Richard: How many of you have been disappointed in how things have turned out – be it a family event, a project at work or even ministering before a congregation? That’s what happened to me. The L-rd had opened some doors in Basel, Switzerland and a few cities in nearby France to speak in churches about some of the new things the L-rd is doing in Israel, especially concerning the Gospel going forth in the Land. We had a new video that we were excited to share with a church in France. Many of the leaders in the church had not yet caught a vision of Israel and the importance of the church standing with Israel in these last days.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have the video with French subtitles yet so the translator tried to translate the English subtitles into French as the video was playing in Hebrew! Needless to say it was an unqualified disaster. Afterwards I told Carolyn that I was disappointed in the overall message and felt that I had really let the church down.
But later that evening when we returned to minister in the same church, we heard that some leaders, two elders and the youth leader, had caught a vision for Israel for the first time while I was speaking! I was shocked, but greatly encouraged! G-d can take what seems to be, and in fact is, a disaster and turn it around. He can turn ashes into beauty, our feeble attempts into His success. I’m reminded of Psalms 62:5
My soul, wait in silence for G-d alone, for my expectation is from Him. Psalm 62:5
Carolyn: The L-rd wasn’t finished instructing us yet. A few months ago we experienced such open doors and success when we went to Paris to speak to Jewish people about Aliyah. G-d had orchestrated things so beautifully and Jewish hearts were so open to hear about coming home. So naturally we expected when He called us to Berlin that He would open doors but things didn’t work out the way we expected.
Yes, I participated in a street outreach at a place where Israelis usually hang out but I mainly spoke with people from other nations. And I attended a concert at the main synagogue; praise G-d for some contacts that are developing from that visit. But when Richard and I visited places where Israelis were known to be, we didn’t meet any! On the final day of our trip, we tried so hard to contact a key Aliyah person from Europe whom we needed to meet, but it didn’t seem to work. G-d again was reminding us that our expectations are not necessarily His expectations and that it’s imperative to yield our heart, our will and our hopes to His loving guidance.
Later while prayer-walking near the main synagogue, we saw a restaurant with a Hebrew name and when we approached it, there was a dear friend and intercessor sitting near the front door so we entered. This began a chain reaction that led from one divine appointment to another with ten Israelis in that same place! Plus the key Aliyah person we’d been trying to meet “just happened” to walk into that same restaurant after landing in Berlin, so unexpectedly, we were completely set up by the L-rd – at last!
What did we learn from this journey? G-d is sovereign and we serve at His pleasure.
Trust in the L-rd with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding.
Acknowledge Him in all you do and He will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:4-5
Please come to our home for worship and Israeli folk dancing then hear how the Spirit of G-d is moving in the Land! Then enjoy dinner up on our balcony with a magnificent view of the Kineret (Sea of Galilee), Golan and Jordan Valley!
“I was just thanking the Lord for you guys the other day, as I truly witnessed a miracle within my child when we met you both. We were at a Shabbat meal and as Richard blessed the bread he took the time to say that there were many blessings that came from observing Shabbat. Joy was one of them. As I held my daughter on my lap, she began to grin and then squeal with delight. The remarkable thing was, she was about 18 months old and I had hardly ever seen a smile; she went months and months without even crying as she was so weak and frail. But there in the midst of the Sabbath meal she began to have a joy, joy unspeakable that is still present and seen today. Thank you for your ministry and I hope this encourages you all in some way. It does me!”
“The L-rd blessed Shabbat and made it holy.”
While visiting our dear friend Alon Tamir in his recording studio, he showed us a new series of music videos he’s making with Yaron, another Israeli believer who plays Middle Eastern instruments. I could hear a voice wafting through the music and Scriptures so Alon allowed me to sing on this project. What an honor! Please feel free to share this on social media pages of your Israeli friends!
Going Out of Zion
We plan to fly to Sardinia for a prophetic prayer and worship conference next week with European believers who have boats and a spirit of Issachar! What a blessing to join them in praying over the seas that will one day carry the Jewish people home from the West…
While in Berlin we came alongside established ministries and supplied them with our outreach booklets. They found great success sharing our booklets with the many Israelis they met so we will continue to support them in this way. Thanks so much for helping us to bless ministries like these!
We truly thank you for your love, prayers and support because we know that we can’t do what we do without the help of the saints like you! While traveling Richard had several episodes of unstable angina and had to undergo another angioplasty after we returned home so thank you for keeping him in prayer for a healthy heart!