Family News – February, 2014
I’ve got a special treat for you this month! I’ve asked our dear Brother Timothy to share with you all that our Heavenly Father has been doing in our midst among the FMM family abroad. Each month, you get a little glimpse based on the emails we’ve received but this month, you also get a ‘front row seat’ as we rejoice in what is clearly a mighty work of God. He told us in His word that:
“Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.” (Isaiah 64:4) and:
“However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him— these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.” (I Corinthians 2:9-10)
And as you read, I’m sure that you too will have your “awe factor” increased just like we have here in Omaha. There’s no way any one of us could have ever imagined all that the Lord wanted to do in us and through us… and all we had to do to usher it in is to believe Him, take Him at His Word and walk in the Truth as He has revealed it.
In the church I first attended after being saved, our Senior Pastor was fond of saying, “The best is yet to come!” And you know what? I think he was right! So ‘fasten your seat belts’ and prepare to be even more amazed at what God is doing around the world… all because some disciples said “Yes” when He singled them out and said, “Come, follow Me.”
Dear beloved Nancy,
On behalf of Follow-me-ministry/Adat HaTikvat Tzion families of Africa, thank you for praying for us for our continued strength, wisdom and team unity that we would truly have the heart of the Father for the people and to be all that we need to be! Yes, and to have the eyes of Yeshua in all we do.
The loneliness and lack of peace and God’s knowledge I have been experiencing before God brought us on to your way. It has been replaced by knowing you and we are always thankful to God who connected Dad and Rav Nate into our lives. Yes! They are wonderful friends!
On behalf of FMM/AHTZ Africa, I want to say hello to our brothers and sisters in AHTZ. We appreciate your kindness to us and deeply desire to continue grow together in Messiah. Therefore, we are unable to express our innermost thoughts towards your total sacrifice that has transformed millions of lives here in Africa. Whether we live or die, we know we have eternal life in Him and through Him. This has been a precious and fulfilling relationship with dear Yeshua. I thank Him so much for you and His faithfulness in answering our prayers.
We have many reasons to thank God for Rav Nate (AHTZ) Congregation and Dad John (FMM). Together they have helped us to print and distribute God’s teachings that have transformed lives in the world. I will soon send you testimonies with pictures from the lives of those helped through your efforts. First, we love to thank once more Dad John with FMM family who encouraged the need of having the main headquarter office at _____ when this vision was shared to him.
This house SHALL be named Shalom House and it’s doing great since we opened it in _____ of last year. More than ___ people are visiting Shalom House for prayers and Bible study daily. We also wanted here to thank some believers from Africa who are willingly paying for the rents. With our respect, we thank Rav Nate with his Board who monthly pay for the electric bills.
Currently, Adat HaTikvat has __ Churches (congregation) in _____, __ in _____ and other places. FMM has established congregations at least at each country of Africa. I will show you in another email where they are located in Africa with pictures very soon
Brothers and sisters, pray for Shalom House in Africa to continue blessing the lives of people. Currently, pray for the practical needs like office supplies (printer/copy paper, binders, computer, etc.), office furniture, office space – we need two large rooms that can be enough for receiving people.
Shalom House of Africa depends on God to care for every need. It gives out freely teachings to help people grow spiritually. We ask you, brothers and sisters, if the Holy Spirit will speak to your heart. You are free to support us whatever and however you will be led for the sake of His Kingdom. There are out here millions of souls who are dying every minute without hearing the Good news of Yeshua Messiah.
With love and grace of our Lord,
A couple of clarifying notes –
1) On our website, Adat HaTikvat Tzion congregation is often referred to in an abbreviated form – here in Omaha, we say “Adat” and in Africa, it’s “AHTZ.” Just so our newcomers aren’t unnecessarily confused, they are one and the same, much like we know that our Lord Yeshua is often called Jesus or other similar names in other languages.
2) If any of our readers want to help with the financial needs of our overseas FMM family, checks can be made payable to FMM or to Adat with an FMM reference on the note section and then mailed to the Adat address. Rav Nate and John will see that the funds are sent to where they’re needed most.
3) We’re also in process of gathering information about needs for the Shalom House – teaching materials, worship music, etc. so that our overseas brothers and sisters can utilize and enjoy a lending library (which should be very beneficial for those with limited internet access). If you feel led to help in this area, email us with what you would like to contribute and once we have a distribution system worked out, we’ll let you know more details about how to get what you have to where it’s needed.
Now, with continued gratefulness for each of you, my extended family, and an overwhelming gratitude to the Lord for allowing us to be a part of all this, here is the February Family News.
I remain your forever sister,
FROM AFRICA: Dear spiritual Dad John and Mary, I believe God is taking good care of you. I am filled with happiness since I joined your ministry. I am a strong member and elder serving God together with _____ in _____. You never know how thankful we are to you for having an office here in _____. This is a secret of how the big ministries we see here in Africa started. Everyone must have an office where to be empowered especial training people the word of God. I am going somewhere today to meet for Bible study. I will write more next. Thanks!
FROM AFRICA: Thank you for your love to the people of Africa. You have really helped us both through your website and teaching books in the Lord that we have no language that can tell our innermost feelings! Glory be to God whom all blessings of life flow… Yours in Messiah,
FROM AFRICA: Dad… Greetings from _____ in Africa to you and all in USA who hopes for His return! Thanks for your good ministry and all you are doing. It is amazing into our eyes! Praise God!
FROM AFRICA: Brother John… When I visited our area _____, somebody near the gate gave me a copy of the beautiful oasis last week. It is awesome message. I wish you were near to embrace you! Please connect me with one of your Pastors in my country as I seek to fellowship together. May God bless you and keep you with good health. I pray to receive another Pamphlet.
FROM NORTH AMERICA: Dear our friend in Messiah brother John and Mary, It is our hope that you are doing fine together with your family. It is about 1 year now that we communicated. I wanted to write a line to thank you for your prayers and teachings that has helped my life than I can say. The Lord directed your teachings up to the prison and reached me. Since that time my life and the lives of my friends _____, _____, _____, _____ It is not the same. If It will happen for you to visit _____ this 2014, Kindly email me. Hope I will be free starting _____/14. Thanks again for your teachings. We ask God for forgiveness! We need your special prayers please. God bless you. Yours Daughter,
FROM AFRICA: Hello brother John, We received your booklets through visiting Follow me ministries/Adat HaTikvat Tzion office here in _____. We write today to appreciate the exciting work you are doing in our country. We promise to join you and the work which is going on here. We recommend this Messianic teachings to everyone! Your friends from Africa,
FROM CENTRAL AMERICA: Dear John and Mary… I woke this Tuesday day with you in my thoughts! Your testimony and ministry life Its very inspiring. Glory be to God who has done everything for His honor. Love you!
FROM ASIA: The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.Psalms 111:2. Blessings to you John,
FROM THE CARIBBEAN: Hello, How i you? We are having Pastors/ ministers conference coming in our Church here. The main speaker will be _____. Yesterday when she was ending a 4 days seminar in _____ she mentioned some of your booklets that I know and continued to say that she will use them in our conference. Your books are very important especially for those who wants to build their relationship with God. Well done my brother.
FROM NORTH AMERICA: Thank you John for connecting your books with us in _____. There are so many writers who are out teaching the word of God But most of them differ with the Bible. I mean their doctrines are not the same of what the bible is teaching. We are glad and thankful to have you there. Keep up the race…! We love you and pray for you brother!
FROM AFRICA: Dad… It is Wednesday, 5th at 1:45 AM as I am writing this short email. I and the people of Africa, we truly pray, respect and love you so much with the love of Messiah. We want to thank you so much for your love for us also and your all efforts to bless the ministry work here in Africa. We feel happy seeing people repenting on their own sins with tears and others called believers turning from false teachings that leads one to hell, and following Yeshua.
Dad, do you know that we were right when we said to have an office at the center of _____. Right now It serves as a store for our teaching materials, and helps to meet spiritual needs from people daily. About __ – __ people are visiting and signing our visitors book at FMM/ADAT HATIKVAT TZION Office here in _____. This is so amazing unto my eyes! Actually, I am happy that some who have visited us, have thanked you. This is very encouraging to me.I am planning to open a Library and I will start with our booklets…Thanks for the funds. I will write more next time. Shalom.
FROM AFRICA: Dad, our Follow me ministries site is very important as It turns to be an answer from The Lord to many souls for their spiritual need. God bless your work and I thank God He put it on your heart and moved you to share your teachings on the web for the rest of us in the world! Hope Mum is doing good today! Greet her for me. Love from Africa, Son
FROM NORTH AMERICA: Hello John, We believe strongly for the work you are doing on the web and booklets distribution networking!
FROM AFRICA: Dear Dad John, I have been wondering of the condition at Mom’s health. This is just to let you know that you are still blessing our country with your books. Continue praying for the __ Congregations that the Lord birth here through your teachings and Adat articles of faith. Ask _____ to be closer to us through emails. The few believers who have come in needs you both, especially advice and prayers. Yours in Messiah,
FROM THE MIDDLE EAST: Hi Rabbi Marquez John, Thanks for some hundreds of the booklets and articles of faith we received here 3 days ago through _____ who is a _____. Excellent work. We love your encouraging message!
FROM ASIA: Thank you John for the last year 2013 email and the kind words. The Lord is working and we are so thrilled to be included in that work. I would invite you to visit us in the future.
FROM NORTH AMERICA: I was told of your ministry by _____. I am starting a bible study and God has put it on my heart to see if there is any material you can point me towards that you have available for my use in following God. This looks exciting. How can we align?
FROM AFRICA: Dear John my brother, Hope this finds you well. The speed for distribution work is high. Our Follow me ministry office stores material waiting for distribution and stopped the storage problem at our _____. I thank _____ who noticed this and when shared this need with you, you didn’t hesitate to help. This young man has a lot to do in _____. He takes his time to talk with people and he started personal work house to house sharing the good news of Jesus. However, closing the roads of _____ by foot, It is so hard. So It takes him many hours to reach another person. As we said earlier, we are planning and praying to purchase for him a Used _____ at $_____. It will help to transport our Adat and FMM Materials, care for the orphanage and ministries trips around Africa. I will update you about this thoughts. Thanks. Blessings,
FROM AFRICA: Dear Dad, I understand very well that the purpose of printing the booklets is to share the Good news of Messiah with millions of people who do not use the Internet. People around the world appreciates this little booklets more than you might think. I wanted you to know that I am not Interested at this time with their vision of buying Vehicle that _____ and others are looking money to buy while millions of people are missing what we print here. Please know that our weekly printing work, is not even enough as per the daily request from all over the world through our _____. . Brother _____, _____, _____ and others knows about this. However, are doing a good job and without them nothing good would have happened. I am praying to talk to them about the urgent need of supporting the printing cost.
I am doing so good in our new office here in _____. I wanted you to keep praying for this precious children that God brought into our lives. I left the _____ to help them. But still _____, prays to find somebody somewhere to help feed them together. I am currently staying far from them and this children are now under her care. She calls me all the day about the problem of getting food for them. We have already used all our resources feeding and providing education, health for them. We cannot forget to thank you very much for all you have done to help their lives. We appreciate your support to them. If you can remember, you provided medicines for the __ children who are HIV/AIDS Negative and were deadly sick. This children are doing well right now and praising God for you. Truly, we all depend on God to provide next.
My Dad, we humble request you today, if there is any person or group that you know there, you can connect them to be blessing to this poor children. This will give me an easier time to work in the office and I will indeed be thankful! Amen! Thanks and God bless you! Your son
FROM AFRICA: Dear brother John, _____ paid $____ USD for the booklets and transported them to _____ today. Thanks a lot brother. May the Lord continue touching many hearts according to His will. Love you! Love your teaching work!
FROM EUROPE: Hi John, I come from _____. I have been receiving some books you are sending into our country through _____. We are proud of your powerful true teachings. I am forced from inside of my heart just to write a short line to thank you and appreciate you! Have a nice day!
FROM AFRICA: First of all, how is Mom? Dear Dad, It was awesome day!!! The ___ and friends who were present each was distributed with our booklets and Adat articles and as I am writing, some of them have left _____ on their way. I am leaving today at ___ AM to _____. I wanted to thank _____ and _____ who are trying their best for transportation. From the beginning, It was very free. But today, _____ do pays the weight cost of each _____. Praying for you. Regards!
FROM AFRICA: How are you doing Dad and Mum? To God be the glory! In this life we go through many seasons but It Is Important that God has well equipped us with His living word. I love this scripture, Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9. We are strengthened by your faith. So despite of Mum’s sickness, we know that we are more than conquers in Him who loves us dearly! Greet for me Mum! She is always in our hearts!! Loving daughter,
FROM THE MIDDLE EAST: Hello John, I received this email with great joy. Sorry, I do not have an Internet at my home but I always must travel and use those at the _____. I am pleased with all you are doing and hope to work with you in your good ministries.
FROM AN UNKNOWN LOCATION: One of our greatest fears in life is the future. It is well said by Timothy..!! Your posts are amazing please! Thanks!
FROM AFRICA: Hi John, It has been for a while, My wife was finally leaded by your booklet called broken people in a broken world into deeper relationship with Jesus. She is now a new creature and child of God. I praise God for the kind spiritual help we have received through Follow me ministries in family. We are believing Jesus’s resurrection and His second return for His Church. It has been a good time talking with them about our need to be saved from sins. Hallelujah! Once again, Your teachings have been helpful and thanking you for hundreds of them that was supplied yesterday in my village. _____ who is a _____ from _____ greeted us on the __ days conference on behalf. Thank you brother.
FROM AFRICA: Dad, hope this email finds you and Mom with good health. God has again opened away to have received ______ copies left at my _____. They are translated into _____ and _____i languages. God deals with the reality of sin and consequences and other booklets. We praise God for you being there to help us know God and grow in His word. Amen. In Jesus Name,
FROM THE MIDDLE EAST: Dear John my brother in Christ, I am somewhere in the _____ with my laptop fasting for my brothers and sisters plus babies who are being shot alive. There is blood shed all over and the most families that are injured are from Christian families. We BELIEVE EVERYTHING WRITTEN IN THE WORD OF GOD. We trust and honor what you are teaching about God and His people. Nevertheless, we are encouraged by the arrival of the serpents lie and fall, The beautiful oasis and the portal in the wilderness in our time of need. As a group who believes the power of God and His deeds, we printed this morning over _____ copies and distributed out to our country. Brother, we pray Holy spirit to use this teaching tool so set our people free from religion wars. Keep praying!
FROM AFRICA: Dearest Dad John, Good morning. FMM has almost won the battle against _____ from my surrounding people. Some elder clans have accepted the Gospel of the Holy Bible. We are getting a stronger Church. Pass greetings to our mother. Again thankful for booklets
FROM EUROPE: Welcome _____ and thanks. Apostle John, Greetings from _____ land and my married daughter from _____ near _____. 1 year ago at _____ in _____ when I was leaving for _____ for my studies, someone handed me with a small pocket booklet and an Adat testimony from Rabbi Nate. Then, last week I returned home to _____ with renewed and restored heart, mind, spirit and soul. It’s interesting how God directs us in our lives. Moreover, I was on your site and my life was more inspired by Nancy posts: Goodness showers us with blessings in life (James 1:17), provides for us all the good things in life (Matthew 7:11) and takes the bad things in our lives and somehow turns them around for good (Romans 8:28). Mercy redeems and forgives all our sin (Ephesians 1:7-8), picks us up when we fall and puts us back on our feet again (Psalm 40:1-3) strengthens us when we are weak (II Corinthians 12:9). and lifts us up when we are discouraged (Joshua 1:9). Therefore, Trust the Good Shepherd and His two instructions (Good and Mercy) for leading you all the way to your final destination. In the living gospel of Jesus,
FROM AFRICA: I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry It on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Yeshua Messiah). Just as It is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart. (Philippians 1:3-7. Your daughter,
FROM NORTH AMERICA: “It’s almost as if Father is creating a giant ‘Fishnet’ of Last Days’ disciples.” Dear John, You were right when you wrote this sentence. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21. Your work has been heard through the cities of the world. Jesus power,
FROM NORTH AMERICA: Excellent site! John, I have many things to thank you for, especially your ministry statement of faith and Nancy posts. I appreciate you and I pray to join you soon in prayers and financial support. Looking forward to read from you soon.
FROM AFRICA: Dear brother J, FMM & AHTZ Churches (congregations) have started to be planted in some parts of Africa. This shows a good future. Blessings and thanks.
FROM AFRICA: Dearest sweet Dad, I am writing today to know about mum. I am also doing well with my family. I have some teachings through _____. My husband uses them to teach the church. Good and blessed Dad! Yours daughter in faith,
FROM AFRICA: Dear Dad.. Thank you for the amazing revelation! After reading It over and over, I will respond Immediately! I am more than happy that our lives can have a great positive and lasting effect on the lives that surround us. We always thank God who put us together for building His kingdom. With our humble request, please pray today for the worse situation of our orphans. In the last two days, they went to bed being hungry. However, as I am writing to you right now, one orphan by the name _____ __ years was taken to the hospital having constipation problem and the swelling in the digestive tract. Keep her in Prayers! Pray God to provide them food. Thanks! Your son, [Note from John… ‘It just so happened’ that some funds were donated for the orphans just at that same time. So I was able to send them to _____ right away. May God be praised forever!]
FROM AFRICA: Thank you so much Dad. I have received both this email and the text message. Your efforts are so great. God bless you dear Dad! We have nothing to give you in return but we pray in the name of Yeshua to bless you! Son
FROM NORTH AMERICA: Brother, We recommend this ministry as they seek to honor and glorify Lord Jesus Christ and to make known His wonderful works through the Web as well as printed booklets. Saving grace,
FROM ASIA: Hi John, It is extremely difficult to find a church to go for worship in my area. But I was encouraged to see and read a believers booklet called The Portal in the Wilderness and The Serpents Lie and The Fall, spreading the good news of the word of God to the world. In my heart, I praised God for the word of God which was preached in there against the many idols surrounding people in _____. Please may you continue to preach the word of God and may the Good Lord Jesus Christ bless you.
FROM AFRICA: Dear Dad… Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God. (Revelation 2:7) I have learnt from our site on the family news that there are many parts of the world, the Name of Yeshua is unknown or hated, making it unsafe to share their faith. However, God calls believers to “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone” (Mark 16:15). In obedience to this, Praise the Lord that FMM, ADAT has been United as a team which is ready to follow the example of Yeshua’s original disciples. I love you all!! Son