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                          REAL JOY MINISTRY

RAY & JACKIE BROOKS P.O. BOX 1715 – THOUSAND OAKS –CALIFORNIA 91358 PHONE 805 498 8819



MATTHEW 25:21 “HIS LORD SAID UNTO HIM, “WELL DONE, GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT; YOU WERE FAITHFUL OVER A FEW THINGS. I WILL MAKE YOU RULER OVER MANY THINGS. ENTER INTO THE JOY OF YOUR LORD.”

 

                                                                                                                                                                SEPTEMBER 2018

DEAR FRIENDS AND PARTNERS,

 

This is such an encouraging word from our Lord Jesus. He counts us faithful if we do even very small things in the Kingdom. He doesn’t look at the results but at our faithfulness to invest what He has given us. We all have something to give, our love, our compassion, our talents, our gifts, our abilities, our time, our money, our prayers, whatever the Lord has placed in our hands, small or large. Some people only talk about the bad things happening in the world which are listed in 2nd Timothy 3:3-5 as signs of the last days, but Jesus tells us to be lights in the world, and salt to give it a better taste. He also admonishes us to do business until He comes back and to occupy until He comes, Luke 19: 13. We live in a world where bad is considered good and good considered bad  but Jesus said that He has given us power  to overcome the world. 1 John 5:4 “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world, our faith!”

 

We leave in a few days for several weeks of ministry in Montreal and surroundings. The Province of Quebec is French speaking with a very low percentage of evangelical Christians, which can be compared to Europe. Most of the population were raised as Catholics, as we were, but the attendance in the churches now is very low. There is a vacuum in their hearts that can only be filled by the Presence of the Holy Spirit. It is starting to happen and we are very blessed to have a small part in it. We love to encourage the pastors and spend time with them. They are facing warfare and retaliation

and they need reinforcements and understanding. We will also spend time with my sister Pierrette who is now cancer free andREA feeling very well. A few short years ago, she had 18 black cancer spots on her lungs and they slowly have disappeared. We all prayed together and the Lord performed His miracle.

 

We had the great blessing of hosting our dear pastor friends from Lake Elsinore, Jim and Carol Hilbrant. It was a

 wonderful week-end of fellowship. We went to church on Sunday; it was their first introduction to our Pastor Tim Clark and they were very blessed  to hear this anointed young man preaching the Word of God. Jim & Carol have attended Pastor Jack Hayford’s  yearly conferences and schools of pastoral nurture for many years so the Church on the Way is like home. We also visited the Ronald Reagan Library which is close to us and that was also a wonderful day.

 

We were in Hawaii between the hurricane and a tropical storm. We had 14 days of sunshine and perfect weather just sandwiched in between. Our dear friends from Modesto who now reside in Maui, Sharon and Dennis Harsh, picked us up at the airport. They also drove us to attend meetings at the Kings Chapel’s Prophetic Conference held on Labor Day week-end which was anointed and encouraging. Our oldest grandson, Jeff, his wife Michelle and their daughter, Erin, arrived a few days later and we had the blessing of spending quality time with them. On our second week-end, we went to church with them and that was wonderful. It is a Harvest Church planted by Pastor Gregg Laurie and he was there that day. The surfing competition that Erin was to be part of did not happen because the waves were too small. So between them and our friends driving us around, we did not have to rent a car. I really had a good rest, sitting on the balcony, reading, and enjoying the beautiful view of the ocean. We are really thankful for the Lord’s blessings. Our trips to Hawaii always involve a few miracles but it always happens.

 

Last week-end, we ministered at an all day meeting for Broken Bread Ministry in Ojai, about an hour from our home. It is hosted by Carol Yates who we have known for many years; she used to be in leadership for Women’s Aglow.  It was a precious time; I shared on faith in the morning and Jackie shared on being watchmen on the wall in the afternoon. We prayed for everyone one present and several were really touched and healed in their hearts as they were able to release the pain, and the rejection. One young woman reacted with an angry look when Jackie told her she had to forgive. It took a little while but she finally did it the best she good after Jackie told her it was a decision, not a feeling.  Then it was beautiful to watch as the Holy Spirit visited her with His power. She was so hot, she kept saying I’m burning up, I’m so hot. She was not the same person when she left. Her countenance was transformed and she hugged Jackie and was so thankful. We serve a Mighty God and if we will cooperate and obey His Word, miracles will happen.

 

We are going on this trip as well as the other trips by faith, believing the Lord will give us what we need to fulfill our assignments. My back is much better but not all the way better and Jackie’s knee bothers her sometimes but we believe that when we are weak, He is strong in us. We appreciate your prayers, as members of our team, to back us up.

 

We love you, pray for you, and we are so blessed by your love and your partnership.

 

In His Service,

 

Ray & Jackie Brooks

                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                PRAYER LIST AND SCHEDULE

 

SEPT. 27 TO OCT. 16        LANDING IN BURLINGTON, VT. RENTING A CAR  AND DRIVING TO ST-HILAIRE FOR OUR FIRST MEETING WHICH WILL BE HELD IN STE-JULIE AT REFUGE SOUS SES AISLES,  1410 RUE PRINCIPALE. WE WILL STAY WITH THE PASTORS FOR THE WEEK-END LONG TIME FRIENDS,    NICOLE & JACQUES PHILIBERT           


OCT. 7   STE-ROSE- MEETING HOSTED BY FRANCINE MENARD 450-433-2537. SHE AND HER HUSBAND JEAN MARC, WERE PASTORS OF CENTRE MISSIONAIRE DU PUISSANT LIBERATEUR.AFTER A LONG BATTLE WITH CANCER , JEAN MARC LEFT THIS EARTH  ALMOST A YEAR AGO.


OCT. 12 TO 14..  ST-HUBERT AT EGLISE ALLIANCE ET VIE, 4660 MONTEE ST-HUBERT, WITH LONG TIME FRIENDS  PASTORS ODETTE ET LEO MENARD. WE HAVE BEEN FAMILY WITH THEM SINCE THEY STARTED THE CHURCH OVER 20 YEARS AGO. WE WILL STAY WITH VERY GOOD FRIENDS, CLAUDE  AND  LISETTE MORIN.

 

QUOTE  FROM PASTOR DAVID JEREMIAH “IF YOU DON’T VOTE, YOU ARE NOT EXPRESSING YOUR FAITH. IN AN ELECTION YEAR, PART OF YOUR CHRISTIANITY IS GOING TO THE VOTING BOOTH AND MAKING A SELECTION. IT IS OUR RIGHT AS AMERICANS, AND IT IS OUR SACRED RESPONSIBILITY AS CHRISTIANS”.