Late in 2008, Pete believed he heard God tell him he was to go to Ireland. Many years earlier Pete had received a word from a minister that he would go to Ireland saying, "it would happen fast."
After consulting many pastors to see if they knew anybody in Ireland (they did not), Pete went into deep prayer with some of the ministries' prayer associates. In addition, Pastor Pat Masero prophesied that Pete would speak to the youth of Ireland. In January of 2009, Pete and Steffi traveled to Ireland were they met Pastor Gary Anderson in Lisnadill and spoke at Vibe, a ministry of young people who attend the local universities.
Pete spoke a word of encouragement and told them that God would use the youth of Ireland to take the Gospel to the nations.
Pete and Steffi also spoke at the Sunday morning and evening services of the Lisnadill Gospel Church. This was an anointed time of fellowship. They were blessed to meet the Anderson family and were further blessed to learn that Mark Anderson, Pastor Gary's son, has such a powerful teaching ministry. His book on baptism is excellent.
The Samras traveled to Wales where they were hosted by Lynn and Yvonne Heritage. Lynn is the director of the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship in Cardiff. This meeting cemented a strong friendship with Pete Samra Ministries and Lynn Heritage. Pete also preached in Gloucester for Pastor Kola Woleate, who was introduced to Pete by Brian Cresswell. Pete and Steffi met up with Pastors Steve and Jean Wakefield. They had lunch at Toby Carvery in Gloucester, which has become one of their favorite restaurants.
Pete and Steffi were driven to Oxford by Vince Altamura. Vince, who is from New York, has been a very good friend and associate of Pete Samra Ministries. It was also good to see Fiona and their two sons again. Oxford has become a favorite destination of the Samras. The Oxford Bible Church has hosted Pete and Steffi many times to preach during Sunday services. Pete and Steffi cherish the friendship with Pastor Derrick and Hilary Walker. Pastor Derrick is an excellent teacher and his books are very informative on many subjects. You can get a list of his books by going to the Oxford Bible Church link on our web site. On Sunday morning a young boy in his pre-teens received the Lord as his Savior. He was misbehaving in Sunday school and the teacher asked him if he wanted to stay in Sunday school or go to the main service. The young lad opted for the main service and answered Pete's invitation to receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior. The Samras awoke on the Monday morning to the hardest snowfall in London in 18 years.
The biggest miracle was getting to the airport and home since most of the airports were closed due to this snowstorm.
The once a month ministry meeting at the Hampton Inn in Surprise, Arizona has grown as many have come and been touched. Many salvations, healings and deliverances have been reported. Thanks to Jessie Ramirez and the New Joy Band for the excellent Praise and Worship.
In May, the Samras visited California to celebrate the 11th year in ministry. Girardi Girardi (Steve and Sheila Girardi) did a wonderful job of Praise and Worship. The meeting was held in Van Nuys at the Hampton Inn and Suites. It was a good time and the Samras were able to meet up with so many friends. On Sunday, Mothers Day, Pete and Steffi had lunch with good friends Dan and Carol Fernandez. Pete spoke at a men's meeting on Monday evening for Pastor Daniel Rosales.
During 2009, three more churches were built in Kagiso near Krugersdorp, South Africa as well and Randfontein on the West Rand and Britz. Special thanks to Johan, the builder, and Pastor Godwin for helping us with churches #21 and #22, and Mike Young for helping us with church #23. We also want to thank our affiliate in South Africa, Terry Fairweather, who makes sure the building are up and the builders are paid. And a special thanks to many of you who have contributed to this ministry.
The Samras returned to California in July. On Friday evening, they held a meeting at the Doubletree Hotel at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport), where the Girardi Girardi band did a great job of Praise and Worship. On Saturday evening, Pete preached in Woodland Hills for Pastor Charles White and Sunday morning the Samras were hosted to preach for Sister Vivian Gregor at Living Faith Fellowship in Gardena. Pete was one of the keynote speakers at this year's Full Gospel Business Men's Faith Advance in Prescott, Arizona. Pete also spoke at many churches throughout the year including a meeting for Pastor Charles Tucker in Pasadena, California. The Samras host a regular Tuesday 12:00 noon prayer meeting every week in their home. Prayer is the backbone of any ministry and many miracles have been seen through this prayer time. Also, Samra Ministries have held many 24-hour prayer chains throughout the year.
Pete spent three weeks in the UK during October 2009.
Pete felt that he was to go back to the UK in October. The meetings started in Northern Ireland with a Saturday meeting with Vibe, the young adults' ministry under Daryl and Nikki Blaine. Sunday, Pete spoke at Pastor Gary Anderson's Lisnadill Gospel Church. In the morning service, Pete spoke on "Don't Let Setbacks Hold You Back" and in the evening, Pete spoke on Forgiveness. "It was a great time of fellowship to be with the Anderson family," Pete said. The Anderson family has become special friends to the Samras. Monday evening, Pete spoke in Belfast at the Storemont Hotel for the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship in Belfast. This hotel is opposite the Northern Ireland Stormont Government Building. That same day Hilary Clinton addressed the Northern Ireland Parliament. Pete was hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Ken Bristow. Ken is the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship chapter president in Belfast. On Tuesday, Ken took Pete up a mountain that overlooked Belfast and asked Pete to pray for Northern Ireland. Pete promised Ken that he would hold a 24-hour prayer chain, January 22 and 23, 2010, and pray for Revival in the Nations.
On Wednesday, Pete flew from Ireland to London and was picked up at the airport by Vince Altamura. Vince drove Pete through the London traffic to preach at Real Life Ministries. This is a church pastored by Pastor Freddie and Evelyn Ssimbwa. Pastor Freddie invited many other pastors to this meeting. Pastor Freddie said, "I extend our appreciation for the time and God's prophetic word you invested and deposited in our lives. We will never forget the words of wisdom we received that day and again we were also blessed to receive a double portion when you ministered in Oxford on how to keep the anointing by walking in God's righteousness."
On Thursday, Pete preached on financial prosperity in depressed times at a special meeting held in Oxford by Vince and Fiona Altamura.
Friday, Vince and Pete drove to Gloucester, where Pete had an evening meeting with Pastor Kola Woleate. The evening service was very anointed as the Praise and Worship was one of the best Pete had experienced in the UK.
Earlier that day Pete had meetings with Pastor Kola, Pastors Steve and Jean Wakefield and Pastor Brian Cresswell.
All these pastors attended this very anointed meeting. On Saturday, Pete spoke at a men's dinner hosted by Bodhan Pawluk and Pastor Colin Joy in Narbeth in Wales. Three young men gave their lives to the Lord. Pastor Colin and Margaret Joy have hosted Pete and Steffi in their home many times.
Pete has been visiting Narbeth and preaching for Pastor Colin for over 15 years. Sunday morning, Pete spoke for Pastor Billy Evans at his New Life Christian Fellowship in Kilgetty, Wales. Sharron Harwick, a newspaper reporter, covered Pete's message for the local Newspaper. In the evening, Pete spoke at the Emmanuel Gospel Church in Manobier, Wales, pastored by Jonathan and Debbie Fiddy.
All three meetings were well advertised in the local press as well as on radio. On Monday evening, Pete spoke at the Carmarthen, Wales Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship meeting. Martin Wentworth is the president of this vibrant chapter. The following Tuesday morning, Pete was hosted by Lynn Heritage near Cardiff for a Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship breakfast and Pete taught on Evangelism. Lynn Heritage said about Pete's meetings, "From the first time I met you I noted you are a catalyst for change, you are an encourager and you take time to help grow people you come into contact with."
Tuesday evening, Pete spoke at a Full Gospel Business meeting in Hereford, England, where the son of the Chapter President made a public declaration to be born again. Pete took a few days off and spoke on Saturday morning at a Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship in Bromley. Many thanks to Sakkie and Lorraine Von Coller who drove Pete to the London and Oxford meetings where he preached on Sunday. The morning meeting in Oxford, Pete preached on "Don't Let Setbacks Hold You Back" and in the evening, Pete preached on "Protecting the Anointing." Pastor Derrick and Hilary Walker pastor Oxford Bible Church.
The evening service was a great finale to this special trip. In attendance that night were Pastor Kola, Steve and Jean Wakefield, Pastor Freddie Evelyn Ssimbwa, Pastor Derrick and Hilary Walker, who hosted Pete, and Vince Altamura (Special Thanks to Vince). Vince said, "Thank you for your personal time and commitment to me and the people of God in the UK. I have only begun to understand the sacrifices you made, both personally and financially, to bless the people of God. May God Himself bless you and reward you for all you have done."
The year 2009 drew to an end with Pete speaking at the Phoenix, Arizona chapter of Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship and on December 27, Pete spoke at New Joy Ministries in Youngtown, Arizona. Thanks to all of the friends and supporters of this ministry.
Thanks to: Ruth Barkley for her hard work in keeping our web site in such tip top condition. Steffi Samra for the help with our printing and brochures. Jessie Ramirez and family for the wonderful praise and worship we have at our Surprise meetings. Steve and Sheila Girardi for their anointed Praise and Worship at our California meetings (to purchase Girardi Girardi CDs, visit www.cdbaby.com/girardigirardi3). Don Beckman in California. Cheryl Street at Hampton Inn in Surprise. Arizona. Pastor Jack and Carol Duran of New Joy Ministries. John Loudermilk, God Mobile, Jackie Soltis for public relations and all the others who have helped in any way. God bless you.
We especially want to thank our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for all His blessings on this ministry.