Praying for the ministry of Georgian & Winnie Banov

Taste and See

Thoughts from Psalm 34:8-10

Taste and see that the Lord is good.

I drink deeply of the kindness of this God.

See how Wonderful the Eternal really is!

Because I passionately pursue the Lord… Because I am intent on knowing the Eternal God, I will have everything I need.

I shall not lack any beneficial thing.  I will never lack any good thing.

I am blessed because I take refuge in Him.  Because I take refuge in Him, I am truly happy!

He is my Peace

Thoughts from John 14:27

His is my Peace.

He gives me His own Peace, not the junk the world calls peace.

I refuse to allow myself to be agitated, disturbed, troubled, afraid, fearful, cowardly, intimidated, and unsettled.


Thoughts from Isaiah 26:3-4

He guards and keeps me in His Perfect Peace when my mind stays on Him ~ and His Greatness ~ and His Glory!

I chose to lean on and confidently trust Him always.

He is my Everlasting Rock!


Thoughts from John 16:33

He has overcome my world and deprived it of its power to harm me!

When reading scriptures, I love to write down declarations that I find there.  Since I use several translations, I enjoy seeing the same things proclaimed in slightly different ways.

From Lamentations 3:22-26

His compassions fail not.

His mercies are new every morning.

His faithfulness is Great!

The Lord is all I need.

“Hope in God; just wait.”

The Lord is good to those who wait for Him hopefully and expectantly.

It is good to hope and wait quietly.


Floods in Mozambique

Heidi is asking for prayer for the severe flooding in Mozambique ~

Thank you for the prayers!

Thank you to everyone who has been standing with us in prayer about the flooding in Mozambique. The situation continues to be very serious here in the North and across the nation. Continuous and torrential rains are causing rivers and streets to flood, including major highways. The flooding is some of the worst in independent Mozambique’s history.

Most people live in bamboo and mud huts. The roofs here are grass or thin corrugated metal, so the rains are pouring through every crack and crevice right into people’s bedrooms and kitchens. Sometimes it feels as if there is no escape from the water. Many homes are so flooded that they are falling apart. We are re-building and repairing as fast as we can. We are also praying for the rains to stop. Please join us in prayer for our Mozambican friends. In the midst of difficulty, we pray that many people will turn to God who is mighty to save. We know that He is faithful, and we are praying for His love to cover each person here.

Song of Songs 8:7 “Many waters cannot quench love, rivers cannot sweep it away.”

We love you all & are so grateful for your love,

-The Iris Global Media Team

Steve came HOME!!!!

I just received this report about Steve McRee.  Continue to keep him in prayer until he reaches complete recovery.
We are expecting God’s Glory to be revealed!
“After just 11 weeks after the accident, Steve is home and we rejoice! Carla doesn’t have to commute to see her husband, Steve can be more comfortable in his own environs and the food is a lot better too!  God has put all the pieces together to make the journey home go without a hitch.  His one story home is perfect for the wheelchair and his care givers are in place. Steve is thriving!  He looks great and his heart, soul and mind are attuned and ready for what God has for him at this time.  Steve is resuming some work responsibilities  of Shepherd’s Gate and just participated in their monthly Board Meeting.  In addition to his work at Shepherd’s Gate, he is also embarking on another part time job (at least that’s what it feels like!).  He will be having 20 hours a week of very intensive physical therapy which will help him get his mobility and maneuverability back. Great strides have already been made in this area, and when Steve returned to his surgeon recently, who hadn’t seen him since the surgery on December 22, he was utterly amazed!  He quipped, “Most patients do not do as well as you, Steve.”  For that we thank God for this healing progress!
So please continue to pray for:
-Complete healing.
-Transition to home life and dealing with day to day living.
-Great progress in physical therapy
-Rest and respite for Carla as she cares for Steve at home and continues with her responsibilities at Shepherd’s   Gate
-God’s protection and provision over Steve and Carla and the ministry of Shepherd’s Gate.
-Financial provision

Again, the McRee’s want to express their most sincere gratitude for your faithful prayers and support!  God bless you!

Oh, here are some pictures of Steve with some of his Board Members and Carla!”

Wrecked in the Garden

This report is from one of our Amazing Holy Land 2014 Team Members!  Whoa, God!  Getting Wrecked in the Garden!

“I had a powerful time in the Garden of Gethsemene. Winnie had just talked about Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemene, and how when Jesus stepped forward, revealing himself to the soldiers, they fell down and that when Jesus steps closer to us, revealing Himself, saying “here I am” sometimes our bodies can’t handle it. I experienced just that! As I was walking in Garden, someone was waving an olive branch. As I walked past them, the glory of God totally overwhelmed me and I dropped to my knees and could not move or get up. His presence and love was so strong. He had been speaking to me about completely yielding to Him in everything before I came. It was in the Garden that Jesus yielded to His Father’s will! I also had been asking the Lord to teach me how to receive/drink. When it was time to leave the garden, I could not walk. Two people had to help me walk to the bus! I had never experienced being “drunk” like that! It happened a number of times on this trip, as Jesus immersed me again and again in His love! This trip was truly life transforming! I have fallen more in love with Jesus through it! I am an associate pastor, and had the opportunity to share my experience with my church this past Sunday. After I shared, the entire church came forward and either kneeled or laid prostrate before the Lord and He met with us in a powerful way! Several got “drunk” and many felt His love in a powerful and tangible way like never before!! Thank you, My Beloved Jesus!!! You are so Amazing!!!”

Pray for those who are called to our Tijuana Love Ambush next week [March 5-8]. This team needs to be very bold and adventurous as they join Winnie to reach out to the people who work and live in the Tijuana garbage dump. They will also be holding a special food banquet for our friends who live there. Pray God’s Special Anointing on this group!

Then right after returning from Tijuana, Winnie will be holding “a fun trendy out-of-the box night of worship on the beach” called Coco by the Fire at Ocean Beach Park in San Diego, CA [March 9th at 5:00 pm]. Please pray for all the details to come together perfectly, and pray for the many people that God is calling forth to attend this amazing night of Worship and the Word by Winnie Banov!

And remember to pray for the International Day of Happiness on March 20th! Check out our website for more information and how to get involved. []

On the holy hills stands the city [of Jerusalem and the temple] God founded. The Lord loves the gates of Zion [through which the crowds of pilgrims enter from all nations] more than all the dwellings of Jacob (Israel). Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God…The singers as well as the players on instruments shall say, All my springs (my sources of life and joy) are in you [city of our God].
Psalm 87:1-3,7

Truly, we were pilgrims from all nations! This was one of the most “international” teams I can remember. We had people on this Holy Land Miracle Tour from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, UK, Hong Kong, Africa, and, of course, America! And I am still amazed at the number of people that had very little, to no knowledge of Global Celebration or Georgian & Winnie before coming on this trip. But they heard about it somehow and they came expecting! They were not disappointed!

I was overwhelmed to be able to hold our first International Global Celebration Prayer Meetings while we were in Bethlehem! How awesome was that! The first time we met, I started weeping at the thought of this amazing privilege!

This team was a powerful group to pray with! We really felt our prayers and declarations shaking things, changing the atmosphere, and preparing the way for us as we went forth!

We call this trip our Holy Land Miracle Tour and it did live up to its name!

To start with, the passport of one of our team that had somehow disappeared during our layover in Turkey was miraculously found ~ and I mean truly miraculously! Many healings took place throughout the trip. Some we prayed for were released of pain. Some had feelings to their limbs restored. Some of the residents in the camps we visited were overcome and brought to tears by a Presence they didn’t know how to describe, but truly felt while we were there. They wanted to know more. Thank You, Jesus! People would walk up to our group as we traveled throughout the Holy Land and ask us who we were because they could feel something very special around us.

Then there was the spontaneous fire tunnel at the Wailing Wall! We went to visit on Friday evening, the beginning of Shabbat when the place was full of the Jewish people welcoming in the Sabbath. Many were dancing and rejoicing, so we started dancing and rejoicing, too. A young Jewish girl jumped into our circle and started prophesying about the US and Israel! Then we broke out in a fire tunnel and suddenly a lot of the Jewish people around us joined in and went through! We think we made history! A Fire Tunnel at the Wailing Wall! On the Sabbath! Amazing! [If you have Facebook, check out Georgian & Winnie Banov or Global Celebration Intercessors for more on this.]

Remember that we prayed this team in! Always pray for God to call forth the ones He desires to go on our mission trips. He puts together the best teams! There were seventy-five people on this trip and we were all truly in one accord! That’s amazing!

This is the most recent update I’ve gotten about Steve McRee.  Please keep him in prayer.


Yes!  Progress is being made!  The most significant is a move to a rehabilitation facility closer to home as Steve finishes his final preparations before going home. Carla and Steve are very excited about that! Therapy continues and Steve is gaining strength daily!  His neck and shoulders are getting stronger and there is feeling in his lower body.  He still does not have fine motor skills but the doctors and staff are very encouraged at his abilities that they can see. You may be wondering how Steve’s spirits are doing?  I was so I asked him! He feels no depression whatsoever which is amazing because I would be if I were in that situation.  But God is covering him with peace and hope.  God is sustaining him!  Thanks for your prayers in that area!
Here are some other requests that we thank you for praying for:

- continued provision and protection over the women and children at Shepherd’s Gate; 6 women just graduated our
Livermore program which means that they are working, going to school, and headed to a life of healthy
- continued provision and protection over the Shepherd’s Gate staff as they so beautifully continue to demonstrate the
love of Jesus in the ministry. Steve is able to conduct some business from rehab so that is good!
- complete restoration of Steve’s body- healing of the spine and nerves and no pain
- continued strength and wisdom for Carla especially as she readies the homefront and works at Shepherd’s Gate
- skilled staff to help meet Steve’s needs when he returns home
- provision for personal finances

Thank you for your continued support and prayers.  You are a blessing!
Emily for Carla and Steve


Last year, Winnie read about the first International Day of Happiness that was sponsored by the UN. This idea is based on the initiative of the country of Bhutan, where they recognize the supremacy of national happiness over national income and famously adopted the goal of Gross National Happiness over the Gross National Product. A resolution was drawn up by the UN proclaiming March 20th as the International Day of Happiness!


Of course, Georgian and Winnie wanted to jump right into this! So Global Celebration is joining the UN for this International Day of Happiness!  Many of us will be meeting in New York on March 20th for this great event ~ offering free hugs, smiles and other random acts of happiness!


You can go to our website for more information about this Happy, Happy Day!  Please pray for the International Day of Happiness ~ for everything that will take place through Global Celebration and for the impact that this day will make around the world.

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