Butterflies Multiply in Moldova Prison

2016-05-16 17.33.40 HDRAngie and Aliona, staff with Campus Crusade Moldova, in Eastern Europe, joined LUV workshops in November 2015.  They have been coming to Orlando every 6 months to be equipped to reach women in their region. Recently they shared this report of what God is doing;

Three years ago, God gave us a possibility to have ministry in the prison for women. In Moldova we have just one prison for women. We shared the Gospel using “Magdalena Released From Shame”.  Last September we got permission to start a new Bible study group with women in prison. We offered them the Butterfly teaching and started with a group of 6 women.  Now we have 20 women in our Butterfly group and many of them have believed in Jesus.

One of these women said: “I was supposed to be released from prison a few months ago but I will be here till February. I don’t regret that, I’m thankful to God because during this study I received answers to so many questions. I struggled with these questions many nights, but now I have peace.

Another woman told us: There are many Christian organizations coming with different great programs but no one is like this. The Butterfly group is so helpful!

We are hoping that in future, the women we are discipling in prison now will continue the work and will share the Gospel and disciple other women, starting new groups. We are praying and hoping to see spiritual multiplication in this prison soon!

Aliona and Angie have started several other butterfly groups discipling women in their city and more recently have also been reaching women in a closed and very difficult region of Moldova.

They are also working on translating Love UnVeiled materials into Russian and Romanian languages both needed in Moldova.

​I thank God for the door He has opened for us to reach women in East and West Europe through our partnership with Campus Crusade (Agape Europe). Would you join me in praying for Angie and Aliona and the women of Moldova…

Please Pray: Angie with prison butterfly group

  • Holy Spirit will empower Angie and Aliona with His wisdom and grace to evangelize and disciple women in prison and in the difficult region they have just started.
  • A deep Holy Spirit transformation in each woman’s life during her time in the prison butterfly classes.
  • The women in prison will have courage and conviction to live as Spirit filled disciples who multiply in prison and when they return to life outside prison.
  • Other butterflies who Aliona and Angie are discipling will come along side them to help mentor the women in prison and in other areas.
  • For a US Visa to be granted for Angie to travel to Orlando for LUV Workshop 5 training in May.
  • For Aliona’s family who have had considerable emotional and physical challenges this year.
  • For funds needed to translate and print Butterfly Disciple materials in Russian and Romanian.

Thank you for praying for our courageous butterflies and for your financial gifts to help us continue bringing God’s word to broken women to heal and set them free to be who He created them to be!

With warm love in our Lord Jesus.

Liz

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Freedom at Easter in a S. Florida Jail

Remember the prisoners as if chained with them... Hebrews 13:3

 
Dear friend,

Two weeks ago I had an opportunity to visit the fourth group of women inmates Tanya is leading through our  LUV Transformation Discipleship in a S. Florida Jail.  I was anxious to meet the women and hear what God is doing in their lives.  However, no one was getting approval to visit the jail at this time, and those who normally are approved have to go through a rigorous application process, finger prints, hours long orientation etc.  It would take a miracle for me to be approved to visit!

The miracle happened! Five days after submitting my application letter Tanya wrote “You have been approved! It is God ordained and an answer to prayer!”

On the 2.5 hour drive to the jail the words “YOU HAVE BEEN APPROVED!” played over and over in  my mind.   These words gave me permission, confidence and freedom to walk in and out of a place where most women going in do not have the freedom to walk out.

The women came into the jail community meeting room carrying their LUV workbooks and bibles.  I wondered how many of them had ever heard words of approval or acceptance before they came to Tanya’s butterfly group. I felt overwhelming love for these women in their brokenness.

No wonder Jesus loved to hang out with sinners. There must be no better place than jail or prison to understand the power of the gospel or experience the sweet hope of the Good News of God’s love and acceptance through Jesus. The women may have broken a social or civil law, but I was humbly and deeply reminded that there was no difference between us – we have all broken God’s perfect lawBUT GOD SO LOVED the world that He sent His only Son …..not to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved! John 3:16-17.

1st graduation group 2 6 17I was so proud of Tanya and what God is doing as He unveils His love and truth to these women every week through her teaching and discipleship. Almost every woman coming through the Jail butterfly groups has received Jesus as her savior. But their wounds go deep.

After a time of worship, Tanya led the women through our lesson on Inner Healing. Several women courageously opened up about their wounds.  A dark shadow came over the face of one young girl who had been full of joy during the worship. She asked Tanya why she felt such deep anger when we talked about forgiveness. I later learned she had been raped by her brother who is now a law enforcement officer.

This is one of many hard painful questions for which these women need answers and healing. Transformation and healing are necessary for them to live in the freedom and approval God has given them. They may be released from jail, or go on to serve a longer sentence in prison but their time in the butterfly groups is helping them to grow, to receive healing in their hearts and to transform their minds with God’s word so they are better equipped and empowered by His Spirit to live in the freedom God has given them where ever they are.

Blurred1st graduation 2 6 17After our time with the women Tanya and I met with the County Jail Chief and his Director of Programs, both godly gracious men, who had approved my visit.

The Chief told us “in our forty years years working here there has never been transformation among women inmates like we have seen in the Love UnVeiled groups. I have attended all of their graduations. I’ve heard their testimonies – their transformation is real – God is working!” 

The Chief has given his full support to continue Love UnVeiled in his jail and wants to endorse Love UnVeiled in other jails in Florida through the Florida Sheriffs Association.

I thank God for the transformation He has done in Tanya’s life and the multiplication resulting through her obedience to His call to the Jail.

Where sin abounded, graced abounded much more! Romans 5:20 has fresh meaning for me this Easter.  I have never been so thankful for God’s grace – nor has His freedom and forgiveness felt so precious, as it did sitting with Tanya and my sisters in jail last week.

This Easter and always, let us thank God that we are “APPROVED” by Jesus to enter boldly into God’s presence – through nothing we have done, but by everything Jesus has done!

Thank you for your prayers and support which allow us to continue bringing Good News to the poor, heal the broken hearted and set captives free!

With warm love and prayers of thanksgiving for you and your family this Easter.
Liz

Please Pray:
  • Deliverance from strong holds of addiction and behavior patterns/relationships which can lead to repeated crimes when the women get out of jail.
  • A deep Holy Spirit transformation to take place in each woman’s life during their time in the jail butterfly classes.
  • A hunger to continue to grow as disciples and to be discipled during their time in jail and after they leave.
  • Courage and boldness to live Spirit filled lives in jail and when they leave.
  • Holy Spirit will empower Tanya with wisdom, strength, courage and spiritual understanding as she disciples women in these difficult situations. 
  • For other Butterflies and mentors who will come along side Tanya, to follow up and mentor the women when they are released.
  • For God to raise more Butterflies currently being equipped and discipled in our Workshops, to be ready to go into jails to disciple women when God opens those doors.
  • Funds to provide Tanya with the resources she needs for her women in South Florida. 
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UNSHAKABLE – LUV Prayer Needs & News

Dear friend and partner,

The start of this year has not been a gradual build up but a leap into deep waters. My schedule has been full and sometimes overwhelming but the Lord is stretching us not only to walk on deeper water, but to drink more deeply in Him. Thank you for praying even when I can’t write to ask you. I know it is only prayer that allows us to experience God’s power to bring the Kingdom of God to women.

In early January we had our 4 day workshop with leaders from France, North Carolina and Orlando to multiply transformed disciples in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gave fresh vision to some of our butterflies and boldness to fulfill the vision He has already given others;

Marie Carmen left Orlando inspired and encouraged in her vision to reach more women in France and French speaking countries. However, before arriving back home in France she missed 3 flight connections, lost her suitcase and had a harrowing 8 hours stranded in Atlanta when all flights were delayed or cancelled. While crossing the Atlantic Marie Carmen wrote “I thought of the Monarch butterfly flying to Mexico in the storms – It’s wings beaten and torn but it makes the journey to reproduce. I am like the Monarch, my wings are torn but I’m going back to France to reproduce!” 

Marie Carmen is one of many unshakable women whom God is transforming and strengthening in adversity to trust His love and fulfill His purposes no matter what.
Unshakable was the theme the Lord put in my heart for “Let’s Get Realour quarterly conference at Avalon Church last Saturday. Over 90 women from Avalon Church and other churches joined us in worship and to learn how to be be unshakable women in a shaking world. There was great spiritual opposition prior to and during the conference but God powerfully prevailed and the Holy Spirit ministered to many women who were deeply broken and hurting. Eight local butterflies shared their own journey of spiritual transformation and the battles they have experienced to shake them as they step out to minister to other women through the power of the Holy Spirit.

As women heard about God’s power to hold, heal and transform us in the storms, those who came shaking left with hope and a stronger faith that God can help them to be unshakable in their own trials and pain;

 
“He has revealed to me how to abide in Him and how to bear fruit. He showed me how to become unshakable!”
“It really struck me how much the Lord really loves me, His Daughter. God knew exactly what I needed and showed up in a powerful way. I was astounded how much God was speaking to my heart. He really does want us walking intimately with Him. He came to set the captives free and I used to be one of them.”

“Today I arrived very anxious with this seeming endless trial that I am in the midst of.  But I am learning to have peace as I learn to surrender it all to the Lord.  I shall overcome as I abide in & trust Him.  Thank you so much to all of you serving us!”

Prayer Needs:

Tonight I’m preparing for a 4 day workshop starting tomorrow (2/2), Friday – Monday. Please pray for this group of Orlando leaders;

Kathy and Linda starting a new group this week to bring spiritual freedom, healing and equipping a group of women in East Orlando.;

Renee and the 6 women she brought to our Conference last weekend, some of whom want to continue the journey of transformation;

Jennifer who is sharing the gospel in her workplace;

Shelly who is a great help with LUV video media and is a bright light and influence in her workplace amidst great opposition;

Tanya who God continues to use powerfully in her jail ministry – the final girl in her third jail group in S.Florida who had not yet received Jesus as Savior, received Jesus on my birthday last month! What a gift!

Tomorrow evening (Friday 2/2) I am privileged to speak at an 18-25s Open House outreach event at our church. I’ve been asked to share a gospel message.

Please pray the Holy Spirit will give me power to speak to the hearts of these young people and that He will draw them to Jesus if they don’t know Him.

Pray for strength and wisdom for Martha and our leaders in Indi@ setting women free to know their true value and identity, against great cultural opposition.

Pray for Marli in Brazil to have wisdom and spiritual understanding dealing with opposition and controlling spirits in her ministry in Brazil.
Pray our butterflies in every country will be women who are “Unshakable,” who know how to abide in Jesus and keep living and growing in the freedom of Gods love, His word and His Holy Spirit. Pray they will be empowered daily by the Holy Spirit to bring God’s transforming love to set women free to be who He created them to be!

Thank you!!!

With warm love in our Lord Jesus

Liz

 

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Joyful Beginnings 2018

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These photos were among my greatest gifts beginning 2018!  They signify the joyful, hopeful new season God is leading us into as He continues spreading the fragrance of Jesus and transforming lives around the world through our Butterflies and The Butterfly Story! 

This photo is the result of a contact in France who saw the LUV Butterfly Story translated and printed in french by Marie Carmen and her daughter Anne Hoffman. She told a friend in Kansas,USA who was going to visit an orphanage in Haiti last November. Her friend ordered 20 french Butterfly Story Books – Le Papillon through our on line store, and Marie Carmen shipped the books from France to Kansas. The Butterfly books then flew from Kansas to Haiti into the waiting hands of this beautiful little Haitian butterfly!  Please pray that all the precious young girls in this orphanage found their true value, identity and beauty reading Le Papillon!!

 

As we step into the next decade of our ministry, the Holy Spirit has given me an excitement and anticipation for the work and opportunities He has for us this year. ​It may be the “most anxious” year ​according to The New York Times, but we have much to look forward to if we keep our eyes on Jesus, the great work He has given us to do, and the power He has given us to do it. He has called us to “reach the world by reaching women” – there are millions more still to reach!

 

LUV Organizational News
 
At our 10 year Anniversary event I shared that from 2007-2017 the Lord has grown our ministry in 23 countries,18 languages, reaching over 50,000 women, and growing multiple butterfly groups of women experiencing transformation and freedom in Jesus, all over the world. Amazingly in-spite of our growth, our staff and annual operating costs have remained the same each year! I am deeply thankful to Amanda Johnson and Sherry Blevins who have faithfully supported and assisted me in their respective administrative roles as the ministry has grown and spread so quickly. Both women have given their best to serve the Lord by serving me, our ministry and our Butterflies.

However, as we begin 2018 our LUV Board felt it wise and timely to review our operating systems and staffing, in anticipation of the growth of the ministry this year and the next 10 years. As a result, Angie Diaz has joined Love UnVeiled as my Executive Assistant & Operations Manager. Angie has been part of LUV weekly discipleship groups in Avalon since 2014, leading small groups herself last year. She was the success behind our Global Anniversary Conference in her voluntary role as Event Coordinator. God has given her a heart and desire to use her gifts in a more formal capacity to help us develop systems and operations to support me and the ministry in our growth. We are delighted she has accepted this position. Sherry will continue in her role and gifting as Hospitality Coordinator and support Angie in administration. Amanda will continue in her role and gifting supporting Angie in accounts, media and publishing.

Please join me in welcoming Angie to our LUV team.

Prayer This Weekend; Workshop 5
 
I am excited to begin our first of many workshops this year with our group from France, North Carolina and Orlando. Please keep each of the butterflies in prayer. Each one needs a fresh anointing from God to fulfill her ministry.
 
The river of God is full of water! Psalm 65:9. Please pray fervently for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit as we bathe in the river of God’s word and His living water this weekend. Pray that each woman will be revived, refreshed and re-envisioned to return to her ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit to bring transformation and freedom to women in her country and community.
Thank you for your prayers and continued partnership in the work God has called us to do this year, to set women free to build HIS kingdom for HIS glory world wide!
In His Love

 

Liz

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LUV Looking Back, Looking Forward

Dear friend,

As we close the end of 2017 and look towards the New Year, I don’t have enough words to express my grateful thanks for your faithful prayers and financial support this year.

The highlight of 2017 was the immense joy of our butterflies gathering from around the world in Orlando to celebrate our 10 Year Anniversary. All glory to God!  Thank you for your prayers and financial gifts which allowed this event to happen!  I believe it has energized and inspired our Butterflies to fly higher and persevere in reaching more women around the world and in their communities with God’s love and freedom next year.

The Butterfly Effect” is like a tsunami of love – as each woman finds her freedom in Jesus, begins to fly and compels others to join her, the Holy Spirit is creating a movement of women in love with Jesus and impacting their communities, countries and the world.


Looking ahead to 2018

God is opening new doors as butterflies find their wings in Europe.  The impact of Marie Carmen spreading her wings in France led to an invitation for me to meet with CRU European women leaders in Madrid in November.  Since then, several women are already sharing the Butterfly story in their countries and requesting Butterfly training;

Butterflies spreading their wings in Europe:
 

Netherlands:I explained the gospel with this booklet (the Butterfly Story) with several women. I keep it in my purse so that I can share in God’s timing. Thank you for giving me this book in Madrid!”

Lithuania:I thank God for this meeting, He is still working in my heart. I already started to use some things you taught about the caterpillar and butterfly with Christian and non-Christian woman.  I have a dream for the women of my country and maybe the things God opened to you are the ones He wants me to share here, in Lithuania….How can I learn deeper? Will teaching be held in Europe?

Switzerland:When I came to the conference, I felt like a butterfly, just sitting and waiting on a leaf with confusion and discouraged. The way you explained the simple story about the butterfly was like oil to my soul; simple and deep, and gave me encouragement to bring this story to my 30 Leaders. I would like to get more training and be equipped to bring the gospel to women. I feel a fire in my heart. If you organize a Workshop in Europe in the future, I would be very interested to participate.

Dear friend and partner, God still has work for us to do together! I cannot do it without you.  I am excited about what He is preparing for us to do in 2018.  As He draws more women around the world to Himself  through the movement of His Holy Spirit in the Butterfly Effect, I value your continued partnership in monthly giving or in one time gifts as the Lord leads. If you would like to make an end of year gift towards resources, translations, printing, training and travel to equip and empower more butterflies next year to share the gospel and make disciples, you can make your end of year gift here:

 

On behalf of the Love UnVeiled Board, LUV team and our Butterflies worldwide, we pray God’s richest blessing and favor on you and your family in 2018.

With warm love and appreciation

Liz

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Christmas Letter

Dear friend and partner,

Since I last wrote, I have been in Madrid, Spain; Bangkok, Thailand and I’m now in the UK with my family for Christmas. I feel blessed beyond words by God’s love and grace in providing this wonderful trip at the end of our 10th year of ministry, and to see new doors ​God is ​opening to the future.

​SPAIN: ​

God poured out His love and ​healing as the Holy Spirit met with us at the CRU Europe women leaders gathering in Madrid, where I was invited to speak by our French Butterfly, Marie Carmen. It was a precious time. I was encouraged hearing the women’s vision to mobilize women in Europe. God is opening doors for us to partner together in the coming days. I’m excited to share more about that in my next update!


​Thailand:In Bangkok I was blessed to spend Thanksgiving and the first part of December with my dear friends who pastor the “Evangelical Church of Bangkok” where believers from over 60 nations gather for worship. David and Ty have been a blessing to me in my years traveling in Asia. It was fantastic to see how this wonderful church has grown spiritually and in numbers​ based on their vision and foundation of prayer, the word and making disciples of all nations. ​During the advent services this month 80 people from different nations raised their hands for salvation!  They are a shining light in the midst of the great darkness in Bangkok.

​​UK: ​I am now with my family for Christmas. God has continued to pour out His blessing allowing me to participate with our Butterflies in the Carol Service at my father’s church, to share the Butterfly Story at my sister’s school where she is the principal, and to meet with the pastor of the church I attended as a teenager and to be invited to share the Butterfly story at his church on Christmas Eve. This invitation came about as the result of British friends ​from this church ​attending our Love UnVeiled Partner ​ Celebration in Orlando in October. They confessed that until then,​ they had only a vague understanding of what God is doing through Love UnVeiled. But hearing the testimonies first hand,​ from our Butterflies around the world, God really touched their hearts ​prompting an invitation for me to meet with their pastor in the UK this week. I appreciate your prayers for this opportunity and privilege to share with my previous home church on Christmas Eve – and for the doors God may be opening there.

​In the midst of the bad new​​s reports we hear daily from around the world, I have experienced such great joy traveling the world and hearing Christmas carols sung in different countries, languages and cultures.The lights, the carols and the Spirit of Jesus are shining over cities world wide bringing hope and joy like no other religion, organization or political agenda can do. ​In the midst of sadness, chaos ​and fear, the Good News of Jesus’ birth, Emmanuel, God with us, is still impacting the world ​whether or not the world understands it.  Let us take the opportunity to spread the fragrance, the joy and the light and the love of Jesus wherever we are this Christmas!  We have something great to celebrate – Christ in us the hope of glory!
As we celebrate Christmas this Monday would you take a moment to PRAY for our Butterflies who are ministering to the broken-hearted.
​Wishing you the joy of the Lord this Christmas, and a very very Happy and Blessed Christmas with your family and friends!🎄
Liz
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Let’s Get Real Mini Bible Studies

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Smiling at the Storm – Reflections on Irma

​Dear friend,​

Last Christmas a friend gave me a picture with ​​words ​from a song we used to sing as children;​ ​”With Christ in the Vessel I can Smile at the StormLittle did we know how appropriate the picture was for this year!

At the end of January I closed a “Let’s Get Real” Conference with the question “Are you ready for the unexpected storms this year?”. It seems I’ve been writing about storms every since. “Storms within and storms without” as Paul writes. What we have just experienced in Florida was definitely a storm “without” but one that triggered storms “within” too.

I’ve lived in Florida for 21 years and been through several hurricane warnings and some actual hurricanes. I​’m​ ​probably too cynically British about storms having grown up with “gale” force winds and storms often tearing down trees and ripping up roofs across the UK.  But Irma caught everyone’s attention, including mine as we watched it destroy Caribbean islands before turning to Florida.

An uneasy air ​of impending doom fell across Florida as hourly reports showed Irma heading our way with ​an ​expected​ catastrophe, a​nd the State raced to evacuate and prepare people.

On the morning of the storm I walked around my neighborhood wondering what it would look like the following morning. People asked -​”are you prepared​?” ​But what does that mean? How do you know if you’re prepared? How can you be ​totally ​prepared ​for winds and rain over 150mph?​ Reports from the Caribbean showed the power of Irma destroying 90% of Barbuda, sweeping a 2 year old boy out of a woman’s arms to his death, and completely destroying airports, homes and livelihoods in St Martin, the Virgin Islands, Cuba and Puerto Rico. These people had prepared to the best of their ability but nothing could stand against the power of this storm.

Three days before Irma hit Florida​, ​I read two scriptures which took on a whole new meaning for me in light of the storm:

​“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.””‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:24-27‬ ‭

But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.” Genesis‬ ‭6:18‬ ‭

It struck me there was no indication in either passage that the storms and floods would not come, but rather that they would come –  and they would be bad!  I had a sense too that we were not going to avoid the storm heading to Florida, it was not going to blow out to sea like Matthew last year. But scripture gave the assurance that whatever the outcome, with Christ in the vessel – we could smile at the storm.

A woman who lost her home in the Caribbean testified to News reporters “We have lost everything but we are still here. We are trusting God and He will take care of us.” The woman had a smile on her face – the wind and rain had beaten her house and destroyed it, but she had built her life on the Rock and she could still smile at the storm. The power in her was greater than the power in Irma.

As Irma headed through Florida the rain beat down, the floods came up, the wind howled and eventually the power went out​; the lights went off,​ the TV was silent and the internet shut down. Sitting in candlelight listening to the wind and rain beating against the windows, a brighter light filled my home. Without the light and noise of the outside world, God’s presence and His light shone brighter. I suddenly felt overwhelmed with thanks for peace in the storm, to Him say “be still and know that I am God”. I think I slept through most of the storm smiling, thinking of being with Noah’s family in the ark:-)!

Thank you to all who prayed and sent encouraging words ​for usbefore​, ​during and after the storm. I lost power for only 24 hours and have no apparent damage to my home. We did have to postpone a Workshop but it is re-scheduled Lord willing for Sept 22 – 24 but our LUV Center sustained no damage.

I think all of us in Orlando feel un-deserv​ed favor ​that we came out of the storm lightly ​compared to many other areas. But friends and neighbors have lost roof tiles and sustained some water damage, and many are still without power. Please pray for them especially during this time of high temperatures and humidity. Pray for the men working hard to get power back to everyone.

​We thank God for His mercy in stopping a catastrophe in Florida. But perhaps the experience with Irma will cause us to pray with more more urgency for those who are building their lives on sand, and to pray with compassion for those affected by other recent disasters; in Texas and Louisiana; in the Caribbean; in Mexico – (those without food and power after the 8.1 earthquake); in Bangladesh where 1/3 of the country has been under water from Typhoon Mora, and in India where over 500 died and 3 buildings collapsed in Mumbai from flood damage.

Prayer: I covet your prayers ​for us individually and as a ministry:

  • ​To be available to pray with and minister to those affected by trauma in this and similar crisis situations.
  • ​That we will pray more urgently and fervently for those who are building their lives on sand – Not on Jesus Christ.
  • That we will continue to help women build their lives on the solid Rock so they need not fear the future. ​
  • Pray for our Workshop, Sept 22-24 and the women who come hungry to grow in knowing God and making God known to others.
  • Pray for Rhonda hoping to complete her 6th workshop on Sept 22, but whose husband is recovering from a staff infection which needed special care during the storm.
  • Pray that with Christ in the vessel we will all learn to smile at the storms
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    ​Thank you for your love, your support and your prayers that help us grow in faith and not faint in the storms.

In His lov​e​

Liz

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LUV Update & Prayer Needs

Nevertheless I have this against you that you have left your first love – Revelation 2:4

Dear friend,

Thank you for praying for our Workshop last weekend! The focus of our Workshop 4 was “Equipped and Empowered to Multiply the Kingdom of God among Women.”

From the beginning, we sensed the Holy Spirit’s call to return to our first love as we considered Jesus’ words to the Ephesus church in Revelation 2:2-4; I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.

Andrew Murray wrote; “we find this same lack of zeal in the church today. There is zeal for the truth, there is continuous and persevering labor, but what the Lord values most is still missing: the tender fervent love for Himself.

Our hearts were challenged to ask – are we as in love with Jesus as we are with the work we do for Him? It’s easy to leave Jesus behind as we move on with our good plans to serve Him. Yet the power to multiply does not come from our busyness and plans – it is birthed in the secret place of intimacy – in relationship in His Presence – for without Him we can do nothing (John 15:5.)

Jesus called the Ephesus church to repent and do the first works. So our time was spent in the secret place pursuing and practicing the “first works” – prayer, repentance, fellowship, worship, tears, pouring into His word, letting the Holy Spirit bring fresh revelation of Jesus, seeking His face, waiting on Him. It was a sweet time of intimacy, conviction, growing, renewal, equipping and empowering in His Spirit and truth.

Our Butterflies, who had been in the presence of Jesus left our workshop renewed in their first love, their wings stronger and open to His call to serve and multiply in Japan, France, Orlando and wherever the Holy Spirit leads. Pray the Holy Spirit will empower and multiply His kingdom through Masako, Marie Carmen, Anne, Lisa, Shelly, Tina and Theresa as they stay in intimacy with Him.


News from France:

  • Churches in France joined together to host a Youth Crusade for 1000 young people last month. On the last day 10,000 adults joined the crusade and heard the gospel!  Praise God – this was a first in France! God is on the move! Pray for revival and awakening in France!
  • Marie Carmen and Anne are hosting another women’s Butterfly conference, Avec Z’elle in Marie Carmen’s home town in France, next February. Pray for the conference!
  • Anne has almost completed the French translation of LUV Workbook One Transformation curriculum which Marie Carmen will share with the women. Please join us in praying for Anne to be able to complete the work and have the books printed on time.

Please Pray for Workshop 2 tomorrow; Friday through Monday;

August 11-14 group, from Orlando and South Florida  are returning for Workshop 2. Like our previous group, they have experienced great challenges in the 6 months since we met, in their families, their health and their ministries. They are on the front line of battle in ministry overseas, in jail ministry and in the business world. They need this time of healing and refreshing:

  • Please pray for a fresh out pouring of the Holy Spirit on Linda, Kathy, Tanya, Renee, Shelly, Theresa and Jennifer.
  • Pray for healing, transformation, and deliverance from strongholds which hinder full freedom to serve the Lord.
  • Please pray that each woman will grow in the knowledge and fullness of God and will be revived as we “draw joy from the wells of salvation” by spending this time in His presence, in His word and in worship and prayer.
  • Please pray for complete healing of my mouth after oral surgery and two bone grafts last Thursday. Pray my mouth will not hinder my ability to lead and teach this weekend. I am trusting that once more, in my weakness He is strong.
  • I had a first love heart check this week while reading 1 Peter 2:7; to those who believe He is precious.” Is Jesus precious to me? Is He precious to you?  Dear friend, Let us pray that Jesus will become more precious to all of us!

Thank you for your love, your support and your prayers!  May He be glorified in all that we do. May His power and His blessing be upon you and your family. May His precious blood cover and protect you from all the schemes of the enemy. May He keep us all daily in love with our first love.

Yours In His very precious love,

Liz
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Summer Storms & Prayer Needs

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Dear friend​ and partner, ​

I love you and ​so very much appreciate your faithful support in giving and​ praying for me​ and for Love UnVeiled ​through the summer months!!!

I confess this has been a difficult and challenging summer. I’ve struggled to find words to write to you during the turbulence of the last few months. When ​Paul describes ​his fears within and without that’s how I would describe this season.

I could tell you “​all is good​!”​ – and yes it is good, ​and God is working in amazing ways. He is a good good Father and ​has been so faithful in the trials. But Paul also wrote we don’t want you to be ignorant brethren of our trouble which came to us….that we were burdened beyond measure… but God in whom we trust, does and will still deliver us…you also helping in prayer for us.” 2 Corinthians 1:8-1
So my heart is to share a little of what’s been going on, to ask for your prayers for myself and for our leaders, and to give God glory and thanks for His keeping power in the storms. I am deeply aware of so many of you who are going through some very real and difficult storms and I join you in praying that God’s power will keep you and will see you through whatever you are facing!
​Florida summer storms must be among the most violent in the world!  They certainly feel that way if you fly in or out of Florida in the summer. I ​flew out of Miami through one of those epic summer storms on my return to the UK in early June. Climbing through the storm in the back of a “747” metal tube carrying 500 people, I felt as vulnerable as a cork on a raging ocean. I gripped the seat arms as the plane shuddered and dived crying “Jesus!” with each drop into an air pocket!  Reciting every “promise” I could think of out loud drew attention but my desperation for God’s help greatly outweighed what people thought of me! I truly wanted to be calm, asleep in the storm with Jesus – but instead I was right there with the disciples trying to wake Him up to calm the storm!

Nine hours later we landed safely in the UK. Thankful but weary, shaken and stirred, I realized what shook me most was that I could be so badly shaken!  My wings which may seem strong on terra firma – were weak when it came to this violent storm in the air. I felt very vulnerable and my faith tested and found wanting.

The flight felt like a picture of my life over the last few months, a series of storms bringing spiritual​ warfare, unexpected changes, uncertainty, physical pain, emotional pain, damage to my home, trials in my family, trials in ministry, loss, trauma, heartbreak and sadness. Compared to many who are suffering, these storms are small, but coming all together, they can be overwhelming. They have caused me to consider Peter’s words on storms and trials –
that the genuineness of our faith which is far more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire may be found to praise, honor and glory at the revelation of Jesus.” 1 Peter 1:6
​I was thankful for a sweet time with my family in the UK, traveling, visiting relatives and attending a family wedding. ​Yet my family have also ​gone through some heavy storms this year. They are a testimony to God’s sustaining power in a very difficult time. Mum, a strong prayer warrior has suffered physical pain in many parts of her body, and though her faith is unfailing, it is hard to watch. During my visit my brother and I were i​n a car accident. My ​brother’s car was totaled (a write off) leaving both of us with ongoing neck and back pain, and my brother without a car.  We were thankful  the Lord protected us from worse injury in this storm.
image3Across the UK there was a somber spirit as people have been shaken by the nationwide storms; the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, the terrible fire killing 89 people, and turbulent elections which divided the country. The terror attacks struck close to home when my sister’s community lost an 8 year old girl in the Manchester attack. Hundreds of bouquets of flowers covered the town center in memory of the young girl and the many others who had lost their lives. My heart hurt for those in my country who are hurting and afraid – and lost.

​I returned to Orlando on another turbulent flight earlier this month feeling that my wings are somewhat shredded and bruised, vulnerable and in need of repair – flying feels a bit “wobbly.”  ​Yet through it all God continues to prove that His power is made perfect in weakness. He is training us to have “eagle power” in our butterfly wings – we need that for the days ahead!

In this our 10th year of ministry, I’m taking some time in these next two weeks for rest and healing, and to seek God’s Presence and direction. I am grateful for this time alone with Him – away from the storms, to hear His still small voice.
I covet your prayers for wisdom and renewed strength, for more of His power and His love to lead and equip our leaders and groups around the world. The battle is greater than ever. We desperately need the Holy Spirit because people need God’s love like never before! We will never be out of work sharing God’s love, His truth, His healing and His freedom in a world shaken by storms on every side.

Please also pray for oral surgery on August 3. It involves cutting into the bone and gums to remove infection. I’ve had several dental treatments this year and been in considerable pain with my mouth. Please pray the surgery will go well and allow me to carry on teaching our workshops in July, August and September.

Ministry News and Prayer Needs:

  • Praise from Columbia: ​Our beautiful ​butterfly Gloria from Orlando,​ recently rededicated her life to Jesus​.​ She​ ​join​ed our leader workshops​ for training in discipleship and has also been  attending two Butterfly groups every week since last September. What a transformation God has done! Last month she led a conference for 40 women in her native Columbia, S. America telling them about their value and freedom in Jesus! She writes “God showed up in amazing ways!! The Holy Spirit showed up in an amazing way!” Praise God, He uses women totally committed to Him!.
  • Urgent prayer need! Butterfly Jail Ministry: Please pray for Tanya in S. Florida daily. She has been experiencing storms and spiritual warfare as the enemy retaliates against the freedom she is bringing to women in jail. She writes:​ “Liz I really need prayer. A lot going on. One of my jail girls in this class tried to kill herself. One in the last class tried to kill herself. Half my class got in a fight and in a lock-down. A lot of serious prayer lately. Friday night I talked to a girl (from Class 1) who is out now and having demonic manifestations. I’ve been feeling physical pain and anxious since then. I met with her yesterday and prayed with her. Please pray for me and for the girls.” ​Tanya is standing strong but she needs prayer support.

Please pray that spiritual strongholds will be broken in the girls’ lives as they hear the truth from Tanya. Pray for deliverance for the girls who have been involved in occult and demonic practices. Pray for spiritual protection for Tanya, for spiritual wisdom and discernment. Pray for healing from her physical pain in her neck. Pray for renewed strength and boldness to bring God’s love and His word to these broken women. Pray the Holy Spirit will bring complete transformation and deliverance to every woman Tanya is ministering to.

  • Germany: Pray for our new group of Brazilian butterflies in Germany who Marli is discipling from Brazil by Skype. ​
  • Brazil: Pray for ​Marli’s Brazil butterflies leading a prayer campaign for schools in Brazil. Pray for doors to open to reach children in the schools.
  • Orlando: Pray for our new weekly group of 12 women led by Shelly and Lisa in our LUV Center in Avalon, Orlando. The women are already experiencing greater transformation and spiritual understanding as they learn about their freedom and identity in Christ. ​
  • S.E. Asia: Pray for believers as opposition increases. Pray for our ​coordinator who faithfully​ lead​s ​​our ministry, training leaders and discipling women helping them experience God’s transforming love in increasingly difficult circumstances. Pray for God​’s​ favor to approve her visa to attend our Global conference in Oct!

image2Dear friend and partner, as much as I don’t like flying, the storms have been a reminder that we can’t fight the enemy on the ground!  We have to take the fight into the air – for our real battle is not against flesh and blood but against spiritual powers of darkness and principalities in the heavenly places!! 

If you’ve been gracious enough to read to the end of this long update, I hope this impacting 1 minute video will bless you! –
“The Battle is not in the flesh and blood”
​Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for your love, your support and your prayers!

The Lord bless you!

Yours humbly in His love

Liz

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