped back to her feet. She resumes the dance, moving differently now, and continues dancing for hours. It is no longer she who is dancing: she is in a trance possessed by Erzuli the great demonic mother spirit. The Haitians consider it an honor to be entered and "ridden" by a Loa or a spirit/demon. In Haiti these rituals are commonplace and voodoo is the dominant religion - an estimated 60 million people practice voodoo worldwide. LORD JESUS, COME IN POWER, EXPOSE THE LIES OF VOODOO, AND SET THESE PEOPLE FREE FROM THEIR BONDAGE WE PRAY!

September 20, 2004

The Cross on Pensacola Beach survived Hurricane Ivan. This is a prophetic picture of the hope we have in Jesus no matter how horrible and how heavy our burden or pain! Why? Because He is not on the Cross anymore nor is He in the tomb - JESUS IS ALIVE TODAY! My daughter and her family have been staying with friends in Atlanta since there has been no power, no water, no school, etc in Pensacola but they plan to return this week - the LORD is with them. And here are a few scriptures about the Cross:
John: So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man on the cross, then you will realize that I am he and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak what the Father taught me... And when I am lifted up on the cross, I will draw everyone to myself."
Acts: But you followed God's prearranged plan. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed him to the cross and murdered him... When they had fulfilled all the prophecies concerning his death, they took him down from the cross and placed him in a tomb.
Romans: So this is the point: The law no longer holds you in its power, because you died to its power when you died with Christ on the cross. And now you are united with the one who was raised from the dead. As a result, you can produce good fruit, that is, good deeds for God.
Corinthians: For Christ didn't send me to baptize, but to preach the Good News--and not with clever speeches and high-sounding ideas, for fear that the cross of Christ would lose its power. I know very well how foolish the message of the cross sounds to those who are on the road to destruction. But we who are being saved recognize this message as the very power of God... For I decided to concentrate only on Jesus Christ and his death on the cross... Although he died on the cross in weakness, he now lives by the mighty power of God. We, too, are weak, but we live in him and have God's power--the power we use in dealing with you.
Galatians: Oh, foolish Galatians! What magician has cast an evil spell on you? For you used to see the meaning of Jesus Christ's death as clearly as though I had shown you a signboard with a picture of Christ dying on the cross... But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree."... Dear brothers and sisters, if I were still preaching that you must be circumcised--as some say I do--why would the Jews persecute me? The fact that I am still being persecuted proves that I am still preaching salvation through the cross of Christ alone... Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there... Those who are trying to force you to be circumcised are doing it for just one reason. They don't want to be persecuted for teaching that the cross of Christ alone can save... As for me, God forbid that I should boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world died long ago, and the world's interest in me is also long dead.
Philippians: And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal's death on a cross... For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ.
Colossians and by him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of his blood on the cross... yet now he has brought you back as his friends. He has done this through his death on the cross in his own human body. As a result, he has brought you into the very presence of God, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault... He canceled the record that contained the charges against us. He took it and destroyed it by nailing it to Christ's cross. In this way, God disarmed the evil rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross of Christ.
Hebrews: and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people to repentance again because they are nailing the Son of God to the cross again by rejecting him, holding him up to public shame... He does not need to offer sacrifices every day like the other high priests. They did this for their own sins first and then for the sins of the people. But Jesus did this once for all when he sacrificed himself on the cross... We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward. Now he is seated in the place of highest honor beside God's throne in heaven.
Peter: He personally carried away our sins in his own body on the cross so we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. You have been healed by his wounds!
1 John: And Jesus Christ was revealed as God's Son by his baptism in water and by shedding his blood on the cross --not by water only, but by water and blood. And the Spirit also gives us the testimony that this is true.

September 19, 2004

A wunderbar time was had by all today with friends and family in Berlin-Spandau. PREIS DEN HERNN! (PRAISE THE LORD!) "They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord's Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity-- all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their group those who were being saved." (Acts 2)

September 18, 2004

Last night, Daniel, Susan, Judith, & I ministered at a youth meeting in a southeast section of Berlin called Köpenick. After the worship, Daniel taught on holiness and the prophetic, then I shared a bit followed by us praying for everyone. This is a great group of kids who want MORE of the FIRE OF GOD! DO IT LORD!!!

September 17, 2004

Destruction of the Earth
"Look! The LORD is about to destroy the earth and make it a vast wasteland. See how he is scattering the people over the face of the earth. Priests and laypeople, servants and masters, maids and mistresses, buyers and sellers, lenders and borrowers, bankers and debtors--none will be spared. The earth will be completely emptied and looted. The LORD has spoken! The earth dries up, the crops wither, the skies refuse to rain. The earth suffers for the sins of its people, for they have twisted the instructions of God, violated his laws, and broken his everlasting covenant. Therefore, a curse consumes the earth and its people. They are left desolate, destroyed by fire. Few will be left alive. All the joys of life will be gone. The grape harvest will fail, and there will be no wine. The merrymakers will sigh and mourn. The clash of tambourines will be stilled; the happy cries of celebration will be heard no more. The melodious chords of the harp will be silent. Gone are the joys of wine and song; strong drink now turns bitter in the mouth. The city writhes in chaos; every home is locked to keep out looters. Mobs gather in the streets, crying out for wine. Joy has reached its lowest ebb. Gladness has been banished from the land. The city is left in ruins, with its gates battered down. Throughout the earth the story is the same--like the stray olives left on the tree or the few grapes left on the vine after harvest, only a remnant is left. But all who are left will shout and sing for joy. Those in the west will praise the LORD's majesty. In eastern lands, give glory to the LORD. In the coastlands of the sea, praise the name of the LORD, the God of Israel. Listen to them as they sing to the LORD from the ends of the earth. Hear them singing praises to the Righteous One! But my heart is heavy with grief. I am discouraged, for evil still prevails, and treachery is everywhere. Terror and traps and snares will be your lot, you people of the earth. Those who flee in terror will fall into a trap, and those who escape the trap will step into a snare. Destruction falls on you from the heavens. The world is shaken beneath you. The earth has broken down and has utterly collapsed. Everything is lost, abandoned, and confused. The earth staggers like a drunkard. It trembles like a tent in a storm. It falls and will not rise again, for its sins are very great. In that day the LORD will punish the fallen angels in the heavens and the proud rulers of the nations on earth. They will be rounded up and put in prison until they are tried and condemned. Then the LORD Almighty will mount his throne on Mount Zion. He will rule gloriously in Jerusalem, in the sight of all the leaders of his people. There will be such glory that the brightness of the sun and moon will seem to fade away."

I know many people are devasted by the loss of their homes and maybe even family members or friends from this tragic storm. And I weep even as write this for those suffering right now. But I find hope in the scriptures which say in Hebrews 10, "Without wavering, let us hold tightly to the hope we say we have, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near. Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received a full knowledge of the truth, there is no other sacrifice that will cover these sins. There will be nothing to look forward to but the terrible expectation of God's judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies. Anyone who refused to obey the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Think how much more terrible the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God and have treated the blood of the covenant as if it were common and unholy. Such people have insulted and enraged the Holy Spirit who brings God's mercy to his people. For we know the one who said, 'I will take vengeance. I will repay those who deserve it.' He also said, 'The Lord will judge his own people.' It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Don't ever forget those early days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering. Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things. You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail. When all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew you had better things waiting for you in eternity. Do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord, no matter what happens. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so you will continue to do God's will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. 'For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay. And a righteous person will live by faith. But I will have no pleasure in anyone who turns away.' But we are not like those who turn their backs on God and seal their fate. We have faith that assures our salvation."

Hurricane Ivan slammed into the U.S. Gulf coast Thursday with furious winds and towering waves that ripped houses off their foundations, sliced bridges in half and cut power to millions. In all, the hurricane killed 70 people in the Caribbean and at least 23 along the Gulf Coast, most of them in Florida. And now tropical storm Jeanne looms in the Atlantic on a track toward the southeastern United States, possibly Florida (click here). I haven't been able to talk to my daughter for over 24 hours but I believe she is and her family are safe. The condition of her home is debatable but the LORD's grace is sufficient and we can TRUST HIM COMPLETELY! (to read/see more, go to

September 16, 2004

I just now called my daughter and on her voicemail was a message saying she got my messages to her mobile phone, the house they were in, her inlaws, the roof came off and now is flooding. But they got out and are now in a church building somewhere in Pensacola safe - THANK YOU JESUS!

September 15, 2004

Worship Evangelism Team: Can, Tabea, Claudia, Asia, Maria, Dirk, & Cathy
Another wonderful time at the Kudamm sharing Jesus through worship, preaching, talking, praying, and just having FUN! Our ministry is mostly planting seeds but we also water lots of seeds, and sometimes get to harvest - but it is ALL GOOD! DANKE JESUS FOR THE PEOPLE OF BERLIN! On the way home in the bus, I was talking to a German and as I shared Jesus with him the Sprit of God had me say, "God LOVES Germany! There is a great heritage here and there is a destiny for Germany." This particularily seemed to touch his heart. LORD JESUS, PLEASE HEAL THE BROKEN HEARTS AND REMOVE THE SHAME OF THESE PEOPLE WITH YOUR WONDERFUL LOVE!

Satellite Image, hurricane track, and RED FLAG alert on Pensacola Beach before the storm hits
As you can see, Ivan is in the Gulf and will be hitting the coastal states soon. In Pensacola, my daughter and her family will be relocating inland 20 miles from their house near the beach. I have several friends who also live here so we continue to pray for safety and mercy of the LORD. Today He reminded me of the verse from Jeremiah 39:18 which I also have on my wall here in Berlin: "Because you trusted me, I will preserve your life and keep you safe. I, the LORD, have spoken!" HALLELUJAH!!!

September 14, 2004

Ivan, the third hurricane in a month hitting Florida, is heading right for my family and friends in Pensacola and we are believing and trusting God for DIVINE INTERVENTION - "LORD, HELP!" Verses 23-32 of Psalm 107 encouraged me last night: "Some went off in ships, plying the trade routes of the world. They, too, observed the LORD's power in action, his impressive works on the deepest seas. He spoke, and the winds rose, stirring up the waves. Their ships were tossed to the heavens and sank again to the depths; the sailors cringed in terror. They reeled and staggered like drunkards and were at their wits' end. "LORD, help!" they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves. What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbor! Let them praise the LORD for his great love and for all his wonderful deeds to them. Let them exalt him publicly before the congregation and before the leaders of the nation." (track hurricanes here)

September 13, 2004

I've been wanting to go into the Lutheran churches here in Berlin and simply worship Jesus, so a couple of weeks ago, we asked the priest at the Kudamm Lutheran church if I could sing a worship song in the church someday. He gave us a phone number and with Bianka's help, yesterday I worshipped Jesus in two songs during the 6pm service! Jesus loves these people and the Holy Spirit kept telling me to be childlike, showing love. Besides Bianka, Daniel and also Judith came with me. I am not a professional singer but I do love the LORD, so afterwards the LORD reminded me that God deliberately chooses things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. MAY REVIVAL FIRE COME TO THE GERMAN STATE CHURCH IN JESUS NAME!

September 12, 2004

I have become an alien in a foreign land - Exodus 2:22
"God's preparation of a leader involves training, extended times of waiting, pain, rejection, and isolation. Are you ready to sign up? Moses was brought up in Pharaoh's court. He had the very best of everything-education, clothing, food, and personal care. But there came a time when the man God would use to free an entire people from slavery was going to have to learn to be the leader God wanted. At age 40, when most of us want to be thinking about winding down instead of beginning a new career, Moses was forced to flee to the desert. Like Joseph and Abraham, Moses had to endure some difficult years of preparation that first involved removal from his current situation. He went from notoriety to obscurity, from limitless resources to no resources, from activity and action to inactivity and solitude. And, most importantly, waiting. And waiting. And waiting. He probably thought he would die in the land of Midian. Then one day, a full 40 years from the day he arrived, God appeared to Moses in a burning bush. Everything changed. God said, "It is time." The years had seasoned the vessel to prepare him to accomplish the work. God is preparing many workplace believers today. The circumstances may be different. The time frames may not be quite as long. But the characteristics of the training are still the same. Do not try to shortcut the desert time of God. It only leads to cul-de-sacs, which force you to revisit the lessons you are meant to learn. Embrace them, so that He can use your life for something extraordinary."

September 11, 2004

Several thousand came from all over Germany to Berlin today for the JESUS DAY. We saw many familiar faces and had some good conversations. People kept asking me for my "flyer" which was a tract about Jesus! A few non-believers wanted to know why I was carrying a cross AND a flag of Israel. I said, "Jesus was born in Israel, I love Israel, Jesus is coming back to Israel, and I pray for the peace of Jerusalem!"

All praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the source of every mercy and the God who comforts us. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us... For when God comforts us, it is so that we, in turn, can be an encouragement to others. (from 2 Corinthians 1)

September 10, 2004

"You are like a private garden, my treasure, my bride!" - Jesus
The place of refreshing is in the presence of the LORD. He is saying to each of us, "Be still and know that I am God. In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength. I am with you always, so don't go by your circumstances, go by My Word!" As wonderful and exciting it is on the mission field, so it is challenging and intense. Yes, it is in the hidden, personal, worshipping life of the saint that we are trained for battle - we are waging war against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms. And we do this not by force nor by strength, but by the Spirit of the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY. Jesus said we would be hated because of our allegiance to Him, so we shouldn't be too surprised when our message of Hope is not embraced by everyone. In fact, we are to REJOICE and LEAP FOR JOY when this happens! Yesterday, prompted by the Holy Spirit on the u-bahn train, we boldly preached the Good News of Jesus Christ's forgiveness of sins, His crucifixion, and His resurrection. One moslem man listened and said he respected what we were doing and as he left the train said something like, "Keep doing what you are doing. It is a good thing!" So after I spoke with Bianka translating, she then began to share her heart and after only a few minutes, one man sitting next to me, took offense, jumped out of his seat and angrily confronted Bianka a few inches from her face telling her to be quiet. She lovingly asked him why but he gave no reason. Then as we reached our stop, a few others angrily confronted her. Of course, she humbly took their hostile words and may the LORD bless her for it, but truly they were opposing JESUS Who passionately loves them and is the ONLY One Who can set them FREE. The whole experience was upsetting and heartbreaking to see such hard hearts. MAY NOTHING STOP THE GOSPEL FROM GOING FORTH AS WE OBEY JESUS AND PROCLAIM THE TRUTH IN LOVE TO A LOST AND DYING WORLD - THE TIME IS SHORT!

September 09, 2004

You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

(from David's prayer to the LORD in Psalm 139)
As expected, a third federal judge has declared the USA's ban on partial-birth abortions unconstitutional because it did not contain a disputed health exception. (Go here to read "How to dethrone tyrannical judges") The decision sets up the next stage of the legal battle in a federal appeals court. (read article) PARTIAL-BIRTH IS NEVER NEEDED! And to quote one of these judges, partial-birth abortion is "gruesome, brutal, barbaric and uncivilized." (see diagram) Please tell me, how is this any different from the actions of the demonized Nazi, Aldolf Hitler?? OH LORD JESUS, PLEASE FORGIVE US FOR ALL THE MANY CRUEL DEATHS OF THESE INNOCNET UNBORN CHILDREN!