Submitted by: Tim Washington (Bellevue, WA).
The church in Bellevue and the church in Renton met at the beginning of December to spend a half day reviewing the most recent ITERO messages. During our fellowship the point came up that in order for the Lord to spread in this country, there is the need of brothers to take the lead in these new churches. In fact, one of the limiting factors for spreading the churches across the country is having sufficient leadership in the churches. Relatively younger brothers will be needed in the coming days to take the lead in these new churches. One leading brother pointed out that there has been an attack on the young brothers in the churches, and pointed to the enemy’s strategy in Exodus 1 to kill all the young males. This brother also pointed out that if the enemy was successful, he would have wiped out the children of Israel in one generation and this in turn would have forced the Israelite women to marry Egyptian men. He referred to 1 John 2:14 regarding the strong young men.
There has been some good prayer since then regarding ‘strong young men’. In my heart is the prayer for many younger brothers who left the church life (and have been away for a long time) to come back. There is also a prayer in me that none of the trainee graduates would backslide, but rather would go on in a strong and healthy way. The Lord needs many strong young men in His move on the earth today, even for the migration in this country. After this fellowship, it was clearer to me that at least part of the burden related to ‘living to Him’, is to raise up and recover the strong young men in His recovery. May the Lord have a way through the prayer of the saints to do what is on His heart in the coming days.