Diann Parkas Ministry Update
I hope that you are off to a good new year! May the Lord guide you and bless you in 2020 with 20/20 clarity of spiritual vision, that you would have His perspective on the circumstances and goals of your life! Please pray this same prayer for me as I press on to fulfill the ministry to which God has called me. Please pray that I would have the physical and spiritual strength to persevere in pursuing God’s agenda!
I am excited to report that the Jewish woman I wrote about in the last update has accepted the Lord! It has been remarkable to see how God has touched her heart over the past few months! I have begun meeting with her for discipleship lessons, and also shared several programs for all the residents at her nursing home, including one that highlighted Chanukah and its connection to Christmas.
My video testimony on YouTube has now been up for one full year and has had over 31,000 views. You can find it on YouTube by searching “The Bread of Life Cured My Eating Disorder.” You can also view it, along with many other testimonies of Jewish people who have come to faith in Jesus, on the website IFoundShalom.com. Click on Stories and scroll down. I encourage you to post it on social media and share these testimonies with your Jewish friends!
I held two holiday events since the last update letter. Together there were six unsaved folks that attended, and five of them are Jewish.
- Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) I held in my home. A special thank you to the group of supporters who helped with the purchase of a sukkah (booth) for the backyard, and those who helped put it together! The celebration was held on a rainy day, so the event took place mostly inside, but guests went out in small groups to experience being in the sukkah and to participate in the traditional blessings.
- Chanukah was the beginning of a whole different approach. I am now collaborating with another ministry to create a “Northwest New Jersey Messianic Jewish Holiday Fellowship.” We held our first event in a room at a nearby church. Our plan is to provide a place for a core group of Messianic Jews who are not affiliated with a Messianic congregation to gather and celebrate the holidays, and also to provide a place for believers to bring unsaved Jewish people to public Messianic events in our area. Our next event is planned for Purim in March.
Worship Dance Camp
While leading Messianic Dance at a Messianic Bible School during the summer, I met a couple who are involved in various forms of ministry and outreach in upstate New York. In November, they hosted me to teach a Worship Dance Camp. We offered two classes, one for children and one for adults. The classes were held each day, and on the evening of the 4th day, we shared a presentation at an up and coming Messianic Coffee Shop in Utica. Each class presented the dance that I taught them, and I also shared some dances and many testimonials about God and the amazing things He has done in rescuing me from slavery to sin, and in bringing healing and wholeness to my life. My focus with the students is on how to cultivate a heart of love and worship for the Lord and how to express that love through the movements of the dance.
An interesting outreach event I did while I was there was cleverly disguised as a posture workshop at a local library. In the context of introducing myself, I was able to get in a good testimonial for the five unbelievers in attendance. They learned about straightening out their posture and also about straightening out their eternal position with God through Jesus the Messiah.
Thank you for joining me on this journey. It is so inspiring and reassuring to know that I am not alone as I work in the ministry. The LORD is with me, and YOU are with me! I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now (Phil. 1:3-5 NASB).
Yours for the salvation of Israel,
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