Oklahoma Tornado Relief


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For Zion's Sake! An event you do not want to miss!


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

Blood Drive at USM for Boston Marathon victims


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Akira & Children’s Foundation


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Story of Love: Pastor Umar Mulinde

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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.”

Steve Linde contributed to this report.


Life for Marriage Conference (August 2012)

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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:

Join us for a live marriage conference designed for engaged couples, newlyweds, and couples of all ages! Live Worship, free lunch and concessions provided.

Childcare:

Kingdom Seekers Childcare available for children from infants through 6th grade. Snacks, lunch, fun provided. Limited to 100 children.

Register:

To register online, go to either http://www.bayoutalla.com/torn-veil-ministries To pay by check, contact tornveilministries@gmail.com


Fall 2012 – Harvest Trip (Hayovel)

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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.

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