Many Thanks!

Kay Hudgins-leader in YWAM Jewish Ministries, Lyn Green- one of the top five elders of YWAM

Kay Hudgins-leader in YWAM Jewish Ministries, Lyn Green- one of the top five elders of YWAM

“Many will give thanks
on our behalf for the gracious favor
granted us in answer
to the prayers of many”
2 Corinthians 1:11.

An appropriate time to thank you for your gifts and prayers that opened doors and sustained us during our recent trip to Israel.

Rod Thorpe- YWAM leader for the Middle East

Rod Thorpe- YWAM leader for the Middle East

The first part of our time was devoted to Youth With a Mission meetings with some of the global leaders among both Jewish ministry as well as Arab ministry. Both Don and Tod were able to share on Israel as it relates to ministry among Arabs and other nations. We could sense hearts opening. One of the leaders among Arab ministry remarked that when Muslim background believers begin to love Israel and the Jewish people, this could indeed trigger world revival.

The “tour” group represented at least four nations and several cities in the US. Together we visited many ministries run by believers in the land ministering to orphans, widows, holocaust survivors, new immigrants, refugees, Palestinians, Jews, and international residents. Each visit marked us with the heart of God and by His grace we were able to bless them with our prayers, encouragement, and deepening relationship.

Boris Ben Echis- holocaust survivor

Boris Ben Echis- holocaust survivor

Boris Ben Echis- holocaust survivor

Boris Ben Echis- holocaust survivor

Holocaust survivors and tour participants dancing

Holocaust survivors and tour participants dancing

Because of your generosity, we brought gifts to holocaust survivors and new immigrants (young doctors from the former Soviet Union) and were able to share our faith in Yeshua with them.

Sarah- student in Nablus Universtiy, Rachel, & Moontaha,

Sarah- student in Nablus Universtiy, Rachel, & Moontaha,

We also helped the daughter of a believing Arab family in Nablus (biblical Shechem) in the “West Bank” (biblical Samaria). Her family is persecuted because of their faith, but she has a God given dream to get a college degree and bring Godly influence to her fellow Palestinians.

Thank you again for your love, prayers, and financial support. Please keep asking the Lord about gifts to Caleb for the work in Israel to which we specifically are called. We are the faces they know, but your sacrificial living and giving will not go unheeded by the Lord.

Sincerely, Don and Tod

“Equipping God’s people with His heart and purpose
for Israel and the nations.”

Praise and Thanksgiving

“Although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him.” Romans 1:21

Do you ever get preoccupied with your own mistakes, flaws, failures, incapabilities, inconsistencies, inadequacies, unworthiness, sins?

Don’t!

Yes, confess whatever sins need to be confessed, but turn your hearts quickly toward God in praise and thanksgiving. Thank Him for His gift of righteousness that is yours “by faith from first to last” (Rom. 1:17). All of life will then fall into proper alignment.

Preoccupation with self leads to depression, anxiety, fear and hopelessness.

According to Paul’s words in Romans 1, a lack of praise and thanksgiving is the first step to a depraved life.

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”

Glorifying God and giving thanks to God leads to a life of joy, peace, hope, confidence, and courage.

Let praise and thanksgiving be a continual part of you from the time you first awaken until your last thoughts and prayers for the day.

Blessings,

Don Finto

Habakkuk 2:14

“The Sovereign Lord… wakens me morning by morning,
wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.”
Isaiah 50:4

Listen carefully in that waking-up-moment each morning. The Lord may give you instructions or encouragement. As I was awakening recently, I heard, “214.” That was quite strange, and it didn’t sound like the Lord at first. Then I considered roaming through Scripture from Genesis to Revelation, looking for 2:14 scriptures, but the impression seemed to point me to Habakkuk, so I turned and read:

“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”

Since I know the storyline of Habakkuk, this was immediately encouraging. It was as if the Lord were saying, “In the midst of every catastrophe I am present and will work everything toward my ultimate purpose.”

Habakkuk had been talking to the Lord about the godless conditions in the nation of Israel, “Violence… injustice… strife… conflict… lawlessness… injustice.”

The Lord then gave Habakkuk His plan: “I am raising up the Babylonians, that ruthless and impetuous people who will be my instruments for punishing Israel.”

Habakkuk was shocked and began to debate with God. Thinking he had made some good arguments, he said, in what I consider a very humorous passage, “I will wait and see what He will answer to my complaints!”

But God was not moved. He let Habakkuk know that His plan was settled, though ultimately through it all, “The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”

The conditions in which we live are not unlike the days of Habakkuk. Our own nation, founded on godly principles has veered from its path. The Lord has allowed groups more evil and godless than our own to call us to attention. Our path ahead may not be pretty, but we as believers must continually press through to the assurance that God will have His way. Those words God gave to Habakkuk are still true. Our future is secure.

Habakkuk resigned himself to an uncertain future, and in the spirit of those three young men in the furnace or of Job in the depth of his trials (Dan. 3:16-18 and Job 3:15) said:

“Though the fig tree does not bud, and there be no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord. I will be joyful in God my Savior.”

No matter what you are walking through or what is yet to come, the Lord will see us through every situation. Hold on! Press ahead! Do not allow the present conditions, personally or internationally, deprive you of life in Jesus!

Stand strong in Him!
Follow Him with passion!
Walk into the day with joy.
We can do it.
Our future is secure!

Blessings,
Don Finto

“Equipping God’s people with His heart and purpose
for Israel and the nations.”

Listen! Be still! He is speaking!

“The Mighty One, God, the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets” (Psalm 50:1).

“The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught. The Sovereign LORD has opened my ears, and I have not been rebellious; I have not drawn back” (Isaiah 50:4-5).

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“To Him Who is able to do immeasurably more than all that we can ask or imagine according to His power at work within us, to Him be glory in the [community of believers] and in Messiah Yeshua through all generation for ever and ever. Amen.”
Ephesians 3:20-21

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