22 mars 2008

We wish you from Chiang Mai a blessed Easter 2008

Chiang Mai Mar 22, 2008

Dear Friends,
Hope and trust you are doing well. Some of you we have a close contact with and with some, we seldom meet. But still, we hope you know that we appreciate the friendship with you very much and want to bless you in Christ.

A 40 days old little Pakistani boy: “Daddy will do it!”
On Monday the 17th I (Ingvar) went to Bangkok to apply for visa for Pakistan and to apply for new Swedish passport for myself at the Swedish embassy and to visit The Way of Life.

These days every embassy needs more and more documents to be able to issue visas. First coming to the counter at the Pakistan Embassy in Bangkok - I lost my courage and …. found myself very unhappy, inside. On the outside, I was trying to smile. The Visa Officer at the counter gave the impression to me, and to everybody: This is impossible. Some people somehow, seems to enjoy making it hard for others.

But a young Pakistani couple with their 40 days old, beautiful little baby boy were also there. Both the parents worked very hard to obtain some documents needed for their new born to be living in Thailand. The baby slept however the whole time in his mothers and his fathers lap.

After some time I “heard” the little baby, still sleeping, saying to me: “Let your dad also do the job for you!”

I took courage. I have done all I could and now … I can’t do more. My body did not fall asleep the 3 hours I was there, but…. my Inside had a good rest. If I can go on the 26th March to Pakistan or not.. I don’t know, but still I can rest in that my Daddy is at work.

Paul – must have lost his courage.
As a prisoner on the way to Rome, Paul saw many good things happening, but still he must have lost courage – along the way. The Bible says:

"And the brothers from there hearing of us, they came to meet us as far as the market-place of Appius, and Three Taverns. Seeing them, thanking God, Paul took courage." Acts 28;15

This Bible verse has become a powerful Rhema for me.
1. When we have the aim to move towards each other, things starts to happen.
2. When we thank God, heavenly qualities moves among us. Thank = eucharisteo = to be grateful, (actually) to express gratitude (towards); (give) thanks.
3. We can take courage. Paul was encouraged =tharsos = daring; boldness, courage.

I (Anna), find myself busy with various conferences, seminars where Tree of Life is hosting or being involved. But I am very much aware of a special grace in the area of strength and energy. Like this would be “a new season”. And I am eager to run with what He has called me to do in this nation and beyond, to love and heal the broken, open prison doors and set the captive free. Pointing to what Jesus has done for us on the Cross.

May God bless us all as we: See others - Thank God - Take encourage.

Wish you all the best this spring of 2008.
Ingvar & Anna Fredriksson