Update From Albania

Blake Family Missionaries
Gary and Sandy Blake
Our mission:
” to raise up an army called by His name”
Issue 12, Sept 11, 2013
God’s grace abounds
As we said in the last newsletter God has added to his Ambassadors of grace. Even this week I have received more and more testimonies of the miracles that the Lord has done through those that we have been training. This is very exciting stuff. This is how the kingdom is supposed to be extended. Jesus was the firstborn of many brethren. So to those who receive it they can live as sons. One young man (B) I have been working with closely, brought a report of a case in which he was used to raise a woman from the dead over the telephone. This woman had a believing daughter who phoned B when she realized the serious condition her mother was in. Her gall bladder had ruptured and she was in the hospital ready to go into emergency surgery at the time of the call. The doctor came in to wheel her off to surgery but checked her vitals and said there was no need because she was already dead. The daughter told B it was too late her mother was dead. B said NO in Jesus name she lives. The daughter hung up and after that the woman who had been pronounced dead started breathing again. They took her into surgery and removed the ruptured gall bladder. She is out of the hospital and doing well.
In one incident that happened August 28 a man (Rotsul) fell along with the ladder he was working from at the third story of a building. He suffered a broken vertebrae and damage to the spinal cord. He was brought to the military trauma hospital in Tirana completely paralyzed from the waist down. This man was a cousin of Meti and so first Meti went in and prayed with him and R said he was going to die. Meti told him he would not because he was going to pray and God would heal him. That was at 8:15 AM. About 6 hours later Meti Adelina, Ledi, Sandy and I went to pray again for Rotsul again. By that time he could move his left leg and the feeling had begun to return to the hip area of the right leg. Sunday I heard a report from a friend of ours that doctors are now giving a
Training applied: deaf mute Roma girl begins to speak and hear in one ear after deliverance prayer
good prognosis for full recovery. Doctors did a surgery to put the broken vertebrae back together and when they opened the area the spinal cord appeared undamaged, contrary to the results of the MRI taken when he was brought in. (Miracle healing) Before prayer the expectations were that he would be paralyzed the rest of his life. He was discharged from the hospital after 1 week or less. Our God is amazing, powerful and willing to heal and to deliver. Recently one woman requested prayer for her husband who had a gambling addiction. She is a Christian and he is not and he has never yet come to any of our meetings. This week she testified that for the first time since they have been married (3-4 years) He brought his paycheck home and paid the bills and gave her grocery money. There have been multiple miracles in this small group nearly every one of them have received a miracle healing or two or some deliverance of some kind. I would love to
Training and ministry to students on outreach to Albania from the Caribbean Islands in Elbasan go on because there are so many more demonstrations of the love and goodness of God to share with you but I want to leave some room for photos.
Needs for the visit to the USA
As we write this letter we still do not know where we will be staying while we are in the Seattle, Everett area. Housing situations have changed with our children and they are without space for us to stay with them. They have more children coming and less house. So we are in need of a place to stay for a couple of months. We don’t need a lot of attention; we can fend for ourselves in the food department. It would be good to have internet access. We would prefer something in the Lynnwood, Bothell, South Everett or Edmonds area. If you think you can help us in this need please let us know right away. Sandy says she would like to know where we will be staying. We are arriving Sept 20.
The young man from the previous newsletter who was set free from epilepsy and autism.
Part of the dear Armenian family we ministered to in Istanbul Turkey Maria on the right :(previous letter)
Thanks to all of you
We are so grateful to those of you who are partnering with us to set the captives free and bring the Kingdom of God. We know we cannot do this alone, and we value your partnership.
Contact information: Gary and Sandy Blake
C/O AEP KP 119 Box 35 Tirana, Albania
Gary Cell: 011-355-69-406-8646 Sandy Cell:011-355-69-406-8647 Email: gnsblake.alb@gmail.com
Support info
There are 2 options for tax deductible
contribution: make checks payable to either Mission Dispatch Inc, or Sunrise Chapel and mail to the appropriate address.
 Gary and Sandy Blake
C/O Mission Dispatch Inc PO Box 641
This years group of Italian seminary students and 1pastor entrusted to us for missions training. More workers actvated into the harvest
Edmonds, WA 98020-0641
 Sonrise Christian Center 11625 Airport RD Everett, WA 98204
Tel: 425-355-9129
(New Address)
The “for” or memo line on the check should read “Albania”. A separate note should be attached stating “support for Gary and Sandy Blake.” If you use bill pay, use “Blake” as the account #
Blessings, Gary and Sandy

Does God Really Care About Your Preparedness Plans?

Posted: September 08, 2013
8:41 am Eastern

Springfield, MO — Raiders News Network — September is National Preparedness Month, but many believers in God, especially in America, are indifferent to the need to prepare for the unexpected.

An article by Mimi Hall in USA TODAY said it all: “Most Americans haven’t taken steps to prepare for a natural disaster, terrorist attack or other emergency, according to a new study on preparedness, and only about a third have made plans with family members about how they would communicate with each other during a crisis.”

Part of the reason many people of faith neglect preparedness has to do with an odd defeatism that says, “If current events are prophesied to happen, then there’s nothing we can do about it anyway.”

The notion that calamity is unavoidable if it is divinely predicted is even sanctioned by some expositors who miss the pattern for preparedness in the Bible. While it is true that famine was prophesied for Egypt, it is also a fact that God led Joseph to prepare for it, and, as a result, he saved his family and the nations around about.

Proverbs 22:3 says a prudent person foresees difficulties and prepares for them, while a simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. This is good advice not only for religious folks, but people of any persuasion.

Another and perhaps greater reason why some people, including religious people never plan for disaster, is that they view the need to prepare for the unexpected as too complicated and costly. They imagine the back yard being dug up for construction of a massive bomb shelter and the basement crammed with row after row of dry grains and large containers filled with backup water.

The truth is, survival preparation is modestly affordable. Under most circumstances, the ability for individuals to remain mobile for a few days to a week by simply grabbing a “survival bag” and heading out is more important than silos filled with long term storage foods.

Even when a worse case scenario is imagined – such as a terrorist nuke or ICBM exchange – low-cost shelters, that can be built at home and combined with a minimal amount of Potassium Iodide, would help keep as much as 99 percent of the population alive according to one synopsis by the Department of Homeland Security. A FREE REPORT on how to build and survive a nuclear incident can be read here.

While having to try to endure radioactive fallout is a growing possibility, the fact is that most people are more likely to face disaster as a result of nature. For example, a few years ago a journalist became lost in a snowstorm in Oregon and died from exposure to freezing temperatures. If his car had been equipped with a survival kit, he would have had an excellent chance of survival.

During Hurricane Katrina, one woman had an emergency supplies kit in her attic that kept her and her two cats alive for days until help arrived. Another man, a doctor who had read a preparedness book and followed its instructions, was ready with equipment and supplies. His house became a gathering place for people displaced by the storm.

For reasons such as these, my wife and I have provided each of our children with a “walk out” kit for the trunks of their cars. These emergency bags contain enough food, water, shelter, first aid, lighting and communication supplies to keep them alive for days in the case of a vehicle malfunction or other situation where they would need to abandon their car.

Many of the items vital for a good survival kit can be found at your local shopping center: an inexpensive poncho, a basic first aid assortment, nylon cord, canvas for temporary shelter, duck tape, a whistle. Other items are a bit trickier to find and may need to be acquired from one of many online emergency preparedness companies. These include five-year-shelf-life food bars, five-year-shelf-life water boxes or pouches, paper-thin thermal blankets designed by NASA to retain body heat, special hand-crank combination flashlights with radios and emergency signals built in, and so on. My personal favorite is the Midland Model XT511 — The Ultimate Emergency Crank Weather Alert Two Way Radio, AM/FM Radio, Flashlight, Cell Phone Charger, Clock & Alarm For Severe Weather Survival that carries NOAA’s Seal Of Approval.

Pre-made emergency kits containing items such as those above can be acquired online at costs from $30.00 and up, depending on the number of people and the number of days they are designed to sustain.

Why then, given how affordable disaster preparedness is, are so many people unprepared for an emergency?

Within “faith communities,” part of the problem goes back to western dispensational fatalism that fails to see God’s instructions about the future and the responsibility He gives concerning preparation. Church authorities may speak of the hidden shelter that God provides His followers during a storm, yet often fail to see the believer’s responsibility cast throughout the Bible where we are to care for our families and communities by readying for the unknown.

Some teachers also erroneously believe that emergency preparedness reflects a lack of faith in God.

The opposite is true. The Book of James measures faith by personal action, and Hebrews 11:7 describes true faith this way: “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear and prepared an ark to the saving of his house.”

God told Noah that He would destroy the earth by a flood. He gave Noah instructions on how to be prepared so that he and his family could survive. Noah didn’t know when the flood would come, only that it was prophesied, and he prepared for it. When the Flood arrived, he was ready. His faith in and obedience to God’s word, his survival instincts, and ultimately his preparedness actions saved his family and preserved the human race.

The parallel between Noah and today is astounding. “As it was in the days of Noah,” says Luke 17:26-27 concerning the last days. Noah’s actions should define the modern believer’s responsibility, including the need for spiritual and physical preparedness.

There are other places in the Bible that provide additional lessons about preparedness, including principles in the Books of Psalms and Proverbs, the parable of the faithful and evil servants (Matthew 24:45-51) and the parable of the ten virgins (Matthew 25:1-13). And 1 Timothy 5:8 goes even further, saying that a person who does not provide for the survival of their relatives has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Given these instructions and the belief held by many today that we are living in “the last days” or at a minimum a time of unusual earth changes, leaders of religious institutions urgently need to educate their followers about taking personal responsibility for preparedness in an age of growing uncertainty. Dramatic lessons over the last few years have proven that we cannot depend on government agencies such as FEMA to save us if we need them. In fact, a recent government report found that years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the government still isn’t fully prepared to respond to a major public health emergency such as bioterrorism or a pandemic outbreak.

A challenge to Christian leaders

As veterans of more than 30 years in church ministry, we call on pastors and other religious leaders to stand at the forefront of this issue and to make disaster preparedness some part of their ministry. This doesn’t need to define what you or your church is about, but it can and must be part of the wise counsel offered to those you have responsibility for. Use September as “National Preparedness Month” to deliver a a timely sermon, class, or material to those in your fellowship on the wisdom of being prepared for an emergency. You could literally save a believer’s life!

Deuteronomy 30:19 says, “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, that you and your descendants might live!”

Together as people of faith, we should face the future with confidence and take the lead in disaster readiness.