Team Members: Rabbi Avraham Libertus, Dr. Irmeli Libertus, Dr. Dianne Adams, and Bishop Sandy Cheney.
We left the Chicago O’Hare International Airport around 4 p.m. on September 3 and headed for Helsinki, Finland. After renting a vehicle in Helsinki on Tuesday morning, we drove to Lahti where we stayed for nine days.
The team ministered the first three nights in Lahti at Pastor Petri’s church. We gave messages from the Word of God, taught the Feast of Trumpets and the Feast of Tabernacles.
Since the Feast of Trumpets would begin before we left Finland, we taught this feast several times. Feast of Trumpets is also called Rosh Hashanah, the “Head of the Year.” The ten days after Trumpets are called the “Days of Awe.” This ten day period is part of God’s “countdown to glory.” If you have listened to the trumpet blast, something has awakened in your spirit. Your response should be a time of seriously seeking the Lord.
The tenth day of this special event is “The Day of Atonement” and God wants us to begin this New Year with a tangible experience of His Presence. The Day of Atonement is a day to repent and be restored. It’s a time to deal with anything in our lives that would hinder fellowship with a Holy God. It’s a time to receive a fresh anointing of the Life of God. Unlike the other appointed times in God’s calendar, the Day of Atonement is not a feast, but a fast. The Day of Atonement is a day to humble ourselves before God with prayer and fasting.
On Sunday, September 9, we drove to Nastola and were guest speakers at Pastor Tapio’s church. We gave testimonies of our past mission trips.
Monday night we met with Gypsy Believers and shared special messages from the Word of God.
Tuesday and Wednesday we were able to enjoy a little sight seeing, shopping, and visited family members of Dr. Irmeli.
Thursday, September 13, we drove to Helsinki, Finland and ministered in churches and homes both Thursday, and Saturday.
Friday was a very special day because we were given the opportunity to be interviewed by Western Production Oy / TV7 in Pasila Ilmalankuja 2L. Rabbi Avraham, Dr. Irmeli and the team shared information on Messianic Judaism. The video can be seen in Finland and surrounding countries. It should be ready for viewing within a couple of weeks. If you are interested, you may view this video on website www.tv7.fi.
Saturday we held a home meeting at Lilja Roth’s home in Turku. Again, we discussed the Feast of Trumpets. Sunday morning we took a short tour of Porvoo City and then ministered the Feast of Trumpets in Pastor Timo’s church.
The most rewarding time of our entire mission was prayer time. After every service there was an altar call where God healed many physically and even more emotionally. There were many people who rededicated their life to the Lord. In addition, most of those who came for prayer received a personal Word from God.
Bishop Sandy and I returned to the States on Monday, September 17, while Rabbi Avraham and Dr. Irmeli traveled to Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Austria continuing to pray for these nations according to the Lord’s instructions. They returned to the States, Wednesday, September 26, 2012.
The team thanks our Heavenly Father for sending us on this very special mission. The basis of our missions is to reveal the Glory of God. Scripture teaches that there is one all-powerful, all-glorious, perfect, and Holy God who desires that all of His creation experience His Glory. The work of our missions is God’s. He will work to accomplish His purpose: So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it (Isaiah 55:11).
God chose to use us and we thank Him! God is God. God has never and will never change. He is the God of yesterday, today and forever and still seeks to bring humanity back to Himself so that we might experience His Glory. We must study and do so with seriousness and faithfulness. Study of the Scripture will help keep our perspective straight. Scripture reveals that God calls us into missions to declare His Glory. We must make knowing Him our top priority. When God is our top priority, then making Him known is and always will be the end result of His mission.