Dear Friends of the Father’s House,
Tammy and I say thank you to our Lord and to all of our friends as you have supported us during many transitions and changes in our lives and ministry in 2015. We hope your family enjoyed the Christmas holidays, were blessed to spend time worshiping the Lord of Lords, and that you are at peace and ready to see an amazing 2016! Speaking of changes, in 2015 we welcomed Joe and Holli Ragon into the family at Father’s House. Joe is serving as our Executive Director. Holli is Joe's extremely talented and faithful wife. Holli is also a very good friend to Tammy and me.
We invite all prayer warriors to be thinking of Isaac, Tammy, and me as we travel with one of the largest Father’s House groups we have ever taken to Israel. During our time in Israel we will spend 3 days in Jordan. Please put our travels on your calendar from January 27th to February 18th (the group returns on February 9).
Some will ask, how should we pray?
Everyone is aware of the turmoil that always surrounds Israel. In fact, right now, with the Syrian war, the advance of ISIS, and continued suicide knife missions of young Palestinian terrorists, all the news sounds horrible. Please understand that it is the intention of our enemy to stop us from going. The enemy does not want us joining and supporting our Jewish brothers in the land. The enemy is the prince of the air and that includes all media sources! So remember that the stories we see are often overblown or distorted. If we are not careful, what the news focuses on can also become the focus of our prayers. That is not the focus of our prayer request. It is not a concern to Tammy or to me.
We know for sure that we will be safe and secure with this group, and we will have a wonderful time, as always, while we are in Israel. If it were not so, we would not take this group and/or our son Isaac on our journeys. What we do ask prayer for, however, is continued revelation -- for ourselves and for all the members of our group (who will experience the Lord on a level that few can imagine). We also desire fresh revelation to the Jewish believers in Christ that live in Israel. They are seeing an explosion of belief in Yeshua, as the Jewish Messiah is starting to be clearly seen and hoped for in Israel. The Fathers of our faith in the land of the Bible need our continued prayer and support. These are the things that Paul spoke of as the mystery of God. They are world changing! So, our prayer request is that God will bring revelation to believers and that we will bring honor to our King!
The word of the Lord tells us, "Do not fear," for He is God alone and He is in control. That is true in Israel and it is true in the U.S. Be brave, be strong, be at peace. Above all, let us all love the Lord and love one another. Amen.
Byron and Tammy Stinson
PS. Star Wars, the movie, has nothing on this real life journey!