Hello Friends—Greetings in the wonderful and all powerful Name of Jesus!
We are writing to you today from a small but growing country in East Africa called Burundi. We are in the capital city, Bujumbura (about 800,000 pop) for a conference/revival with Living Church of Jesus Christ, with Pastors Edmond and Faith Kivuye. We met Pastor Edmond, back in January, through our friends–Pastors Phil and Sharon Smethurst. For many years, they told us about the church here and in our hearts, we knew that one day, we would come. In January, when he found out we would be in South Africa, Pastor Edmond extended a formal invitation to join them for conference and here we are.
The nation was originally settled by the country of Belgium, yet has a very strong French influence. Many wars and factions have been here, especially in the last 15-20 years. In fact, Pastor Edmond was arrested 10 years ago and accused of building his own militia. The fact of the matter—the government seized his teachings on spiritual warfare, edited out the scripture portions and accused him of setting up a private army. They threw him in jail with horrible conditions and little food or water but by God’s grace, on the 10th day, he was released. On the following Sunday, the church, about 1000 members at the time, grew by 700 in a single Sunday as people came to see the man who stood for righteousness. They were saved, filled with the spirit and joined the church the same day! Today, the building seats around 8,000 people and they are planning on building a 30, 000 seat facility in the near future. (FYI—this past Sunday, it was packed!)
The wars ceased in 2008 when a strong Christian man, His Excellency President Pierre Nkurunziza came into power. He was a former rebel leader living in the bush who hated Christians, actually kidnapping a pastor from Bujumbura. The pastor’s Bible was confiscated, and through a series of events, then rebel leader Pierre at the time, got a hold of the Bible, read it and accepted the Lord. He was so hungry for God and so willing to live for Him. He forsook all and followed the Lord. In a very short time he found great favor among the people and when time for the elections came, they asked him to serve as the country’s leader. He was voted in and sits in the highest office in the land even today. His Excellency is a mighty man—a warrior and a passionate worshipper. He attended our service this past Sunday. In fact, he brought one of the choirs from his palace (there are 3 that lead p/w 24 hrs a day 7 days a week) and spent some time leading us in worship. (The tears fall as I write even now—the anointing was powerful!) We felt as though we were seeing King David—he worshipped with total abandonment! The President’s wife is an ordained minister, a powerful teacher, and was the main speaker at the Ladies Conference here just a few weeks ago.
Living Church of Jesus Christ is quite unlike any church we’ve ever seen in Africa before. The African people definitely know how to celebrate and celebrate they do, but very few seem to understand the power of intimate and personal worship. However, this church is quite different. They love to linger in the presence of the Lord with Ps Edmond who is quite the worship leader as well. Much of the ministry here flows out of worship and the people stand long hours in the presence of the Lord, unhurried by time or obligation.
This morning, we had the privilege of leading the 6AM prayer service. Not knowing exactly what to expect, we arrived at the church to the sounds of people already in worship and prayer (probably around 750-1000 in attendance). Friends, it’s really hard to put in natural words the sights, the sounds, the feelings we’ve experienced.
Somehow, when we compare the church here with the American church—words can’t really describe. The people of Burundi really have so little of the natural things, but they are such happy, caring, giving people. The church is a bright spot for many here. It houses several schools, a clinic on the grounds, 2 fully operating hospitals in the city and multiple orphanages to care for children with no parents. When the people come to church, they worship the Lord with all their might, fellowship with the family, and love with a pureness and a sweetness that is beyond description. At this point, it is hard to write…I’m thankful to have had the privilege to see and experience for myself, this amazing place. As an emerging country, with a President that honors God, there are no limits to what God has in store for Burundi.
We have four more services before leaving on Thursday, but already, our hearts are full and we know that God brought us here…not because Burundi needed us but because we needed Burundi. We needed to experience His presence, far from the trappings and time constraints that we American’s live with. Yes, God can still move without air conditioning, kids church or nurseries, amazing sound, smoke and lights. He dwells among those who are hungry for Him and those who take time to honor Him. We are forever changed. It was worth every dime, it was worth leaving family, it was worth it all.
Thank you for those who made it possible for us to come. May the fruit of the ministry of WMI come to your account. Will we return you might ask? ABSOLUTELY! And maybe, just maybe some of you will want to come and experience a bit of heaven on earth—Burundi? Yes—Burundi. “Thank You Lord for opening the doors to come and experience your presence and your power with the beautiful family here. Only heaven and eternity will record what has transpired over these few days. Our words fall short when we think of how you’ve blessed us to worship with your people here in the continent of Africa. God, have mercy on America. Turn the hearts of our nation back to you. We trust you Lord! Our eyes are on you and our hearts are full of thanksgiving because you O Lord are worthy to receive all the glory, all the honor and all the praise”. AMEN!
Until next time—
Pastor Joe and Becky
Greetings! We continue to write from the country of South Africa as we are in the middle of a two month missions’ trip and are totally convinced that South Africa’s greatest resources are the people! We’ve been coming to this nation for well over 17 years and have made wonderful friendships through the years. We’ve never met hungrier people, passionate about worship and for the presence of the Lord. They are caring and generous people who have weathered many storms and have come through stronger and better. Here’s an update on our time here–
Last weekend, we ministered in the Johannesburg area—Sunday am in Tembisa at Dominion Life Tabernacle with Pastors Ben and Patricia Ndobe. Three thousand people packed in a tent is such a sight to see. Several hundred came in the altar call and decided for Jesus. Dominion Life is putting the finishing touches on their new building which, when completed, will seat 10,000 people! Tembisa is one of the largest townships in the Jburg area and these guys are reaching a city like nobody’s business!
On Sunday night, we ministered in Little Falls Christian Centre for Pastors Harold and Maude Weisz and the place was packed! The glory of God rolled in like a cloud and many answered the altar call as well. What a privilege it was to lay hands on over a thousand people who came for healing, wholeness, and impartaion. The worship team, led by Marie Watson and Mallie Kelly, is a talented group of people who understand excellence and the anointing! It was a pleasure and a privilege to be on the stage with this team! Thank you guys for allowing us to minister with you!
This coming weekend, we look forward to being with our “family and friends” at Light of the Nations Church in Pretoria SA! We’ve been going to the Lindley’s church for many years and what a blessing they’ve been to our ministry. We will be ministering at the 9 am service and the 6pm service. If you live in the area—by all means, come and join us! We are expecting a mighty move of God and believe God will give us souls for our labors! www.lightofthenations.co.za for more details.
And then, at the end of the week, we fly to Bujumbura Burundi for a five day mission’s trip unlike any we’ve made before. We minister for Pastor Edmond Kiuyve who pastors a 10,000 member church wherein the President of Burundi is a member. The President is a spirit filled believer who has 3 full time praise teams that do praise and worship in his palace 24 hrs a day! (One can always hope and pray that happens in our country!)
We will wrap up this trip the entire month of May in Durban SA, Livingstone Zambia, East London SA, and Durban for the second time before coming home June 2nd.
We truly covet your prayers for this opportunity. We believe the Lord has opened the doors and are excited to see what happens on the other side. Friends, your generosity has sent us! Thank you to those of you that have sowed into this trip–Great is your reward!
I’m reminded of the passage out of 3 John 1 which says, “ Dear friend, you are being faithful to God when you care for the traveling teachers who pass through, even though they are strangers to you. They have told the church here of your loving friendship. Please continue providing for such teachers in a manner that pleases God. For they are traveling for the Lord, and so we ourselves should support them so that we can be their partners as they teach the truth.
To this point, we’ve spent over $10,000 US on this trip for the airfares alone, economy of course. It would be nice if the airlines would allow us to travel free because we preach the gospel but it just doesn’t happen that way. It’s God’s people who enable us to carry the gospel to the “far flung” corners of the earth and Burundi Africa is about as “far flung” as it gets! And trust me, you don’t come to Africa to make money. With the exchange rate at almost 10 to 1, the offerings (though the people do their very best) don’t even cover the costs. It is truly a mission’s endeavor.
We don’t share these things to put any pressure on people. That is not our intent. We only want to give those the Lord speaks to an opportunity to partner with WMI. If He speaks to you to sow seed, you may go to www.wmiglobal.org and click on contributions, then click “give to WMI.” Your online giving is secure and tax deductible. Thank you in advance for your seed. We are praying for a hundred-fold return on that which you sow!
Will close for now and write more later. We miss home so very much but we know we are completely in the will of God. Love to all.
Joe and Becky Cruse
Hey dear friends and partners-
Writing today from one of the most beautiful cities in the world–Cape Town South Africa! Everyone always asks if we have a favorite place that we’ve ministered so….I’m adding Cape Town to my list of favorites! It’s absolutely stunning!
We’ve had a couple of days to recoup from the first leg of the trip– and my, what an amazing first leg it’s been. The first week out, we ministered for Pastors Jimmy and Marianna Crompton at Word of Faith Church in Port Elizabeth SA. With over 4000 in attendance in the conference over Easter Weekend, many answered the altar call and many were healed. Just one of the many testimonies was from a lady who was healed in the Friday morning meeting after receiving the table of the Lord and came back Friday night with a beautiful testimony of lumps in her breast disappearing–to God be the Glory!
Last week, we were in Sao Luis Brazil with Evangelist Doug Rowland–seven services in 6 days and well over 8000 in attendance. We saw thousands answer the altar call and Sunday night alone, Ps Joe laid hands on 2000 people as we prayed for restoration of families and supernatural deliverance. We know this will not be the last time in Brazil but the first of many. The hunger of the Brazilian people is amazing and humbling. If only the American church was as hungry….
We begin here in Cape Town tomorrow with two weeks of meetings in several different locations. It’s been many years since we’ve been here but we are looking forward to a supernatural time in the presence of the Lord. Sunday morning we are in Revival Worship Centre with Pastors Jacques and Maria van der Westhuizen and Sunday evening we begin in River Church Cape Town with pastors Danie and Odette Slabbert through Tuesday night. Wednesday we are at Fresh Wind Ministries with Pastors Hennie Lubbe and finish the week in George South Africa in churches there.
April 22nd- 25th, we are at Deep River Fellowship CT with Pastors Mark and Lizelle Adonis and finish April in the Johannesburg area, ministering for Pastor Ben Ndobe in Dominion Life Church in Tembisa and Little Falls Christian Centre with Pastors Harold and Maude Weisz Sunday, April 28th.
We will share the May schedule in the next writing… Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, East London, Bujumbura Burundi, and Livingston, Zambia. We are overwhelmed at times with the opportunities that lay in front of us. The people in this part of the world are very very hungry and really draw on the anointing. With the exchange rate at 9 to 1 here in Africa and 2 to 1 in Brazil, our US dollar doesn’t go very far. The Lord has been very faithful to meet our needs.
Thank you to those who have sown into our missions trip. For others looking for an opportunity to sow seed, we ask you to prayerfully consider supporting WMI during this time. We need to purchase tickets to Burundi and Zambia over the next few weeks. We are looking at about $2500 US for airfare for both trips. The travel inside of Africa is very expensive. As well, you enable us to continue the work back home in Austin, getting the worship school, Cruse Institute for the Arts online, www.cruseinstituteonline.org, for classes to begin August 26th. These two months are truly a missions effort–a huge step of faith.
And last but not least, we are overhauling the Cruse Institute for the Arts website plus, we are getting our shopping cart back up and running. For those who’ve been asking to purchase product, you will now be able to purchase any or all of our product, Cd’s, teaching series, and/or individual songs, all available for download only at this time. Thank you for your patience–check in online in the next two weeks–super exciting!
We covet your prayers and thank you in advance for your generosity. For online giving, go to www.wmiglobal.org and click on the icon, “contributions”, then click, give to “WMI”. Your online giving is completely secure and tax deductible.
Look for pictures in future post–we love you guys and miss you!
Joe and Becky
Dear friends and partners-
Twenty four hours and counting…Joe and I leave on one of the largest mission trips in the history of this ministry and the scripture that keeps leaping in our spirit is–
Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. (Psa 2:8)
Four countries, two continents, thousands of miles and untold numbers of people that will hear the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Over the months of April and May, we will be ministering in South Africa, Brazil, Burundi, and Zambia, and, all the while, working with the IT guys back home to prepare for the launching of Cruse Institute for the Arts on August 26th!
What can we say to all of this, but to God be the Glory for all He has done and will continue to do in us and through us.
We just want to express our love and appreciation to all of you who’ve committed to pray for us and for those who’ve given financially. We all go, with the wind of the spirit, trusting and fully focused on the opportunity before us.
We once more remember the powerful story out of I Samuel 30 where David loses the battle with the Amalekites at Ziklag. You might remember the story as he and his mighty men enquire of the Lord and the Lord gives them permission to pursue them. Check this out…
“10 But David pursued, he and four hundred men; for two hundred stayed behind, who were so weary that they could not cross the Brook Besor”.
To make a long story short, the Lord helps David and they overtake the Amalekites and regain their spoils. A bit haughty and proud, David’s mighty men didn’t want to share the goods with those who weren’t able to make the trip. Let me pick up the story in verse 23..
But David said, “No, my brothers! Don’t be selfish with what the Lord has given us. He has kept us safe and helped us defeat the band of raiders that attacked us. 24 Who will listen when you talk like this? We share and share alike—those who go to battle and those who guard the equipment.” 25 From then on David made this a decree and regulation for Israel, and it is still followed today”.
What an amazing promise–those who stay behind and those who go…the reward is the same! SOMEBODY SHOUT!
We love you all and thank you for standing with us! Will write more and upload pictures as the days unfold!
Ps Joe and Becky Cruse
Are you thinking the same thing I’m thinking–Come On Springtime! I love this time of the year! Spring—a time when we are reminded about the importance of new beginnings.
Let me remind of you of a couple of passages of scripture that speak concerning the beauty and the power of “NEW”.
Isaiah 42:9 says,” Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; Before they spring forth I tell you of them.”
II Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new”.
What rich promises we have. The old is passed away—The old way of doing things, the old way of thinking, old behavior patterns, etc etc. Coming in to Christ provides us with a new and better covenant with new and better ways of thinking and doing! Thank God the past is past!
When I see the grass beginning to turn green, the trees with new buds, and the wildflowers and blue bonnets blooming, (that’s why we live in Texas!) I am reminded of our new life in Christ. Even though we fail miserably, because of Christ, we have the opportunity to begin again. The hardness of winter and life’s circumstances will come, but thanks be unto God that today is a new day and a new opportunity to love the Lord and serve Him by serving His people. Thinking I’m gonna shout NOW!!!!!
All that to say—there are some new things happening here at Worshipworks Ministries. CRUSE INSTITUTE FOR THE ARTS is soon to be online with fall classes starting in August/September. What once seemed dead, has bloomed and grown beyond our wildest dreams. With two powerful platforms, Moodle and Adobe Connect, we are uploading content and preparing for virtual classes as we speak. Now, students don’t have to move to Austin, uproot their lives and spend tens of thousands of dollars for educations. We are bringing the school via the Internet to the entire world! We will have more to say as we get closer to the launch date but be watching the websites, wmiglobal.org and instituteforthearts.com for new developments as they happen.
And one other new baby—CRUSE MUSIC ACADEMY—a music and arts program for ages 8-18 housed in local churches to train young musicians and worshippers in music and a love for the house of the Lord. We opened the first academy in Calvary Christian Center, Hamilton OH with the second academy scheduled to open in World Harvest Church, Roswell GA in August. The reports coming from Ohio are stellar and we know God’s heart is to raise up a new generation of worshippers in this generation. We are humbled that we get to be apart of something so glorious.
So many wonderful things are happening that we can hardly keep up with it all. We leave March 27 for a two month major missions endeavor—South Africa—Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Also during the month of April, we minister in Sao Luiz, Brazil for a week. Then May finds us in Bujumbura, Burundi and Livingston, Zambia. We close out the month of May in East London South Africa at a national worship conference called ONE VOICE, sponsored by TBN Africa with guest worship leaders from around the world.
Those of you that support this ministry by praying for us and sowing seed–we can’t thank you enough. Several have sowed seed into our Africa and Brazil trips and we want you to know, airfare for these two trips have been purchased. To God be the Glory!
We do covet your prayers daily. The day to day operations will need to go on here at the ministry even though we are overseas for the next two months. If the Lord leads you to sow seed, you may do so by going on the wmiglobal.org site, click on the “contributions” link and click “give to WMI Ministry”. Thank you in advance. Rest assured, your offerings are tax deductible and will be used in furthering the Kingdom of God through missions, education, outreaches, revivals, and/or worship conferences.
Will write more soon—much blessings!
Joe and Becky Cruse
Worshipworks Ministries, Intl.
Trust this writing finds you well. 2013, for Worshipworks Ministries, is off to a busy start. We just finished a wonderful time with Wellspring Church in Sarasota, Fl. One particular memory that comes to mind is the night that Joe prayed for a couple for a particular need but when the woman got up from the floor, she was crying and praising the Lord for something else. Back in November, she had a stroke that left her paralyzed on her left side. She began to stretch her arm and hand and was filled with joy when she realized the Lord had supernaturally healed her!
This past Sunday, we had a powerful time with our friends @ The Ark Christian Center in Kaneohe, HI. These folks know how to worship God with total abandonment and many came to the altar for salvation, recommitment, and prayer. Thank you Pastors Russ and Mari, and family for loving us and for receiving from the ministry God has given us. We love you!
This week, we are supporting the Great Awakening Meetings with Pastors Rodney and Adonica Howard-Browne here in Honolulu. So far, several hundred have come to Christ in a few days and the main outreaches have not even begun! Lord, shake Oahu with the Fire of God and let it begin in us! May we all never be the same!
This coming Sunday, we are ministering @ Christian Family Church with dear friends, Pastors Nick and Esther Van Rensburg in the Kapolei area. We are believing God for revival to continue and impact these precious people.
Upon leaving the islands next week, we will be in the San Diego area @ Abiding Place Church with Pastors Mark and Anne Spitzbergen and then on up to the Northwest to join some of our favorite people, Pastors Varun and Da Laohaprasit and the beautiful people of New Hope International Church in Mercer Island WA the last weekend in Feb.
And, can you believe it? The last week of February we are in the studio with our son, Ryan, working on 2 new projects, Becky’s “Essence 2″ and “The Altar” a CD featuring some of the great songs of consecration we’ve sung through the years. It’s so exciting to recording again–we really covet your prayers for an anointing to capture the tangible presence of the Lord on these recordings. After all, His presence is what really changes lives!
And March through June is no different–the dates are filling up so quickly and churches around the world have opened their arms and extended invitations so we are asking the Lord to really order our steps and go only where He leads. South Africa, Brazil, Zambia and Barundi are confirmed so we will be sharing more in the next writing as we go forth to shake nations through Worship, the Word, and the Greater Works!
Thank you all for your prayers and support– we love you so very much and are grateful to those that have stood with us these 40+ years!
We do not send out monthly support letters and those of you who know us know that there is absolutely no pressure, gimmicks, or manipulation. We totally trust the Lord and have seen His provision in our lives like never before. As we take bold steps to record new projects and buy airfare for these nations, we like to give people and opportunity to sow seed and ask that you pray and if the Lord leads you to be apart financially, go to www.wmiglobal.org, click on the contributions icon and choose “give to WMI”. All gifts are still tax deductible and you will receive credit for your gifts at the end of the year. We thank you in advance and with clear and contrite hearts consecrate them to build God’s kingdom around the world!
If you have prayer needs or praise reports, as always, we’d love to hear from you! I’d love to share the praise reports in the upcoming blog so drop us a line and share the good news at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blessed to be a blessing–Joe and Becky Cruse
Trusting your year is off to an amazing start—Worshipworks is running full steam ahead! We really do enjoy the holidays and some time at home but to be totally honest, we are better and happier when we are busy touching and helping people around the world. (Not that we don’t do that everyday, but you know what we mean!)
One particular morning in the middle of December, I woke up very early with the Lord speaking three words to my heart. They were interesting words and I felt they were not only for us personally but also for Worshipworks Ministries in 2013. As I shared them with Joe, he concurred that they were not only for us but also for many in the body of Christ. As we have shared them in several of the cities we’ve been ministering in, many have agreed that the Word of the Lord was for them as well.
1. Organize speaks of preparation and getting things in order. God is a God of order. It’s hard to imagine that people could embrace mans’ natural way of thinking like a “Big Bang Theory”. In Genesis 1:1-31 and 2:1-3, we see God setting things in order. When Noah was instructed to build the ark, there was a divine order, a set of plans. When Solomon built the temple, there was a plan. I believe in 2013 God wants to bring order in three specific areas of our lives– in our physical realm, our spiritual realm, and in our financial realm. I don’t really have time or space to bring these areas to light, but order and organization is what God is doing in many of us right now! (more on this later)
2. Capitalize—straight up—the Lord said “you must take advantage of every opportunity, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem”.
Eph 5:15-16 (AMP) says, “Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.
Even if opportunities seem small or insignificant –capitalize! It’s surprising how many of us don’t want to do the little things. I think of corporate America—they don’t leave any stone unturned when it comes to buying, selling, or trading. Yet we the church, tend to turn our heads away from the small opportunities for ministry, only looking for the limelight, or the big church, or the big thing, etc etc. Doing the little things put us in the right place at the right time for God to use us, thus providing greater fulfillment in our lives than ever before.
3. Franchise– speaks of multiplication. My mind goes to some of the largest franchises in our country. They have multiplied or reproduced themselves over and over to expand and explode into every nook and cranny of society.
As I meditated on this, the Lord took me to Mark 6:34-44 (AMP)—I’ll paraphrase a bit for time/space sake–
Jesus had a great crowd following Him and the disciples noticed their fatigue. Jesus had compassion for them and when his “boys” wanted to release them or send them away, Jesus challenged them–
V 37-38 says, “But He replied to them, Give them something to eat yourselves. And they said to Him, Shall we go and buy 200 denarii [about forty dollars] worth of bread and give it to them to eat? And He said to them, How many loaves do you have? Go and see. And when they [had looked and] knew, they said, Five [loaves] and two fish.
V39-40 Then He commanded the people all to recline on the green grass by companies. So they threw themselves down in ranks of hundreds and fifties [with the regularity of an arrangement of beds of herbs, looking like so many garden plots].
V41-44 And taking the five loaves and two fish, He looked up to heaven and, praising God, gave thanks and broke the loaves and kept on giving them to the disciples to set before the people; and He [also] divided the two fish among [them] all. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve [small hand] baskets full of broken pieces [from the loaves] and of the fish. And those who ate the loaves were 5,000 men.
As we allow God to bring order (organization) in our lives, and we begin to look for, and open every door of opportunity to be a blessing, (capitalization) we can see the multiplication (franchising) began to take place.
In the above passage, we see all three components in operation—Jesus “organizes” the crowd, “capitalizes” on a little boys lunch, and “franchises” or “multiplies” to meet not only the immediate need, but abundance to take home!
For those of you who like math, it’s almost like an equation–organization + capitalization = the franchising of dreams, visions, blessings, and abundance to bring impact in your world like never before.
Friends, we are only the delivery folks! If this word speaks to your heart, apply it, and watch the Lord move in your life this year. We have already seen it working in our lives within the last three weeks. To God be the Glory!
We will do a following post with some results of what’s been going on in the ministry—you will be amazed.
We want to take this opportunity to thank all of those who’ve partnered with this ministry the past years, and especially those who’ve prayed and sent finances recently. You’re faithfulness to the Lord and His work through us enables us to continue this ministry on an ongoing basis.
We’ve just opened our first music academy, ages 8-18, in Hamilton OH (more on this in the next blog) and we are excited about what God is doing there. We continue to impart the heart of worship and the word to the next generation, producing “the greater works” that Jesus spoke of and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for walking with us for so many years as we follow the Lord and His plans.
If the Lord speaks to your heart about sowing seed towards Worshipworks Ministries, go to wmiglobal.org, click on the drop down box which says, “Contributions” and click “Give to WMI”. Your offerings are completely secure and tax deductible. And by the way, giving statements for 2012 are being mailed as we speak!
Also, if this ministry has been a blessing to you, we’d love to hear from you! Drop us an email at email@example.com. Praise reports or prayer requests are happily and prayerfully received.
“Know, recognize, and understand therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, Who keeps covenant and steadfast love and mercy with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations.” Deut 7:9 AMP
What an amazing year this has been—we have seen the hand of the Lord move mightily and can certainly testify that HE IS FAITHFUL and HE KEEPS COVENANT!
As we think back over this past year, it is mind blowing to recall the amazing things the Lord has done. In January, as we began this new phase in our lives, it was simply a step of faith to “follow the cloud” and return to evangelism and traveling ministry.
For years, we faithfully put our hand to the plow here in Austin, TX and endeavored to do what God put in our hearts– train and equip the next generation of worshippers. Between the church and school and an occasional road trip with students, we were busy building. And then, as many of you know—the winds of change begin to blow. By years’ end of 2011, our children stepped forth into ministries of their own, and God, through a specific word, sent Joe and I to “run around the globe” once again.
In January, the Lord met us in a supernatural way at Potter’s Wheel Ministries in Mesquite TX and spoke a direct word to us about a mantle for families. That week, we prayed and saw restoration of families within that church, but that was only the beginning. Everywhere we went following, it seemed many faithful folks in the body of Christ needed the prayer of agreement for lost or backslidden children.
February found us in the Atlanta, GA area with our dear friends, Ps Myrek and Linda Hufton and the wonderful folks @ World Harvest Church in Marietta. We were able to do training with their worship team, and stayed over to assist Ps Rodney and the RMI Great Awakening week as well.
In March and April of 2012, we made a trip to South Africa and spent almost 3 weeks in the Johannesburg/Pretoria area ministering to thousands with well over 1100 people responding in the altar calls. What a privilege it was to see children, moms and dads come back to the Lord or come to Him for the very first time.
The month of May, we spent mostly in Florida and did some training in several churches, as well as revival meetings on the East Coast. We saw many families prayed for and the restoration of lives and families.
Summer was an especially busy time with wonderful ministry @ Lord of the Harvest Church in CC TX and then out to the beautiful Hawaiian islands with 2 different churches on Oahu. Again, the Lord blessed us with tremendous and powerful meetings.
In August and September we ran hard, making stops in Rosenberg, TX, Corpus Christi TX, Hamilton OH, Jacksonville, FL, Okeechobee, FL, Dallas, TX, Greensboro, NC, Summerville SC, to name a few. Yes…He is God, the faithful God….many were saved and many lives were changed and many homes were restored.
October was such a special time for us. We married our youngest child, Allison to a wonderful young man, Austin Vespa. The wedding was just like the wedding at Cana in John 2 and God showed up and showed out just for us! What a beautiful time…one we will not soon forget.
November found us busy, once again in Florida, with an opportunity to help RMI with the Great Awakening Broadcast. We finished out the month with City Worship Centre in Kilmarnock VA and had an amazing time with Ps Mike and Leslie Gates. Seeing lives changed never gets old!
Which brings us to the month of December—close to home and working on getting the worship school ready for online use. Friends, there is much excitement about the direction of the training center. Rather than only one location, which limits students to one region, many churches have expressed interest in being a host campus for the music institute. It is our desire to re-launch Institute for the Arts as Cruse Institute with regional locations here in the US as well as abroad. We are preparing the curriculum and server hosts for ease and accessibility as we write.
As we wrap up 2012, we begin our 41st year of full time ministry! Let us remind you—HE IS GOD THE FAITHFUL GOD and He keeps covenant with those who love Him! We are living proof! It is our greatest desire to be faithful servants and to reproduce faithful servants for His Kingdom!
We covet your prayers and will be standing with you for any needs you may have. Let’s agree together—
“Lord, as we close this year, we recognize you are THE GOD–THE FAITHFUL GOD and you do keep covenant. We pray for our spouses, our children, our families that you show forth your faithfulness to all generations. We call them saved, healed, and filled with the precious Holy Spirit. They are blessed to be a blessing and will show forth the Glory of the Lord to the next generation! AMEN!”
In closing, if the Lord speaks to your heart about sowing seed towards Worshipworks Ministries, go to wmiglobal.org, click on the drop down box which says, “Contributions” and click “Give to WMI”. Your offerings are completely secure and tax deductible.
Also, if this ministry has been a blessing to you, we’d love to hear from you! Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Praise reports or prayer requests are happily and prayerfully received.
From our family to yours—Merry Christmas and Many Blessings for a Prosperous New Year!
Joe and Becky Cruse
Trust this writing finds you well and prospering, “even as your soul prospers!” What a whirlwind this past month has been. Lots of travel, lots of new relationships, and lots of lives changed. We love what we get to do—here are a few highlights!
Sunday, May 13th—Fellowship Church of Ft Bend Rosenberg TX—what an amazing blessing it was to be with Ps Joe and Nancy Cruse on Mother’s Day weekend. The church was packed and from the very first note of very first song, God’s presence was strong. Many came forward for prayer and for recommitment. And how cool is it—we are returning for a week of revival meetings beginning Sunday, June 17-20th—Father’s Day. Nightly meetings are @ 7pm. If you are in the Houston area, come and join us. It’s gonna be powerful!
Sunday am May 20th—very honored to be at Covenant Christian Center in Lutz, FL with dear friends, Ps Kevin and Gaile Howell. Always power packed and charged with worship and the Word of God when we get together.
Sunday pm May 20th—what a privilege to join New Way Christian Fellowship in Palm Coast, FL (Ps Rich and Kim Summerlin) as they honored Dr. Norvel Hayes on his 85th birthday. What a general in the faith! We were blessed to be a part of this epic night.
Wed-Thursday May 23-24th—met new friends Ps Tim and Trish Finlayson and the wonderful folks at Brevard Worship Center in Malabar, FL—a church that loves to worship and loves the power of God. We saw many healed and set free in two nights. Can’t wait to return!
Fri-Sun May 25-27th—met new friends Ps John and Judy Wilcox and their wonderful church, Faith Alive in Okeechobie, FL. What a delightful time as we worked with their praise team and ministered with them during our time there. Right in the middle of worship, a lady in a wheelchair stood up, and walked forward (with Pastor John’s help) to the front of the altar! Lord, what you have begun, you will complete. Praise the Lord forever!!
Sat-Sun June 2-3rd—reconnecting with an old friend and amazing worship leader, Chach Reyes, and meeting new friends, Pastors Isaias and Joyce Sanchez @ Lord of the Harvest Church in Corpus Christi TX. WOW—A POWERFUL CHURCH WITH A PASSION FOR WORSHIP AND PRAYER LIKE YOU SELDOM SEE! Sunday night service was……off the charts and words can’t really describe. It was one of those, “just had to be there services!” Many brought prayer cloths and Ps Joe, Ps Isaias, and Ps Joyce anointed them with oil. So many were so touched they couldn’t hardly make it back to their seats! I can’t wait to hear the reports from this service! TO GOD BE THE GLORY GREAT THINGS HE HAS DONE!
As you can see, we are very busy but very blessed. Friends, as always, we covet your prayers. Please pray for—
1. Wisdom—we are laying out plans for the future ministry opportunities for WMI and for the worship school, Institute for the Arts. We are working right now, to get the school online, which is a tedious process. We are trusting the Lord to lead us. The mandate to train and impart is stronger now than ever before and the need is great.
2. Building space—our home church, pastored by Jody and Vanessa Cruse—Compassion Church is in commercial office space but we are busting at the seams and need adequate auditorium and children’s space. A door has opened for some space very close to where we are. Please pray for favor and for finances for the church to be able to do the buildout and relocate by the fall.
3. Finances—as always, the ministry can always use an infusion of finances. The gospel is free, but the cost to get it out there is always a challenge. We are wanting to update our product/resources with new recordings and teachings but the cost to produce is a challenge. If you want to be a part financially, you may go to WMIglobal.org, click the icon that says, “CONTRIBUTIONS” and give by way of our secure online giving feature. We thank you in advance for your generosity and pray 100 fold blessing on your gifts!
4. Vehicle—White Excursion Update—the old white ‘99 Excursion is running good with 481,000 miles but we are believing the Lord for something newer. Right now, we are looking into a bus or motorhome, something that will make the travel easier and more cost effective than staying in hotels. Pray with us as we seek the Lord on what He has for us! It’s gonna be great cause we’ve been faithful with what He has already provided.
Friends, this is our prayer for you today! Ephesians 3:19-21 says, “to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 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, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen”.
Well, after a very long time, we’re back! Lots of change (very necessary) and lots of travel, but God is at work and that is awesome.
We just returned from South Africa and saw the Lord do amazing things. We ministered to over 12,000 people and saw over 700 decisions for the Lord. Countless thousands came forward for prayer and healing. Many miracles were confirmed. We are so grateful to the Lord…to Him be all the glory! We’ve made a video of the trip and will be putting up a link to view very soon.
This coming weekend, the WMI team will be at New Way Christian Fellowship in Palm Coast Florida with dear friends, Pastors Rich and Kim Summerlin for a weekend of worship and miracles. If you are in anywhere on the East Coast of Florida, come and join us for a powerful time in the presence of the Lord! (check out the link for dates and times)
On Sunday, May 6th, you will certainly want to join us @ Compassion Church (our home church) in Austin, Texas for our IFTA graduation. It’s gonna be a great weekend to celebrate our students before they go “into all the world.” (check out the link for location details and service times)
Lastly, we covet your prayers and to all who’ve contacted us with encouraging words, we say thanks! If your church is interested in having WMI in for training conferences or revivals, feel free to contact us @ email@example.com or call us @ 512 917 2292.
We pray daily Psalms 37:23 (amp) “The steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step].”
Friends, that is our prayer for you today! Trust the Lord, walk in His ways, and He will direct you to places of divine encounters and divine connections. It’s the only way to live!
Much love–Joe and Becky Cruse