Family News – August, 2014

Dear Ones,

As many of you know, this month marks the third anniversary of when the FMM family birthed here in Omaha, Nebraska, USA began connecting with others around the world.  What our Heavenly Father has accomplished in this short time can only be described as miraculous!  We could have never dreamed or imagined all that He had in mind and where it’s taken us all.  I believe we are experiencing a work of His Hand that is far beyond what we could ask or think or pray or do.  (Ephesians 3:20) He alone receives the glory for what we’ve seen and experienced!

This anniversary seems like an opportune time for me to share a quick review of some of the website features since much of the content began before so many of our current family members had joined the FMM family.  So let’s look at some of the website headers:

HOME: This introduction and welcome gives a snapshot view of Follow Me Ministries (throughout the writings often abbreviated as FMM) and its purpose.  It is closely related to the next section.

FOR MY ULTIMATE JOURNEY FAMILY: The Ultimate Journey (formerly called The Christ Life Solution) consists of the first discipleship material that John Marquez authored.  It and FMM are both based on the Exodus pattern revealed in Scripture – our journey in the Lord takes us from slavery in Egypt through the Desert of Transition, toward (and into) the Land of Promise.  So I’d liken the two of them this way – HOME shows you where we are while this section shows you the foundation from which we’ve come.

THE ORIGINAL MARCHING ORDERS are the foundation or backbone for all the material you’ll see on this website.  We see the Marching Orders as the bedrock for who we are, what we do and why we do it.

THE NO. 1 CORE ISSUE: This key article helps us to begin to see ourselves and the faith (or lack of faith) that we’ve embraced thus far and how it stands up to the absolute, airtight Reality of the Resurrection of Yeshua.  Do we really – really – believe it?

STATEMENT OF FAITH speaks for itself – this is what we believe and where all the other material you will read is rooted and grounded.

ARTICLES & TEACHINGS: Various teachings that John has done through the years.

BIBLICAL MEDITATIONS:  Beginning in Genesis chapter one, this section is comprised of the regular teachings that John composes which have become the booklets with which many of you are familiar.  The first Genesis 1 article also contains John’s personal testimony.

FAMILY NEWS is your section of the website.  It was designed to be a platform for all in the worldwide FMM family to share with us and with one another.  From the beginning, we have been aware that many of our precious family members live in places hostile to the gospel and that in some instances, professions of faith in Yeshua could lead to torture, imprisonment and/or death for them and their families.  For that reason, when we compile and publish our emails each month, we take great care to remove all identifiers such as names, locations, vocations, etc. for the safety of each family member.  You’ll also see a Bulletin Board listed under this heading – this was to be a quick point of reference for urgent prayer requests, etc.  One final note on this section – for many who write us, English is not their first language, therefore you may see grammar or spelling that differs from first language users.  I have chosen not to edit these because the hearts they are expressing are vastly more important than the outward appearance, and as you read, I’m sure you’d agree that those hearts are precious beyond measure.

LETTERS FROM HOME was designed to give those of us in the pilot group here at ‘home base’ to share with the rest of the family.  There are several subsections here – In The Letters, we’ve shared our testimonies and encouragements; Glossary of Terms gives a quick definition for words or concepts that may be new to the family, Questions and Answers provide for further insight and understanding when questions or concepts need to be fleshed out more clearly.  This is where the series Renewing Our Minds, Restoring Our Hearts, Rebuilding Our Relationships and Letters From Timothy are found.

What continues to amaze me about our website and all that the Holy Spirit has accomplished through it can be summed up in 1 Corinthians 1:26-31:

Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

Those of us here at home are simply a group of disciples who have each said “Yes!” when Yeshua asked us to follow Him.  We aren’t an organized group as some imagine; we have no headquarters, no five year plan, no funding, no office, no staff, no payroll.  What we do have is the Living Lord of Glory, indwelling and reigning… and He has proven Himself again and again to be more than enough!  Doing the impossible with yielded vessels is His specialty and that’s exactly what enables each one of us FMM disciples who dwell with Him day and night to become points of entry for His glorious Kingdom to invade the kingdoms of this earth.

To Him be all the glory, now and evermore!

In His love,

Your sister Nancy

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FROM AFRICA:  Dear dad, We are celebrating the work Follow me ministries has done within a period of 3 years. On this occasion, the people of Africa will be reminded how much you have been praying, supporting financial and your leadership. Anyway, without you nothing would have been happened. May the Lord give you strength of the body as you continue serving Him.

FROM THE MIDDLE EAST:  Hi, John, Last night my wife who is working as a _____ in _____ received a larger bag of your books that is written in our language. This were… The depth of relationship God offers to His own, How Moses was trained…. and about 14 different copies. The Lord has truly blessed you and uses you to bless so many people in so many ways here at _____. Please pray for our country, as there is no peace everywhere! We need further spiritual help from you and your ministry. Help more books! Your teachings are very helpful and touching too to our lives!

FROM THE CARIBBEAN:  John my brother, how are you doing there? Are your family OK? I have collected your books from _____ and soon we are opening a free bible course at _____. At this time, I will write to you for further scriptural comments. Regards,

FROM ASIA:  There are so many people here in _____ who are asking for your books. We really treasure them very much.

FROM THE MIDDLE EAST:  Rav Marquez, I send greetings from _____ in Jesus name. Recently, i got your book, Naked before God and was inspired. Thank you for willing to share the Word of God through the printed material. In Christ,

FROM ASIA:  Servant of God John, It is very interesting…! You are a blessing to thousands and thousands of souls. May God keep you!

FROM EUROPE:  Beloved brother John… I have been in and out of the hospital for the last few weeks ago. I thank God for your often prayers. Your teachings are so great and continue to help my family and my country. I was this day looking for Timothy letter and my spirit was blessed when finished reading his letter of last month July, Father, bless you all!!! Pass my greetings to mom.

FROM AFRICA:  Dad John, We exchanged emails yesterday with the Follow me ministries and Adat HaTikvat Tzion coming from the parts of Africa regarding the 3rd anniversary celebration of Follow me ministries Africa and everyone was so much excited for this beautiful day coming soon. In each email, everyone was praying for you long life and blessed days! Some of us we will not be able to attend because of the distance but we wish you and Mum and brother _____ the best of God’s blessings.

FROM AFRICA:  You are wonderful Bible teacher John! God is sooo good who connected us with you. Even though America is so far from us, you are always with us through your Pamphlets teachings. However, It has been scheduled this August to celebrate the 3rd anniversary year since Follow me ministries was birth in Africa. The venue will be in _____ and our congregation is officially invited to go there for songs. John, you started for us and to the world a Big thing and we are able today to stand and declare a testimony of how God has worked in our lives in marvelous way! Deep love!

FROM AFRICA:  Dear brother John, How is sister Mary today? You are going to receive soon our schedule and other materials will be mailed to you this week. Your booklets are needed today in _____.

FROM AFRICA:  Brother, thank you for the greetings and your kind words. We truly appreciate your support. Yes, the _____ cost was paid today and the booklets are on the way to the _____. Much thanks! Brother

FROM AFRICA:  Dear beloved Dad… I wanted to thank you very much for the funds that you sent yesterday through much prayer and love! May the Lord bless you richly! I am very busy here preparing for the soon coming celebration and I hope it will be wonderful! However, I will send you some materials showing everything here on the ground. Thanks! Your son,

FROM AFRICA:  Dear my Dad, Greet mom for us. I cannot forget to thank you Adat and Follow me ministries who make my life and the orphans so happy and blessed in so many ways. I cannot forget to tell All believers from FMM and Adat HTZ how much I really appreciate them. Again, thank you!

FROM AFRICA:  Dear beloved Dad… Shalom! How is Mum doing today? I can’t forget my brother Frank and sister Katie and your Dad. Please extend my greetings to them all. This is another wonderful teaching. I have taken my time to study. It was then forwarded to friends who are helping for translation. The publisher has already started to print some and all languages will be ready for distribution by this week. I wanted to thank you for the funds that I received from you recently. I used $____ for the cost for the booklets that went to _____ and the other $____ for our third FMM anniversary celebration posters! We have more we are needed to do before. We still are calling men and women of God to help us fulfill. God bless you Dad and Mum! Your son in faith,

FROM AFRICA:  Dear my Dad, I wake this day with Mum in my thoughts and prayer. Truly, you do not know how much you mean to us! Also, _____ and I have been praying. We have sold everything that belonged to us and moved to stay with the poor orphans of our city. We plan to die BROKE, hopefully, to be able to give all of our lives to the work of Messiah before we leave this earth. Finally, I wish you and your family much love and blessings from Father especially this time Follow Me ministries and Adat HaTikvat Tzion families – Africa are celebrating God’s blessings on the ministry. Your forever daughter,

FROM AFRICA:  Dear beloved of God. Receive Kingdom Greetings to you in the Most Blessed Name of the Lord Our Father. May i take this opportunity to Introduce myself to you. I am by the Grace of God _____ from _____. God called me to Serve Him in Faith and Truth knowing the True Gospel of God. It is by the Grace of God that as I was Looking for Christian Materials in the website I come across your contact and decided to contact you after a Couple of Days Praying for the Lord to Led me to the Right People who God has Given the Truth to Share with the Thirsty for the Word of God. It is my Sincere Prayers that You Join Hands with us and Extend your Work to _____ and more so to my Community to Save and Harvest Many Souls for the Kingdom of God under your ministry. This are my Sincere Prayer Requests. May the Glory of the Lord Shine upon your life as you keep us in your hearts and in your Prayers for God to be More at Home in our Hearts for we Thirsty to Know more about Christ and His Truth, Remain blessed in the Lord as I love and hope to hear from you in the Love of God. Peace and Grace be unto to you all that love the Lord.  Yours Serving in the Lord,

FROM AFRICA:  Dear Dad, Good things are happening here. I am still waiting to hear from brother _____ and will give you full information about him. I am somewhere in _____ attending camp where I was invited to preach and will be at _____ tonight. G-d bless! Son

FROM EUROPE:  Hi brother, The Ever Elusive Reality of Sabbath Rest is some of the booklets we received today here at _____. God keep you dear friend and hope to meet you someday.

FROM AFRICA:  Hello spiritual mentor Rev John, God is great. I have been sharing this message to my community and Its awesome! I am very thankful once again to be connected with _____ who has been so kind to me and to the people of _____. We love to be visited by him God willing. Amen! Press on!

FROM EUROPE:  Dear Pastor John, Have been reading your small books called The depth of relationship God offers to His own, The ever – Elusive reality of Sabbath rest and heard God calling my life to serve Him. You have imparted a new impact and I appreciate you and Follow me ministries. You are most welcome! God bless u!

FROM AFRICA:  Dad, God’s blessings to you and yours! We often thank God who leaded you to birth out Follow me ministries. However, He put us together to share your vision. I wish you travel to see by your eyes what God has done since you started sowing the seeds through booklets. _____, _____ and _____ will be leading the program. Praise God! Love,

FROM AFRICA:  Hello Dad, It is very true that the time is short, the Harvest is great…and as always, the laborers are few!!! Let me congratulate you. You have left an impact in the lives of people that will never be forgotten. Praise the Lord. We finally thank you for standing financially and prayers with your Follow me ministries until today. We are celebrating on _____. Many blessings to you and your family and all you are working with. Have a great day!

FROM AFRICA:  Dear Dad, The Church is growing and my family is doing OK. I wanted to appreciate you for the hard work and total commitment that has leaded billions of souls to Christ. Everyone here in Africa loves you. We are having anniversary this month and we thank God for the far He has brought us together with you. We thank _____ for his obedience. Amen! Shalom!

FROM AFRICA:  Dear my Mentor John, One can think that you are staying with us here in Africa because your words are very close to us. Thanks for your support to the anniversary.

FROM AFRICA:  Hello my spiritual Dad and mom, How are you doing? Receive greetings from people in different places of the world. Through God’s power, we are planning anniversary. This is wonderful and He is God who is done. As you know I am the first to deliver with Follow me ministries teaching materials. _____ has prepared my chance to give a testimony. I am happy for you and all who are helping you over there. Regards,

FROM AFRICA:  Brother John, Honor, glory and praise be unto God who connected your call with an African guy that through this true relationship, the world has seen the light from God. Be blessed indeed especially this time of anniversary. Sister,

FROM EUROPE:  Dear Dad… I was been thinking about Mom this morning, how is she getting on? The Lord loves you and has prepared for you a good future. Can you imagine how God has worked with you and Follow MM since It was birth in 2011? Give God glory! It pleases me when I was told that Follow me ministries and Adat HTZ families in Africa are meeting to celebrate. Anyway, this is God who is standing before you. May God bless your life and family with all richness of Heaven. Shalom to you.

FROM NORTH AMERICA:  Dear bro John, I am among those who are blessed by your site especially teachings. More, blessed by Timothy letter. Where is the letter for August? [Note from Nancy – Timothy letters are not on a regular schedule; they are sent to us by our brother Timothy whenever he receives a word from the Spirit to share with our FMM family and I am usually able to get them published right away whenever we receive a new one.]

FROM AFRICA:  Dear Dad… This is my favorite scripture John 8:23-24. Yes, we are not of this world. Anyway since morning I have been translating the teaching into _____ then _____. I also forwarded this teaching to other friends who are helping me in translation into different languages of the world. This message is really powerful and I praise God for you and your obedient to the leading of Holy spirit. Kindly, thank you! Son

FROM AFRICA:  What you do is greatly appreciated. Thank you. In Him,

FROM AFRICA:  John, The bags of Follow me ministries teachings you shipped arrived today. Thank you for your effort and support. The message is good. The books will be distributed in accordance with the spirit of Follow me ministries. Love you and your board. Love in Christ,

FROM AFRICA:  Dear brother, We received the booklets a few weeks ago and loved them. May the Lord keep you.

FROM NORTH AMERICA:  Hi Pastor John. Please extend our heartfelt thank you to Nancy Lorimer. she did great in what does it mean to take God’s name in vain!! Thanks! [Clarification from Nancy – Thank you, my friend.  This truly was a tremendous article but I didn’t write it – John did; my part was simply to post it on the website which is why you saw the ‘posted by nlorimer4jesus’ notation.  I usually preface any of those with an intro giving credit to the author and will try to make those intros a little clearer going forward.]

FROM AFRICA:  John my dad, we are delighted to update you all, and thank you for the financial support we just received from you regarding this preparation. You don’t know how much we appreciate everything you do to keep such an amazing anniversary FMM program going. Your daughter

FROM THE MIDDLE EAST:  Thank you so much John and Mary for all the booklets that my family has been receiving in _____ and myself. We appreciate it so much. We are already soaring through these books. We hope you have a very great day. Thanks!

FROM ASIA:  Thank you for being a remarkable teacher and I am very grateful to have you.

FROM AFRICA:  Dear Dad…The strength of our FMM is our pilot team; the strength of our pilot team is your teachings. Without your helpfulness, nothing would have been happened. I appreciate you being there and very comforting. We are humbled by the tremendous sacrifices that all of our spiritual warriors the pilot team make each and every day and we ask for God’s guiding hand on all of these honorable selfless individuals. I am truly thankful that God has drawn Adat leaders to unite with FMM in prayer. This is God’s team and will always be. He is the director we are just the instruments. He uses to gather His people together to do what He has asked and called us to do and that is pray, uplift, encourage one another and to give Him praise and thanksgiving through our outreaches such has printing, duplicating and others. May the LORD bless FMM and Adat! Shalom,

FROM THE MIDDLE EAST:  Thank you John Marquez the servant of our Lord Jesus Christ. I was leaded by your booklet entitled the ever-elusive reality of Sabbath rest translated into two parts, English and our language. We value your work very much confirming you as a prophet send by God to help prepare His people for the second coming of Christ. Your message in the book has converted my son from suicide to salvation. Glory be to God. We will be having you in our prayers always.

FROM THE MIDDLE EAST:  John, My name is _____ from _____ but born in _____. I am a _____. I started receiving your teachings in April, 2013 since then one of my building turned to be the distribution center for your booklets. There is also a church that was birth under my buildings that is using your teachings. We have never seen you but your spirit is with us here! Thank you for willing enough God to use you. You have made an impact in lives of _____. Praying for you. Also pray for us and our country, that everyone will know Jesus and follow him daily.

FROM AFRICA:  Shalom to you beloved Dad! Greet for me Mum. I send much greetings from orphans, Pastors, friends and the Fmm and Adat congregations in Africa. Yes! It Is about 3 days remaining for our anniversary celebrations. Everything is well organized. I wanted to thank you for your vision, your extraordinary ability and leadership that has guided us at all this 3 years. We appreciate the efforts taken by you. I waited to send our posters and booklets later. I will also send pictures direct from the anniversary in the afternoon hour. Son

FROM AFRICA:  I love you all with everything that is in me. And although I have never been able to see you…I miss you. I am ‘homesick’ for you…! Likewise!! Dear Dad… Sometime, God will allow to see each other soon. Meanwhile, I hug you with my prayers. Things are going well here. The harvest is great! We are already prepared to meet the congregation coming for the 3th birthday year of Follow me ministries – Africa. I can see everyone here being excited. G-d bless! Son

FROM AFRICA:  Dear sweet Dad and Rabbi Nate, I came to know _____ when he visited _____ in _____. I remember well that he was the one who did surgery to my wife who is doing well today. Later, I came to met him as a servant in the vineyard of God. Truly, he has no desire to be ‘the richest man in the grave. Therefore, I personally, and my Church, congratulates you, Nate, _____ and all believers from Adat HTZ and FMM on the anniversary. May the Lord bless u!

 FROM AFRICA:  Rav Nate and Dad John, You were truly sent to this world by Heaven, then, wonderfully, amazingly, CALLED to teach Eternal Life to mankind. You have all done great works of our Father in 3 years period. Thanks!

 FROM AFRICA:  I have no words to you our spiritual mentors to tell you of my love for you and more, the love of our King, Lord, High Priest and Savior, our Yeshua. I pray that we may be able to convince God’s world back to His precious kingdom. Our labor for Yeshua has everlasting rewards and our funds for the work is “laying up riches in heaven. Best wishes from the Follow me ministries Africa on their 3th birthday year anniversary celebration which is tomorrow. Daughter,

 FROM AFRICA:  John my Dad… Our congregation from _____ wishes you, your family and Fmm pilot group grace and peace from God our Father and our Lord Yeshua especially at this time Follow me ministries Africa is going to celebrate the 3th birthday anniversary. Your fruits out of your labor,

FROM AFRICA:  Dear sweet Dad, As your vision was read out to the congregation today at our anniversary, everyone was moved. We felt God.s presence moving over…! I was able to attend with my two friends. Brother _____ spoke the word and everyone was touched.. I believe many doors are going to be opened. We appreciate you. Thanks.

FROM AFRICA:  Dear Pastor John, I come from the _____ churches of _____ and I was more than happy to join your church yesterday anniversary. It was really well organized. I pray to work with you soon.

FROM AFRICA:  Warm Greetings Dad! We are so thrilled that we celebrated yesterday the 3th Anniversary of our Follow me ministries and are excited that thousands who were invited attended well. We give God thanks, and we give Him all the glory, honor, and praise for the 3 great years of our relationship and ministry. ( “O Give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good for His mercy endureth forever” (Psalms 107:1). Precious Dad and friend of God, we are exciting for what the Lord has accomplished and are very thankful to our Heavenly Father as we reflect on how He began the Follow me ministries.

On August 30, 2011, while in prayer during my morning devotion, the Lord shewed me to go to the Internet browse and type Follow me ministries. The Lord was so gracious to me; He himself gave to us Elder, Dad John and Mary to help mentor us. We started with my small congregation and then He connected us with _____ and _____. Now, there are so many more the Lord has brought into this ministry. It reminds me of a familiar Scripture which says, “Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase” (Job 8:7).

We are so thankful for the opportunities that God has given this ministry. We are very thankful for the past and present, but we look forward to the future with great expectation and excitement. I am confident that the Lord will use this Anniversary to bring increase to Follow me ministries. It is my desire prayer that this house may be filled as It is written in the book of Luke 14:12 .We thank God for 3 Great Years in Follow me ministries. Let’s continue to “…Have faith in God.” Your son in faith,

FROM AFRICA:  It was so successful anniversary. Hundreds if not thousands attended. This event raised _____ to Apostle level. Really, he is a powerful man of God. He greeted the conference on behalf of you. Thanks.

FROM AFRICA:  Dear Dad, It is so good to hear from you again. I am planning God willing to visit you earlier _____ 2015. I pray the door to be opened and see you all over there! Pray for Africa. Men and women are hungry for the living word of God. Africa Is still unreached. Some interior parts have never been preached the good news of Yeshua. God bless you! Son