Wednesday, November 30, 2005

News Letter November 29th 2005

Ben and Brenda Peters

Dear Saints,

We trust you have all had a blessed Thanksgiving and are preparing to have a Christ-centered Christmas season.  May God's love become more real to you than ever before.


What a precious time we had this past weekend in Peru, Illinois!  Pastors Randy and Lisa have a unique thing going in yonder corn fields.  The worship was powerful, almost like the HUB conference, and our ministry and teaching was received with open hearts.  We believe that many lives were transformed by the presence of God in that house.  We found such a kindred spirit and similar vision.

I love it when we discover a ministry that might not have great resources in the natural, but they give sacrificially to build the Kingdom of God, even sacrificing the growth of their own ministry.  These people take a big chunk of their church on missions projects, such as to a reservation in South Dakota.  This is one of the darkest places in the USA, spiritually.  They see the need and just pay the price to help.  They have great energy and great faith to do the impossible in the strength of God.  They are an inspiration to me and others.  


This coming Saturday's conference in Geno on Prophetic Ministry and the Harvest, sold out this weekend.  We are considering a second conference later on for those who can't make it this time.


All those who want to prepare for a missions trip this summer to Mozambique should plan on attending our Missions Prep 101 classes this Spring.  We have booked two weekends at the Vineyard in DeKalb, IL.  They are March 10, 11, and April 7, 8.  There will be free accomodations for those who travel a longer distance to DeKalb.  The classes will be Friday evening, Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon.  We plan on providing lunch on Saturday.  The cost is free.  Offerings will be taken.


We now have a good supply of all our books, including the new hardback version of "WITH ME", which will make a beautiful and impacting Christmas gift and a tool for evangelism.  We are getting more and more very positive reports from those who have read these books.  They are now also on our web-site.

Bountiful Blessings to all in Christ Jesus,

Ben and Brenda and family

Thursday, November 24, 2005

News Letter November 24th, 2005

Open Heart Ministries
Ben and Brenda Peters

It happened again.  I was almost done.  Here's the whole thing.

Dear Thankful Saints,

Greetings and blessings from Ben and Brenda and family.  We have so much to be thankful for, not only for what we now possess, but for what God has promised in the days ahead.  A greater glory on His House than we have ever seen is happening.  

Revival has begun, but because it is grassroots and not yet visible everywhere, many Christians don't even know it is happening.  But we see it in so many places.  The greatest move is with younger people, but the older ones are getting in on it as well and are teaming up with the on-fire youth.  Most of this is going on in small gatherings where passionate lovers of Jesus worship, cry and intercede for revival.  Many are spending hours in Houses of Prayer and taking trips to revival hot spots like Mozambique, Uganda, Argentina and Nigeria.


This Saturday night at 7 pm and Sunday at 10 am, we will be at Eagles Rock in Peru, Illinois, not far from highway 80 and 39 in north central Illinois.  This church has been experiencing fresh waves of God's glory, and they have incredible worship for a modest-sized congregation.


Next weekend on Saturday, we will be at Pastor Bill Myers in Genoa, IL, for an all day seminar on Prophetic Ministry and the Harvest.  They are still taking registrations, but may fill up in the next few days, as they are already over 60% full.  Call Myers at 815 784 3467 if you are interested.


Brenda, Val Coltman and Breeze Sherbondy spent about 5 days in Alberta, Canada this past weekend.  They made an awesome team.  They reported a wonderful move of God touching many lives, and came home quite exhausted from so much intensive ministry.  

Their first ministry was at a ladies retreat in Strathmore, Alberta.  The anointing was powerful and people were called into a new level of relationship and humble service to God.  Relationships with the other speaker and her interns were established and they all enjoyed serving the ladies together.

Their second ministry, along with visiting my Aunt Nettie in the hospital in Calgary, who just had cancer surgery, was on Sunday morning at West Calgary Full Gospel Church and with Pastor Robert Smith's family on Sunday afternoon.  Once again, it was an intense day of ministry and sharing and encouraging many who were discouraged and emotionally spent.  It was a very fruitful day.  My aunt could use your prayers as they took out a colon tumor, but her liver is also cancerous and needs a miracle.  She is only in her early 70's.


I had the privilege of spending most of the weekend at the Chicago Hub Conference in Naperville, IL.  What an awesome time that was!  The worship with JoAnn McFatter and the two Steves was truly off the charts and as heavenly as I can remember.  The services were long, but never boring.  

We enjoyed very much hearing from Andrew White, a mediator in the Middle East, and very involved in Iraq.  He says that Iraq definitely had WMD's.  They just hid them well.  He knows of people who died transporting them.  He also hates war and tried to prevent it, but before we invaded the Iragis actually wanted war, knowing it would be terrible, but they were so tormented by Saddam that they were willing to pay the price.  But they kind of thought that all their problems would go away when Saddam was gone and of course that wouldn't happen with all the warring factions within the country.

We also were blessed to here Steve Shultz of the Elijah List.  His stories and teaching were excellent.  Then we heard Kathy and Gary Oates on healing broken hearts, physical healing and developing intimacy with God.  In addition, Nancy Majiera shared several stories and truths that blessed and challenged us greatly.  Oh yes, there was also a visit from Georgian Banov, a precious brother who ministers everywhere and is working hard now in New Orleans to minister to the lost and needy there.  God is using them greatly to turn the city around for God.


We have a some extra copies of our brand new hardback edition of WITH ME.  They are really beautiful and we are very excited.  We have already gone through a lot of the soft covers and we have heard many positive testimonies from people who have read it.  

I didn't realize it at first, but this book can be used as a powerful tool for evangelism as well as a source of great encouragement for Christians, including pastors.  I do feel in my spirit that our books must get into more hands and hearts.  I'm asking that you pray for open doors for them.  We have given a lot away and are believing that those who read them will get excited enough to tell others and share them with others including pastors and leaders, etc.


We have two weekends reserved in DeKalb for our Missions Prep 101 course.  The first is March 10, 11 and the second is April 7, 8.  We will provide housing for anyone travelling a distance.  We also may provide a free lunch on Saturday.  So please mark your calendar for these days if you desire to go to Africa with us in the future.  Even if you don't, you are welcome to come.


Ben and Brenda Peters and family

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

News Letter November 14th, 2005


Greetings Saints,


The HUB conference is just around the corner (November 17-20) and though we are not the hosts of this conference, we have a working relationship with Nancy Majiera, the director of HUB.  She has offered scholarships - that means free registration - to anyone on our mailing list who has not already registered.  All she asks is that we get a head count, so she knows how many to expect.  When you go to the conference just tell them you are from Ben and Brenda Peters' group and they will let you in for free.

The speakers are great, including Gary and Kathi Oates, who wrote "Open Our Eyes Lord", an awesome book about seeing into the spiritual realm.  JoAnn McFatter, Steve Mitchell and Stephen Swanson will lead the worship.  You can get more info at


We ministered to a house church in Wadsworth on Friday night and experienced a powerful anointing to release the Word of the Lord.  I think everyone was touched in a special way, including some younger guys and gals.

On Saturday night it was a large home group from Fountain of Life Church in Lombard.  We ministered to about 35 adults.  We have received some great testimonies and many were impacted.

Here's a little excerpt from one testimony that came today:  "Please, please, please continue to do what you are doing to equip the church.  Your words have given me such a lift and new vision."  -  Lisa P. - Lombard, IL.


This Wednesday Brenda will be flying with Val Coltman and Breeze Sherbondy to Strathmore, Alberta, for a ladies retreat there.  They will also minister on Sunday at West Calgary Full Gospel Church, before coming home on Monday.  Please pray for a revival anointing for them all.


Our new book, "WITH ME - A CAPTIVATING JOURNEY INTO INTIMACY", is moving faster than any previous book and we are hearing wonderful comments on how it is impacting lives of older, mature Christians as well as those who have never really known the Lord in a personal way.  It is so gratifying to me to know that the anointing that I felt when I wrote this book is also impacting those who read it.

I am very excited that now we can announce that the HARDBACK VERSION is being processed and will be available very soon.  This will be a beautiful gift edition.  We will sell it very close to our cost price, just to make it as available as possible.  Since it will be expensive for us to stock a lot of the hardback copies, (they cost us a lot more than paperback) we'd like to ask how many would be interested in getting these for gifts or just for themselves.  The cover of this book is stunning with a fiery lion head right behind a little sheep.  The timing of this book coincides with the release of the Chronicles of Narnia movie, where the hero is a lion - Jesus.

These books can be given to non-Christians as a tool for evangelism, but will bless the most mature Christian as well.  There is a special chapter for pastors at the end that will make it special for them, too.  I know this sounds like a commercial, but I believe so strongly that this book will help people to walk more intimately with Jesus.

I am not asking for money in advance, but am wanting to know how many might want to reserve a copy to be received well before Christmas.  We will need $14.00 per book, which will include the shipping, for those who order before December 1.  

That's all for now, except to say again, THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT.

Blessings in JESUS' LOVE,

Ben and Brenda


Wednesday, November 09, 2005

News Letter November 9, 2005


Greetings Saints,

We always enjoy getting testimonies from people who have been touched by God in our meetings, but I felt led to share this one from a young couple we ministered to at Covenant Restoration Church in Hinckley, IL.

Samuel and Leslie were expecting a baby and the doctors had told them that the baby was in serious danger because there was a major problem with the amniotic fluid level being much too low.  They were scheduled to go to a specialist.  Of course, we prayed for them with our team. When the specialist did his examination the amniotic fluid was NORMAL.  The specialist said he didn't even understand why and how anyone had seen a problem.  God is sooooo God!

We would appreciate prayer also for my Aunt Nettie, in Calgary.  She was just diagnosed with cancer in the colon, lymph nodes and liver.  The first doctors said she had only a short time to live.  Of course, we were all shocked and went to prayer.   Another surgeon examined her and gave a more positive diagnosis a few days later.  She is now being scheduled for surgery.

We had a sweet time of fellowship and ministry in Janesville last Saturday night.  We not only gave out, but we also received from the saints who have been gathering together for a number of years to experience body ministry and activate their spiritual gifts.  

Significant things are happening in our lives which will bring changes to our ministry.  Please pray for God's covering and wisdom.  We see a radical revolution taking place in Western Christianity, as God prepares us for the world-wide harvest.  Revival has begun, though many have not seen the evidence.  But God is laying a solid foundation and igniting a grass-roots revival, led mostly by youth.

I'm reminded that David was a youth when he killed Goliath and led Israel to victory over the Philistines, not just once, but on a continual basis.  Even so, today's young warriors are learning to hear from God, worship with all their hearts, and go to battle for Him, gladly laying down their lives as a living sacrifice for His Kingdom.  

Our ministry is dedicated to raising up warriors and harvesters.  We will teach and train as God leads, in order to facilitate the growth of the Kingdom of Heaven on the earth.  We are thankful for the hundreds of folk that have encouraged us to keep going.  Hearing your testimonies is a big help to us and we thank you for every form of encouragement that we have received from you all.

Pray for Brenda and two gals that will be going with her to Calgary and Strathmore, Alberta, next week.  Brenda will minister in Strathmore Full Gospel Church at a ladies retreat on Friday and Saturday.  On Sunday, she will minister at West Calgary Full Gospel Church.

Meanwhile, here in Chicagoland, there will be a HUB conference November 17-20 with some excellent ministries, including Gary and Kathi Oates and JoAnne McFatter.  You can register at  

On December 3, Brenda and I will be teaching an all day seminar in Genoa, IL, at the home of Bill and Jean Myers.  The seminar will be called, "The Prophetic and the Harvest".  They are taking registrations and have limited space.  You can call them at 815 784 3467.

That's all for now!

God bless you all,

Ben and Brenda and family

Sunday, November 06, 2005

News Letter November 5th 2005


Dear Friends,

My heart is full of praise to the Lord as we get ready for another home meeting, this time in Janesville, WI.  Last night we were in West Chicago with some very special Italian folk, most of whom had never received prophetic ministry before.  They came because one member of the family had received ministry during a very troubled time in his life.  He was so touched and spiritually awakened that he invited many relatives and last night we saw God really open hearts to His love.

But what is really on my heart at this moment is the report our son, Tim, just gave me concerning the Elgin House of Prayer.  They just finished a 24 hour session, which involved many youth - perhaps thirty or more.  These young men and women are getting more and more passionate in their intercession and passion for Jesus.  They (including Tim, Nathan and many other youth from several churches) are spending more and more time in the House of Prayer and more people are joining them.  But even during some day sessions when almost no one comes, they sing, worship and pray with passion for an audience of One.  

These kids are not religious.  They don't get excited about playing church.  They do get excited about Jesus, revival and worship.  They are part of a huge movement that our enemy will have to reckon with.  They are on track to change our western society.  As this movement grows, these kids will become stronger and stronger in their use of spiritual gifts and before long will be used in dynamic power evangelism with prophecy, healing and signs and wonders.

I'm asking our older intercessors to pray protection over them.  They wrestle with their flesh, especially pride issues, etc., and pray with each other to stay humble and broken before the Lord.  We can protect this movement with our earnest prayers.

I also got an email from Lou Engles, concerning a prophetic dream which saw a "New Jersey" being place on the Supreme Court.  The dream happened when Harriet Miers was the nominee.  Later when she withdrew her nomination, Judge Alito, from New Jersey, was nominated.  We are urged to pray for this nominee, and for him to be strong for righteousness and help overturn the tragedy of Roe v. Wade.  

It is getting so exciting, seeing righteousness rising up amidst all the evil in this world and in our society.  Let's join the Army of God and fight in the heavenlies.

Other changes and new things are in the wind which we are not free to talk about right now, but we are pursuing God's wisdom and power to do His work in His Name.

Please pray for us for wisdom for our future schedule.  Several places are calling us and we need to know God's plan.  

Also, remember our new book "With Me - A Captivating Journey Into Intimacy" is out, and we are getting exciting reports about its impact on the few who have already finished it.  Brenda convinced me to also have it done in hardback.  It will be more expensive, but beautiful and we feel it is going to be worth the expense to have it in hardback quality.  Meanwhile you can still get it in paperback for $10 including shipping and handling.

We love you all,

Yours for a brand new Great Awakening,

Ben and Brenda and family