Once upon a time, somewhere in post-war Eastern Europe, there was a great
famine in which people jealously hoarded whatever food they could find,
hiding it even from their friends and neighbors. One day a wandering soldier came into a village and began asking questions as if he planned to stay for the night.
"There's not a bite to eat in the whole province," he was told. "Better keep
"Oh, I have everything I need," he said. "In fact, I was thinking of making some
stone soup to share with all of you." He pulled an iron cauldron from his
wagon, filled it with water, and built a fire under it. Then, with great ceremony, he drew an ordinary-looking stone from a velvet bag and dropped it into the water.
By now, hearing the rumor of food, most of the villagers had come to the
square or watched from their windows. As the soldier sniffed the "broth" and
licked his lips in anticipation, hunger began to overcome their skepticism.
"Ahh," the soldier said to himself rather loudly, "I do like a tasty stone soup. Of
course, stone soup with cabbage -- that's hard to beat."
Soon a villager approached hesitantly, holding a cabbage he'd retrieved from its hiding place, and added it to the pot. "Capital!" cried the soldier. "You know, I once had stone soup with cabbage and a bit of salt beef as well, and it was fit for a king."
The village butcher managed to find some salt beef . . . and so it went,
through potatoes, onions, carrots, mushrooms, and so on, until there was
indeed a delicious meal for all. The villagers offered the soldier a great
deal of money for the magic stone, but he refused to sell and traveled on
the next day. The moral is that by working together, with everyone
contributing what they can, a greater good is achieved.
That is, everyone contributes, everyone benefits.
And so it is with all those involved in our Portugal 2018 adventure with God. This is not just Ray and Shirley, but a fellowship of saints, disciples of he Lord Jesus Christ, who are passionate for the broadcasting of His truth to the nations of the world, and with a loving attitude of compassion to see people delivered and healed by the power of God in the name of Jesus Christ.
We are almost there. Airline tickets are purchased with good seating on all flights round trip. Teachings are scheduled, all our visions are being colored in, and excitement is building with great fervor.
We love you all very much and have great expectations for super blessings from God for you.
Ray and Shirley