Bulletin of Prophetic Historicism
4 August 2014 Editor and Proprietor
Edwin de Kock
Bulletin # 15
An Unexpected Development
uddenly Edwin has been invited to Havana, Cuba, for three or four prophetic lectures in the middle of October, just three months away! This news became available after we had sent out Prophetic Bulletin # 14. There are, however, hurdles to clear; though, as the Good Book says: “By my God I can leap over a wall” (Ps. 18:29, NKJV). What are these impediments?
First, American citizens are forbidden by their government to visit Cuba. On their return, they face arrest and punishment, unless they have obtained a prior license or—if a religious organization is involved—an acceptable letter to invite them there. The latter seems to be the solution in this case.
Second, at 84, Edwin should not fly alone. In addition to his heart ailment, he has a back problem, and limited physical stamina. Recently, when Ria saw him stagger as he walked just after an outing here, she seriously wondered whether he could endure the trip. When she told him this, he also hesitated and prayed to the Lord. It seems that Heaven wants him to go. But it is unwise for him to do so alone. She must accompany him.
Unfortunately she has a health problem of her own, a chronic ever-recurring lung infection. Part of the treatment is daily physical therapy by her husband. And it is unclear whether she will win this battle. Your prayers are coveted.
Traveling is to take place in two legs: a very long flight from McAllen, Texas, to Miami, Florida, followed by a shorter venture into the Caribbean.
Third, we ourselves have to raise the funds to pay for this trip, about $900.00 per person. That is, a total of $1,800:00. At the moment we are heavily loaded with credit card debt, especially to pay for urgently reroofing our large mobile home. But from funds that we have saved up for emergencies, we can make available $900.00. On the other hand, we still need to raise an equal amount for the second ticket. Fortunately the organizers have arranged for accommodation and meals in Cuba.
So far, two persons have promised to send enough to cover about half of the $900.00. We are praying for additional help.
In the meantime, Edwin has started his preparations. Above all, he must work on his lectures. He will be delivering them in English, while an interpreter translates into Spanish. But Edwin is also reading up on Cuba and the restrictions which apply in that society as well as other things. For instance, the island uses different currencies: two kinds of pesos, with different exchange rates. He is also putting himself through a crash course to improve his Spanish, which he reads fairly well but speaks muy poco.
Please pray for us in this adventure, especially that the Lord, the Great Enabler, will make our health hold up.