August 2017 Update
Dear Mishpochah (Family),
I expect that you already know, but just in case you don’t, Peter has gone home to be with the Lord. He was promoted to Glory on July 21. The Lord has been abounding in grace throughout the whole process of saying goodbye to Peter (or rather, “see you later!”).
After Peter was diagnosed with leukemia, he was immediately hospitalized and started on chemotherapy treatments. Right from the start, he was vocal about telling everyone that he was not afraid to die because he knew where he was going!
We had many opportunities to share the Gospel in the hospital. In addition, all of us were able to give a powerful testimony just by the way we handled these challenging circumstances. Peter explained how his perspective on things had changed after Jesus had rescued him—once a homeless drug addict. As believers, we do this kind of stuff (terminal illnesses) differently from others.
We rallied the troops and were buoyed up by their prayers. We prayed together, we cried, we laughed, and we had serious conversations. We prayed for Peter’s healing, but we weren’t afraid of other possible outcomes because we knew the Lord was in charge. He had a plan, and He is totally trustworthy, no matter what. We weren’t strong, but in our weakness we leaned on our God who is all powerful, and He gave us incredible strength.
One of the amazing things the Lord did was this: Shortly after Peter was admitted to the hospital, he got a call from Ricky, an unsaved Jewish man who had been one of Peter’s best friends as a child. I won’t tell you the crazy mischief they did together, but it turned out that his old friend, whom Peter had witnessed to over the years, was also in the same hospital! Ricky was waiting for a liver transplant. Peter visited him right away, but over time Ricky’s condition worsened, and he passed away while Peter was still there in the hospital. Ricky’s wife, Carol, was, of course, at Ricky’s side, and Peter and I had a number of opportunities to pray with Carol and share the Lord with her. I am still in contact with Carol. Please pray that she will come to saving faith in her Messiah!
Peter and I had several deep and poignant conversations about the ministry and about the Lord calling me to step up and keep going with it. God touched my heart in that special way that only He can, and now, though sorrowful, I have a heightened sense of purpose and hope. We don’t grieve as those in the world, who have no hope (1 Thes. 4:13). For I know that Peter is not coming back to me, but one day I will go to meet him where he is, and I want to bring as many others with me as I can!
I do have to raise support to go forward with the ministry, and with the Lord’s help, I will be mobilizing a team of ministry partners to join me on the journey. It is a fabulous opportunity to invest in the eternal kingdom of God. In Philippians 4:17 we learn that the Lord credits the fruit of the ministry to those who participate in the work through their prayer and financial support.
Through the process of loving Peter as he prepared to go home to Jesus, the Lord has done a new thing in my heart. It's just like the Lord, that in the time of loss, He gives to us so generously. God's grace is sufficient for every need, and His graciousness and love are totally beyond compare! God not only allowed Peter to have closure, and to prepare to meet Him face to face, but He also prepared me, in practical ways, like learning how to use billpay, and in the very vital intangibles of being able to let go. He gave me excitement and joy about a new season of life beginning even as I mourn the loss of the love of my life. Well, love #2 of my life, because Jesus is, and always will be, the #1 love of my life. God is the one Who brought Peter and me together, Who enabled us to stick together for 30 years, Who miraculously enabled us to raise 4 amazing and awesome kids, Who allowed us to participate in His kingdom agenda together, and Who used Peter and me in each other's lives to grow us up in the faith. When I look back at our marriage, all I can say is “to God be the glory for the things He has done!” And when I look forward to life as a single minister, using my gifts to reach out to the Jewish people and to anyone and everyone who will listen, I know I can count on my God Who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. It’s been 34 years since I came to know Jesus, and for 30 of those years I was married to Peter Parkas. All along God has been preparing me, strengthening me, and equipping me to take the baton of the ministry and run with it. I hope you’ll join me in this next adventure with God!
- God’s comfort and saving faith for Carol and her children;
- Continued comfort and strength for my children (Arielle, Levi, Josiah, and Simone), and for me;
- That God would help me gather a team of ministry partners; and,
- That God would open many opportunities for me to plant Gospel seeds and to assist in the gathering of many souls into His Kingdom.
Thank you so much for your prayers and your financial support of our ministry with CJF through the years. May God bless you richly as you continue to serve Him.
Yours for the salvation of Israel,
P.O. Box 220
Hopatcong, NJ 07843
Phone: (800) 926-5397