Friday, April 26, 2013

"Look to Jesus and be at rest"

 Update by Mike Evans,
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"We live in the “Me Generation,” where secular humanists, even in the pulpit, have fanned the flames of narcissism, hedonism, and self-gratification. The United States has never had so much stuff and been so unhappy. Millions are looking within for happiness, but the only problem is that doesn't work. You were not self-created; you can't tell yourself the purpose for which you were created. There is great truth in the words: “Look around and be distressed; look within and be depressed; look to Jesus and be at rest.”

We are hard at work with our Jerusalem team members who are bringing together the plans for the Operations Center on the Ambassador Floor. This will be the headquarters for all we will do in Israel. I signed the contracts by faith, believing that God will provide. The same God that parted the Red Sea and brought down the walls of Jericho will help us meet this great need.

Victor Frankl, a Jewish neurologist/psychiatrist, was given the opportunity to leave Nazi Germany for the United States. He chose to stay because of the commandment of the Bible, “Honor your father and mother.” In the concentration camp, most of his family perished, but Frankl survived. In his book, A Search for Meaning, honored by the Library of Congress, he states: “If man knows the why of his existence, he can bear almost any how.” Corrie ten Boom found that to be true in her life while she was also imprisoned by the Nazis.

A Gallup Poll revealed that 40 percent of Americans do not think their lives have a clear sense of purpose or are neutral about the question. Frankl's study revealed that living a meaningful life corresponds with being a giver, not a taker, and that happiness without meaning is characterized by a relatively shallow, self-absorbed, even selfish life. I know you are a giver who loves and cares for others—especially the Jewish people and the nation of Israel, and today I am asking you to be part of something special to bless them.

We have a huge opportunity right now to touch the world from the Holy City through the construction and equipping of our new Operations Center in the Jerusalem World Center. This will be the command and control center for everything we do, including organizing help for victims of terror, Holocaust survivors, and every possible need we can help meet. Our goal is based on the prophetic word of the Lord: “Comfort ye, comfort ye, My people, saith your God” (Isaiah 40:1).

The team that will operate and manage all of these outreaches (and more in the future) is being assembled. We have legal, management, property development, construction, programming, and other staff—and they must have a place to work. The fifth floor of your Jerusalem World Center will be the Operations Center…but we have only eight weeks to make this happen so we can stay on schedule for everything that is to follow.

The budget for the Operations Center—including construction, furnishing, equipment and everything we need to get it up and fully running—is one million Israeli shekels…$275,000 US. I am asking you and every friend of the Jerusalem Prayer Team to respond today to help us meet this urgent need. Everything we are going to do in and through the Jerusalem World Center depends on getting the Operations Center up and running. So far 455 loving friends have given $36,120 toward this prophetic goal. Please join me right now in praying a blessing on their lives according to the promise of Genesis 12:3.
Your support of the Jerusalem Prayer Team today allows us to continue our work on the Righteous Gentile Heritage Center, to stand up and speak out for Israel, and to meet urgent humanitarian needs among the poor Jewish people living in Israel. Thank you so much for being part of this vital worldwide prayer movement.

Barukh atah Adonai eloheinu melekh ha-olam, ozier Yisrael bigvurah.
Blessed art thou, Lord our God, King of the universe, who girds Israel with might.

Your ambassador to Jerusalem,
Dr. Mike Evans"
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