FINISHING OFF OUR STATESIDE ITINERARY
Last month we traveled to Redding, CA to visit Bethel Church. We had the privilege of attending the healing rooms and were blessed to receive prayers from many precious intercessors. They had it so well organized that they were able to pray for hundreds of people on Saturday morning and give each one individual attention!
Anne Kalverstrand, one of their head intercessors, was gracious enough to show us the beauties of some of the national parks nearby as well as to open the door for Dan to speak to her weekly local pastors’ and leaders’ intercessory meetings. He shared about how God revealed to him in 1981the restoration of the Church and its connection to the salvation of Israel.
Then we traveled to Chicago and were blessed beyond words to be part of an open house involving some of our congregants from the first congregation we led, Adat HaTikvah. They are thriving now under a new leader, Jacob Rosenberg. We marveled at the goodness of the Lord as we recounted the years of 1972-1978 when we were part of this community. By the end of that season we had over forty people living within walking distance. Many considered those years the glory days of living day to day in a loving community. It seemed we were continually dropping in on each other. Some of those people are still closely knitted to Adat even after almost forty years! How we hated to leave Adat and move to Washington, D.C. I can remember crying for weeks as I had come to love those people and missed having so many of our friends living in proximity. Sadly, this has been a core value we have not been able to reproduce completely at that level. We have had pockets of people living near one another, but nothing like we had in Chicago. This value of community is the reason Dan and I have had over fifty different people living with us at different times over the past 45 years!
From Chicago we visited one of our Tikkun congregations, Beth Messiah, in Milwaukee, WI. This congregation is one of our dual expression congregations where they have a Messianic Congregation that meets on Saturday and their church, Grace Christian Fellowship, which meets on Sunday. We were truly blessed by our time with the Susler family; most of whom serve with their parents in some kind of ministerial capacity.
This week we are finishing off our itinerary in the States and are heading out to Shoresh David in Monroeville, PA near Pittsburgh. Then from there we will be flying to Atlanta, GA to visit a leadership couple, Mark and Dania Greenberg, and their congregation Shalom Rome, a new member of the Tikkun America Network.
The reward of all this travel that Dan and I do is relationships. If we cannot connect heart to heart with others then we have wasted our time and are just batting the wind. This will be the fruit that will last. Connecting heart to heart is becoming a lost art today as more and more of people’s time is caught up in technology. May we never lose sight of the treasures out there that are just waiting to be discovered in lives of those around us. We were created to belong to each other, to bond and to participate in intimate friendships.
In eleven days we will be back in Israel, to our home, three wonderful children and their spouses and of course our nine amazing grandchildren. Truly, home is where you have family and close friends. How good and pleasant it is when we dwell together in the presence and love of the Lord. There is so very much to accomplish in Israel over the next five months we will be in Land. I think you all know we do 8 months based in Israel and 4 in the United States per year. One thing that is uppermost in our vision is now to see the Theological School we are a part of in Haifa launched to a whole new level. Keep this in prayer.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support. You are a part of what makes all of this happen.
Dan and Patty