TESL

Janalyn, a Junior at Liberty University, will be going to South Asia for her internship in the spring 2019, and needs our support.

She will be teaching English as a second language to the people in the region.

Can we find 100 donors to give $25.00 each?

 

Psalm 91

This devotion is for everyone who needs a “safe place.”

As I write this, Philip Zodhiates has spent his first night in prison. He needs a “safe place,” or should I say a “place of security.”

Psalm 91 is the perfect place to look for security and safety. That place is found in verse 1: “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”

The Almighty provides safety and security for believers no matter where they are or whatever their circumstances.

The Psalm goes on to say other things about the Lord:

  • He is our refuge and fortress (verse 2)
  • He will deliver us from harm (verse 3)
  • He will cover us; be our shield (verse 4)
  • We shall not be afraid (verse 5)

In verse 11, the Psalmist tells us that God will discharge His angels to look over us. Why would God do all these things for us?

God answers the question in verses 14-16:

14 Because he has set his love upon me (God speaking), therefore, will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because has know my name. 15 He shall call upon me and I will answer him. I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him. 16 With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.

Love God, trust him fully, and He will respond. He will become your refuge and strength during hard times. Ask Philip – he knows that God intimately.

 

1095 Days and Counting Down!

Philip Zodhiates reported to prison yesterday, December 5, 2018.

Please pray for his safety while in prison, and for Kathie, his wife, during his absence.

Support Gathering for Philip

It was a dreary day, misty and cold. We arrived at GraceBuilt Church in Waynesboro, VA early and someone was there to greet us and let us. The ladies of the church had come prepared to act as hostesses and take care of the food and drinks – what a blessing!

The Pastor arrived to set up the sound system. He was so kind and accommodating.  What a wonderful host and venue for the Support Gathering for Philip Zodhiates.

People started arriving around noon, and they kept coming. We estimated the crowd to be around 80 people. They came from as far away as Virginia Beach and Richmond, VA.  One couple even came from a funeral in Tennessee on their way back home to Pennsylvania.

They came to support a righteous man who is facing 2 3-year prison sentences for transporting a young mother and her daughter from Virginia to New York and giving her a few bucks. Yes, you read that right – Philip was convicted for being Jesus’ hands and feet and driving Lisa and Isabella to New York – for befriending a mother and child.

There was a sweet time of fellowship, and several people spoke: Janet Stasulli, President 419 Fund; Linda Wall, reclaimed former lesbian who also befriended Lisa and has been sued also; Judy Pollock, who has been following this case since 2004; Josh Akin, Pastor of GraceBuilt Church; and Kevin Strite, Pastor of River Oaks Church, Harrisonburg, VA (Philip and Kathie’s church). Philip and Kathie addressed the gathering and took a few questions. Kathie was a testimony to God’s grace and peace during these past 4 years of persecution and court battles.

The sweetest part of the gathering was the prayer time. Pastor Akin began and several others prayed for Philip and Kathie, then one man broke out in What a Mighty God We Serve. The gathering sang it through twice.  This song was a perfect ending to a perfect day, which had started off dreary, but ended praising God for all His done and all He is going to do in this situation.

The battle is not over. Philip reports to prison tomorrow – December 5.

If you would like more details about the case, please listen to the 2-hour interview between Philip and Sam Bushman, Liberty News Radio:

http://www.lnrlive.com/lrt/lrt20181201a.mp3

http://www.lnrlive.com/lrt/lrt20181201b.mp3

419 Fund and many Christians around the world are supporting Philip and Kathie with prayers and financial support.  If you would like to give toward Philip’s attorneys’ fees, click here:

https://419fund.com/projects/philip-zodhiates/

There are ways to help:

  • Pray specifically for Philip and Kathie during this time, and for the Lord to get the glory and the victory, and for the TRUTH to be revealed!
  • Go to https://419fund.com and sign up for our Newsletter to stay informed about Philip and Kathie’s situation
  • Sign up to send a card every month during his incarceration. Mail one card each month on a designated day, so that Philip will be getting mail every day. Go to info@419fund.com and pick a day.
  • Donate to Philip’s fund: https://419fund.com/projects/philip-zodhiates/

Build a Church in the Philippines

Please Help Build a Church Gathering Place – Help Complete a Pastor’s Dream

Jackie Towns is working in God’s vineyard in the Philippines with an amazing group of Pastors and church leaders. Their welcoming and hospitality is overwhelming and very humbling. Each day has been fulfilled with a new adventure. God has blessed Pastor Renato and his son, Pastor Duane with the vision to equip, empower, and send out others to plant churches and minister to the impoverished in Dipolog and surrounding provinces. Some have even planted churches three hours away. Their hearts are united as one to “Go and make disciples” as Jesus has commanded (Matt 28: 19-20). God has chosen them to go and minister to the tribal people. “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full.’” (Luke 14:23)

“Then Jesus said to his host, ‘When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back, and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.’” (Luke 14:12-14)

The Pastors go into communities and plant house churches. Once the congregation grows beyond capacity, they come together by faith and build a small open-air church building for worship. The mother church has expanded beyond the capacity of the Pastor Renato’s home. His dream is to have a church building large enough for his congregation and to bring all of the pastors together for training and fellowship. Also, once a month they intend to bring the churches together for a special worship and fellowship service. They know if they are to truly impact their communities for Jesus Christ they need to be in unity with one another. The land has been donated, and in faith, they build as the financial blessings come in. Please, pray and join them in this blessing that Christ has put on their hearts. Please be a blessing to them so they can be a blessing to others. Please help them build their large church gathering place.

Please help empower and equip them to “enlarge the place…to stretch…to lengthen [their] cords and strengthen [their] stakes.” (Isaiah 54:2)

Let’s raise $20,000.00 and bless them to see their beautiful dream become a reality. Please “do not hold back.” (Isaiah 54:2) Praise God!! To Him be the glory!! Amen.

Click here to DONATE: https://419fund.com/projects/stories-of-glory/

Tuesday is the Day to Give!

You can never out give the Lord. 419 Fund is based on Philippians 4:19: “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

He has always supplied my needs. I raised my children as a single parent from the ages of 7, 4 and 2, and made a commitment to send them to Christian schools. God honored that commitment and supplied the resources I needed to provide 13 years of Christian school for each child.

That’s the reason Philippians 4:19 became my life’s verse. He has always taken care of all my needs.

Back to the giving.  Luke 6:38: “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you measure it shall be measured to you again.”

When you make giving to others your focus, God will bless you.

Where is your focus? Others or yourself?

Matthew 6:21 says: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Where is your treasure? On earth where moth and rust corrupt or in heaven where moth and rust do not have any effect.

Would you give to one of our worthy causes?

https://419fund.com/opportunities/

Thanksgiving

When looking for an appropriate picture to use in this post, all Pixabay had for Thanksgiving were pumpkins and turkeys. Is that what our country has come to? We don’t even know the real meaning of Thanksgiving, and what it should mean in our daily lives!

Throughout the Bible, God tells us to be thankful or to give thanks – He throws it in when you least expect it. For example, Philippians 4:6 says:

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication WITH THANKSGIVING, let your requests be made known unto God.”

The Psalmist tells us “Oh, give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; because His mercy endures forever.”

If God’s mercy endures forever, and He forgives as many time as we need it, shouldn’t we live thankful lives? Be thankful, not just on Thanksgiving.

The Apostle Paul reminds us in Ephesians 5:20, “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Beginning with this Thanksgiving, let’s make a concerted effort to find one thing to be thankful for every day.

Thanksgiving is Thanks Living. There is much to be thankful for this year. Let’s thank the One “from whom all blessings flow.”

 

Invitation

SUPPORT GATHERING

FOR

PHILIP AND KATHIE ZODHIATES

WHEN:   SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2018       FROM 12 – 4 P.M.

WHERE:  GRACEBUILT CHURCH, 2639 W. MAIN STREET, WAYNESBORO, VA

Philip lost his appeal and is to report to prison in Ashland, KY on December 5, 2018.

Let’s show Philip our support by being there. If you cannot be there personally, you may mail him a card of encouragement to:

419 Fund

P.O. Box 4075

Lynchburg, VA 24502

His incarceration will leave Kathie with more than $335,000 in unpaid attorneys’ fees. If you can donate, please do so at https://419fund.com/projects/philip-zodhiates/

The 419 Fund Team would like to personally thank each person who has donated to Philips’ attorneys’ fees through 419 Fund.

Please bring a finger food to share.  Beverages will be furnished.

RSVP: info@419fund.com no later than November 28, 2018.

Hosted by 419 Fund and GraceBuilt Church.

Good News!

“Guess who has 1/3rd of a his colon, is feeling on top of the world, and is CANCER FREE!! This morning I got my CT scan results back and I’m disease free and officially IN REMISSION!!

“Thank you so much everyone for all the prayers, encouragement, and support over the past year. I couldn’t have gotten through it all without you all. GOD IS SO FAITHFUL AND SO GOOD.”

BRIAN JOHNSON!   That’s who.

At this point, all of Brian’s medical bills are paid. Thank you everyone who donated to Brian’s cause!

Teaching English as a Second Language

Janalyn, a junior at Liberty University, is studying Interdisciplinary Studies with cognates in Global Studies and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), and will be completing her internship in South Asia next semester.

She has been waiting to go on her internship for two and a half years now, and can hardly believe that she will be leaving in just a couple of months.

DONATE HERE: https://419fund.com/projects/tesl-internship/

To learn more, read on:

She has an unique opportunity to teach elementary level students as well as help the teachers learn new ways of teaching ESL (English as a Second Language), while attending a language school to learn the native language of the country in which she will be working.

She has been reminded time and time again to trust what the Lord is preparing for her as she ventures overseas. The Lord has arranged this internship that will allow her to interact with her future students in multiple facets outside of the classroom as well by directing the spring play and teaching a music class using the harmonica, so she will utilize her past experiences and abilities to share with these students. For security precautions, she cannot disclose the exact location of her internship.