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UPDATE MAY 2020 
A TIME TO HEAL (Ecc 3:3)

Vladimir the Great was made King of Kiev Russ in 978 AD. In 988 the King was converted to Christ and declared the whole country to be Christian. Then he baptized people en masse, and what is now the Ukraine went on to become the birthplace of Russia. This fruitful land continues to be productive, so the Ukraine has also been known as the California of Russia. 
 
Scripture says, 'the order is 'natural' first and then 'spiritual' (1 Cor 15:46, 47 JBP). So there will be or should be great spiritual birth and harvest in the Ukraine. The potential is certainly there, for ongoing fruitfulness in our own lives as well. 'The field is the world"'(Mat 13:38) and the whole world seems to have been lying fallow, or resting in a kind of Sabbath created by the corona virus. 

Thursday, March 5, 2020 I sat in a circle with a dozen pastors praying for Vancouver and one another. Three of us later tested positive. One of the brothers also developed pneumonia. Thankfully my own lungs remained clear and when the test came back, I was already negative. So it's great to be feeling well again! 
Hence the mission to Turkey and Macedonia in April was shut down, as well as all my local scheduling. The ministry has been resting which has afforded time to focus on the family and study the Word.
 
As things start up again, 'there remains therefore a rest for the people of God'. (Heb 4:5, 9)
Let's answer His call to relax, 'enter My rest' and be healed!
'Release Ministries' began in the 1990's during a series of visits to Japan with veteran missionaries Donnel & Venda McLean. Our express purpose, burden and vision is to inspire, activate, release and establish gifts throughout the churches in an ongoing operative way. One day Donnel said, "This is a release ministry". Many years later it became obvious Team Thrust Ministries was outdated, needing to be retired and replaced. Pastor Doug Fortune then confirmed 'Release Ministries' to be the name of this new thing God is doing, so new governing documents were prepared. 'Release Ministries Society' was registered in Victoria as a corporation September 19, 2011, in Ottawa as a charity January 24, 2013. 
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