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Biblical Promises Series - Part 5 - Precious Promises
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ZADOK PUBLICATIONS - Dr. C. R. OLIVER
December 1, 2021
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ZADOK PUBLICATIONS MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
December 1, 2021
Biblical Promises Series
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2 Peter 1:2-4
"2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."
This month's Newsletter continues referencing healing promises. It features the Scriptures used by Sister Osteen to prevail against what was described as an impossible situation. When Dodie Osteen was diagnosed with terminal cancer, her son came to both John and Dodie to explain the short time she had to live and how the cancer was pervasive (In other words their own son, who was a physician, agreed with the diagnosis and offered his services). John Osteen immediately barred anyone who agreed with the diagnoses from being in their presence. Dodie began a regimen of Scriptures that eventually saw her faith and confession answered with Divine healing. She took the scriptures like medicine (3x per day she rehearsed them).
Darkness surrounded her and pain caused her to suffer much - still she persevered and personalized each Scripture, making them her own. Allowing no negative talk to interfere
with her confession, she constantly rehearsed, "I shall live and not die." After many months of standing against her malignancy, she was re-examined and told there was no sign of cancer in her body.
The Scriptures used in this month's study are solely those she used in conjunction with some used in the November newsletter. At the end of this study, a copy of all her healing Scriptures, as provided by Lakewood Church, will be shown.
40 Scriptures used by Dodie Osteen with excerpts from her comments:
1. Here are Dodie's own words (in italics) about Proverbs 4.
"The reason the Word of God is so important when you're fighting a battle for your health is
because in many cases it's the only hope you have. That was so in my case."
20 My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Do not let them depart from your eyes;
Keep them in the midst of your heart;
22 For they are life to those who find them,
And health to all their flesh.
23 Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.
The deep connection between the Word (saying what God says) and one's daily confession is a powerful interaction. Keeping Scripture alive in one's heart by meditation and inward repetition is what verse 21 is all about.
2. Consider Dodie's comment on this Joshua passage:
45 Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.
"This scripture helped me so much! It stayed on my mind day and night. I knew God's Word
would come to pass. Not one word would fail."
3. Philippians 2:13:
13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
"This verse has sustained me in many dark hours. It is one of the verses I quote the most when I'm driving my car or out for a walk. It just rolls out, over and over. I say, 'God, You said that You are working in me. You are working in my body both to will and to do for Your good pleasure. Father, You are working in my mind, renewing it. My health is Your good pleasure."
4. Romans 8:11:
11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. NKJV
"He is quickening your mortal body-making it alive and vibrant with health".
5. 2 Corinthians 1:20:
For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. NKJV
"…Many people suffer and die needlessly, because they do not know what the Word of God says about healing…"
6. Matthew 8:2,3:
2 And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean." 3 Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, "I am willing; be cleansed." Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. NKJV
"It is God's will for you to be well. If you do not believe that, you need to change your thinking. It is not God who has made you sick, it's the devil."
(Dodie then continued by offering a prayer of repentance toward God.)
7. Exodus 15:26:
There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them, 26 and said, "If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you."
"Obey God's Word and be healed."
"God's promises are conditional, and there are some things we must do. Hebrews 11:6 says that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. If you are not diligently seeking the Lord, I encourage you to start today."
8. Exodus 23:25-26:
"So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you. NKJV
"This is another wonderful promise to those who serve the Lord. He'll bless your food and
your water. When I pray over my food at the table, I never finish without saying, 'Father, I
thank You that You have promised to bless our bread and our water and to take all sickness
away from our midst..'"
9. Deuteronomy 7:15-16:
15 And the Lord will take away from you all sickness, and will afflict you with none of the terrible diseases of Egypt which you have known, but will lay them on all those who hate you.
"Notice: it doesn't say 'I will take away from you part of the sicknesses or certain kinds of sickness, 'but 'I will take away from you ALL sickness.'"
This is a wonderful scripture to lean on when the devil tells you your sickness is too difficult for God to heal. No disease is outside God's healing power.".
"Jesus specializes in hard cases, and He is no respecter of persons. He didn't heal me because I was John Osteen's wife, He healed me because He loves me and I am His child. He will heal you because He loves you, too."
10. Malachi 3:10-11:
10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,"
Says the Lord of hosts,
"If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.
11 "And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes,
"One of the reasons many people do not get what they want from God is because of their disobedience to His Word to tithe---to give the first tenth of their income to the Lord. In order to diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, you must follow all of His commandment to tithe."
11. Psalm 103:1-5:
Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
3 Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
This Psalm should be committed to memory. Dodie points out the obvious in these verses, emphasizing, "Who heals all your diseases."
12. Psalm 107:20:
He sent His word and healed them,
And delivered them from their destructions.
"Again, you can see how important it is to know the Word and to use it for our health and healing. If it had not been for the Word of God-knowing that God's Word works, that God would never lie, and He keeps His promises-I would not be alive today."
13. Psalm 118:17:
I shall not die, but live,
And declare the works of the Lord.
"This is another scripture that I quote often. When the doctor said I had only a few weeks to live, I made up my mind that I was going to live and not die."
14. Deuteronomy 30:19-20:
19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; 20 that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them."
The choice is up to the recipient! Here is where many people need assistance. Committing to the total promise requires recognition of the Source, for once life is chosen, God is free to bring His Life into play.
"It's so important that you choose to live. You must decide that you want to live. Make up your mind and say, 'Devil, take your hands off me, I will not let you destroy me. I will not let you kill me, I will not die an early death, but I will live and declare the works of the Lord.'"
"As you fight, you will begin to feel better and better and better."
15. Psalm 91:16:
With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation."
"This entire chapter is beautiful, but I particularly love to read the sixteenth verse."
16. Isaiah 53:5:
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
Dodie points out that Matthew 8:17refers to this passage. She writes, "If Jesus took your sickness, then there is no need for you to bear it. Give it to Him and say, 'Jesus, I give this care and heartache to You. It's too much for me, I give this sickness to You Lord. And I thank You that by Your stripes I am healed!'"
17. Jeremiah 30:17:
For I will restore health to you
And heal you of your wounds,' says the Lord
"When I was sick, I would look at two pictures of me in radiant health-one in my wedding dress and one riding a horse on a ranch. They bolstered my faith and helped me keep a positive attitude-especially when I was feeling so sick. I kept looking at those pictures and saying, 'Thank You, Father, that You will restore health to me and heal me of my wounds.'"
"When I started feeling good again, I said, 'Father, I thank You that you have restored health to me.'" "I repeat this often-even now."
18. Matthew 18:18:
"Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
"You can take authority over the sickness in your body."
"If you are having symptoms, you can bind those symptoms here on earth and they will be bound in heaven. Rest assured God will keep His Word.
19. Matthew 18:19:
"Again, I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them."
"Agree with someone for your healing. If you are married, have your husband or wife agree with you for the healing of your body. Don't let negative thoughts come between you. After you have agreed and you've asked God to heal you, look up to heaven and say, 'Father, we've done what You've told us to do on earth. Now You take over and perform it in heaven.'"
20. Mark 11:22:
So, Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
"What you say will make a difference."
"Do you have a mountain of sickness in your body? Do you have a mountain of financial pressures, marital discord, or emotional hurts? Whatever it is, say to it, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and it will be done. "
21. Mark 11:24:
Therefore, I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
"Believe and you will receive."
"The day after I came home from the hospital, my husband, John, and I prayed the prayer of agreement and put my case in the hands of the Lord. As far as I'm concerned, that day-December 11, 1981-my healing began My body didn't feel healed. In fact, I felt terrible. But I knew if I gave in to the way I felt, I wouldn't live. I felt like I was going to die so many times, but I fought and I stood firm, and I kept reminding God of His promises in His Word. And I was healed!"
22. Isaiah 43:25-26:
"I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake;
And I will not remember your sins.
26 Put Me in remembrance;
Let us contend together;
State your case, that you may be acquitted.
"Plead your case to God."
"I brought my case to God. I prayed, 'Father, I plead my case to You, and I ask You to show me things that have been wrong in my life that I can correct.'"
Dodie said she pled guilty to many things and made changes in her life. Then she reminded the Lord about the prayer of agreement. Then she prayed:
"Jesus, I want to thank You that on December 11, 1981, in our bedroom John and I believed that I received my healing-I have it. I rejoice. Jesus, that I'm healed, that all pain and all soreness will be out of my body. It's gone, in Jesus' Name.".
"Did it leave? You ask."
"No, it didn't leave all at once. I had a spiritual battle to fight. It was as if I were in a dark tunnel. I could see no light for months and months and months. Even so, I never gave up confessing the Word of God, because I had an unshakable confidence in God's Word. I knew Jesus would not lie to me, and I knew that if I kept on believing, I would receive. And I did!"
23. Mark 16:17-18:
And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."
"Have someone lay hands on you for healing."
"This is a very effective method Jesus gave for receiving your healing. Have a minister, or another Christian who believes in healing, lay hands on you and pray for your healing. Then believe that you will recover from that time forth."
24. John 9:31-32:
If anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.
"It is important to worship God. Raise your hands and say, 'Jesus, I love You and I worship You. I come before You today, thanking You that Your Word hasn't changed."
25. John 10:10:
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
"This scripture I quote daily. I read the others, and I don't let them depart from my eyes. But John 10:10 is one that I read aloud every day. I combine John 9:31 and John 10:10, and say, 'devil, you are not going to steal my health. You have not stolen my health, and you will not steal it. You will not kill me, and you will never destroy me, because I am a worshiper of God. I do His will, and He hears me. Jesus has come that I may have life, and have it more abundantly.'"
26. Galatians 3:13-14:
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree"), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
"What was the curse of the law? It was sin, sickness, and poverty. Jesus came into the world and gave himself willingly to die in your place on the cross, redeeming you from the curse. He took the curse of sin, sickness, and poverty upon himself so you wouldn't have to bear it. Thus, He made it possible for you to have the blessings of Abraham — forgiveness, divine health, and provision for your material needs. Praise the Lord!"
27. Hebrews 10:23:
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
"You will not waver in your faith."
"This verse has been so important to me! As I mentioned before, I wavered many times. Of course, it was in my mind-not in my heart! Those accusations that come against you in your mind are from the evil one. The devil is the one who is the accuser of the brethren (Rev. 12:10). When he tells you anything, believe just the opposite, and you'll have the truth."
"I learned not to condemn myself any more, I would say, 'I thank You, Father, that I am holding fast to my confession without wavering. I don't waver in my spirit man because I know Your Word works.'"
"IF you feel like you are wavering, remember, you can have doubt in your head but still have faith in your heart."
28. Hebrews 10:35-36:
Therefore, do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
"Put your confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word no matter what happens."
29. Joel 3:10:
Let the weak say, 'I am strong.'"
"When you feel weak, repeat this verse, and it will strengthen you. Regardless of how you feel, say, 'I'm strong.'"
"Isaiah 27:5 says, 'Let him take hold of My strength.'"
Just reach up and take hold of the Lord's strength. I've done that so many times! I've reached up and said these three little words, 'Jesus, help me.' And He has never failed to help me. He'll never fail to help you either."
30. Hebrews 13: 8:
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
"What He did in the Bible, He will do for you today."
At this point Dodie illustrates the verse by her daughter Lisa's healing. Born with cerebral palsy and brain damage, her need for Divine intervention drove she and John to the gospel accounts of Jesus and healing. At the time, neither of them had been taught about healing.
They prayed a simple prayer:
"Jesus, your Word says You haven't changed. Here we are faced with a little child that has cerebral palsy and brain damage. Father, if You don't change, then You are still the same now. You can touch our little girl and make her whole. Would you touch her and heal her?"
You know, Jesus did just that. Lisa is a perfectly normal adult now…Jesus hasn't changed; His desire for you is that you be well.
31. 3 John 2-3:
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
How does your soul prosper? "By putting the Word of God in it. Then you will know how to stay in good health. The Lord wants you to walk in divine health. And you can do that by getting the Word of God into your heart. Then when sickness tries to come upon you, you'll be prepared to stand against it."
32. James 5:14-16:
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
"If you don't have elders who know how to pray the prayer of faith, then find someone who does know how and have them anoint you with oil. Then believe that God will keep His Word, and the Lord will raise you up."
33. 1 Peter 2:24-25:
Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness - by whose stripes you were healed.
"Your healing has already been bought and paid for by Jesus himself! (Isaiah 53:5)"
34. 1 John 5:14-15:
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
"Be confident in your prayers."
"Whatever your need is, find the promise you need in the Word of God, then ask according to His will. God's will is His Word. When you find a promise for your need, and pray that promise, you will have the confidence that He will hear and answer your prayer."
35. 1 John 3:21-23:
Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. 22 And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. 23 And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.
"If you are not receiving what you need from God, examine yourself. See if you are keeping His commandments and doing those things that are pleasing in His sight."
36. 2 Timothy 1:7:
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
"Fear is not of God. Rebuke it!"
"I had never been a fearful person. But when cancer tried to attach itself to my body, I had to fight fear.
Now you may think that seems strange, coming from a pastor's wife, and from a Holy Spirit-filled Christian. I don't try to justify it or reason it out. I'm just telling you how it was with me so it might help you.
I'm a human being, and the same things come against me that come against anybody else. So, I had to fight fear. And I did with verses like 2 Timothy 1:7"
"I would say, 'Father, You haven't given me the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. This fear is not of You, God. It's of the devil. So, I'm commanding it to leave now, in Jesus' Name.'"
"I set a date-September 6-as the day I believe I would be free of the torment of fear. I said, 'From this day, I shall have no more fear. It's gone, in Jesus' Name.'"
"If fear is coming against you, rebuke it. Say, 'On this day-the day I am reading these words-I'm getting rid of fear. Fear, release me in Jesus' Name. You have no right to torment a child of God. I am full of His peace and love. Now, I cast all of my care upon You, Father, because I know You care for me. And I thank You that I am free from fear.'"
37. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5:
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ
"When I was sick, I had to cast down my imaginations concerning symptoms, and you will, too. Make your thoughts obey you. Bring them into captivity to the obedience of Christ.'
"Say, 'Thoughts, line up with the Word of God that says by the stripes of Jesus I am healed. Thoughts, line up with God's Word that says whatever I ask I receive of Him because I keep His commandments and do those things that ae pleasing in His sight. Thoughts, line up with God's Word, in Jesus' Name.' And, praise God, it will come to pass!"
38. Ephesians 6:10-13:
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which, you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
"You must have on the whole armor of God every day. Resist the devil each day by saying, 'Devil, take your hands off me and off my body in Jesus' Name.' Then remind your body to line up with the Word of God. It will work!"
39. Revelation 12:11:
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death
"When God heals you and you recover and are able to testify, do it. The Lord wants you to give glory to Him for what He has done for you."
" God doesn't heal you to go back into the world. He heals you to set you apart. You're His chosen vessel for Him to live in and to use."
40. Nahum 1:9:
Affliction will not rise up a second time.
"This scripture has been so meaningful to me since I've been healed, because I intend to stay well!"
"But, know this: the devil is a tormentor; and he will continue to come against you. In the case of cancer, doctors say if you live five years, you're well. But the devil will try to torment you with doubt and fear. If you have a pain, he'll say, 'There it is, Cancer is coming back on you.' You have to fight these lying imaginations. Cast them down and make every thought line up with the Word."
"This is when you can remind the devil of Nahum 1a;9. Say, 'Devil, this affliction will not rise up the second time. It will never come on my body again.' And it won't!"
Lakewood Church's Healing Scriptures
I Kings 8:56 10:4,5
II Corinthians 10:4,5
II Timothy 1:7
I Peter 2:24
I John 3:21-22
I John 5:14-15
III John 2
There is nothing to compare with a first-hand experience with The Healer. Dodie's testimony
impacted me and I know has blessed you, as well.
Until next month, have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Dr. Cosby R. Oliver, PhD.
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From: Oliver Evangelistic Association (OEA) - A Missions Opportunity
In conjunction with Brother Ghiorghi Cazacu with Gospel Ministries International, Inc. of Romania and correlates of his ministry in India, we are contemplating supplying the church building in its entirety.
Here are the details along with some summary statement regarding the mission opportunity.
Details are being worked out now for the correct channels for the construction monies.
Pastors Name: Pastor Manmadarao
Village & Population: Thulasiraminaiduvalasa, center of three main villages called Sunki and Venkatapuram with 4,000 to 5,000 population.
Ministry & Church Details: Pastor Manmadarao has been ministering in these villages for five years; 100 members are attending the church. Building a church in this place would really bring hundreds of people into the Kingdom of God; it can bear much fruits and bring vital church growth for the glory of God.
Church Building Details and Budget: These people are gathering in the house and open places for the worship. We had fruitful meeting with the village president, elders and village revenue officers yesterday. When we approached them and had a talk regarding a piece of land for the church building, they were convicted; we bought the land for the church for 3 cents. Where we bought the land is by the national highway and 1 acre (100 cents) is Rs. 1,50,00,000/- (205,479.45). Really, within a few years land cost has increased so much. Just 10 years back the same one acre there itself cost 15,000/- only but for our amazement its now 1,000% increased.
A piece of 3 cents lands' actual cost is Rs. 450,000/- ($6,164.38), but we thank God by the grace of God, when we talked to all of them; land owner village president elders and all discussed and told us that they will be giving it for Rs. 200,000/- and again land owner reduced Rs. 50,000/- since it is for the church purpose. Thus, we bought 3 cents land for the church for Rs. 150,000/- ($2,054.79). On this land, we are prayerfully planning to build a 30 feet long X 18 feet wide church building with metal petals roof due to financial concern. Here is the plan and average budget:
TOTAL BUDGET FOR THE BUILDING: RS. 589,700/- ($8,078.08)
UPDATE: With the help of our partners we met that need as a check for $8,500 went to India mid September.
Here are pictures from the beginning of construction.
Here are pictures from the continuing construction.
From Sid Luke Ministries; Alexandria, La. :
Greetings and much love to you in Jesus Christ Our Savior and Lord! We are so thankful for all you. Your prayers and encouragement have strengthened us in so many ways. With Kathy out of the hospital and advancing with therapy, she wanted to share some of her highlights since injured.
- For seven weeks she was in our local hospital and what is called a swing bed. There she was able to heal her broken body as she was loved on by the staff. The day she was transferred to the third hospital for therapy, the hall was flooded with nurses, CNAs, therapists and other hospital staff cheering Kathy has she left on a stretcher. Balloons and flowers were given to her give them to her. It was difficult for her to leave!
- For 3 weeks she was in a physical rehab hospital where she began strengthening her muscles which had weakened from being on her back for 2 months after surgery. At the end of the three weeks, she and her main three therapist, rang the Graduation Bell to go home.
- Two days after Kathy's return home, Pastors Marco and Jackie of Antofagasta, Chile arrived to help us during her recovery. Jackie became Kathy's hands and feet as she began strengthening with home therapy.
- Three weeks after returning home and working with home therapy, Kathy is slowly walking with support. Here she is using parallel bars for support that were installed by neighbors, Frank E., Rusty B. and Braxton B.
Other Major Blessings:
- A wooden handicap walkway built by Men Of Iron from Dewy Rose, B.C., which enables Kathy to get in and out of the house.
- A handicap shower by James L. and David B. also of Men Of Iron.
- A hospital bed was loaned To Us by the Dunbrack family.
- A wheelchair was also loaned To us by the Teasley family.
- So many other things have been loaned/donated by people who we do not personally know, as well as help from the Salvation Army.
- The monetary gifts from so many by mail and the GoFundMe account have been so appreciated.
- The meals that fed our family from Dewy Rose and others while Kathy was hospitalized.
- The multitude of cards and visits continue to remind us of people's love.
The GoFundMe page created by Kathy's sister is available for those who would like to share and/or donate safely online. The page is www.gofundme.com/f/sid-and-kathy-luke-medical-help
Last but not least, we are very thankful for the tremendous number of prayers which have kept us afloat during this difficult time. We cannot say thank you enough for everything done to help us survive and see light at the end of this very dark tunnel. But the Lord Jesus has taken care of us miraculously and has used our family and friends to pray us through to Victory! Thank you!
In His vineyard together for His honor and glory,
Sid & Kathy Luke
From Larry and Marla Johnston in Guatemala:
You may watch the Larry & Marla Johnson Mission Video HERE
Greetings from Guatemala
What a privilege to serve the Lord of Lords! Glory to God! We praise God for letting us run the Guatemalan Village Feeding centers that weekly feed and teach the word to over 600 children, building churches in guate and Honduras, Bush Bible school in Kenya with 4 separate classes training pastors with foundational truths that will help them finish their course, Christmas in the Village, pastors conferences, building houses, medical teams, and now working with the brickyard slaves in Pakistan. Read all about Christmas in the Village and the Brickyard slaves!
Christmas in the Village
This week we began full swing Christmas in the Village VBS! I simply love teaching the children about why we celebrate Christmas....what it's all about! We will be posting pics and videos of each village as it jingles it's way onto the calendar. We go to each village individually so it takes some time! This year we have pixar's animation of the Star of Bethlehem! I know that the children will love it. Very few have ever seen a television. Most do not even have electricity, so I know that they will love it! We are taking games, and candy, and a few puppets, reindeer antlers and jingle bells! It should be quite the time in the Village!
On top of all of that we have also kicked off the annual Christmas in the Village Project! 335 families will be blessed this year with blankets and food and toys for the entire family! The cost to sponsor a family this year is $40, if the Lord touches your heart to be someone's miracle no matter how much you can give it is greatly appreciated!
Freedom Christmas Miracles for the Brickyard Slaves
Praise God for divine connections and networking. We have been long time friends and partners with Pastor Ron and Carla Ives and PHGN, who are the key connectors to the Brickyard Project. Through our relationship with them, and their partnership with the Brickyard Project we have seen amazing things.
As I began to share what the Brickyard Project is and the vision there to free the slaves, it seems to spark compassion and love in the hearts of those who I've rambled on and on to! Ya'll are so faithful to give as the Lord prompts you! We've managed to help set 2 families free. They were born into slavery from their parents debt and have never lived free. For $660 we bought freedom for one family and for $516 we paid the debt of the other.
Together with a precious young man, named Hansie, we have joined hands with him in his endeavor to take the word of God so that they will be free indeed.
God is amazing, you our friends make it all possible with your prayers, teams, offerings and love! It's amazing to think of each of you and how God has uniquely joined us to bring all of this to pass! To God be the glory.
What a great day to be free! Spiritually and actually!
Debt cancellation! They have been slaves to the brickyard all their lives-born under the debt of previous generations and never able to pay it.
We serve a God of the suddenlies! Suddenly we got the money to set them free-imagine living as a slave all of your life and knowing that your children will continue to pay your debt when you are gone!
They not only get set free, but also discipled in the word, are able to rent a house for first month or two and food to eat as well as set up in a new business while they are being taught how to live the "freedom life" as Hansie, our contact says. Amazing!
Merry early Christmas to the Javed and Shabaz families! Whom the son sets free is free indeed!
If you would like to help set a brickyard family free contact me there are 18 more families. We have joined our faith with theirs for freedom for Christmas! If you would like to help please drop me a note!
Shahid Javed is a slavery person with his wife and two children. They belong to families that live on brickyard factory generation to generation and there is no hope for freedom. They want to be good and freedom like everyone else one. On them debt is $516.
Shahbaz was born in the brickyard factory and his whole life was spent in the slavery at the brickyard. He was married in slavery and later his children were also born in slavery. He has two children, a daughter and a son. His children do not go to school and work with him all day. Shahbaz and his entire family make 1300 hundred bricks a day. Unfortunately they get only RS 750 = $4.75. They make it very difficult to make ends meet with this amount of money. On them total debt is $665.
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