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Dear Friends and Supporters:
Shalom and greetings in this New Year in the Name of our Lord, Yeshua HaMaschiach, Jesus the Messiah. Although both 2015 and 2016 were challenging years, I praise God for His goodness and faithfulness and look forward, once again, to His tender mercies in the year 2017. I also praise God for each of you. It has been a privilege to serve you as your “arm of extension” into the Jewish community. My appreciation is beyond words for your loyalty and support, both in prayer and financial giving, as the
Lord teaches me how to fly solo. May He bless you as you have blessed me and His Chosen People (Gen. 12:1-3). I would like to share a brief overview since my last letter to you.
It was an honor to be invited to a missions conference held at Ponderosa Bible Church in Payson, Arizona, one of my supporting churches. It was the first time I would be attending a missions conference without Barry. However, using Paul as an example, I did not go alone. David and Ann Wimbley went with me. (See photos.) They have been serving at Tikvah BaMidbar (Hope in the Desert) for many years. David is one of the leaders of TBM who was mentored by Barry and teaches Bible studies at TBM.
Ponderosa has supported our ministry with CJF Ministries for many years, and now graciously continues to support my ministry. It was a privilege to participate in the Missions Conference and a blessing to teach an adult Sunday School class. Ponderosa is a missions-oriented church; they support 22 missionaries. Of those, 13 were able to attend. It was not only an opportunity for the missionaries to meet and share our ministries with the congregation (and with each other), it was an opportunity to share our ministries with the community at large. They were invited to the church’s service and could then talk to missionaries at tables set up outdoors. I spoke and shared with a woman who had never attended a church. I thank the staff and volunteers of Ponderosa Bible Church who worked so hard to make this event successful and pray that the seeds that were planted will bear fruit.
It is always a blessing to celebrate Chanukah at Tikvah BaMidbar. We teach the similarities between Chanukah and Christmas, the main one being that the central theme for both focuses on their respective miracles and the fulfillment of prophecy. The impact was even greater this year, as Erev Chanukah fell on Christmas Eve in accordance with the Jewish calendar, which is based on the lunar cycle. Please pray for the salvation of “A,” an Israeli Jewish man who attended.
My daughter, Kipling, and grandsons, Austin and Jared, and I were invited by friends to spend Christmas in Prescott, Arizona, this year. Much to our surprise, we were greeted with a heavy snowfall. It was beautiful, truly a scenic winter wonderland, but so glad that I no longer live in that climate. I had an interesting conversation and the opportunity to share the Gospel with a gay man who had many questions. Please pray for “D’s” salvation.
It is especially evident around the holidays that the majority of people in today’s world are looking in all the wrong places to try and find meaning and purpose in their lives. God’s people can make a lasting difference in this world—and that is only by the grace of God. I pray that together we may seize the opportunities our Lord gives us to share the Gospel message with the lost so that they, too, can worship in Spirit and in Truth the real meaning of our Savior’s birth. Please pray for the salvation of a dear Jewish woman and two Jewish men God has brought into my life—that He would remove the obstacles that prevent them from receiving Yeshua (Jesus) their Jewish Messiah.
Please pray for our 24th Annual Citywide Messianic Passover Seder on Friday, April 7, at the Orange Tree Golf Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Call or email for details.
Thank you, always, for your faithful financial gifts and prayers that make all things possible—for being such an integral part of my ministry. Shalom (peace), joy, and blessings to each of you and your families in the New Year.
In Messiah’s love and mine,
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Scottsdale, AZ 85267
Phone: (800) 926-5397