“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith The Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.” Jer. 29:11-12 …and they shall look upon Me Whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him.” Zech. 12:10b
Dear Praying friends;
The first verse above is from the second of the major prophets, Jeremiah, also known as the weeping prophet. Hebrew tradition teaches that his lamentations were “inspired” by his looking back at Jerusalem as he was lead away under arrest, by Zedekiah and others escaping the destruction of Jerusalem. Shortly after arriving in Egypt Jeremiah prophesied to these refugees the need to repent. God was pronouncing their end for going to Egypt. In Jeremiah 44: 11-19 we read of that warning, and in vs. 16 the people tell Jeremiah,” we will not listen to thee.” They killed Jeremiah shortly after because he did not give them what they wanted-a good word.
The people of Israel still today look for a “good word.” They reject God’s whole message, and still reject Messiah Jesus, just as they did at His first advent. But hope remains. The second verse above speaks to a time yet future when Israel will “look on Him whom they have pierced,” Zechariah 12:10. God has a future for them and desires they turn to Him through Messiah Jesus.
This is the core of our work. In recent months, most activities have been “shut down,” but we have not been shut out. Our twice weekly Bible teaching continues online and will continue going forward. Our itinerant ministry of satellite Bible studies and conferences are restarting. To accomplish that we need the necessary means to do the work.
Right now we are experiencing the deepest lull in giving to this ministry in several years. We ask you to pray with us for The Lord to provide what is needed not exactly right now, but to get through the summer months ahead. I must be straight forward and say it like this: This is an emergency need right now.
Prayer is the key and here are some other key prayer requests right now:
Thank you to all who sacrifice and pray for the work we are engaged in here.
May The Lord bless you in the weeks ahead.