Thursday, January 19, 2012

El Elyon: Update from the Cooneys

Luke 1:30-32 “Do not be afraid Mary, you have found favour with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you will call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High!”

The name El Elyon was given by the ancient Hebrews to their God. It means “Highest” or “Exalted One.”  It was first used in relation to Melchizedek, the king of Salem who was called “priest of the Most High.” He blessed Abraham in the name of “God Most High” in Genesis 14:18-20.  In the book of Daniel it tells us the great king of Babylon Nebuchadnezzar was cast down because of his pride, arrogance & haughtiness and then lifted back up as king when he recognized the true power of the “Lord Most High.”  Psalm 91 says, “he who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will  find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”  When the Angel approached Mary with the good news that she would  conceive a baby, he reassured her that the child would be no ordinary baby.  The Angel told her “He will be great and called the Son of the Most High.”  El Elyon is a perfect description of Jesus. He is the Most High superior to all!  His name is above every name!  When you praise the Most High, you worship the one whose power, mercy, love & sovereignty cannot be matched!

Cody Baird – AIMer 

Cody came to us in October from Tulsa, OK.  It’s his first time outside of the U.S.  He’s been a great blessing to the COA, involved in constant outreach, and has had the opportunity to minister in Vienna & Eisenstadt (Austria), Prague (Czech Republic) & Geneva (Switzerland). A missionary in the making!  We’re thankful for young men who are willing to sacrifice and give of their time & finance to invest and pour into the Kingdom of God!

Prague, Czech Republic

We had the privilege to minister in Prague in November.  This city is absolutely beautiful!  Rev & Mrs Roger Buckland have a great work right in the middle of this city that is reaching people.  Rev & Mrs Monte Showalter have been ministering in the Buckland’s absence making an impact. We did outreach & street preaching, and had a deep move of God in our Saturday Seminar and Sunday Service with many weeping at the altar. 

Eisenstadt Anniversary 

Eisenstadt is the daughter work of the Church of Acts – Vienna. It’s pastored by Rev Leopoldo Capule.  Each week our team does extensive outreach in this area, and has powerful services in a rented out facility in the middle of the town. We celebrated Eisenstadt’s 2 Anniversary last month with a great time of fellowship!

Romanian Pastor & Wife

We met this pastoral couple from another local Romanian Pentecostal group & church. They are connected to 15,000 Romanian Pentecostals around Europe.  This group is very exclusive to just Romanians. This pastoral couple is hungry for more of God and Truth. Please keep them in your prayers!

Saturday Bible Study 

I began a group bible study on Saturday a month ago to see what the response would be.  We had 10 new students, and 10 facilitators (teachers in training) showed up!  This bible study will resume consistently each week beginning in January.

Christmas Cantata
“Christ – The Hope at Christmas”

This year we created a song & drama driven Christmas program from scratch. We passed out 10,000 flyers all throughout the city of Vienna. COA had 31 first time visitors, most consisting of friends & family...the people that stick.  153 total in attendance!  At the end of the service we had cardboard testimonies and visitors were bent over in their seats weeping under the power of God! Afterward, we had a first class banquet for our visitors and saints, and spent a great time in fellowship with one another.


The last 2 months we’ve been visited by quite a few Latinos.  Two of the families are consistent now and are enquiring about being involved in ministry.  We are excited about this new door & opportunity, and looking forward to seeing how it will multiply in the New Year!


Sis Josie Reyes has been battling with liver problems for quite some time now. While back in the Philippines she had to be rushed to the hospital. The doctors believed that her appendix burst and that poison had spread throughout her entire body. Because of this and her current liver problems, the doctors gave her 2 days to live.  Our church went to prayer!  That is 3 weeks ago now! 

We serve the “Lord Most High!”


Sis Christina Capule is our daughter work pastor’s wife.  She was diagnosed with very serious cancer earlier this year.  Our church has been praying consistently and fervently for her.  Her last chemo session was a week ago Monday.  She is doing well and strong in the Lord. 

We serve the “Lord Most High!”


Cathy Cooney, my mother, came into this wonderful Truth 4 years after I did, being Catholic for 60 years. She has had health complications this past year affecting her breathing & eating. She dropped down to a scary 107 lbs a few weeks ago, very weak & sick. She was treated in the hospital for her oesophagus, given oxygen and placed on a good weight gain diet. She is doing better and up to 117 lbs now!  Her residence was also filled with smoke from an older central heating system. After prayer, not only has the Lord removed all the smokers from her unit, but He’s helped us find senior housing that is brand new and with no waiting list. She’ll be moving into her new residence in January 2012! What a way to begin this New Year of Miracles!

We serve the “Lord Most High! 

We thank Pastor R. Linder and the ministers from Grace Apostolic, Reynoldsburg for being such a blessing & assistance to her.

Prayer needed:  

Please continue to pray for my wife Fanny Cooney and her U.S. Visa situation. We need a breakthrough and want our family to be together when we resume our deputation Aug 2012. When we as a body of Christ pray, we release El Elyon to do battle for us!            

We serve the “Lord Most High!”

Thank you for your continued support in prayer & finance!

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