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Lionel’s Lockdown in Ireland, September / October 2020

Recently I stayed with Brendan and Angela McCauley for a whole month in their beautiful home, on the edge of Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland. The Vikings were there before me and left their mark on the land. Strang Ford means strong ford, from the Old Norse ‘Strangr Fjörðr’ meaning ‘strong sea-inlet’.

A Three Fold Cord

During this time of global lockdown Brendan and Angela were the couple God used to receive me, while the doors to other nations remained tightly shut. Before I contacted Brendan, God gave him five dreams in which he was fore warned and instructed about me, so he was more than willing to host my visit. He knew it was an assignment from above.

Brendan and I have ministered in other nations where to preach the Gospel is illegal, so we know how to move by the Spirit and stay under the radar. We met together, but unlike previous visits when I travelled down south, this time we stayed up north due to lockdown restrictions.

There was a great breakthrough on this mission. I have been writing a book for thirty years, that in Part 1 contains a sketch of my life’s lessons in the process of becoming a prophet to the nations. Part 2 gives an intensive teaching on the seven steps in prophetic ministry. In many ways this is my ‘magnum opus’. Sometimes I have almost given up on this book ever seeing the light of day. The path to publication and printing seemed insurmountable.

During the lockdown and my presence with the McCauleys, Brendan felt a burden to get this work published and printed before Christmas 2020. He has written five ministry books, so he was able to bring those accumulated skills to bear in getting my new book print ready. He was also able to raise funds from Canada for this project. Thanks to his diligence 2,000 copies of my new book, The Key of Knowledge, will be delivered in Vancouver December 11.

These books are a gift to the body of Christ, and essentially an extension of my ongoing ministry. They will be given away as I continue to minister out and about. We are told to ‘cast your bread upon the waters’ (Ecc 11:1). The bread is my testimony and teaching, the waters are the nations of the earth. This message will challenge and encourage emerging prophetic voices worldwide. It will offer essential help to pastors and teachers who desire to lead God’s people into the present, ongoing work of the Holy Spirit.

Brendan says the fundamental ministry principle is giving and receiving not buying and selling. He says God intends all gifts of the Spirit to play their part in bringing God’s kingdom God’s way. One of those gifts is the gift of giving. Giving is such a wonderful gift in God’s sight, that Paul says God actually ‘loves a cheerful giver’ (2 Cor 9:7).

I so look forward to putting a copy of this book into your hands soon. We are having a Christmas Book Launch for The Key Of Knowledge, Monday at 7pm on December 14, 2020 in People’s Church, 14455 - 104 Avenue, Surrey, BC. Brendan will be there with me. We would love to see you there!

'Release Ministries' began in the 1990's during a series of visits Lionel Batke made to Japan with veteran missionaries, Donnel & Venda McLean. One day Donnel said, ‘This is a release ministry’. Years later when the society was being formed, Pastor Doug Fortune prophetically confirmed it to be the name of this new thing God is doing.

This ministry was incorporated under the Societies Act of British Columbia September 19, 2011 and registered in Ottawa as a charity January 24, 2013. Lionel was the founder together with a Board of Directors, and sole minister at that time.

In April, 2015 Liz Fitzgibbons, a prophetess, laid her hands on Lionel during a visit to Cork, Ireland. She said God was calling him to finish the work He started in him, and that younger men would be raised up during his lifetime with the ‘same lick of the Lion’. This would give ‘continuity’ and ‘multiplication’ to the ministry because everything God does continues and is multiplied.

In 2018 the Lord began leading certain ministers with similar vision, to work together. This resulted in the formation of intersect- ing circles of ministry within the society, in which each one moves freely in their own sphere of influence at home and abroad.

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