Sunday, November 9, 2008

Letter From Our Friends In Israel

We received an email from some friends of ours this morning. They have been in Israel for the last 3 months, and believe that the Lord wants to keep them there. They were supposed to fly out Nov. 6, but were trusting the Lord to stay as they truly believe they are to be there. The following is their email describing the Lord's awesome miraculous working to fulfill His plan for them. We all have doors set before us, the way of faith and the way of sight. If we choose the way of sight, we will miss the miraculous. If we take the way of faith, we will behold the mighty workings of YHWH.

Shalom Shalom,

Hope this finds you well.

We have had an exciting week and I would like to share how the God who parted the sea and fed manna to His children and caused the widow woman's oil to never run dry is still the God we serve today.

We started the paperwork for Aliyahs birth certificate on Oct 26th, and after a week we still had heard nothing. Our flight was due to to leave on Thursday the 6th and though we want to stay we were getting nervous as we were running out of money. We were told when we purchased our airline tickets that they were unchangeable after 3 mos. This time frame was now up.

So come Monday Nov 3rd this is what we were facing.
1.No money (literally not even enough to ride the bus to town),
2. Our flight leaving without us in 3 days and no way of making it,
3. Our visas expiring on Friday the 7th.

Now some may say you guys are crazy others may say we are stupid - but we knew in our hearts that we were exactly where we were supposed to be and that YHWH was going to take care of us. He was in control. We were in a prime place for a miracle.

So we continued to wait and pray. We had an appointment for Thursday morning in town and were unsure how we were going to get there, as well as buy food Thursday when we went in for the Shuk. How were we going to buy tickets to return to the USA if we could not stay? How were we going to get our visas extended? All things that can cause a lot of stress if you let it.

Monday and Tuesday were spent trying to find out options with our tickets. By Tuesday afternoon YHWH had made a way for us to postpone our tickets for up to a year, we had found favor in their eyes. This was miracle #1 - this week.

Wednesday morning some friends we had made in Jerusalem rented a car so they could come visit. We had a great time of fellowship, they even took us down to the Ministry of Interior to pick up our Birth Certificate for Aliyah, step one of several in this process. Praise Yah!!

After our friends left we returned to the kitchen to find 100 shekels on the counter. WOW!! It was more than enough to get us to our appt. the next morning. Miracle # 2.

We then made an appt. at the Consulate for as soon as they could get us into proceed with Aliyahs paperwork. Nov 24th was the date set. It will then take at least 1 month after that to get the passport and birth abroad report back. So I wrote this info up in a letter and presented it to the Ministry to apply for an extension on our visas. We were then informed that as long as the application process was in process we were fine - miracle #3.

Thursday morning we got up and boarded the bus with our family and went to our appt. Now at this point we are expecting big things as YHWH always keeps His promises and He said He would take care of us. Our appt. was down at a qibbuts here in Afula. A qibbuts is a place where most of the time it is a group of families working together for a common goal. Meaning they have a sort of school for the children, someone doing the gardening for food, someone else doing laundry etc... This particular quibbuts is not set up like that right now - they offer lodging and dining and worship and Bible studies. They only rent one floor of this giant house that Golda Meir used to live in and here is where there ministry is. Now there is a lot more to this place that we will be learning about as the days and weeks go by but this is what we know so far.

We got to visit with a few different people that were helping out or staying at this qibbuts. We had a wonderful time visiting with the guests and the volunteer staff. We found a group of people their that have the same vision we do regarding what days we are in and what the Father is calling us to do. We had such affirmation their about the leading we have been getting from YHWH. They were in love with our children and spoke many blessings over them. They affirmed the training of our children and the need for us to continue investing all we have into them.

Partly through the visit one of the gentlemen gave us a package. We did not look at it there. He also gave a us a jar of raw Eucalyptus honey and some fresh limes for our horrible sounding coughs. Another man gave us 100 shekels. They fixed us a REALLY good meal and served us like we were kings and queens. What a great time.

It was a little bit of a walk to where the bus drops you off and this place and as we headed towards town the gentleman that gave us 100 shekels came running up behind us giving us another 400 shekels.

This was awesome as we now had the money we needed to go grocery shopping right on time. So that is what we did. Later after looking at the other gentleman's gift we found $3250 in cash. Amazing miracle after miracle. Not only did we have the cash for later but we had the shekels for right now as it was late to go exchange the money. Everything was right on time. No delays.

Please understand no one knew before giving that we had a need. We have purposely been very quiet about this as we wanted to see YHWH really provide without us hinting or saying anything.

So now Sunday November 9th we have more money than we need right now, an Israeli birth certificate, our plane tickets on standby, and a application process for our visas - which means all is well. What an awesome God we serve. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. And we are so excited to see Him work and be the beneficiary of His gifts.

We hope in what ever place you are in that you will call upon Him for He hears your cries and will not forsake you.

Thank you for your faithful prayers you offer up on our behalf!! They mean more than you may know.

The children all say hello - and by the way their faith never wavered - they knew provisions were on the way just like dinner would be served that night.

Blessings to you from the Land still flowing with milk and honey to those who trust in Him,
The Logan Crew

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