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                          REAL JOY MINISTRY

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




EPH.3:20 “NOW TO HIM WHO IS ABLE TO DO EXCEEDINGLY ABUNDANTLY ABOVE ALL THAT WE ASK OR THINK, ACCORDING TO THE POWER THAT WORKS IN US, TO HIM BE GLORY IN THE CHURCH BY CHRIST JESUS THROUGHOUT ALL AGES, WORLD WITHOUT END. AMEN.”

                                                                                                                                                                                AUGUST 2018

DEAR FRIENDS AND PARTNERS,

 

The Precious Holy Spirit is always on the move!! We try to follow Him the best we can and He is also full of surprises. We had been asked to come and minister for three days at Living Word Fellowship in Gardnerville, NV, a church pastored by Gene Holman. I used to minister frequently in the vicinity of Reno, Carson City, and Lake Tahoe, however I had not been there in five years. Years ago, in that same church, I led a well l known Indian Tribal Leader to salvation; he was full of hate when he came in and when he left, he was full of the love of Jesus. We rented a car in Reno, drove to Gardnerville and had fellowship and meals with Pastor Gene. He is a precious, loving man, who following the Lord’s direction started cooking dinner for his flock on Wednesday evening, making it a dinner and bible study evening. He started with a few people years ago and now feeds 30-35. He invites them as his guests and personally pays for the food. He started by faith, not knowing how he was going to do this, but as it grew, the Lord taught him how to do it. Such a perfect example of obeying by faith; we start out not knowing how we can do what the Lord has asked us. He doesn’t give us what we need if we don’t start but as we go, the provision is there. God doesn’t usually ask us to do something we can do. He usually asks us to do something we can’t do and as we take that step of faith, He gives us what we need.

 

Some of our friends from years ago drove many hours to come to the meetings .It was an oId time reunion and such a blessing to be together, as well as precious friends from the church. During the years 1971 to 1985, we held once and  twice a year retreats at the Casa de Maria in Santa Barbara, hosted by Sister Pauline. It was during the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and we saw at least many hundreds of precious people born again and filled with the Holy Spirit. Last year, the floods destroyed or damaged most of the buildings and Sister Pauline has been relocated to a convent in Los Angeles. She will have a great reward in heaven and a wonderful reunion with all those whose lives were transformed at La Casa.

Her work was not always accepted by religion but it was accepted by God. We met some of those people in Gardnerville. We remember so vividly a young couple from Los Angeles who attended with others in the family, their parents and siblings, all of them never to be the same again. Not long after, the young father of six children was killed in an avalanche on the road to Reno, and the young mother raised those children with God’s help. She was at the meetings, still on fire for Jesus. Their oldest son was called to be a missionary to India and spent several years there. He is now back with a lovely Indian wife and beautiful daughters. They came to the Sunday morning service and as we prayed for him, the power of God touched him in a very deep way. All the meetings were precious and attended by the Power of the Holy Spirit, some cried as they were being healed from deep hurts, some laughed, some were encouraged, some fell by the power of the Holy Spirit. Some were delivered from discouragement and heaviness. We also prayed and believed for physical healing. There was a strong spirit of joy and love present to minister to all. We also heard precious testimonies of lives changed years ago that we had never heard. Glory to God!    

 

We went to Fort Worth, Texas to attend the Southwest Believers Convention for five days. We were really washed by the power of the Word of God from 8.30 a.m. to 10.30 p.m. with a short break for lunch and dinner. We were renewed in our spirits and souls as we worshipped with over 10,000 believers from all 50 states and over 60 nations . A taste of what heaven will be like. The teachings on the glory of God and the anointing of the Holy Spirit were especially powerful, as well as the pre-service intercession meetings. When Kenneth Copeland first started in ministry in 1968, he came to teach on faith in a home of dear friends here in California. He only taught what he had just learned but it was enough for us. He planted seeds of faith in us which enabled us to step out in faith, close our real estate office in 1970 and follow the Lord in full time ministry. We have witnessed this ministry of integrity grow, with persecution, and touch many nations. We appreciate that there is never a word of criticism towards any other ministry. Walking in love and forgiveness is the standard they follow.  While there, we spent a few precious days in Southlake with our son, Ron, his wife Christy, and our grandchildren, Sam 16, Jack 14 and Eleri 10. Such a blessing to be with them. We celebrated Jack’s 14th birthday and attended Gateway Church together.

 

Thank you for praying for our son Bob and his wife Debbie on their mission trip to Uganda. Their report follows:  We went to Uganda for 10 days with Joni and Friends Ministry and worked with missionaries from SOS Ministries. We visited disabled people in their huts and provided adapted wheelchairs and crutches to 120 patients. Most importantly, we shared the gospel with hundreds. 60 prayed to receive

Jesus as their Savior.

 

I just received a phone call from a man I prayed for in 1995 at a local church where I was invited to speak. He said that I cast out many demons out of him. He fell to the floor and was set free. At that time, he was homeless, living in his car parked in a field and a sweet breeze came over him. He is a changed man and works for a publishing company. He just wrote a book and wanted me to have a copy since I was used to set him free. This was a special gift to hear about this miracle because most people forget to report the blessing when it comes. We know it comes from God but we have a small part in it.

 

We thank you for praying for us and for your loving support. We read your notes and pray for your needs. The Lord is good and His mercy endures forever. We encourage you to be involved in the work of the Kingdom. Continue to be His hands and hearts extended to those around you. We love you and appreciate your partnership so very much.

 

In His Service

 

Ray & Jackie Brooks        



                           PRAYER LIST AND SCHEDULE


8-26 TO 9-8        

MAUI-VISITING OUR GRANDSON JEFF, HIS WIFE MICHELLE, AND THEIR DAUGHTER,   ERIN 11, AND WATCHING HER SURFING COMPETITION EVENTS.

ALSO ATTENDING CONFERENCE AT KINGS CHAPEL WITH OUR FRIENDS FROM  MODESTO, SHARON & DENNIS HARSH, WHO NOW RESIDE IN MAUI.


9-15                      

OJAI, CA. 10.30 A.M. & 1.30 P.M. MINISTERING AT BROKEN BREAD                                                                            MINISTRY-CAROL  YATES-1221 AVILA DR. 93023-805-646-3115


9-28 TO 10-14     MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA