In the past several months of Family News, you’ve seen several of our FMM family members express their desire to come to visit “Home Base” and, no doubt, many of you have been praying with them (as we have) that our God would make a way for that to happen. In fact, this month’s News is filled with the story of their great hope and anticipation for this trip. But by the time February News was ready to be published, we had received the news that visas were not granted. You’ll read more of these dear people’s broken dreams and their godly responses in next month’s Family News. For now, I’d like to share with you a few thoughts on my heart.
First of all, when we face disappointments or broken dreams, it’s important to acknowledge the truth in all aspects of the situation. I find it best to ask myself questions. In other words, take an inventory of what’s going on in my own heart and mind.
- Is it true that I had a dream that’s just been lost? If so, was that dream from the Lord or from my own desires?
- Is it retrievable or irretrievable? Or do I even know yet which it is?
- What could God’s purpose be in allowing me to dream this dream and then allowing it not to be fulfilled?
There are, of course, many other questions we can ponder and the Ruach HaKodesh (Hebrew for Holy Spirit) will be faithful to show us what we need to see and process, which will often lead to repentance for presuming we knew what was best, followed by praise and worship to our all-knowing, gracious and faithful God for orchestrating what was really best for us and for His purposes in our lives – and in the lives that He allows us to interact with day by day.
Many years ago I read the book, Dreams Lost & Found, by David Shibley. There’s a chapter in the book which likens our lost dreams to the alabaster box we read about in Luke 7:37-38. These are some thoughts from that book that have ministered to my heart through the years:
“There is something about volitional worship in the midst of pain that is especially precious to God. Job’s first response to the announcement of inexpressible loss was to rend his garment and worship. It was a willful act. Job could not possibly have known it at the time, but that decision to worship in the midst of unspeakable agony was his first seed sown toward full restoration… Your greatest therapy in pain is to connect with heaven. Your sacrifice of praise will ascend as sweet incense before the Lord… Far from being hypocritical, the willful worship of [our] sovereign Lord was impeccably genuine. [Our] sacrifice of praise was the faith-filled acknowledgement that, painful circumstances notwithstanding, Jesus does all things well.”
And that realization is usually followed by great rejoicing as we are reminded once again that we can always, ALWAYS trust Him no matter what. So this recent and very real experience of our FMM family members can be used by our wonderful Yeshua to help remind us all to look to Him and Him only regardless of what we experience in life. Then, like our brother, Paul, we can learn “the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” (Philippians 4:12)
This month’s mail once again reflects such precious, trusting hearts. May your hearts be encouraged and your strength renewed as you read and are reminded that in your situation, in your circumstances, you too can trust Him with an airtight, unshakeable faith.
Your forever sister,
FROM AFRICA: Dear Dad…Recalling your great love to me and to the Good news of Yeshua Messiah that brings salvation to all, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. See you soon dear! Your forever friend and son,
FROM AFRICA: Dear Dad, You are correct. This is our time to come together and be able to see my brothers and sisters there and get to pour to them what God has put in my heart. I know It will be a great time for us all. I am waiting for the letters to arrive so that I may apply to the US Embassy. I too pray that all will go well this time. Also, we are praying for every preparation there in helping your beloved Dad. Thank you so much. See you soon dear Dad and mum! Shalom, Son
FROM AFRICA: Dad… I’m still looking forward to the day when I will be assigned to stop at _____ so that we can meet with you and spend some time with you and embrace you. May that awesome day come soon… Amen! About _____ Follow Me Ministries materials copies arrived this morning here in _____. Good work. May the kingdom of God bless u.
FROM AFRICA: Dear achi John, We continue interceding for you. We love you and all what you are doing for your Dad. The work of FMM booklet distributions goes very well here. We spent all the $___ you sent last week in paying the _____ cost. We still have a _____ bill to pay. God is good! Hope you are meeting soon your dear son. He is well prepared to meet you all. Praying…!
FROM AFRICA: Shabbat Shalom to you! It is with great excitement that today I have received your invitation letter. To God be the glory! Therefore, I am here once again to appreciate you. I will let you know when I and _____ will be scheduled for our visa interview. Praying…! Please extend Shabbat shalom to all brothers and sisters in Adat Ha Tikvat Tzion congregation and friends there. Thanks a lot…See you soon! In Shabbat love,
FROM AFRICA: Dearest servant of God John Marquez, Much Christian greetings and thank you very much! I am touched to write to you innermost thoughts. Thank you again for your resources at your website, it is really a blessing to every person in the whole world and you have profile the promise of God that go to the whole world and preach to every creature as in Matthew 28:18-20 and Mark 16:15.I am very much happy to welcome you to meet our brothers and sisters in Christ here in _____ that we would worship together. I believe you and me have known each one through your commitments and your resources at website as I give you hope from the book of 1 Corinthians 15:58 which also gives me hope that the work of the Lord we are doing is not in vain but also we will be rewarded by God, I love your blessings and teachings that you make me remember always from the book of Psalm 23 that the LORD IS OUR SHEPHERD,FOR YOU I GIVE YOU VERSE SIX.
My names are _____ from _____. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His blood on the cross and died for my sins. I confess some years ago that Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and realize that I now have eternal life with Him as my Father God. And since I love my favorite verse from Luke 4:18. I am married my wife and God blessed me with sons whom I thank God, I thank God because of mercy He has given me and my wife to care for the orphan children who are under my care, my fellowship is of ___ members and orphan children and my family please pray for us more. We also request you to send us more of your private* teachings which will enable me to teach this flocks of God the Truth about the coming of God. [*NOTE from Nancy – there are no ‘private’ teachings in FMM – everything which the Father gives, we share freely here on the website. Freely we have received, freely we give (see Matthew 10:8)]
Please share with me the following verse that I surely love most from the book of Deuteronomy 28:1-8 Blessings on Obedience
“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God: “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. And read from Jeremiah 29:11 for you. Waiting to hear more from you.
FROM AFRICA: Dearest Dad… I have been fasting for your family and the work of God in writing His message in the printed papers. You are very special to billions souls of the world. I am here today thanking for the few who are helping _____ and _____ financially to pay for our booklets distribution into the 4 corners. The recently funds were spent all on the printing cost. We pray to pay for our _____ bill for _____. Thanks. Your daughter,
FROM AFRICA: Achi John, Good morning there! How are you today? How is sister Mary and your Dad? Pass greetings to them all. God is good. We are more than happy that your eyes are looking directly forward to the ready harvest in the world. We are excited to be a part of your vision. Amen! I think you may never know how FMM booklets are being distributed around the world. First, it was started by _____ but he left the work to _____ and then me. We enjoy doing the work together in the Lord. We often transport our materials with our funds. Praise the Lord! Please we need your help once again. We are needed to pay for monthly _____ bill. With much love and prayers from Africa, Shalom,
FROM AFRICA: Dear beloved Dad…. Thanks again for the very generous help in printing and for the _____ bill. We are so grateful for your prayers and financial support that without you, our work for printing the booklets and distribution would not have been possible. We are truly so blessed by your sacrifice to give. Thank you! We are thrilled that God has chosen us to fulfill his call and provided this opportunity to partner with you to bless the nations of the world. We are so excited to see how the Lord is working through both of us as well as the strong team that is over there and here… Truly giving thanks to God for who He is and all that He purposes us for. We thank you all for all of your prayers as we are reaching together the lost souls. This teaching is absolutely true… Praise the Lord for leading you to find a very good place for your Dad. Really, Everything is already covered to Perfection. Hallelujah! With much love, Son
FROM AFRICA: Dear Dad, There was a woman who was rushed down to the hospital where I was working. I was one of the doctors who examined her and gave her only 3 hours to live. The poor illiterate husband that had only been saved two months from heathen darkness when heard this news, started to pray and asked other believers to pray together for his wife. When I walked to the room the next morning there was the woman—perfectly whole. Yeshua Never Fails. I know It’s God’s will to heal my brother Mac. Only let us believe. All things are very possible! The Follow Me Ministries and Adat HaTikvat Tzion families – Africa continues praying… Love you. Your friend and son,
FROM AFRICA: Dear Dad… This is a true man of God. Brother _____ has a ministry here on the ground. I am so happy that he contacted you. Please welcome him in our follow me ministries. Thank you once again. With much love, Son
FROM AFRICA: Dear brother John, I am so excited for your kind message. I send you much greetings from my family and churches under my leadership in _____. Thank you for willing to connect me with brethren who are working here through Follow me ministries. I love to be introduced. Please let me hear from one of them. God bless,
FROM AFRICA: Dear Dad… Good morning! Hope you are all doing fine there! My family is doing well as is the Follow me ministries and Adat families in Africa. We have never ceased to pray for you. How is mum today? What about your Dad, Frank and Katie? God is good. I am going to apply for my visa this week. I will let you know my day for interview. Please keep praying for this day. I think I have all the documents required this time… Praying for the will of God to SEE you face to face. Hope to talk more after the approval of my visa. See you soon! Love, Son
FROM AFRICA: Dear Dad, Praise God! I was looking something on the follow me ministries site today and I am more than happy to see Timothy letter. This is a true message. There are many people in the church today who have already separated from the first love of their marriage. I will show this message with my uncle who has done divorce.
FROM THE MIDDLE EAST: Dear brother John, I appreciate the awesome post of Timothy. It is ever strong and helpful to my family. Today’s message speaks directly to our congregation (And wants us to run with perseverance and to throw off those things that hinder us from finishing the race, Throw off sins in your life, keep your eyes on Jesus and endure that trouble so that perseverance may mold you. Never give up!). We are happy for you and your ministry. Shalom,
FROM EUROPE: Hello brother and sister Nancy, How are your families today? A friend of mine from _____ called my phone this morning and was talking about the post he read on your website that also leaded me into the deeper worship with God. I like this scripture John 6:33 very much. Yes, He knows all my suffering. I must endure up to the end. Amen! Thank you Nancy for the post. Hope it to be back again next round.
FROM AFRICA: To my fellow brothers and sisters in Adat Hatikvat Tzion and Follow me ministries families in Africa, I encourage you to join together praying for our trip and give thanks for all the blessings we have received since G-d connected us with our dear friends Rav Nate and Dad and express appreciation to those brothers and sisters in Follow me ministries and Adat HaTikvat Tzion congregation USA whose lives enrich our own spiritually. Shalom forever,
FROM SOUTH AMERICA: Hello Pastor John… Once again thanks for the Timothy post letter. I deeply appreciate all of your efforts to make it a great success. Thanks to Nancy and God bless.
FROM NORTH AMERICA: Hello Rabbi John, I write today to show my appreciation for the good work on your site. I recommend the touching message on Timothy letter. It is all about my family!!! Thanks for being there! Hope to meet you one day in person. Meanwhile, do you have any ministry needs to pray?
FROM NORTH AMERICA: John, Thank you. I received your wonderful beautiful books this morning and have fallen in love with reading them. I have sent other copies to my wonderful friends _____ and _____ and my brother _____ and _____. May God keep you and bless.
FROM AFRICA: Dear beloved Dad…I cannot express how much we thank you for the funds we received today that you sent to help the orphans and the FMM work in Africa. We are truly grateful for your commitment and dedication to helping. Many thanks to you and to each of the pilot group of this extraordinary work for your dedication in saving lives of so many. Once again, I want to thank you for everything Follow me ministries USA has done around the global for the kingdom of our dear Father and His beloved son Messiah. My scheduled appointment visa Interview will be on_____. Pray all goes well! See you soon! Love, Son
FROM AFRICA: Dear beloved Dad… How are you today? I am believing for God’s favor for me during an upcoming Visa interview. My brothers and sisters in the Lord here stands together as Messiah followers praying for me. Thank you for your continued prayers! Looking forward to see you all soon! Love, Son
FROM AFRICA: Hello brother John, Hope this email finds you doing well! Thank you very much. You are doing awesome work in spreading the Good message of Jesus Christ which brings hope to all man of the soil. We received your order last week and over _____ booklets went out to _____ today for distribution. Extend greetings to your staff and all who loves our dear Lord there in USA. We have our gift for you. _____ will bring It to you when he visits. God bless! Blessings,
FROM THE MIDDLE EAST: Hello… Receive greetings from _____. Also, my family sends warm greetings to you and all who are helping you in the ministry there! This is to inform you that I received last night ____ booklets shipped from _____. And wanted to thank you for the good work. Please may I know how I will be a blessing to this work? Amen! Shalom,
FROM AFRICA: Hello dad John, Good evening! He told us that, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matt 25:40). Thank you for your personal sacrifice in writing and sending out what He has to tell the lost world. Thank you for serving the lost and equipping the believers with the message from God. We are proud of you all. We keep praying for their interview visa. May God’s will be done. Amen! Blessing,
FROM AFRICA: Dear my Dad, Greetings to you in the Name of Yeshua. I hope this message finds you all well and blessed in the Lord. I am always blessed with the special opportunity of visiting you and all of our brothers and sisters in FMM and AHTZ Congregation. We really appreciate you so much. Getting a visa for USA from _____, is not something which is easy. They believe that many people who have gone into USA, don’t return. For us, we know that we are coming there for __ days only. _____ and me, are ready and well prepared with all the documents required for the scheduled appointment _____. We have full confident to be successful. Please, we need your special prayers! Your son,