[ July/August Newsletter ]
 

Shalom Brethren, Greetings in the name of Yahweh and in the name of His son Yahshua our savior and soon coming king. Yahweh is calling a people who are inspired by His spirit to love one another. Love is the result of the spirit that resides in us and it causes us to have the compassion one for another. We are taught to love our neighbor as we would love ourselves, if we all practice this we will be guaranteed a place in the soon coming kingdom. We pray that Almighty Yahweh blesses you all to be faithful to Him and to care for one another.

Faithfulness Through Love

Only through love can we approach Almighty Yahweh because of His goodness to His people. He first loved us as it states in 1 John 4:19 "We loved, because He first loved us." We were taught how to love by our savior who gave us an example of true love. Most people have no idea what true love is but when you can love your enemy who is trying to destroy you, you truly have overcome. Yahshua taught his disciples the correct way to love and insured them a place in His kingdom feeding on His faithfulness. In Psalm 37:3-5 it states: "3 Trust in Yahweh, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on his faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself also in Yahweh; and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to Yahweh; Trust also in him, and he will bring it to pass." Do you believe the word of Yahweh, He says we shall receive the desires of our hearts if we trust in Him. What does it mean to do good in this passage? It relates to the keeping of the commandments and doing what is right to our fellow man. We must delight ourselves in Him who called us out of this sinful world into His marvelous light. Are you faithful to almighty Yahweh because you love Him or are you a tare that has been planted to disturb the wheat that Yahweh has sown in the earth. If we truly love Him we will keep His commandments every day. We will be an example to all those we come in contact with as a witness to Yahweh for good. What is your witness, is it a good example of a righteous servant who does the will of the father every day.

A husband who loves his wife is faithful to her because of the love he has for her and the vow he made to her when he married her. He promised to forsake all others and live a life of fidelity to her and only her. Our faithfulness must exceed the faithfulness of a husband to his wife or a wife to her husband. Almighty Yahweh deserves our faithfulness since He is the reason we have a savior who has died for our sins. Would you give your life for your spouse, which would determine whether or not you would be completely faithful? If you have questions concerning the depth of your love for your spouse then you need to think about why you got married in the first place. When almighty Yahweh espoused Israel to Yahshua He gave His life for all those who entered into the covenant. We must show our faithfulness through our love for Him through obedience to that covenant. Yahshua died for His bride, the faithful and He shows us as servants how to live an overcoming life in this world of sin and infidelity. We have no choice but to be faithful to the one who showed His love for us in sending His son to die for our sins. Can we find a friend so faithful, only Yahshua is that faithful to Yahweh and to each one of us who have entered into the covenant? In Eph. 5:25 it states: "25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Messiah also loved the assembly, and gave himself up for it." Yahshua gave Himself up for us brethren, can we understand the depth of His love for us in sacrificing His life for sinners. Yahshua's faithfulness through His love is very evident in how He lived can we say the same with our life and love.

 

KENYA

Shalom Brother Robert.

Hope you are still fine and doing well. I Am glad to inform you of our successful trip to Mbita, which is a town situated along the shores of the largest lake in Africa, Lake Victoria. We had traveled as scheduled and arrived on Tuesday afternoon where three men met us at the bus terminals in Mbita. The three were our host, Dalmas, Marika and a one Julius and later to be joined by Simeon. We spent that evening and the next day at Dalmas's place discussing the objectives of our trip.

As you may recall, this man Dalmas had indicated in the email request that he intended to be a member of the YPTC. Therefore the assumption we had is that he already had studied some of our literature in order to have arrived at such a decision. On the contrary we were surprised to note how ignorant he was to the truth and it wasn't a simple task to introduce the doctrines of truth to these men. We spent about three days teaching and at the end after some tough arguments with the men amongst whom was a Presbyterian pastor named Julius we agreed on some issues. They believed the teachings although they had reservations. Dalmas argued that in order to be in the ministry, we must lay something on the table first in the form of some aid since they were to abandon their present faiths which they purported to make some gains. However the person who impressed most was Simeon, formerly of the COG7 who had a group of six persons but seemed stranded. We had a separate discussion with him and promised to be ready to begin the ministry's work there on our next visit there. We left some of the literature with them.

It's good to understand that many will contact and invite us with negative intentions, nevertheless Yahweh may use them as a bridge to reach the desired people. For example in this case, Simeon is the man just like in Malawi the contact was Chris but the right person was Hizzie. Julius was to have a general meeting at Saoset with the other members from the region and I also had a general Sabbath service at Limuru and therefore we had to hurry back in order to be on time. We believe to have sowed the seeds of righteousness and will spring forth fruitfully soon. I will forward you some pictures in the next email. You will see the man Dalmas in a white suit. Also there some recent pictures from Bomet region.

Yahweh bless you.
Mumira.

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Bishop Peter with Dalmas, Marika and Julius

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Elder Julius with two brothers.

 

MALAWI

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Elder Hizzie adding to the faith.

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Sabbatical Year

The Sabbatical Year starts with blowing the shofar on the Day of Atonement. It will last until the Day of Atonement, 2015. We have decided to stop purchasing all annually planted and harvested fresh fruits and vegetables for one year beginning with November 2, 2014. The date was selected as a benchmark to use for those items to be brought to market. We will begin repurchasing on November 2, 2015. We will continue to purchase frozen fruits and vegetables until January 2, 2015 and refrain from purchasing them until January 2, 2016.

Fresh vegetables include items such as green beans, broccoli, corn, spinach, peppers (all varieties), tomatoes and all other annually planted and harvested items. Fresh fruit includes cantaloupes and other melons. However, since much of the fruit we eat, including apples, oranges, grapefruit, peaches, etc., are tree fruit, we have many choices in that category.

Again, due to the current food supply chain that exists, we will continue to purchase all processed foods. This includes all canned goods (catsup, alcohol, beer, etc. because they are processed).

Rice has a long 'shelf life' making it difficult to determine whether it is 'fresh' or old store. We have therefore decided not to restrict rice. Dried beans fall into this same category. Dried beans are stored in the same way as dried grains and therefore we will not restrict their purchase and use.

Fresh, green, raw peanuts are restricted. Most people do not use these peanuts and will not be affected. All processed peanuts and peanut products are okay.

All baked goods, including breads, are also okay. The reason for allowing baked goods is that they are made from ingredients that are processed.

All meats that we normally consume are also permissible. This means that we may also continue to purchase items such as milk, eggs, cheese, butter, yogurt, and ice cream.

Finally, we will refrain from planting gardens. This will include planting seeds in buckets and using other portable devices. We have in the past allowed purchasing and 'planting' hydroponic vegetables and will continue to permit such use. Also, turning over the land for the purpose of fertilization is permitted, as is planting flowers.

Again, the basic rule of thumb is that if something is processed, it is permitted. If not and it is annually planted, we will refrain from using it for one year, beginning with November 2, 2014. We realize that this approach is not perfect, but we feel it is the most prudent one based on the confused and mixed up food supply chain that exists in the world today.

 

Eyes on Israel

World 'losing battle' to contain Ebola, says MSF

International medical agency Medicines sans Frontiers said the world was "losing the battle" to contain Ebola as the United Nations warned of severe food shortages in the hardest-hit countries. MSF told a UN briefing in New York that world leaders were failing to address the epidemic and called for an urgent global biological disaster response to get aid and personnel to West Africa. "Six months into the worst Ebola epidemic in history, the world is losing the battle to contain it. Leaders are failing to come to grips with this transnational threat," said MSF international president Joanne Liu.

"The (World Health Organization) announcement on August 8 that the epidemic constituted a 'public health emergency of international concern' has not led to decisive action, and states have essentially joined a global coalition of inaction." Her comments came as a third American health worker tested positive for the deadly virus while working with patients in Liberia, the worst-hit country. "My heart was deeply saddened, but my faith was not shaken, when I learned another of our missionary doctors contracted Ebola," said Bruce Johnson, president of the SIM Christian missionary group for whom the unnamed American worked. Two fellow US health workers who worked at the same ELWA hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia were previously flown home and successfully treated for the virus. Unlike the others, the latest US victim had not been working directly with Ebola patients, and it is not yet clear how he caught the disease, which is usually fatal.

Liu called for the international community to fund more beds for a regional network of field hospitals, dispatch trained personnel and deploy mobile laboratories across Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. MSF said in a statement accompanying the briefing that the crisis was particularly acute in Monrovia, where it is estimated that "800 additional beds are needed". "Every day we have to turn sick people away because we are too full", said Stefan Liljegren, MSF's coordinator at the ELWA Three Ebola unit in Monrovia. MSF said that while its care centers in Liberia and Sierra Leone were overcrowded, people were continuing to die in their communities. "In Sierra Leone, highly infectious bodies are rotting in the streets," their statement said. - Plunged into poverty - The Ebola outbreak has killed 1,552 people and infected 3,062, according to the latest figures released by the WHO. At current infection rates, the agency fears it could take six to nine months and at least $490 million (373 million euros) to bring the outbreak under control, by which time more than 20,000 people could be affected.

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization issued an alert that restrictions on movement in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone had led to panic buying, food shortages and severe price hikes. "With the main harvest now at risk and trade and movements of goods severely restricted, food insecurity is poised to intensify in the weeks and months to come, warned Bukar Tijani, FAO regional representative for Africa. The food security alert was sounded as the WHO announced a separate Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has now killed 31 people, although it added that the contagion was confined to an area 800 kilometers (500 miles) north of Kinshasa. - Emergency relief operation - In Liberia, which has been hardest-hit with 694 deaths, the price of the national staple cassava on market stalls in Monrovia went up 150 percent within the first weeks of August, the FAO said. "This situation may have social repercussions that could lead to subsequent impact on the disease containment," said Vincent Martin, head of the FAO's Resilience Hub in Dakar, Senegal.

The UN's World Food Program (WFP) launched an emergency operation on Tuesday to get 65,000 tons of food to 1.3 million people in the worst-hit areas. The outbreak of Ebola, transmitted through contact with infected bodily fluids, has sparked alarm throughout West Africa but also further afield, with international flights being halted. The WHO has appealed for the reversal of flight cancellations and virologists said Tuesday travel restrictions could worsen the epidemic, limiting medical and food supplies and keeping out much-needed doctors. "If we impose an aerial quarantine on these countries, we undermine their fight against the epidemic: the rotation of foreign medical staff and distribution of supplies, already inadequate, will become even more difficult," said Sylvain Baize, head of the Pasteur Institute's viral hemorrhagic fever center in Lyon, France. Meanwhile Michael Kinzer of the US-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) likened closing borders to "closing your eyes". "It makes more sense for countries to spend their money and energy on preparing their health systems to recognize an Ebola case and respond correctly... so that the virus does not spread.

 

NEWS, NOTES, & NOTABLES

Looking Ahead to the Next New Moon:The new moon for the 7th scriptural month should be visible the evening of Thursday, September 25, 2014. So watch.

In Genesis 1:14-18 we see the significance of the heavenly bodies. "Then Elohim said, 'Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth;' and it was so. Then Elohim made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. Elohim set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And Elohim saw that it was good." (NKJV)

Be sure to look for this new moon and report your findings to us by calling 717-383-6975.

We are commanded to pray for the sick among us in James 5:13-15 13"Is any among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the assembly; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of Yahweh: 15and the prayer of faith shall save him that is sick, and Yahweh shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, it shall be forgiven him. Let us pray for these people who have a petition before Almighty Yahweh.

 

Prayer List
Antoinette Holland Katie Jay
Andrew & Chiel Jackson Lakesia Chinn West
Brethren in Malawi Mamie Brooks
Carol Burras & Family Mary Hopson & Family
Carrie Nimmons Nicolas Madden
Christina, Greg and Kiah Davis Prayer Request Parv Riaz & Pakistani Assembly
Congregation of Yahshua HaMashiach Paul Sheriff
Cora Watts Peter Mumira Family
Deborah Joyner Prayer Request Philippine Brethren
Diamond Gray Relisha Rudd
Dillion Youtz Richard Davis
Donna Jean Cheney Sean Malone
Dorothy McKelvey Prayer Request Shalom Congregation
Earlene Felton Simone Rodgers
Echeverry Family Syphonia Dudley
Ed Yatsko Theodore & Ethel Crawley
Eliezer Therese Prosche
Gail & Willis Brumfield Tracy Ross
Gary Brower Trinidad Brethren
Herbert Davis Tyler Grigsby
Joanne Session Viloa Scampton
Jordon Onumonu & Newborn Virginia Johnson & Family & Friends
Justina Ryan Wilbert Scott
Karen Davis Family Willie Harper
Katrina Bennett