A few years ago, I looked at my itinerary and realized I had a week to myself (no ministry). I thought it would be great to go see my friend Joy Strang in Orlando. I emailed her and she said it was fine to go down.
But I did say to the Lord, "Is there anywhere You want me to go this week?" I wasn't really expecting an answer, as I had already decided where to go. I was really just being polite. To my surprise, He said, "Yes, I want you to go to Israel."
"I was actually going to Florida," I replied.
"Israel," He said again. I couldn't just say, "No," so I ended up going to Israel to see my friend Juinnine. She was living in Jerusalem at the time. I told some people I was going to Israel, and people started sending me money for the trip – I received about $2,500. And then a friend from Ohio called me and said, "I want to buy your air ticket to Israel."
"I have plenty of money for Israel," I said.
But Suzanne insisted on getting the ticket, so I ended up taking the $2,500 with me to Israel.
Juinnine was happy to see me at the Tel Aviv Airport, but told me, "We need to pray because I don't have money to renew my lease and I am behind on the rent."
"Oh, well I think I brought you the money for that," I said, and handed over some of the money I brought with me from the USA.
So, for a week I just hung out with Juinnine, who had a great ministry, especially in the Arab villages. I just followed her around and didn't do anything much myself in the way of ministry.
That's Good...But Was That it?
Then it was the last day before I was to leave, and we were walking around the Old City. I had kind of complained to the Lord because, apart from seeing a friend, it seemed a bit pointless my being there, when I could have gone to Florida, which is only a six-hour drive.
As we walked around though, I passed a jewelry store. You know, I love jewelry, especially antique jewelry – rose gold in particular. Well, this store had Michal Negrin jewelry, which I also love. Michal Negrin is an Israeli designer.
"I have to check this out," I said, and grabbed Juinnine. We went inside the store and were met by a very neat looking couple who looked like Israeli Barbie dolls. He had black curly hair and she was a glamorous blonde.
I started looking at the neat bracelets and necklaces along with Juinnine. The couple who owned the store walked away to the other side of the store. I realized that they ceased to be interested in me when they heard my English accent. In a lot of places English people are known as "just looking" people. As the stores depend on tourism for a living, they don't care too much for people from the U.K who are "just looking."
I loved the jewelry! This is nice costume jewelry, not diamonds and emeralds or anything. But it's not cheap either.
Not to waste this opportunity to get a piece of Michal Negrin jewelry, I said to Juinnine, "I am in one of my favorite stores, I just have to buy a bracelet at least." As I was picking up a bracelet I liked, the Lord said to me, "Buy four, and buy something for Juinnine."
I was surprised. "They aren't cheap you know," I replied. But God repeated it.
So, I found myself choosing four bracelets, and I told Juinnine to pick whatever she liked best. "Really? Anything?" she said.
As I was pointing to the various bracelets I liked, and Juinnine was choosing her necklace, the couple who owned the store heard me saying, "I think I will get this one and this one..." and they heard Juinnine saying, "Oh, I think I will get this necklace." They suddenly got very interested in me and came back around to where we were standing. We purchased the four bracelets and a pretty necklace for Juinnine. Juinnine said, "Praise the Lord!" The nice looking Barbie-doll-looking man looked up and said, "Oh, are you those born-again people?"
We said, "Yes."
He explained, "A missionary lady from Sweden came into the store a few months ago and she told us about the Messiah, Jesus. And she emails us every week to tell us more about Him.She emailed us this morning and said some people would come in here today and tell us about the Messiah. It must be you."
Juinnine prayed with them to know the Messiah.
God is Looking for Vessels...
Before we left, they told us this: "The reason we did not accept Jesus before is because we thought if we did, He would take away our business and make us poor, and we want to be successful."
And then we talked about being born again – they had a wrong mindset about God from Christians and missionaries who came to the store, so when I bought the four bracelets and something for Juinnine, it squashed that idea they had, and left them open to a God who may enjoy them being successful. I kept one bracelet and gave the rest away.
The last I heard, they were very successful and had another couple of stores.
God talks through His Word, His prophets, and minsters. He speaks through signs and wonders and aromas and all kinds of demonstrations. He also talks to people through money. So be open; He is looking for some vessels to flow through.
Kathie Walters is an international speaker who brings freedom to those who feel they have to "qualify." She also ministers in the supernatural and believes that the supernatural realm is for everyone.
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April 2-5, 2015
Raging Fire Conference
Including "Fuel the Fire" for leaders
with Kristen Williams, Kathie Walters, Paul Saunders, Aaron Walsh, Seth Fawcet
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May 2, 2015 (9am-4pm)
Go To Nations
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