Diann Parkas Ministry Update
I don’t know how much those in Heaven know about what is going on here on earth, but I do know if Peter were still here, he would be very proud of me. Strangely, thinking about that gives me great joy and grief at the same time. I do wish he were here to rejoice with me in the developments of the ministry. Nevertheless, I know that God used the process of losing Peter as a vehicle to prepare and equip me for more boldness and ability to minister. I have to remember that God’s ways are far above mine, and His thoughts are likewise way above and beyond my own (Isaiah 55:9).
I have an abundance of ideas for the ministry going forward. I am a dreamer and I can imagine all sorts of creative ministry pursuits. But the ministry is not about me running around making all these ideas into reality. It’s about doing God’s will and fulfilling the ministry He has called me to. I am taking it step by step, seeking the Lord for direction, and asking Him specifically what to do next as I go along.
I sensed that the Lord was instructing me to hold a Chanukah party in my home, so I invited the unsaved Jewish people with whom I have been in contact. I also invited a number of Jewish believers I know in the area and offered them the opportunity to invite an unsaved Jewish friend. Most of the people I invited weren’t able to commit until the last minute. In the meantime, I planned the menu and other logistics, and I prayed, and prayed, and prayed. The party turned out to be a great success! We were 20 people all together, and 4 were Jewish people who are not yet of Messianic faith. With the lighting of the menorah I shared a short message testifying of Yeshua the Messiah. The unbelieving husband of a Jewish believer surprised us by expressing an interest in attending a local Messianic congregation in January where I was scheduled to speak. And he came! Also, a couple who are not believers really hit it off with one of the believing couples at the party. They want to get together for a dinner in the future, and I’m invited to join them. Lastly, Sharon, a Jewish believer, was able to bring a Jewish neighbor she has known for 25 years. Please pray for the salvation of all these individuals!
Alex is a 16-year-old Jewish believer who, along with his mother, Janet, had been led to the Lord by Peter several years ago. I was privileged to disciple Janet as a new believer, and until he took ill, Peter was a mentor to Alex. Alex was quite grieved when Peter went to be with the Lord. I asked him and Janet to speak at Peter’s funeral, which they did. Alex was young when his parents divorced, and he now lives with his mom and stepfather. Sad to say, in early December Alex’s biological father committed suicide. Alex and his mom planned his father’s memorial service. Alex gave an amazing message at the service. I was blessed with the opportunity to help Alex with the message, as well as to encourage him in his grieving process. Quite a few unsaved family and friends attended and heard not only a clear presentation of the Gospel, but also a powerful testimony of God’s grace. Please pray for those who were there, that God will bring to remembrance the things they heard. Pray that they will open their eyes to the truth of the Gospel and their need to respond in faith.
Please also pray for a brand new Jewish believer who was born again toward the end of January. He comes from a very Orthodox background. He made an in-depth study of Messianic prophecy and the claims of Yeshua before realizing the truth of His Messiahship. It was not easy for him, but he took a giant step of faith to open his heart and trust in Yeshua as his own Redeemer and Savior. Please pray that he will grow strong in his new faith. Please pray also for the salvation of his adult son.
Thank you for your prayers and financial support of this ministry. We are a team in service to the King, and I appreciate your involvement and support very much. I am planning to send out occasional brief updates with praise reports and prayer requests via email. If you would like to receive these updates, please send me an email at email@example.com and I will be sure to include you in the group. I would be honored to also be praying for your specific needs, so please include your prayer requests in your email.
Shalom and blessings in our Messiah Yeshua,
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