2017 The Year of Fulfilled Visions
June 25, 2018
God is speaking powerful, encouraging words to Joyce and I as we are coming into this New Year and we want to share them with you. Say to them, the days are near when every vision will be fulfilled. (Ezekiel 12:23 NIV) Perhaps you, like so many others, have been holding on to a God-given vision for many years. Perhaps you, like so many of us, have been tempted to give up and to let go of your visions. But God is saying to us as we have never heard before that this coming year of 2017 is the year when we are going to see these dreams and visions fulfilled.
Even as we entered the new Biblical year of 5777, we felt a major shift and acceleration which will lead to the fulfillment of God’s plans for the “restoration of all things.” Jesus answered and said to them, “Elijah truly is coming first and will restore all things (Matthew 17:11) We believe those of us who are walking in faith and obedience to God are going to see our God-given dreams and visions fulfilled or “coming into fulfillment” during this new year.
We believe that this New Year of 2017 will begin with believers delighting themselves in the Lord as never before. Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4)
Immediately after Joyce and I received the baptism in the Holy Spirit in 1972, we found ourselves spending much of our time in delighting ourselves in the Lord in our high praise and intimate worship. We found ourselves becoming more and more focused on the Heart of our Father-God for reaching the nations. He began to give us a vision to reach the nations with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We had both felt called to the mission field in our youth and attended Bible School in preparation for what God had ahead for us in our lives and ministry. But we had lacked the power of the Holy Spirit to be His witnesses.
Now, years later when we received more of His power in our lives, suddenly our hearts desire for world evangelism began to increase. Our first mission trip was in 1976 when we went to Hong Kong and The Philippines with Dr. Sumrall and Charles and Frances Hunter. My first trip to India was in 1981 with Pastor John Osteen and our passion for reaching the nations for Jesus Christ kept increasing. God kept positioning us for the fulfillment of the desires of our heart. God gave us a vision for advancing the Kingdom of God in the nations of the world. God took us to Psalm 2:8: Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
In 1983, we stepped out of our position with Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, and began our international ministry. Immediately, those visions that God had placed in our heart began to come to pass because we had “delighted ourselves in the Lord.” Yes, those visions that God had placed in our hearts have come to pass. We can truly say: “Every vision that God has placed in our hearts is being fulfilled.” We can say with Habakkuk: “Look among the nations and watch – be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it were told you” (Habakkuk 1:5)
Now, God has spoken to our hearts that this New Year will be the year of the fulfillment of God-given visions. Joyce and I love to tell what God has done in our lives. He has taken two shy, poor, unknown people and used them to reach so many, even rulers around the world. We have experienced what God wants to do in the lives of every believer. We know He wants to do this in your life! This is the year of fulfillment!
We ask you to join us in delighting yourself in the Lord. Let Him give, renew, and confirm His visions for you! If you haven’t already done so, write your vision ~ your goal down. Simplify it into a couple of sentences and begin to declare it coming to pass in this coming New Year. Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it (Habakkuk 2:2) Then, send this God-given vision to us so that we can join with you in our prayers and decrees for the fulfillment of your vision in this coming year.
A friend of ours, who has now gone to be with the Lord, often asked the Lord saying: “Lord, give me a vision so big that You might have to move your little finger to accomplish it!” Again, remember God has spoken to our hearts: “Say to them, the days are near when every vision will be fulfilled.” (Ezekiel 12:23 NIV) As you may already know, our vision and passion for Gill Ministries has been to develop, translate and provide tools for churches and groups in the nations of the world to have the all- important resources to be able to equip every believer to do the works of the ministry (the works of Jesus) and to bring them into the full measure of the stature of Christ Himself.
Our passion and vision is that every believer will be equipped to reach their own villages, towns, cities and nations with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Today, the need keeps increasing for these practical, anointed teaching resources to be translated into more and more languages at considerable cost. We then make these translations available free of charge through our website and media outreaches of the teacher/student manuals in their languages.
God has given others the vision and ministry of taking and introducing these powerful and practical teaching resources to spiritual leaders and pastors in nations around the world to help them start Kingdom Training Centers in their churches and ministries. We are also actively involved in the multiplication of these resources through media (the internet, website, literature, audio, video teaching and international television).
Our ministry keeps us going to the nations of the world. It has now taken us to 93 nations and some of those over fifty times. We are now making plans to travel to many nations in this coming year. We continue to need your help through faithful prayer and generous monthly giving. Please pray about what God would have you do as a special gift at this time and by your faithful monthly support. Together, we are forcibly advancing the Kingdom of God in the nations of the world. And as you do, don’t forget to send us your vision so we can join with you in prayer for your vision to be fulfilled during this coming New Year.
Your missionaries to the world,. A.L. ‘n Joyce
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