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Japan Gathering/Homecoming, Kobe, May 3–6

We are so excited as we look forward to what the Lord will do during the Japan Gathering/Homecoming in Kobe next week. One of the key verses is Zechariah 10:8, which states, “I will whistle for them and gather them.” We believe the Lord is calling and gathering His people. In the various Gatherings orchestrated by the Lord around the world, no advertising is done. God calls the people. Already more than three thousand have registered for Kobe. We are believing for five thousand, with perhaps as as many as fifteen hundred from overseas (China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Korea—as well as many from the US, Canada, and Europe [including Germany]).

One of the important nations is Germany. At the end of 2014, German leaders noted that the Kobe Gathering is seventy years after the end of WWII. They wondered if there was something special that God wanted to do. Thus in February, some leaders from Japan flew to Germany for a time of fellowship, bonding, and meeting in the presence of the Lord. David Demian shared how the Lord impressed that now we would go beyond repairing the damage that the enemy had done, and that He would begin to implement His plans. Both Japan and Germany are “leader nations” that the devil used to orchestrate much suffering and destruction. However, something was birthed during that small gathering of leaders in February that will come forth in Kobe which will be a blessing to the whole world.

We should note the importance of Kobe itself. In kanji, it is written “神戸,” which literally means “God’s Door,” or “Door of God.” I have noticed that even in the days of early missions, robust ministries and strong churches were birthed here. I have long felt that this city (which suffered a devastating earthquake twenty years ago) would one day be a key for revival. What I have now come to understand is that Kobe is not only God’s door for Japan, but also for the nations. (And intercessors have long thought of Japan as the eastern door of the 10-40 window.)

At the Gathering last year in Okinawa (July 1–3), we felt that Japan was healed and was empowered to rise up (largely due to the faith of the eight hundred or so who came from other nations). We felt the next thing will be great evangelism in this country.

Please pray for the Kobe Gathering (May 3–6) as we gather in obedience to the call of the Lord. The meetings are simple—we gather and worship, and then the Lord begins to move. We are expecting great things.

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This Year We Must Focus on Counting Down to Pentecost—Counting of the Omer (Lev. 23:15–16)

The people of God were instructed to begin counting the fifty days to Pentecost from the first day of the Feast of First Fruits—the day on which Jesus was resurrected. Today is day twenty-three (which means there are twenty-seven days left until Pentecost). The focus is “man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Deut. 8:3). I feel the Lord challenging us that if we will focus on hearing Him above all else, then we put ourselves in position for Him to bless us at Pentecost. Personally, I am combining that with the fact that we are in the second Hebrew month, Iyar, which is the month of the prophet. As such, I also encourage you to also prophesy daily.

Thanks for praying,

Ron and Teddy Sawka