A Way To Help

Hello Friends – I know these are difficult times for everyone around the world right now, but living in a third-world country among some of the poorest makes the reality of the situation a lot more front and center.  The majority of people here are day wage earners that barely support their families, even during normal times.  Most of them have now been without work for a month, due to the heavy restrictions imposed by the government in order to attempt to squelch the COVID-19 virus.  I have helped several families as I’ve been able.  But obviously the needs are great.

A few of my very good friends have started a relief effort to help the poorest of the poor among the locals here.  I can personally vouch for the integrity of these women, as well as the others they are coordinating with to see that the food and supplies goes to the people who really need it the most.  Since so many of you were generous in helping my friend Sigrid and me raise funds for our friend Edwin following the 2016 earthquake, I wanted to offer you that opportunity again.  Sigrid is one of the ladies coordinating the campaign and donations can be made directly to her PayPal account (we are doing it that way to avoid the fees and complications of GoFundMe).  This is purely a relief effort, not a 501c3 tax write off.  But if you are interested in helping, I can promise you it’s a very worthy cause because 100% of the funds are going to the people that need it.  Below are the details.  If you’d like to contribute, please reach out to me personally, and I’m happy to provide the PayPal information (if you need to make a bank transfer, there is that option too).

CAYO CARES RELIEF PROJECT

There are many people who are suffering as a result of the COVID-19 community shut-down in Puerto Cayo, La Boca, and surrounding areas.

The Cayo Cares Relief Project is your opportunity to help support less fortunate individuals, particularly single parent families and the elderly.  There is an on-going need among these families for specific staple foods, sanitary items, children’s supplies and medicine.

The organizers of the Cayo Cares Relief Project are working with trustworthy local leaders to distribute critical supplies ONLY to those most in need. This program hopes to continue throughout this time of difficulty for so many.

THIS WEEK we plan to:
1. Identify the initial recipients,
2. Purchase the needed items,
3. RAISE THE NECESSARY FUNDS

Your on-going contribution to this worthy community project will make a BIG DIFFERENCE.  Contributions can be made in cash, bank transfers and by Paypal. No amount is too small.

Excellent Perspective

Hello Friends,

I wanted to share this article that was recently published by Dr. Michael Brown (a Messianic Jewish Believer).  He summarizes very succinctly here, the perspective I’ve been viewing this thing from since the beginning.  I hope it will encourage you too:

https://askdrbrown.org/library/getting-god’s-perspective-current-crisis

The Return

In the weeks and months after 9/11, people flocked to churches in America.  But the return was short-lived and people quickly fell back into their own ways, while the nation continued its downhill course.  The warning judgment was virtually ignored.  So what will the church in America do with this message now?  What will YOU do with it?  The fate of the nation hangs in the balance.  Has the salt lost it’s saltiness, or is TRUE repentance still possible?  May God have mercy on America, because if she doesn’t return now, there will not be another chance.

(8 minute video):

Focus

For those with “ears to hear,” this is a powerful word for the body of Christ in this hour!  I’ve tried to communicate this for some time, albeit poorly.  But she perfectly articulates the message God has had in my spirit.  It’s 20 power packed minutes to encourage you during the shakings, that will only continue to increase.  I’ve already watched it several times.  May you be blessed!

Do You Have Enough Oil?

I’ve been hearing unbelievably sad stories of the panic that has fallen in the US, and some of the ridiculous “preparations” people are making, in hopes that they can ride out whatever might come of all this.  I want to encourage my brothers and sisters in Christ that there is only one essential thing you should be storing up in abundance during this time.

I’ve preached this message for many years now, and it’s mostly fallen on deaf ears.  It’s relevant now more than ever.  In Matthew Jesus tells the parable of the wise and foolish virgins:

At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

“At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’

“Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’

“‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’

“But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.

“Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’

“But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
(Matthew 25:1-13)

The “shakings,” “birth pains,” “tribulation,” etc. – whatever you choose to label it, they are here.  They’ve been here, but like some women in labor, many in the church have chosen to just endure each one, and then fall back asleep in between contractions.  But finally something is happening that should awaken even the most anesthetized among us.  So how are you doing in your faith?  God is so merciful to allow these things to happen to show us where we have anchored our faith and hope, and realize that if it’s in ANYTHING outside of Him, we need to make an immediate course correction.

But the time is really short now.  As the parable explains, there will come a time when it’s too late to get more oil. The bridegroom is coming, but isn’t here yet.  We have to wait through darkness until he comes – do you have enough oil (faith) to sustain you?

There are some who have believed the false teaching of a “pre-tribulation rapture.”  Although the Bible clearly admonishes us all throughout, they haven’t prepared themselves to suffer and endure the difficulties coming.  They risk being swept away in the “great falling away.”

I continue to plead with God that this is still a merciful wake-up call.  That those in the “Laodician Church” of the West still have sufficient time to get themselves firmly anchored in truth.  But the time is unbelievably short now – do not delay a minute longer.  Do not do what the apostles did in the garden of Gethsemane.  Jesus continued to admonish them to stay awake and pray.  But they continued to fall back asleep.  When the time came to stand in the darkness, their faith was too weak and they ran away and abandoned their Lord.

My blog stats show that few of my followers choose to read these types of posts.  They aren’t “ear tickling” enough.  “May he who has ears, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.  To him who overcomes…” (Revelation chs. 2 & 3)

But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.” (Jude 1:20-21)

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see….And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:1 & 6)

And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth? (Luke 18:7-8)

Binge Watch This…

Are you feeling bored, anxious or just need an escape from all the drama?  Then here is the best thing you could possibly binge on – JESUS!

If you have yet to watch all 8 episodes of “The Chosen” series, you can now download the app on any of your devices and even pair it with one of those techie thingys that lets you watch it on your TV.  But whatever you watch it on, watch it!  Trust me on this, you won’t be able to stop yourself.

Because of the unprecedented time we are in, the creators of this series are now making it available worldwide for FREE!  You heard me right – Jesus is literally going into every single country on the planet as I type (well, He’s already there, but you get my point).  Can someone say “streams in the desert”?  (View this 4 minute video for details:)

Click on the photo to download the app

As one famous line in the series says, “Get used to different.”  We are all having to figure out how to do that now, and this is a great place to start.  Be blessed!