BALkan Loving APostolic SErving TEam
A Network of Ephesians 4 Ministries and Elders in Covenant and Love for one another for the advancement of the Kingdom of God in the Balkans
Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
We believe that in this verse are the four ingredients that are necessary to build and grow strong kingdom oriented churches. The term apostles’ doctrine with apostles in plural means the collective teaching of apostles. We want to be careful to build on the word of the bible, properly expressed and balanced by internationally recognized and confirmed apostles whom the Lord has appointed in this time.
The basis of this team is a group of apostolic sons of God, developing apostolic ministries and other Eph. 4 gifted ministries, who feel called together in relationship by God for this certain and definite purpose
We do recognize that this team is only a part of what God is doing in the Balkan and that other teams are being raised up by the Lord. It is becoming clear that these different ministry teams are developing with emphasis different to our own and they have the right to concentrate on their particular emphasis and calling just as we must concentrate on ours. While concentrating on our own emphasis we need to develop a network of relationships and functions with other apostolic teams so that the power of our unity and corporeity will be felt by principalities and powers. In addition, our specialized gifting principalities and powers will feel the power of our unity and corporeity in a devastating way and experience can be released to serve one another as well as our own network of committed churches.
We need to define what our particular emphasis is so that we can sharpen our focus on the special things that we are called to demonstrate and teach to the whole body of Christ.
We state that the relationship of the team members concerning B.L.A.S.T. should not be exclusive in its nature, but should be primary in nature as it takes priority over other existing commitments and organizational relationships.
Founding Team members
Alan Vincent, Spiritual overseer and senior apostolic ministry
Franz Lippi, Team leader in place
Gerhard Schmitzer, Graz/Austria
Steve Telzerow, Ljubljana/Slovenia.
THE SPHERE OF INFLUENCE (METRON)
It starts 50 km north of Graz and continues down south-east to the Balkan nations. At present we are reaching directly or indirectly into all former Yugoslavian nations plus Hungary, Albania, Romania, Bulgaria and Greece. We intend to reach also other nations on the Balkans as the Lord leads, gives opportunity and resources and opens the doors. As of 2014 we also reach into the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic.
To build and establish several strong city churches in our God given sphere of influence with the characteristics of the tabernacle of David in the south of Austria and the Balkan nations so that they become regional power houses of God and strive that a House of Peace is build or established in every village of that sphere of influence.
This Vision is based on revelations given from the Lord:
August 1977: A prophetic word was given to Gerhard Schmitzer in San Diego/USA indicating that through his ministry a group of sons and daughters will come forth that will take the Balkan nations for the Kingdom of God and he will come forth as prophetic and an apostolic ministry for Austria and beyond.
About 1982 Exousia Christian Fellowship, at that time very small, received a prophetic word from the Lord to be a mother of many churches in the south and in the east.
September 1993: At a conference in Austria with Mike Bickle a prophet from the Metro Vineyard Kansas City picks out Gerhard Schmitzer as an apostolic ministry for Yugoslavia.
April 1994: Gerhard Schmitzer released to be a spearhead into Slovenia.
January 1999: Alan Vincent speaking the Exousia Christian Fellowship in Graz/Austria is to be an apostolic church, with Franz Lippi and Gerhard Schmitzer to be apostolic ministries.
In the beginning of March 1999 I (Franz Lippi) was on a spiritual retreat up in the mountains with prayer and fasting together with an elder of Exousia Christian Fellowship Graz.
“My heart was seeking the Lord for the next steps after Alan ministered in our church the message `Buy A Sword`, placing also a sword in my hand and ministering to me with the laying on of hands for impartation.
As I was praying in the spirit and walking up a mountain, I heard myself praying `Heavenly father, I come to you for your faith` I was startled by this but it is according to the Scriptures, `have Gods faith`, so I felt this was OK. As I was continuing praying and walking up a mountain, God directed me towards a specific place under a tree. I stood there praying again this prayer. I was fully awake. It was in the middle of the afternoon, it was cold.
Suddenly – as I heard myself praying this prayer – I felt kind of transported on something like a very great measure of faith. I dare not to say – Gods level of faith – but there was not an atom of doubt in my heart that what the Lord shows me is indeed going to happen. It was awesome, like He showed me His faith for the region.
I saw a map in the form of a fringed half circle around Graz, open to the south, ongoing towards the Balkan. There were a great number of white specks of brilliant white light, very special, more precious than diamonds, distributed over this area. I looked at these specks of white light in wonder and awe, it was like holy white light to me, very precious. Then I asked the Lord what this specks are – and He said THESE ARE HOUSES OF PEACE. As I was pondering this the Lord said: A HOUSE OF PEACE IN EVERY VILLAGE. Together with this word I knew that when it came to a certain day it would be a very important thing if the village would have a house of peace or not. (I presume it has to do with judgment.)
Then I saw several flames of fire, yellow at the bottom, orange inside. I asked the Lord what this fires are – He said BUSHCHURCHES
Then I saw further in the vision in Graz a very big tower made of the same kind of white light than the little specks. But the form was like a cooling tower of a power plant, radiating enormous power and glory, unbelievable powerful and precious. I asked the Lord what this tower was – He did not answer me at that time (the answer came several weeks later).
Then I became aware that I do not have the resources and men to accomplish this and was very downcast by it. Then the Lord rebuked me not to think little of myself but to think as a son. I was very convicted about that. Then the Lord conveyed to me to think about myself as instrumental and being an apostolic leader to bring this about. He also conveyed to me that I have authority to pray forth the needed resources. So I began to pray for 40 mighty men.
Several weeks later, still meditating on this vision, the answer of the Lord came: This TOWER was symbolic for the TABERNACLE OF DAVID, a place of extravagant worship und prayer to the Lord and where David and his mighty men were getting together to seek counsel, wisdom and revelation from the Lord – and with that the kingdom of David prospered.
This vision was confirmed by several prophetic men and women in Austria as well as of international origin, who saw different parts of this vision.
In July 2000 further confirmation for this ministry came from a prophetess from South Africa.
In October 2000, during the `Awake Europe Conference`(with a team from Pensacola) in Essen/Germany, I saw another vision: The Lord was taking a big broad brush soaked with red colour and making a sweeping stroke from the north of the Balkan, starting in about the Graz area (or the area north of Slovenia) and continuing towards the Balkan nations towards the south east – resulting in a broad brush stroke in red over the Balkan. Then I felt like the spirit saying: “The blood of many people has been shed in the Balkan, but now the power of the shed blood of the Lord will take effect.”
On January 2nd, 2001, I saw 5 towers like I saw in the vision mentioned above distributed in a zigzag line over the Balkan area.”
We do expect a further unfolding and clarifying of this vision and also trust the Lord to add new directions according to His sovereign will.
NATURE OF THE RELATIONSHIPS WITHIN THE APOSTOLIC TEAM
Striving to live in the unity of the Spirit
Covenantal in the way to lay our lives down in the Lord for one another, to work with and bless the other team members in a way that they and their house prosper in spirit, soul, body and also their living circumstances in a decent way. We strive to have real deep relationships and friendship with one another, serving one another to that end. An important part will also be accountability to one another.
Since we are working to raise up houses of worship and prayer we will employ basic CHARACTER REQUIREMENTS IN DAVIDS TABERNACLE from the Scriptures as general rules:
Walking upright and practicing righteousness.
Keeping a covenant.
Keeping your word, even it if it hurts you.
1 Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? 2 He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart; 3 He who does not backbite with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend; 4 In whose eyes a vile person is despised, But he honors those who fear the Lord; He who swears to his own hurt and does not change; 5 He who does not put out his money at usury, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.
3 Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. 5 He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Receiving New TEAM Members
In receiving new team members we want to carefully learn from king David’s way to build a team: The question will be “Have you come in peace and have you come to help us to fulfill this vision and commission God gave us? Have you died to other visions including your own?”
1 Chronicles 12:17-18
And David went out to meet them, and answered and said to them, “If you have come peaceably to me to help me, my heart will be united with you; but if to betray me to my enemies, since there is no wrong in my hands, may the God of our fathers look and bring judgment.” 18 Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, chief of the captains, and he said:
“We are yours, O David;
We are on your side, O son of Jesse!
Peace, peace to you,
And peace to your helpers!
For your God helps you.”
So David received them, and made them captains of the troop.
The fulfillment of this vision will need every type of ministry you can or cannot imagine both in the spiritual and in the natural realm. Most probably it will cost lives.
We will need every kind of ministry and gifts that you can find in the New Testament.
Within B.L.A.S.T. several specialist teams will be formed e.g. technical/logistics, international & public relations, worship, healing/deliverance, spiritual intelligence, warfare prayer, etc.
Also we will need the help of various kinds that associates and friends that love and support the team.
WhAt is a house of peace
(The small specks of white light in the vision, very precious to the Lord)
A house of peace is the nucleus, a family (house) that loves the Lord in a way as it has relinquished all their rights to Him and have achieved a good measure in living under the rule and guidance of the Lord in reality. They have the character elements required in David’s Tabernacle and pursue the ways of the Lord, worship, prayer at the various levels and also have an ability to demonstrate the power of the Spirit in healing and deliverance.
It is a house where the peace of the Lord rests. It’s also a place where the peace of the Lord can be brought into your life.
We are just starting to explore the revelation that the Lord wants to give us about what a house of peace is, but here a Scripture for a start:
Luke 10:2-9 Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. 3 “Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves. 4 “Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road. 5 “But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6 “And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on it; if not, it will return to you. 7 “And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house. 8 “Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. 9 “And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
We are committed to be workers in the field gathering the promised great end?time harvest and advancing the kingdom of God with power and authority in the Balkan, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom and work to build Kingdom oriented churches in reality wherever we are given opportunity. This is to be achieved by :
Developing strong city churches with the characteristics of the tabernacle of David (which God promised to raise up in these last days) so that they become regional power houses to which the local churches and houses of peace in their area can relate to and draw strength and input from. These potential centers are presently: Graz/Austria, Maribor/Slovenia, Laibach/Slovenia, Sarajevo/Bosnia & Hercegowina. Other centers will be developed gradually as God identifies them
Apostolic oversight and apostolic, prophetic, evangelistic, pastoral and teaching input in order to build well structured local churches.
Developing and establishing Houses of Peace, primarily in a 50 km radius around the regional power houses.
Teaching the city churches and the houses of peace to equip and mobilize what we call the “Ants of God” , that means every believer to toil the soil of his own personal sphere of relationships according to the measure of faith given. This would involve to pray earnestly for the unsaved neighborhood, friends, relatives and coworkers at the job and being a faithful witness of the gospel of the kingdom in these areas.
We are concerned to “Kingdomize” not just evangelize our society and to have an impact upon secular society so as to actually change the world in our sphere of influence (metron).
Development of Team, Leadership and Headship without a spirit of control, according to the Word of God.
Another important priority will be the identification and training of other Eph 4. and apostolic ministry. This will be achieved by the discipling of many and the personal fathering of the few we especially feel joined to us as sons. This would normally take place at the regional level in the form of training and teaching days as well as taking the sons along with us as we function whenever we can and gradually release them into ministry alongside us.
Turning the prophetic vision into practical, progressive, realizable goals.
The most important resource is the power that comes from being truly filled with the Spirit backed up by a dedicated life in holiness
Earnest and informed prayer, covering areas where God’s voice is heard and being obeyed to, intercession and spiritual warfare.
A strong core of team members, committed in covenant to the team leader and to one another like David’s mighty men.
Finances: The achievement of the team goals will require finances and the team will need financial resources of its own to bring about these goals. Part of the supply should rightly come from the committed churches. We also believe that God will bring us into relationship with other teams who also have a burden for the Balkan and would want to work with us as partners and also provide some financial support.
Excellent teaching material in the English, German, Flemish, Hungarian, Slovenian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Czech and Serbian language for the equipping of the saints according to Eph. 4 using every appropriate media available
Seminars and conferences in various levels for training, teaching and impartation.
Establishing a communication platform for distributing encouraging news as well as prayer focus information.
Technical support for communication, translation and publishing.