Friday, January 18, 2013

We have Ushpizin(Visitors!)! Part 2 of 2

Shalom brothers and sisters in Messiah! I pray that you are all doing well 
and that you can be used by YHVH for His Glory!

Here we have been VERY blessed especially of late. YHVH has allowed us in the past
 2 weeks to have several families come up to visit us. We have been able to share the Word with them.
 Pray that it makes an impact in their lives and that we can continue to share YHVH with others!
We have been very blessed to have a large family from down in town come up to visit us. 
We have been sharing the Word with them and they seem to be very receptive to it. This family has 
come out of a lot of bad situations so once again please pray that they can fully come out 
of that and be able to fully embrace the Whole Word of YHVH!

Now, on to the pictures!
Isaiah 9:2-3
The people who were walking in darkness have seen a great light; 
upon those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death a light has shone.
3 You shall increase the nation; You shall make its joy great. They shall rejoice before You,
 as in the joy of harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. 

Sharing the harvest and giving out the bread, physically AND spiritually too!


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Please pray for this young lady named Dinia. She has a very sweet heart but she has been in 
some very tough situations in her life and has only recently been freed some that, part of which 
you will see in this blogpost. She has 2 young children so please pray that they
 will be able to grow up in a home where YHVH is first and that none of the 
dangers of life can come and try to take them away from HIM.

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Psalms 133:1
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! 
Psalms 98:6-9
With trumpets and the sound of a horn; Raise a shout before YHVH, the Sovereign.
7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it, The world and those who dwell in it.
8 Let the rivers clap their hands, Let the mountains sing together for joy before YHVH,
9 For He shall come to judge the earth. He judges the world in righteousness, And the people in straightness. 

The shofar has been a great teaching tool to use, especially with larger groups and
 where youth and children are involved. We share how the shofar was used in times of war
 as well as in times of calling the people to repentance. And almost every time
 a group comes up, they all will try to blow the shofar, and it’s great to 
see them laugh and smile when they see how hard it is to blow!

Now here comes an interesting and what would become exciting story. 
We were talking about some things in the Scriptures when one of the young ladies 
named Angie that came told my dad that she had wanted to be baptized before 
and that she had gone to ask the pastor at the church in El Duruy. Here comes the crazy part though. 
The pastor told the Angie that to be baptized she must stop dressing so immodestly 
as well as stop playing soccer, and if she did that she could be baptized. Well, as you
 could figure out that surprised her a little bit, and once she told us, we told her right 
away that there is no place in Scripture that talks about that. In fact, there is no requirement
 to be baptized other than to believe with all your heart that Yahshua is the Messiah. We shared 
with them the story of Philip and the Kushite(Ethiopian) eunuch and how 
He was baptized almost immediately after He accepted Messiah. We told them what it
 meant to be baptized and then we asked who wanted to be baptized. Angie and 
then Dinia both said they wanted to be baptized! 

Here are some pictures!

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Acts 8:27-31
And he arose and went, and saw, a man of Kush, a eunuch of great authority
 under Kandake the sovereigness of the Kushites, who was in charge
 of all her treasury, and had come to Yerushalayim to worship,
28 and was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Yeshayahu.
29 And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and join him in that chariot.”
30 And running up, Philip heard him reading the prophet Yeshayahu,
 and said, “Do you know what you are reading?”
31 And he said, “How am I able, unless someone guides me?” 
And he called Philip near, to come up and sit with him. 

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Acts 8:32-35
32 And the passage of the Scripture which he was reading was this,
 “He was led as a sheep to slaughter, and like a lamb silent before 
its shearer, so He opened not His mouth.
33 “In His humiliation He was deprived of right-ruling. 
And who shall declare His generation? Because His life was taken from the earth.”
34 And the eunuch, answering Philip, said, “I ask you, about whom 
does the prophet say this, about himself or about some other?”
35 And Philip opening his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, brought to him the Good News: Yahshua! 

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Acts 8:36-39
36 And as they were going on the way, they came to some water.
 And the eunuch said, “Look, water! What hinders me from being immersed?”
37 And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, it is permitted.” 
And he answering, said, “I believe that Yahshua Messiah is the Son of Elohim.”
38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip
 and the eunuch went down into the water, and he immersed him.
39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of YHVH caught Philip away, 
and the eunuch saw him no more, for he went his way, rejoicing.

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Yahshua's last instruction on earth was to baptize and make disciples in all the nations:

Matthew 28:18-20
And Yahshua came up and spoke to them, saying, 
“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
19 “Therefore, go and make taught ones of all the nations, immersing them
 in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Set-apart Spirit,
20 teaching them to guard all that I have commanded you.
 And see, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” Amĕn. 

Please pray for these 2 women, Angie and Dinia. Pray that they continue to learn about 
Yah’s Word and that they can learn how to be a bride of Messiah and stay away 
from the evils of this world. Sister Tammy has been very busy making several skirts
 for them and then trading their very immodest clothes for beautiful coverings. 
And now it’s time to celebrate! Yahshua said in Luke 15:

Luke 15:10
“I say to you, in the same way there is joy in the presence of
 the messengers of Elohim over one sinner repenting.”
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Once again, please pray for this family. They need to hear more about YHVH’s Word 
so that they do not go astray again. They have come a long way and are continuing 
their walk back to the REAL truth of YHVH’s Word. Pray that we will be able to 
continue to minister to them and that they can truly become followers of Messiah. 
They have physical needs but more importantly they have spiritual needs and we 
desire to be able to show them as much as we know with the knowledge and time that we have.  

And finally, please continue praying for us. Times are getting darker but that is when 
the light shines even brighter. We lack nothing(Praise YHVH!) but we want to be able
 to help with the needs of others, both physically and spiritually. We thank you all for
 all that you are doing and all you are going to do, and may YHVH 
bless you and multiply His blessings on you!

Numbers 6:24-26
“YHVH bless you and guard you;
25 YHVH make His face shine upon you, and show favor to you;
26 YHVH lift up His face upon you, and give you peace.”

Until next time…

The Montanez Family 
Servants and Emissaries of Yahshua, Children of YHVH 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

We have Ushpizin(Visitors!)! Part 1 of 2

Shalom brothers and sisters in Messiah Yahshua! 
I pray that you are all doing well and that YHVH will use you for His Glory! 

Here we have been VERY blessed especially of late. YHVH has allowed us
 in the past 2 weeks to have several families come up to visit us. 
We have been able to share the Word with them. Pray that it makes an impact 
in their lives and that we can continue to share YHVH with others!
We were very blessed to be able to have Dona Blanca, some of her family, 
Don Eulogio+ Dona Benilda with their grandchildren, as well as a 
couple of kids from El Duruy come up the mountain.

Now, on to the pictures!

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Praise Yah that the rain stopped enough to bring these people up.
 It had been raining off and on all week but thankfully it has stopped
 enough to bring the horses down, especially for Dona Blanca. 
The road we have going up to the mountain is very bad, and when it rains it is undriveable. 
But thankfully they were willing to walk and ride up the mountain.

Isaiah 2:3
And many peoples shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of YHVH, 
to the House of the Elohim of Yaʽaqob, and let Him teach us His ways, and let us walk in His paths,
 for out of Tsiyon comes forth the Torah, and the Word of YHVH from Yerushalayim.” 

 When we read this verse, the 1st thing that we think of is the physical mountain in Yisra’el.
 But it also has a Spiritual connection as well. And it is really cool to read that verse and think, 
“Wow! These people are from the nations, and they are coming 
up the mountain to learn YHVH’s Word”. YHVH has blessed us so much,
 physically and spiritually, and it couldn’t be possible without you. May YHVH bless you all!

Psalms 133:1
“See how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity.”

We do not know how long we have to make a difference in someone’s life here in Costa Rica, 
so we want to be able to share YHVH with as many people as possible
. Many of you have blessed us with your gifts and we thank you so much! 
There is a lot of need here, and we don’t even know about the other villages
 that we have recently been invited to. There are a lot of people with physical
 and spiritual needs here.That is why your gifts are so important, not for us, 
but for others, as well as for your own blessing, as Shaul(Paul) said to the Philippians:

Philippians 4:17,19
Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that is multiplying to your account.
19 And my Elohim shall fill all your need according to His riches in esteem by Messiah Yahshua.

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Psalms 127:3
Look, children are an inheritance from YHVH, The fruit of the womb is the reward. 

Children are very important to YHVH. In fact, the very 1st command that 
YHVH gave to Adam and Eve was to be fruitful and multiply, 
so it must be very important. Yahshua cared about children as well: 

Matthew 19:13-14
Then young children were brought to Him to lay His hands on them 
and pray, and the taught ones rebuked them.
14 But Yahshua said, “Allow the young children and do not stop them
 from coming to Me, for of such is the reign of the heavens.” 

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YHVH has supplied all our needs here, and we have lacked nothing,
 which allows us to be able to give even more to others. One of the best ways 
to be able to share with others is food. Food is something that we have in abundance, 
and it is something that we are able to give out in abundance. Hospitality is something 
that the Jewish people, particularly the Bedouins, are very good at. 
They do many things that we can and should learn from that can help us serve others better. 

Praise Yah!

May YHVH bless each one of these men, women, and children and show them the REAL
 truth of His Word. We have shared the Word with many of them but because 
of the influence of the ‘church’  it is much harder for them to accept what we 
say since it is so different from what their churches teach. Pray that their eyes will be able to see, 
ears will be able to hear, and their hearts will be able to understand the 
Word of Yah and come back to Him. Pray that YHVH can continue using us for His Glory!

Until next time…

The Montanez Family 
Servants and Emissaries of Yahshua, Children of YHVH