Diann Parkas Ministry Update
Greetings to you in the name of our wonderful Messiah, Yeshua, who died for our sins, was buried, and then rose from the dead! I am writing to you in the window between the Feast of Purim and Passover. This year I am sharing Messiah in the Passover presentations in some churches and women’s ministries, and am also having two Passover celebrations in my home.
The Feast of Purim is based on the events of the Book of Esther. One of the very relevant items about the Book of Esther is that there is no actual mention of God. This is unique among the Bible books. Yet God’s sovereign and providential hand is very clearly demonstrated in the intricacies of the plot. As I have been studying and meditating on the Book of Esther and preparing a presentation on this subject, my awareness has been raised of God’s presence and involvement in our lives behind the scenes.
Just like God is ever present and at work behind the scenes, so also are you who are supporting this ministry. Your prayers and financial gifts are the work behind the scenes that enables me to press on in this ministry. My progress and successes in reaching out to the unsaved, and in instructing and discipling believers in the Word of God, are totally your successes too! One of the ways God is at work behind the scenes is by using YOU to accomplish His purposes! That is so exciting, and it gives me such encouragement to know that I am not alone over here. God is with me, and you are with me too! Thank you!
Please pray for an unsaved Jewish woman with whom I am sharing the Word of God and trying to encourage. She is a widow who is completely cut off from family and is extremely depressed. Please pray that she will be born again, and be transformed by the renewing of her mind. Please pray that she will find comfort and emotional healing in the Lord.
Tragically, my cousin’s young, 26-year-old son passed away recently from an opiate overdose. Please pray for my cousin, her husband, and their other son, as they process this huge loss. Please pray that they will look to the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth, and find new life in Him. I come from a fairly large Jewish family on my father’s side, with two brothers and eighteen cousins. Of course, by now, most of them have spouses and children, and even grandchildren. As I was growing up, we had periodic family reunions and celebrated holidays with some of them, but I never really established close relationships with any of my cousins. But now, more than ever, I have a pressing purpose in connecting with them. Please pray that I will be able to cultivate good relationships with my extended family, and that I will have the opportunity and courage to share Yeshua with them. I do praise God that I was able to attend a shiva (condolence) call and shared a testimony with about seven relatives and guests.
On a happier note, I’ve been continuing to teach Bible studies and have been working my way through Leviticus. Perhaps surprisingly, it’s been a very delightful study! There is a lot to learn about God in this book. The women who attend have been expressing their growth in understanding the Bible, and I am encouraged that some have also been contacting me with their Bible questions.
Thank you again, and many blessings of the Lord to you and yours!
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