THE YEAR IN REVIEW
Greetings to all of you dear ones in the name of Yeshua, the Messiah.
Dan: It is the end of the year. Generally, I like to share with our supporters, those who pray and those who give financially and those who do both, what we have been doing and what we are planning to do. We usually find that people give special gifts as well at the end of the year since it is the last opportunity for a tax deduction. What might happen if there is tax reform? We do not know.
I at least am as busy now in the work of the Kingdom as I have ever been. My work has three foci. First, is to support the building of congregations in Israel that are connected to the covenant partners I sent to Israel some years ago. Patty and I teach, mentor, travel around the country and serve as local elders in our congregation here in Jerusalem. We are now seeing a network of congregations coming into greater coherence. This is a dream. We also envision helping to develop a strong Bible and Theological school that includes much practical training. I have taught a number of courses at Haifa Theological Institute in the past year and have more scheduled for next year.
In the second focus, I continue to oversee a network of 25 congregations in the United States. Our support for this comes from those congregations, not Restoration from Zion. We currently only give some four months during the year to be in the United States visiting these congregations and strengthening the leaders although we are always being asked for appointments and visits. The rest of our time we are based in Israel.
Then, finally, we continue to travel to the nations to build the partnership of the Churches with the Messianic Jewish Community, primarily in Israel. Readers of our letters may remember that this year I have been in Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and Switzerland. I also seek to speak at churches in the United States where we have a strong or potentially strong connection.
Patty is included in some of my travels. Her primary work is in the Land with me and in traveling to the American network of Tikkun connected congregations. This has been hard for the last several years. Most of you know that Patty had serious back surgery two and a half years ago. Then this last spring she had open-heart surgery for a valve replacement. I hated to see her go through the pain of recovery from these surgeries. But as I write, she is at her best in years and we expect that being able to serve together will become easier. Going through this has deepened our love for one another and we are amazed and delighted to believe this is a gift from God. I would not have believed it possible as a young man. Patty still has to take blood thinner and a beta-blocker for heart arrhythmia. We pray for this to resolve, but the present situation is good. We are so grateful. Patty is a partner in public ministry and administration by my side and I cannot imagine succeeding without her.
As of this writing, I am in the process of publishing my nineteenth book with Charisma Media: Angels, Demons and Spiritual Warfare, What the Bible Really Teaches. I encourage you all to go to our web site bookstore – www.tikkuninternational.org/bookstall.htm - to see our titles and avail yourself of these writings.
Now I have not mentioned what is last but not least. That is our commitment to our three children, their families and our ten and soon to be eleven grandchildren in Israel!
Your prayers are so important. Your financial support goes to all we do outside of the Tikkun America Network. It pays for international travel, teaching in Israel and the nations, website and facebook video posts, time for book writing, international correspondence, mentoring in Israel, theological teaching and more. Plus, if there are sufficient funds, we give strategically to extend the Kingdom of God, mostly for the work in Israel.
And next year? It looks like we will be doing much of the same. The opportunities are enormous.