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We are delighted that you are considering attending the
2020 Edmonds Ministries of Pastoral Care Spiritual Retreat
April 30 – May 2, 2020
After much prayer and consideration, Sarah and the MPC Board have decided to cancel the Edmonds Retreat. We believe that God’s wisdom at this time is to adapt our schedule for the sake of your health and safety. Those already registered will receive a full refund to your credit card or a check from MPC, depending on the method of payment you used when registering.
Sarah and the board are praying about how God desires to use MPC in this unusual time, and we ask for your intercessions, as you will remain in ours. We will stay in touch through our newsletter regarding plans for future events and trust that we will again worship together in His presence, at the time of God’s choosing.
For your encouragement, words from the Book of Common Prayer:
Increase, O God, the spirit of neighborliness among us, that in peril we may uphold one another, in suffering tend to one another, and in homelessness, loneliness, or exile befriend one another. Grant us brave and enduring hearts that we may strengthen one another, until the disciplines and testing of these days are ended, and you again give peace in our time; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Anglican Church in North America Book of Common Prayer, page 659)
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We are mythic beings: we live by and in our symbols. Reality is simply far too great to be contained in propositions. That is why man needs gestures, pictures, images, rhythms, metaphor, symbol and myth.
~Leanne Payne, Healing Presence, 119 and 125
By Uwe Buß
In June, we had a MPC-school in Hungary. Actually, it was the first conference we carried out in Eastern Europe. For almost every participant it was the first time they got in touch with Leanne Payne’s teaching, especially as Leanne’s books are not translated into Hungarian yet.
Most Protestant Christians in Hungary belong to the reformed Church. Many symbols, that are common in other denominations, are unfamiliar and unusual here. So I wondered how we could do the procession of the cross, what vestments I should wear und how we could introduce the Holy Water. Of course, we didn’t want to disturb the attendees right at the beginning of the conference. However, all my fears were unnecessary. The Holy Spirit has already made the way and gave an enormous openness. The meaning of these healing symbols have descended deeply into the hearts. I will never forget, when the Cross and the open Bible were carried into the conference hall. I sensed so much reverence. You could almost touch God’s presence.
After the procession, Sarah’s first lecture was about “Holiness”. This deepened what we just had experienced and prepared the way for more.
The Lord led us, in these days, in an impressive way. Many people opened their hearts in short counselling conversations or in ministry times. There was a growing sense, a deep longing for the healing presence of our Lord. Therefore, we have many reasons to praise and give thanks.
For myself it has been moving that my testimony is so encouraging for so many people. I have been involved with the PCM/MPC-ministry for about 30 years now, and have belonged to the team since last year, with the privilege of ministering at MPC schools internationally. I say thank you to Jesus, who brings people like me from the depths, gives healing and uses them as ambassadors of his salvation.
Please, pray for all the attendees of the Hungarian conference. The sown seed shall come up and bear fruit. Therefore, even more people shall get in touch with the Healing Presence of our God.
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Wir sind mythische Wesen: Wir leben durch unsere Symbole und in ihnen. Die Wirklichkeit ist viel zu komplex, als dass sie vollständig in Lehrsätze gefasst werden könnte. Deshalb braucht der Mensch Gesten, Bilder, Rhythmen, Metaphern, Symbole und Mythen. ~Leanne Payne, Heilende Gegenwart, 126 and 133
Von Uwe Buß
Im Juni hatten wir eine MPC-school in Ungarn. Das war unsere erste Konferenz, die wir in Osteuropa durchgeführt haben. Für nahezu alle Teilnehmer war es die erste Begegnung mit den Lehren von Leanne Payne, zumal ihre Bücher noch nicht auf Ungarisch erhältlich sind.
Die meisten protestantischen Christen in Ungarn gehören der reformierten Kirche an. Viele Symbole, die anderen Kirchen ganz vertraut sind, sind hier eher fremd und ungewohnt. Ich habe vorher überlegt, wie die Prozession des Kreuzes, liturgische Kleidung oder der Gebrauch von Weihwasser aussehen könnte um die Teilnehmer nicht gleich zu Beginn der Konferenz zu verschrecken. Aber alle Befürchtungen waren unnötig. Der Heilige Geist hatte schon längst den Weg bereitet und eine enorme Offenheit geschenkt. Die Bedeutung dieser heilsamen Symbole ist tief in die Herzen gefallen. Niemals werde ich vergessen, wie das Kreuz und die aufgeschlagene Bibel in den Konferenzraum getragen wurden. Da war so viel Ehrfurcht zu spüren, und die Gegenwart Gottes war geradezu greifbar.
Der darauf folgende Vortrag von Sarah über „Heiligkeit“ vertiefte das Erlebte und bereitete den Weg für mehr.
Der Herr hat uns in diesen Tagen einen beeindruckenden Weg geführt. Viele Menschen öffneten ihre Herzen in kurzen seelsorgerlichen Gesprächen oder in den Gebetszeiten. Es wuchs ein Gespür für, ja eine Sehnsucht nach der heilenden Gegenwart unseres Herrn. Es gibt also viel Grund zum Loben und Danken.
Für mich persönlich ist es bewegend, dass mein eigenes Zeugnis so viele Menschen ermutigt. Ich bin mit PCM/MPC nun seit dreißig Jahren verbunden, und seit einem Jahr gehöre ich zum Team und durfte auf verschiedenen Konferenzen mitarbeiten. Ich danke Jesus dafür, dass er Menschen wie mich wirklich aus der Tiefe holt, ihnen Heilung schenkt und sie gebraucht um Botschafter seines Heils zu sein.
Betet für die Menschen, die an der Konferenz in Ungarn teilgenommen haben. Der ausgesäte Samen soll aufgehen und Frucht bringen, damit noch viel mehr Menschen mit der heilenden Gegenwart Gottes in Berührung kommen.
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The Light of the World, William Holman Hunt, 1851/1852
June has been a fruitful month for MPC! Here I’ll share some of the joys that came through our day in Oxford. And soon we’ll also share about God’s goodness as it flowed through our retreats in Switzerland and Hungary. Thank you for joining with us in such powerful ways – through your engagement at our events and through the audio recordings, with your prayers, words of encouragement, and your financial gifts. We are encouraged and emboldened as we see our Lord’s care for His body flowing through you.
We had been led to call our time in Oxford a “Day of Refreshment,” and God was true to this word. Many in our gathering were pastors, counselors, and ministry leaders, those who often have the greatest need to soak and even bathe in the living water that flows from God’s holy presence. Our team very much enjoyed meeting some whose lives had been changed decades ago by Leanne’s ministry in the UK, and others who were hearing these teachings for the first time. We experienced how the Gospel is ever-fresh and ever-needful, perhaps in a particular way in places of such influence and prestige as Oxford.
For this one-day event, our team listened carefully for the Spirit’s guidance on which topics to address. The virtue of hope became a central theme for our time. In a world choked with despair and its wicked abettor, acedia, this teaching often brings crucial illumination. For all who seek wholeness for themselves and those who are called to serve the wholeness of others in pastoral care and counseling, it is far too easy to make an idol of healing and take our eyes off the Healer. This subtle shift opens the door to discouragement which can lead to despair, a willful conclusion that fulfillment in God will not happen. In His mercy, Jesus calls us out of that deadly posture, granting both conviction and the power to turn back toward life. We were privileged to pray with this precious group as many received forgiveness, cleansing, and a fresh impartation of hope, humility, and the courage to become as great as God has made each one to be.
Many thanks to Andrew Miller for giving our team a fantastic tour of Worcester College, the Eagle and Child Pub, and the Keble College Chapel where we were able to view William Holman Hunt’s painting, The Light of the World. Oxford is a special place and we were grateful for such a gracious and generous host!
Our time in Oxford ended with a fun and relaxing dinner with some of the day’s attendees, a special time of fellowship! We relished this time around the table, hearing of the adventures our brothers and sisters have had as they follow our Lord. One of the most gratifying (perhaps even addictive!) aspects of this ministry is seeing the real, enduring fruit that so reliably yet miraculously matures in the life of those who abides in Christ. We rejoiced together, team members and attendees alike, at the transforming power of God’s love at work in our lives. To see God’s sons and daughters standing strong, speaking truth in love, and being the truth in this darkening world is the most exciting and powerful sight! Many of us have been told that the wholeness we seek is not possible, or even that it is wrong to desire change. How good it is, then, to gather together to receive more of God’s holiness and praise Him for who He is and for what His love can do. We have a God who is more than able to set love in order within us, and then delights to flow freely to love His world through us!
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by Cat Young
Over a hundred people gathered from as far away as Ontario, Canada and New York State to attend the two-day MPC Spiritual Retreat in Fresno, California at the end of March. For many of those present, it was the first time they had ever been introduced to Leanne Payne’s writings and teaching. It was water to a thirsty church.
I felt a deep stillness come over the room as Sarah opened the retreat with the teaching on the Holiness of God, and it seemed to me everyone was leaning forward, drinking it in with parched souls. After decades of confused teaching it was a relief to be reminded who God truly is, and He himself confirmed the message with a palpable sense of His presence.
The power of what He was doing became apparent by the first break. Three separate women ran up to me, hugging me, sharing stories of how God was already opening their ears, speaking to their hearts. Each of them had received messages having something to do with rocks.
The first lady saw a triangle made of stones, representing the Trinity. One particular stone at the top of the triangle stood out very clearly to her in her imagination. Later she found a stone exactly like the one in her vision in the courtyard. She joyfully picked it up and now keeps it at home.
Another one received a word from the Lord about her hobby of rock collecting, which her psychiatrist had labeled as a symptom of bipolar disorder. The Lord affirmed the hobby as a practice of His presence and told her it’s one more place “where dirt meets grace”, a theme he had begun speaking to her in the days leading up to the retreat.
The third was given an image of a doorway which represented the way to her heart, and it was completely blocked with stones. She was told that together, she and the Lord would name each stone and then remove it.
The three of them shared their “rock” stories with one another and found a unity of fellowship in them. All this happened in the first two hours of the retreat.
Despite the many challenges we faced surrounding our worship team, we were blessed with an amazing fullness of sound thanks to the combined skills of John Cannon with local musicians Tony Manjarrez on guitar and Brenda Myers on percussion. Tony later said of John, “There’s a touch on that man’s life. I’m not an organ man—I walk out of churches when I hear an organ—but when he touched that instrument I felt like I was being lifted heavenward!” Both he and Brenda truly enjoyed John’s joy-filled presence and hearty laugh.
We had around twenty attending who are involved in the fields of mental health and counseling, and each of these were deeply encouraged as they began to see an integration between their faith and their training and calling. One young woman asked if the team would pray for all the counselors, and Sarah, Anjie and Sill graciously led them in prayers for wisdom, discernment and equipping for their ministries, as well as for their own personal growth. These will soon be regularly gathering via Zoom to continue reading Leanne’s works and begin applying the truths in them to their counseling work.
Bishop Eric Menees was at first impressed, and then profoundly moved by what he experienced at the retreat. He gave a glowing endorsement to his clergy, testifying to the sound theology of the teachings and the testimonies of Sarah, Tommy, Sill, Anjie and Melanie, naming them a blessing to all in attendance. Later, at the Chrism Mass during Holy Week, he made an appeal to the clergy to join him in attending the Wheaton school this July, saying, “it will truly change your life.”
In the aftermath of the retreat, I’ve had the privilege of seeing some of the seeds planted begin to bear fruit. Some of the most colorful fruit has come about in one of the women I referred to above. The teaching on forgiveness gave her a bit of drama as the Lord apparently cemented her bottom to the floor of the sanctuary until she was ready to forgive the birth mother who had twice rejected her. Days later, the Spirit led her to write four pages of people and actions to forgive, to weep over them, and then to burn them. Then he led her to create some wonderful paintings with the ashes. The change in her countenance has brought strangers to her, asking her what “that glow” about her is. She answers, with great passion, it’s the power of God in forgiveness! As an added bonus, she has enjoyed a remission of her dystonia since the retreat.
One thing I’ve noticed at each MPC event I’ve attended: there’s something about the renunciation and forgiveness of sin which opens us all to the unifying work of the Holy Spirit. By the end of the retreat Saturday evening, it seemed everyone was a little in love with each other, and it was simply an outcome of people releasing their stuff to the Lord. Once God has a straight path to each heart, he brings us all together. I’ve also noticed after each MPC event that sometimes fruit springs up right away, and other times weeds start surfacing that those who attended never knew were there, allowing the disciple to present those weeds to the Lord for redemption. Please pray for all these tender shoots, that the Spirit will continue to water what he’s planted. Pray especially that the latter people will be granted the will to face into what the Lord is showing them, and will continue on the path of healing.
After a wonderfully full year of ministry, our team members are enjoying some quiet December days at home. This affords the time to write to you about God’s goodness in this year, a most heart-warming project! Read more…
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