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Quotable Quote: “In short, Israel is the Jewish State: it breathes life into the core values of the Bible by helping the people around the world who need it most.” How? In many ways, but a major one is helping others around the world from providing emergency medical relief to earthquake victims in Haiti, to teaching Senegalese lettuce farmers to use advanced drip irrigation, to sending emergency medical clinics to combat Ebola in Western Africa. This work is viewed as a moral duty based on Jewish values. These values come from the teachings known as God’s Torah (what we often call God’s law). (Quote is by Susan Michael, US Directory, ICEJ, as stated in an article in the Oct, 23016 issue of the ICEJ Word From Jerusalem entitled “Your Israel Answer: What Does Israel Do for the World?”)
WHAT IS YOUR AIM IN LIFE? WHAT IS MY AIM IN LIFE?
As Believers in Yeshua, our aim should not be to do good, to serve at church and in our community as witnesses, as examples, for Him. Our aim should not be to usher on Sabbath mornings, to work in the nursery, to teach the children, to walk the streets of some foreign city (or our own city) telling others about our Savior. Our sole aim should be to do the Will of Adonai our Father. That is the aim of the life of a Believer. The rest will happen, but our sole aim is to do our Father’s will, to please Him by being a disciple of His Son, our Savior, Yeshua of Nazareth.
Being a disciple, means to imitate our teacher. Everything we do in His name may be good and useful, but if we are not imitating Him, don’t have an intimate relationship with Him, everything we do is all for naught.
LORD, help me, help my readers, have a close and intimate relationship with You that we my do Your Will in every area of our lives!
We asked each person we met on the streets if they had any prayer requests. The following are those that I was able note down. Please include these requests in your prayers:
- 89-year old who was experiencing depression over her sister’s death. Her daughter accepted Jesus.
- Sarah: stomach pain
- Ronald & Samuel who were planning to rob someone for drug money. Instead, they accepted Yeshua as their Savior.
- Man separated from his wife – wants to be reunited to her — accepted Jesus.
- Lady with scoliosis
- Job for a young man
- Christian: That he will follow through on salvation. He agreed that he should accept the Lord, but wanted to wait.
- Robert: That he will follow through on salvation. He also agreed that he should accept the Lord, but not right now.
- Joseph: In the hospital in serious condition (not sure of exact condition)
- Carmen: When we spoke w/her, she was getting ready to go see her niece in the hospital–possible still-born baby. The outcome has probably been decided by now, but we can still pray. Because she was getting ready to leave, we simply prayed with her about the baby. We did not determine whether she or her family have a relationship with Yeshua, so pray that they will come to Him and find strength in Him.
- Leidy: Job for husband – she accepted the Lord. (This is not the Leidy who is part of Pastor Louis’ church where we were serving.)
- Narcisa: Young widow who would like God’s man for her.
- Mary: Kidney problems and her husband needs a job.
- Walter: Needs a job
- Alberto and his mother, both of whom need physical healing
- Lisette: Needs to rededicate her life to Yeshua. She agreed that she should, but would not pray to do so. (This is not the Lisette who went with Pastor Dial and I each day. She was a witnessing tornado.)
- Angelica: general needs
- Marcella: health
- Polo, Maria, and Polo Jr. Health. Polo Jr is handicapped
- Rosa: heart condition, is in the hospital
- Jose: serious health concerns. His daughter, Sandra, needs to accept the Lord.
- Bertha: Cancer
- Roman: his family and his university studies
- William & Miguel: Jobs, their families.
- Guayaquil Fire Department: District Chief Ricardo Jairala, Firemen Bernardo Tejada and John Coque, that they will accept Jesus as their Savior and for their safety as they perform their job. They appear to have reasonable good equipment, but firefighting is not the safest profession anywhere. Pray for Goldy Rivas, their community relations officer. I did learn that the two ambulance drivers who were on duty the evening we stopped by the station are Believers. Pray that they will be able to share Jesus with their comrades.
Traveling to Guayaquil, Ecuador tomorrow! Looking forward to a week telling others about Jesus and helping them start their walk with the Lord as they form a new body of Believers. Please pray for our team — for smooth travel, safety in Guyaquil, and that many will be touched by the Holy Spirit. I am confident there will be many divine encounters with Believers and non-believers alike. Pray not only for salvations, but for spiritual and physical healing as well.
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