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                          REAL JOY MINISTRY

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


JOHN 11:25-26 “I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE. HE WHO BELIEVES IN ME, THOUGH HE MAY DIE, HE SHALL LIVE. AND WHOEVER LIVES AND BELIEVES IN ME SHALL NEVER DIE. DO YOU BELIEVE THIS?”

MATTHEW 28:5-7 “BUT THE ANGEL ANSWERED AND SAID TO THE WOMEN, “DO NOT BE AFRAID, FOR I KNOW THAT YOU SEEK JESUS WHO WAS CRUCIFIED. HE IS NOT HERE, FOR HE IS RISEN, AS HE SAID. COME, SEE THE PLACE WHERE THE LORD LAY. AND GO QUICKLY AND TELL HIS DISCIPLES THAT HE IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD, AND INDEED HE IS GOING BEFORE YOU INTO GALILEE; THERE YOU WILL SEE HIM. BEHOLD I HAVE TOLD YOU.”

 

                                                                                                                                                              MARCH 2018

 

DEAR FRIENDS AND PARTNERS,

 

We wish you a very Happy and Blessed Easter where we rejoice that our Lord Jesus did not stay in the tomb but rose again from the grave, giving us the assurance that we will live forever with Him in heaven because we have received the gift of salvation by inviting Jesus into our hearts and lives. That is the reason we can preach the good news; Jesus was crucified, paid for our sins and rose from the grave in victory. I am reminded of the song “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow; because Christ lives, all fear is gone. Because I know He holds my future, life is worth the living just because He lives.”

 

We know that some of you have areas and situations in your lives that have died, but Jesus can give new life even when hope is gone. Believe again and you will experience a miracle. We see new life in creation right now with the trees budding; the green grass and mountains are spectacular to see. We had not had rain here in California since last year so everything was brown. Now with several days of rain, everything is different and beautiful. It is the same in the Spirit; we bloom with the water of the Word of God mixed with faith.

 

Jackie spoke on the phone with my sister, Pierrette, in Montreal, a few days ago and she is going great.

She was diagnosed with lung cancer over two years ago with many spots on both lungs and given a few months to live. She was too weak to keep up her activities at the Senior Center and she even gave up playing cards. When she went back recently, they were surprised because they knew she had been so

Sick. She laughingly told them “I have been resurrected.” She gets checked every six months and so far has been given a clean bill of health. Thank you for praying her through this time and thank you Lord Jesus. She is 86 years old and we are believing (and she is too) that she will live all her allotted time to be a blessing and to be blessed.

 

We had a wonderful Easter surprise and super blessing. Our youngest son, Ron, his wife, Christy, and their children, Sam, who will be 16 in a few weeks, Jack, 13 and Eleri 9, came to visit from Dallas during their spring break. It was a last minute decision and what a thrill it was to hear the news. We had such a wonderful time together and our hearts were filled with joy at the blessing of having them in the house with us. The house feels empty now, but we rejoice and thank the Lord for blessing us so much. There was joy all around with our other children Bob and Carole and their families spending time with them. The forecast for their time here was rain and more rain. We prayed that the Lord would give breaks in between so they could enjoy their few days here. They landed at 9 a.m. picked up a rental car and spent the day on the coast exploring Santa Monica. They only had one full day of rain and maybe a few occasional showers; the rest was good. The children stayed with us while Ron and Christy took a fast overnight trip to Indian Wells to watch a famous tennis match and that was fun for all of us. We went to the Reagan Library which is an educational experience, as well as enjoying a magnificent view all the way to the ocean. We spent the last afternoon in Malibu where they took a very long walk on the shore coming back with a bunch of shells. Jackie and I waited for them on nice chairs just admiring the ocean; that was fun too.

 

We attended the Global Awakening Conference in Rancho Mirage which was a precious time of ministry. Randy Clark has a powerful gentle anointing for healing, as well as training others, and we witnessed many healings during that time. We were also blessed by the ministry of Bishop Joe Garlington who has a very unique way of teaching the scriptures that is very powerful and brings revelation. It was wonderful time of being refreshed and strengthened. We are anointing grabbers; we receive the anointing that men and women of God carry which is different than ours and by faith we add some of it to ours by soaking in what the Holy Spirit has given to others.

 

We were at the Aglow Intl. retreat in Santa Paula as advisors and it was such a blessing to be with ladies we have known for so many years, there were some men there also. Our dear friends, Michael and Terry Harrison were the worship leaders and speakers and the attendees were very blessed. It was a precious time of enjoying the presence of the Lord in extended times of worship. I had been asked to commission the new officers and pray a blessing on the outdoing of the area President and Vice President and as we prayed and agreed believing that as the baton has been passed, the race will take Aglow further in this area for the glory of God.

 

My back is getting better every day although my stamina and energy are not up to par yet. I try to be careful and not push it. This is all new for me but Jackie helps me and also reminds me to be careful. My diagnosis of bronchitis right before Christmas was updated to pneumonia so it’s not surprising that it is taking more time for me to regain my strength. I just went in yesterday for new x-rays so I believe the report will be good. Thank you so much for praying me through this ordeal unto complete victory. Jackie and I appreciate your love, prayers and support so much. We never feel we go out by ourselves, we know you are with us and cover our backs. We love you and pray for you.

 

In His Service,

 

Ray & Jackie Brooks                                    PRAYER LIST

 

4-4 TO 4-6-TIME SET ASIDE FOR YOUNG PASTOR FROM OUT OF STATE COMING TO SEE US

4-15 – PASO ROBLES 10 A.M. FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER, PASTOR PAT SHEHAN

4-20 TO 22-MEN’S RETREAT FOR RANCHO INTL MINISTRY-SEVERAL CHURCHES TOGETHER

4-26 TO 5-10- MONTREAL – POSTPONED  -                                       -

5-20 LAKE ELSINORE-10 A.M. ELSINORE CHRISTIAN CENTER- PASTOR JIM HILBRANT