Dear Dr. Turner and Roxie, having you baptize us all was very meaningful, and like you said finding the words to describe the experience is sort of hard. It was an “unspeakable blessing.” No words really do the specialness of the event justice. We are grateful to God for His Love and Provision and grateful to you for your part in it. We had a life changing journey. I (Nicole) prayed at the Western Wall that the banner over our family would be a “banner of joy.” Thank you. Happy Father’s Day to you and “Father’s House :)” Love, The Pizzitola Family
I have been challenged in several areas spiritually and will be using this next year to work through some of the spiritual truths that were shared on the trip. On my first trip to Israel two years ago, I felt like it was more learning about the places and what happened there, but on this trip I really sensed a greater connection between the places we visited with the spiritual themes being emphasized. The repeated spiritual truths and connections were great. I am so grateful John got to share spiritual insights I could grasp. He greatly increased the spiritual growth experience and was always ready to answer my many questions. Ron was also easy to understand and I appreciated his teaching as well. I thought it was great how well they worked together to help us understand the spiritual truths related to what we were seeing. The boat ride on the Sea of Galilee was a spiritual high this trip. After experiencing the wilderness, the beauty of the sea and the worship music was very moving.
I am Armando Lagda Valdez, married to Lilybelle Grace Mamaril. God blessed us with four kids (3 boys and 1 girl), plus added precious children under our care. I am a product of “Calvary Bible Institute” – supervised by Sir Ken Sandberg. My wife and I are pastoring a church in Davao City, that is affiliated with – Maranatha Fellowship in Maryland, USA (IPHC). We have established relationship with Sir Ken & Ma’am Cris and partnered with them in equipping the saints through conferences, summer camps and at CBI. And just recently, after our Sunday morning service (Nov. 8, 2009), we received a phone call with the grandest surprise – A TRIP TO ISRAEL! It blew me away and made me shout for joy! Hallelujah, glory to God! To step in the soil of Israel was only a dream that we hope would come true sometime in the future. Now, that the door to visit the birthplace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is in progress, I can’t explain the thrill and excitement going on as the days go by. The trip to Israel is truly a big inspiration to us and this is happening because of the Lord’s kindness through my Bible School mentors (Sir ken & ma’am Cris) and through your generosity. Honestly, we don’t really know how to express the gratitude and the joy that is within us. Words may fall short to express it, but we sure are grateful to the Lord and to you. May the good Lord multiply your blessings! Again, i want to let you know that we appreciate the love, the blessings and the big heart. Thank you for sponsoring our trip. Indeed, we don’t know how to repay you. Simply, because we don’t have the capacity to do it. But the Lord Yeshua HaMashiach will! God bless you and your family Sir Byron and Ma’am Tammy. God bless you sir/ma’am John Turner. God bless the “Father’s House Foundation”. God bless “CBI” family. We look forward to see you on December 5 & 6, 2009. To Sir Ken and Ma’am Cris, thank you for the high level of trust and favor. God bless us all. In Christ, Armand & Lilybelle V
I want to extend my gratitude for a fantastic experience. I am already having a wonderful time with God, processing what I have learned! Thanks again for a wonderful trip. God is doing wonderful things through Father’s House.
April 6, 2009 Dear Byron, John, and Father’s House, Thank you so much for sending me to Israel. I have tried to wait to write a thank you until I had time to process more of what we saw, heard, and experienced. The truth is, I am still in something of a state of awe at the wonder of God manifest by the whole trip. It has been a long-standing desire of mine to go to Israel and see the places where biblical events took place. I could never have imagined the impact that being there would have on my understanding and perspective on the Word of God. There is a deep, spiritual stirring in my soul that is like a revival meeting but much deeper and longer-lasting in its influence. There is new fire in my preaching and new depth in my teaching. People here at First Baptist have commented about the difference they hear and see in me. The things I have learned and believed for years have been re-formatted by the trip. I know them in a way I could not have known them before. It is in a small way like what our transition from hope to sight will be when Jesus comes: We hold to the reality, but we have not experienced it in its completeness. I know that I have yet to experience the fullness of Who God is and what redemption is, but there is a greater appreciation for the revelation of God in His Word and in His Son that makes the present reality so much sweeter! Thank you, thank you, thank you for answering God’s call to send pastors to Israel. John, thank you for being with us and making the trip more wonderful with your songs and your servant heart. Byron, thank you for your heart to help move us toward revival through the experience of biblical places in Israel. You have blessed my life and enriched my ministry more than I can express. I am encouraging every believer to go to Israel and experience the wonder of the land of Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus and the disciples. We are praying and working on details to try to take a group back in 2010 because the excitement of the group that went has taken hold of the church!
The trip to Israel was awesome! I really appreciate Father’s House Foundation for a very organized itinerary. Moshe was a blessing to us. I could sense his heart and passion for more people to come to Israel and experience God. What struck me was Mount Karkom, the Shepherds’ Field and the Sea of Galilee areas. I’m amazed how God has preserved those places that we visited. Everything that happened, starting from the garden of Eden to the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt to the Promised Land, the birth of Jesus and His ministry all pointed to the work of Christ on the cross – salvation for all mankind. Personally, my trip to Israel made me more enthusiastic to become more passionate for God and have more compassion for the lost. I keep encouraging Christians here to visit Israel… for there’s no other place like Israel. The Land of Israel is awesome!!! I would like to share that I cried when the EL AL airline touched down in TelAviv. The Jewish passengers clapped their hands and I felt that “I’m Home.” I felt God’s presence. What an awesome experience! Again, thank you for all the support from Father’s House Foundation that was extended to me and my son, the Lord will prosper you all. I’m thankful to God for the lives of Bro Byron Stinson and Tammy. They are an awesome couple. We pray for their ministry in Israel.
He is not here- He is risen indeed! What an amazing trip it has been!
Dear John, Thank you for your kindness and generosity in preparing us for this trip to Israel, our flights, insurance, and insight to expectations of the trip. You were so kind to meet us at the airport, help us through the terminals and take us to the hotel. We are so grateful to you. We would also wish to thank Byron and Tammy, Kevin and an extra special thanks to Moshe. He is so kind, considerate and so very intelligent. I will remember his every word as I read my Bible. The whole group of 27 are such beautiful Christian people, I feel as if I had known them my whole life. I have read and studied the Bible for years but could never put myself in places where the events took place, now I too can say “I was there”. I haven’t been able to put my Bible down since I came home. There are not enough words to express the way I feel about this wonderful trip (I call it a journey through the Bible). Thanks to all of you who have made this an unforgettable experience.
This was the greatest journey I have been on in my life. I’ve not been out of the states, never even been to Mexico and all of a sudden I am invited to go as a part of a group to Israel…. It was just a life changing experience for me. Having seen in my own mind, trying to picture where Jesus walked and what it was like to walk there and then to be there was such a phenomenal change in my life…and to walk, not just where Jesus walked, but as we walked thru the ruins of David’s house and remembering those stories…. I get God bumps right now just talking about it. But I didn’t really go having any idea how it was going to impact me and my ministry back home…. but so many people in our church have talked about it has changed the dynamics… of my ministry there. I don’t know that I sense it that much but they said they just sense such an intensity in the message…. Now even when I’m sitting in my easy chair at home reading my Bible and I read a verse and all of a sudden I realize I’ve been there.. I’ve been there and I see what that really was.
Summarizing the NAUMS 2011 Father’s House Israel Trip, despite the fact that it was the most informative and enlightening trip I have ever been on, has been a surprisingly difficult task. As one might imagine, I have been asked by numerous friends and family members, and members of our congregation, to share what the most influential or to isolate what my favorite part, of the trip was, but I have to admit that there wasn’t a most influential or favorite part of the trip for me. Each and every day there were multiple parts that I was very fond of and that were quite influential, The entire trip, from beginning to end, was packed full of information and spiritual depth. I honestly wish the trip hadn’t ended, and I have been suffering from feelings of … homesickness??? Kind of strange, but it is true. I want to return with the The Father’s House each and every time they go to Israel. Perhaps the Lord will open a door for that to happen. I have come down to one simple statement that sums up my feelings about the trip, or maybe a better way to say this is to say that this statement sums up my feelings toward God since experiencing the NAUMS 2011 Father’s House Trip to Israel, and that is this … I have a lot more “Want To” where it comes to serving the Lord. Having experienced Him on such a real and personal level, I don’t want to do anything that would displease him. The experience has deepened my relationship with The Lord and has made me a better minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
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