Diann Parkas Ministry Update
As of July 21st, two years have passed since Peter went home to be with the Lord. It’s truly amazing how the Lord has brought me forward in healing from the grief of that fact. Of course, I do still miss him, and sometimes I miss him very intensely, but most of the time I’m busy about my life and ministry, finding myself joyful in the Lord and looking forward with happy anticipation to see how the Lord will lead and use me in the future. I thank God repeatedly and excessively for the prayer support and financial provision I receive through your partnership in this ministry. I am convinced that your faithfulness is one of the main reasons I’m doing as well as I am with Peter gone. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your participation in making this ministry possible!
A while back I asked you to pray for Allan. I'm happy to report that the Lord is transforming him from the inside out! He used to be very grumpy, easily angered, and not very patient toward other people. Now he is dramatically more joyful and peaceful! When I visited him recently, and we talked about the Trinity, I shared with him that the Hebrew word for “one” in the “Shema” (Deut. 6:8) refers to a composite unity, in contrast to another Hebrew word, “yachid,” which refers to an absolute one. He then recited the Shema in Hebrew, to his own amazement and delight. He was actually stunned to see that he remembered it since he has not participated in Jewish religious life since his Bar Mitzvah at age 13. I’m not sure you can tell from the picture, but he was laughing and smiling and enjoying the moment! We also talked about how the Holy Spirit is growing the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22) in him. At times he has been experiencing the tug of war (Gal. 5:17) between the new Allan and the old man, the flesh. We went over again that Yeshua died for ALL of his sins: past, present, and future. I reminded him of the 1 John 1:9 remedy for those times when the flesh wins out, and he looks back at an incident knowing that he did wrong. Praise God, Allan is a very different man than the one I first met about a year ago!
I am working on expanding the network of facilities where I minister through presentations. Please pray that I will be able to make some new connections and set up arrangements to share at some nursing homes and other facilities that I haven’t been to yet.
Please pray also for the process I am undergoing to obtain an “approved” status so that I can participate as a featured speaker at evangelistic women’s events. These are brunches, luncheons, and the like with an “inspirational” speaker who is responsible for sharing their testimony as well as a clear Gospel message. The women’s groups who run these events also hold home Bible studies and utilize other follow up strategies.
The two Passover Seders held at my home were fantastic. What’s great about a Seder is that the event itself contains the Gospel message in a Jewish context as well as providing a platform for conversations of a spiritual nature. There were almost 30 of us between the two evenings. A dear Christian couple brought two unsaved Jewish people. A Jewish woman who had just become a believer in Yeshua also came. She had never been to a Messianic Seder before and was super excited to see how the various elements point to Jesus. Please pray for these individuals. Additionally, another Jewish believer and her unbelieving Jewish husband came. About a month later, I was blessed to attend a birthday party for the wife. Praise God, I got to meet quite a few family members and friends of theirs, and shared a testimony with several. Please pray for the salvation of the husband and other family members.
New Family Member On The Way
Lastly, please pray for my daughter, Arielle, who is pregnant, and for the teeny little peanut of a baby who is growing inside of her! Pray that both will be healthy and safe throughout the pregnancy and delivery. The due date is not until January 2020.
May the Lord bless you and refresh you as you serve Him every day!
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