I am writing this for your review/consideration. Yesterday, my wife and I were contacted by a close friend, that serves and protects our local communities, as a Sheriff deputy. Initially, they could not reach friends and family that were Read more
You do not want to miss these events! A friend, Charley Wambolt, has coordinated these special opportunities to hear about current events taking place in the heart of Israel.
FOR ZION'S SAKE is coming to Alabama & Mississippi.
When/Where: MAY 5, Read more
Hello family and friends. My sister, Cara, is a college student at USM that has been coordinating events to raise awareness and funding for people with critical needs; particularly children with life threatening illnesses. Currently, she is helping to Read more
THE A.T.O. is bringing awareness about suicides among teenagers and young adults. Our initial focus is on St. Tammany Parish in Louisiana. This parish has an extremely high rate of suicides; for example, there have been 104 suicides in Read more
I am writing this for your review/consideration. Yesterday, my wife and I were contacted by a close friend, that serves and protects our local communities, as a Sheriff deputy. Initially, they could not reach friends and family that were affected by the tornadoes. Since then, we received a praise report (see his note below). Though not mentioned by Mr. Dukes, it is on our hearts to gather monetary donations. You can make a secure donation from anywhere in the world. If local, you can make arrangements with me to pick up gifts and/or checks. Make checks out to Building Bridges International. Note: 100% of all donations will be transported by Mr. Dukes to be used for either travel expenses or specific needs of family and friends. The deadline is Thursday afternoon (US – CST), as they are heading out on Friday morning. Call or e-mail me if you have any questions – (228) 234-6880. Thank you for helping to “bridge” resources to specific needs.
With thanks, Bryan and Leah (on behalf of the BBI team)
DUKE FAMILY UPDATE
I just wanted to take a little time to tell you and all the people connected to you, thank you. Prayers have been heard. I just received information from Moore, OK that my wife’s family is ok. I still don’t know what their condition is or what resources they currently have. The good news is that we are in brief contact with them. Upon our arrival, we will be assessing their situation and keep you up to date. My wife and I still need your prayers in the next few days as I prepare to make the journey from Gulfport, MS to Moore, OK this Friday to lend aid where possible. We are still currently attempting to locate 3 friends which we are unable to make contact with. I will be leaving Friday morning around 7:00 am. In my position, I believe it to be my duty to lend assistance where I can. Experiencing Hurricane Katrina, I am well aware the area of OK that I am heading to is going to be difficult to navigate safely and difficult to stay strong. Thank you for all you and your prayer group as well as Building Bridges International for all the prayers and assistance. Pray to keep me strong and able to carry out my duties I believe the Lord has placed before me. I will keep you in constant contact throughout my tasks ahead.
THE A.T.O. is bringing awareness about suicides among teenagers and young adults. Our initial focus is on St. Tammany Parish in Louisiana. This parish has an extremely high rate of suicides; for example, there have been 104 suicides in the last 3 years. THIS HAS TO STOP! We at A & C Foundation provide motivational speaking, full length dramas, faith based music and sponsored events that are geared to combat and hopefully reverse this phenomenon of suicides in our region. During September (2013) our upcoming event will take place at Living The Word International church in Slidell, Louisiana. Our goal is to eventually expand awareness throughout Mississippi, the Gulf States Region and U.S.
The A.T.O. “TEXT TO WIN” campaign is helping to spread the word to hundreds of teens and young adults. Join the fight with us & become a sponsor and partner. Also, take a moment to text ATO to 72727. You will automatically be entered for a chance to win prizes and receive periodic information and event updates. Scan the customized QR Code to view our mobile website on your smartphone.
The Messianic Aleph/Tav את Scriptures was written to be a Study Bible and is the most unique rendition of the Tanakh (Old Testament) Bible of its kind in the world. Unequivocally the greatest symbol in biblical history since it was revealed by the Apostle John is the Aleph/Tav את Character Symbol. It is the HOLY GRAIL OF THE SCRIPTURES and the reason is that it unlocks the mystery to the greatest treasure man can ever hope to comprehend from the Scriptures, the Yah-head (G-dhead). This re-discovered character symbol has been hidden in plain sight from the beginning, starting with the original Paleo-Hebrew scrolls written by the hand of Moses and the Prophets, then copied by the Scribes for thousands of years thereafter into Babylonian (modern) Hebrew, but not translated by the composers of the King James Bible because it was not considered a word. This English version of the Tanakh is the first exhaustive rendition to incorporate all of the Aleph/Tav את Symbols into the English sentence structure exactly where Moses and the Prophets originally placed them in the Hebrew scroll.
This Study Bible will reveal that the extension of יהוה (Father’s Memorial Name forever) is both WITH and THROUGH the workings of את Y’shua ha-Mashiach (the Messiah), who is ONE with יהוה Father and by whom everything has been created and established from the beginning, just as proclaimed in the Gospel of John 1:1-3. Quite simply, the Aleph/Tav את Symbol is so important to today’s covenant believer that it merits its own rendition of the Tanakh into English for the purpose of being able to study its placement in text and gaining a deeper understanding of the workings and structure of the Yah-head.
Hebrew scholars agree that originally in Paleo-Hebrew the first letter of the Aleph-Bet, the Aleph (א) letter meant “Strength”. Its letter symbol was originally an Ox Head. The last letter of the Aleph-Bet is the letter Tav (ת), which Hebrew scholars agree was originally in Paleo-Hebrew as a symbol or sign of “Covenant”. Its original symbol was an X. Consequently, it is believed that the Aleph/Tav את Symbol literally meant “Strength of the Covenant” when used in original Hebrew text and was placed to create emphasis as a direct object pointer to the workings of the Yah-head (both את יהוה) concerning the covenants, wherever it was placed throughout the Tanakh.
Paleo-Hebrew is the most profound language ever created because it is the original language of the Yah-head. The Sages believe that Hebrew was most likely the language Elohim used to speak His creation into existence. It is also believed that this is the language the Yah-head used to write the Ten Commandments in stone with His finger. Consequently, each letter has significant spiritual connotations relative to the workings of the Yah-head; therefore the Aleph-Bet is a sacred language. Only after reading the Tanakh and seeing first hand where the Aleph/Tav את Symbols are placed, can the reader possibly begin to appreciate and understand the significance of the Aleph/Tav את Symbol in relationship with Y’shua our Messiah.
Note: The word Tanakh (Ta-Na-Kh) is a Hebrew acronym; Ta-Torah, Na-Nevi’im (Prophets) and Kh-Ketuvim (Writings). Today’s 39 books of the Hebrew Bible, Genesis through Malachi are generally called the First or Old Testament. Much of the contents of the Tanakh, according to the Talmud, was compiled by the “Men of the Great Assembly” by 450 B.C. and has since remained unchanged. Modern scholars believe that the process of canonization of the Tanakh became finalized between 200 B.C. and 200 A.D.
I took this story from Maoz Blog, the article is originally from the Jersusalem Post but I wanted to share with you this story, because it is a beautiful story of the power of Messiah and his love. I hope you can see the video in bottom of the post.
‘We feel safe here’
By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT
Pastor who was attacked with acid in Uganda for supporting Israel gets treatment at Sheba Medical Center.
Pastor Umar Mulinde’s love for Israel has only grown since he began treatment here for the burns he sustained in a horrific acid attack in his home country of Uganda on Christmas Eve last year.
“I really love being here in Jerusalem,” said Mulinde, wearing a mask to hide his burns. “My family and I love Israel and feel safe here.”
In a wide-ranging interview on Monday with Steve Linde, The Jerusalem Post’s editor-in- chief and other staff at the newspaper, Mulinde explained his journey from being a Muslim to his conversion to Christianity and his untiring support for the Jewish state.
The pastor said he was attacked by a presumed Muslim terrorist in the east African country because of his outspoken sermons in favor of Israel, and his screening of pro-Israel films.
But the attack, which left him with severe burns and without an eye, had failed to sway him.
“There is a lot of biased information about this country [Israel] and a need to get balanced information,” said Mulinde, seated in the Post editorial lounge with his wife, Evelyn, and their two children.
Mulinde’s efforts to debunk prejudices against Jews and Israel had led him to arrange for a film presentation on Jerusalem.
He recalled that as he left the event in Kampala – the capital of Uganda – a man confronted him. He had felt “a splash of a very hot substance” on his head and managed to pivot away to avoid his entire face from being doused with acid.
The assailant screamed “Allahu Akbar” during the attack. Mulinde said at that moment, he realized that the assailant had been a Muslim terrorist.
Seriously disfigured by the acid, Mulinde has been receiving free treatment at the burn unit of Sheba Medical Center. His entire head is bandaged and one of his eyes is covered by an eye-patch.
Evelyn, his wife, described the family’s reaction to her husband being doused with acid.
“It was so traumatizing for me and the kids,” she said, remembering how they had cried, knelt down and prayed together.
Mulinde also delved into the period of Ugandan history under the notoriously anti- Israel president Ida Amin, whose military dictatorship reigned from 1971-79 and engaged in a blood-soaked repression against dissenters.
“Idi Amin declared Uganda an Islamic state and ushered in Shari’a law,” said Mulinde.
“Any country that practices Shari’a law will not have good relations with Israel. And less than 10 percent of the country was Muslim at the time.”
Uganda’s Christian population now comprises 84% of the country, with an estimated 12% Muslim.
Mulinde said he was born a Muslim in 1973, and his family rejected him when he converted to Christianity as a 20-year-old. He said he had experienced an Islam “filled with hate.”
His sharp break with the indoctrination of an intolerant form of Islam, which, he noted, caused him to “hate Jews and Israel” as a student of the Koran, moved him to analyze the two monotheistic religions – Judaism and Christianity.
“I said I must understand the Israelites and the Jewish people if I want to continue with the study of the Bible,” he explained. “When I realized there was bias against Jews, I spoke out.”
His high-energy pro-Israel advocacy work involved speaking to up to 5,000 Ugandans at a time in a football stadium and reaching thousands more during his day-to-day Internet activities.
He established contact with Andrea Gottlieb, from Philadelphia, who serves as the executive director of JerusalemOnlineUniversity.com, a pedagogical online portal devoted to Israel and Jewish affairs.
Gottlieb, who met Mulinde for the first time in person at the Post’s headquarters on Monday, said she had first communicated with the pastor online three years ago.
After the attack, Gottlieb engineered Mulinde’s travel to Israel and helped enable his treatment process at Sheba Medical Center.
Gottlieb described her efforts in December of last year to secure him treatment in Israel during a family holiday in Florida.
“Our whole vacation was about the pastor,” she said, smiling, with tears in her eyes. She noted that her family had been very supportive of the need to fly Mulinde, who had initially flown to India, to Israel for the best treatment.
As a pastor, Mulinde had organized group trips to Israel.
“When you come to Israel, you realize the story is different,” he said.
Mulinde noted that his work had helped debunk the myth that there no Israeli Arabs living in Israel.
“When I first got here, I was surprised to see Arabs living together in peace with Jews,” he said.
He has since lectured in South Africa on Israel’s vibrant democracy. Any comparisons between Israel and the former apartheid regime in South Africa, he said, are made by people “who do not know what they are talking about” and only serve to “abuse the African people.”
Asked about why he had converted to Christianity, he said he had met a pastor “who was preaching a different message – a God of Peace, in contrast to the God of the Koran.”
With the experience of Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense behind them, Evelyn said that despite the rocket attacks from Gaza, “I feel safe in Israel. I feel loved.”
The Ugandan authorities have failed to apprehend the perpetrator of the acid attack on Mulinde, who blamed a Muslim in charge of Uganda’s counterterrorism unit for not pursuing the “act of terrorism on me.”
He said one person had been arrested but within two days, the suspect was released.
Mulinde complained and the counterterrorism head was relieved of his duties. Yet the Ugandan security officials have still not made an arrest, he said.
Prof. Zeev Rotstein, the CEO and director of Sheba Medical Center, said his hospital had welcomed Mulinde with open arms, and he was making good progress.
“Our decision to treat the pastor was completely humanitarian. It was not done to receive publicity or thanks from anyone,” Rotstein told The Jerusalem Post. “Here was a man who had been hurt in a hostile attack because of his strong support for Israel. And we, in the best tradition of Israel, offered our help.”
Rotstein and Mulinde were honored recently by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem at the conclusion of their annual Feast of the Tabernacles. Both men were given a standing applause by the audience of over 5,000 Christians from some 90 nations at the Jerusalem International Convention Center.
“It really moved me,” Rotstein said. “It was a pleasant and unexpected surprise. I was dumbfounded by the outpouring of support for us, for Israel and for the Jewish people by the huge crowd.”
Emma Sturm wrote this for the blog about the Newk’s Fundraiser for Jimmy Esposito:
The Newk’s fundraiser was a surprising event. With the economy as bad as it is, people from the community came to break bread and opened their already tight wallets. Several people said they wanted to give more but they gave all that they could. We met different people from all walks of life. I was approached by a woman who gladly bragged and shined of her husband Paul Davis. Mrs Davis glowed as she told me that her husband is a 15 year survivor of a heart transplant. He is due for his 15th year check up the following week after the event. Paul Davis smiled a gentle smile as he told me he wanted to call Jimmy and speak to him personally. Mr and Mrs Davis were so honored to be apart of the event. Once the night came to an end, Newk’s kept their doors open to our event all the way until close. As several of us got into our patrol cars we were approached by a young man, his name is Roman Crews , he gave us his whole tips for the evening 24.00. For an 18 year old college student that is a lot of money. Roman told me he graduated from George County High School. He moved down to the coast to go to college. Roman lives on his own, works two jobs and goes to MGCCC JD full time in hopes to be accepted into USM nursing program.
The grapes in the Land are nearing perfection, and we are thrilled with the anticipation of what the G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob wants to accomplish through this year’s harvest!
You have performed Your words, For You are righteous. – Nehemiah 9:8b
How can YOU help?
Share in this work!
There are still some harvesters who are awaiting financial provision to join us for this year! These folks have their applications approved and their passports ready. They have stepped out in faith and made themselves available, trusting that the Father would provide for them to participate with His work.
If your heart is with us, but you can’t go with us physically this year, please consider reaching out to supply for those who have put their lives on hold to help accomplish this task, but lack the funding. This enormous work of restoration has a place for everyone. Some are assigned to the front lines of the vineyard, and some to prayer and financial backup. Each person depends on the others to fulfill their roles.
. . . the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. – Ephesians 4:16
The costs for harvesters include: Airfare —————————————- $1200 per person
Housing, food, transportation ————– $300/week per person
Full sponsorship for 1 person, for 3 weeks
(covering all of the above) —————- $2200
If you are being called to help send the hands for this year’s work of the Harvest, please click here to donate via Paypal, or send a donation through the mail.
Whether or not you can participate financially, we covet your prayers for the season ahead.
Thank you, and we look forward to updating you from the vineyards SOON!!
It is not too late to register for this life changing marriage conference! This conference will help participants to prepare for marriage, strengthen their marriage and/or heal their marriage. Chris and Tanya Harmon share from the heart on how Jesus, through this marriage conference changed their lives! If you are interested in participating, scroll down and check out the details:
My name is Tanya Harmon and my husband of 9 yrs is Chris Harmon. Chris is my 2nd husband and I am his 3rd wife. We have 2 children, Cameron is 16 and Paris,11. Throughout our marriage Chris and I spent years hurting each other. Our once loving relationship grew toxic as it was riddled with fighting, adultery, depression, and substance abuse. Our hearts became badly broken and scarred. We grew weary, and began considering divorce. Neither of us truly wanted a divorce, but felt the damage to our relationship irreversible. We did not know where to turn to start the healing process. Like most couples today, we sought marriage counseling from a professional. However, after countless hours of counseling, and no improvement in my heart condition towards Chris, divorce seemed to be our destiny. As a last resort, I asked Chris to take me to church, and we agreed that if we didn’t find healing there, we would go our separate ways. What we did not realize during the past few years, God was strategically placing people in our lives, as He waited for us to turn to Him (several members of Bayou Talla were working with my husband, and invited us to church). While attending my first service at Bayou Talla, God spoke to me. He opened my eyes, and did something to my heart that years of counseling and prescription medication could not do. From that moment on, I knew that God could restore my heart, my marriage, and my family. I knew, he could show me how to forgive. On 6-10-2010, we were baptized, and turned our lives and marriage over to the Lord. Our marriage and family has been restored, and my heart has been healed.
If you know someone who has a heart condition, or find unselfish struggling in your marriage, There is healing and restoration in the Lord that no amount of money, professional counseling, doctors visits, or prescription medications can provide.
Registration: July 1 – Aug 24 Cost: $50.00 per couple
Conference Day Door Tickets Cost: $75.00 per couple
Join us for a live marriage conference designed for engaged couples, newlyweds, and couples of all ages! Live Worship, free lunch and concessions provided.
Kingdom Seekers Childcare available for children from infants through 6th grade. Snacks, lunch, fun provided. Limited to 100 children.
It is not too late to join an incredible journey to Israel, the covenant land of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This is an opportunity for God-fearers from the nations to come together and serve independent Jewish farmers in the heartland of Israel – harvesting vineyards in the mountains of Samaria and Judea! (There is also a pruning trip in the spring.) Watch the Bible come to life, and be a part of the prophetic restoration of God’s chosen people to their covenant land! Come to bless and be blessed! If you cannot make the trip yourself, but would like to sponsor a harvester, please go to buildingbridgesint.org and make a donation with a comment that your donation is to support HaYovel.
Who should come?
HaYovel is all about family order and proper authority. Just as much as we need physically strong workers, we also need elders for wisdom and grounding and homemakers to keep things running smoothly. We encourage families to come together if possible.
What should I expect?
Come expecting to be challenged and inspired! Flexibility and a heart to humbly serve are prerequisites. You will live in close community with other volunteers. In addition to the awesome privilege of working in the soil of Israel, on days we are not working in the vineyards or resting you will get to tour. Most tours focus on Biblical sites related to God’s covenants and hearing from Israelis who have devoted their lives to the restoration of the land.
Fall 2012 – Harvest Trip – this one’s for everybody!***ACCEPTING VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS NOW!***-Scroll Down- (10 Week Trip: September 4th – November 13th) (6 Week Trip: September 5th – October 17th) (3 Week Trip: Option 1: September 5th – September 24th) (3 Week Trip: Option 2: October 17th – November 7th)
Where do I sign up?
The first thing you need to do is request an application form using the form below. An application is necessary for each trip. If you sent in an application for a previous trip you still need to fill out and send in a new application.
Did the Exodus ever really happen? Did the Israelites really wander in a desert for 40 years? Join Jim and Penny Caldwell for their powerful, multi-media presentation of what could be evidence of the Biblical Exodus. Gathered at great risk from behind forbidden, barbed wire fences in the deep deserts of Saudi Arabia, the Caldwell’s have obtained evidence that could, if confirmed, validate that the Exodus event described in the Bible was accurate and historical. Forced into silence for all the years of research inside Arabia, much of their original work & first time discoveries were the source for others working on the topic of Sinai in Arabia. They will take you on a unique journey where few have traveled, and uncover secrets closely held for centuries. Theirs is an experience you won’t want to miss!
Join us in Bay St. Louis, MS to hear Jim and Penny Caldwell share about their experiences in the Middle East; specifically related to “Mount Sinai”.
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Christ. From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work! Ephesians 4: 15-16
Structure spanning and providing passage over a gap or barrier. 2. Link of understanding between countries. 3. To connect, fasten, or put togethertwo or more pieces – to become joined or linked
Building Bridges International (BBI) is involved in supporting many projects both locally and abroad. Our mission is to connect resources and impact nations. BBI is dedicated to showing people the bigger picture of what God is doing and then providing simple and practical ways to get involved. BBI aims to connect businesses, non-profits, individuals, etc. to bring the body of Christ together. You are part of a local bridge reaching into the nations!
Where did 2011 go? Time is moving so quickly! In June of 2011, I got married to the most amazing lady ever, Leah Tennyson Rodgers! As one can imagine, we have been merging our lives and preparing to launch out together with BBI. Leah’s background is in the arts (theater, music and dance). She will be leading our efforts in redeeming the arts and using them to tell stories that impact culture and transcend cultural barriers.
BBI believes in the power of prayer! We have been helping to establish prayer networks in areas of the world where persecution is a reality of life. Here in the USA, I was invited to join an intercessory team on part of their coast to coast journey on horseback and praying for our country as well as people along the way. From a construction standpoint, BBI had the opportunity to accompany a team of friends from Northern Alabama, to help lay thousands of square feet of ceramic floor tile in a church sanctuary on a Navajo reservation. BBI also helped to complete construction and prepare for the launching of the Hawaii Center for World Missions! We are still supporting ongoing projects in Israel, the Netherlands, Scotland, Hawaii, Malaysia, Thailand and Mexico, among other countries. From an educational standpoint, I had the privilege of teaching two Perspectives classes in Arizona. The lessons were interactive and focused on how business impacts mission. For additional information refer to: www.perspectives.org.
On a local front, BBI has been focusing on the pandemic of human trafficking. This is taking place in our own cities and neighborhoods everywhere. As a faith community we must take a stand against this evil that is hidden in darkness! BBI has been supporting Advocates For Freedom (AFF), an organization dedicated to ending the exploitation, sale and enslavement of men, women and children. BBI has also been supporting , Freedom Hall, a community center that is bringing transformation to our neighborhoods. Inside Freedom Hall is Liberty Café, a coffee shop that is serving the community and bringing awareness about issues that have global impact.