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IN THE PRESENT IN ISRAEL

Elishai and Liam learning to paddle

Gabby and Angelo &  the elementary back stroke

 

Before returning to Israel I had three dreams in which I had been in the country for a time and I had not yet gotten to the old city of Jerusalem. It is so curious to me because that is the way it has happened. My previous three times here were centered around Jerusalem, archaeology, study and worship. This time our focus has been support of the Bellas, home school and travel in the broader nation visiting believers and unbelievers.

Curious also is my attitude. I would love to spend more time as a pilgrim appreciating the history of the land but the Lord has us appreciating the people in the present, bringing the light of Yeshua into people’s homes and inviting them into our apartments. We are typically in the newer Jerusalem the Sabbath evening and returning to Netanya Tuesday nights.

We have been able to spend an afternoon in the old city where I showed the family the tomb of David, the home of the upper room/Pentecost, the Cardo – main street, Hezekiah’s Broad Wall, and The Burnt House – the home of a priestly family destroyed when 1.1 Million were killed in the city as the Roman’s decimated it in 70 AD. The stones and old pottery tell powerful stories.

The quarters in Jerusalem have been cramped but a change is coming. Starting tomorrow when we are in Jerusalem we will stay with a single woman who is renting us a room. She is an opera singer and although she is not a believer she enjoys friendships with many believers. We have attended one of her concerts. Would you pray that a River would flow into this woman’s sixth story apartment?

After interacting with many people during the week, which can be very emotionally draining, we all love to return to the beautiful apartment in Netanya with the lovely ocean breeze and a sense of peace and rest that can’t be found in Jerusalem, yet.

Pam and I work hard as support crew. One of my delightful tasks is teaching the kids to swim. The kids are having a blast and I love being back in the water and getting some sun.

Shalom!

Steve

 

 

JUNE 13 IN NETANYA

On the spiritual front, the battle over Jews is intense. We are having dreams of the day before: as in seeing the plans of the enemy and praying them down. Watching as God turns the tide in a conversation and people go from being a closed book to a open flower telling Una and Leonardo ‘everything’ in their hopeless lives.(ie. godless)

People here for the most part see G-d as very distant if they acknowledge Him at all. THey do not see Him as loving or caring for them personally, have rejected G-d as a guide and live wholly for themselves. Jerusalem too is seen as the long ago past and more religious than is good for the country, nationals openly mock its place in Israel. They are all very opinionated!!

Leonardo and Una have followed Gods lead so specifically and now have 1100 committed prayer partners, each with at least one 3×5 card with specific, loving, info. about each person or family they are praying for. If you would like to get to know the Bellas better and join in prayer for precious Israelis go to their web site at www.israelprayermission.com

When I saw first hand a very intelligent and professional family just simply go from frowning and closed to laughing and faces aglow as they looked at the pictures I was filled with awe at Gods simple plan. Much to pray about and seek Him as we travel from Jerusalem ( in land) to Netanya ( on the med. coast).

We have many late nights and the kids don’t give much on sleeping in, so we nap and keep going! The late nights are visits from Jewish friends and fmaily. SO many questions, such intensity for souls. Its like labor every day. I am often speechless as I try to pray, just lifting up names to Abba and watching as Una translates and listens to Yeshua and shares His wonderful love for them!

We really appreciate all your prayers. As I indicated previously I will not share names here. But look at the Bella website for updates and news. We all work hard to get out weekly updates. Its a full life with five kids and they are as sweet as can be. Requires much flexibility on all parts, the kids are the best (we lag behind a bit more ;~).

Ana graciously says I just hold them all together, I think its the other way around. Anyway I love hugging them and holding them up in prayer. Steve is Mr. patient teacher, in the pool ( they absolutely require it every morning) and Leonardo passes out fathers love each evening before bed. We all help with cooking and there are just happiness and emotional space to live by! God is so good in this boot camp for Israel! (I’m sure we too will grow and learn much as well)

You are so appreciated and loved each day as we meet in devotions!

How do you say thanks, Toda,

Pam for Steve and Israel Prayer Mission

Pam [email protected]

THE MINISTRY OF GIVING AND RECEIVING

We want to give you an opportunity to be financial partners in our Ministry.

Pam and I serve “out of pocket” as Tennessee Volunteers for the privilege of holding up our lamps. We cover our own expenses. We live a modest lifestyle so we can expend ourselves for others.

Food and lodging in Israel is half to twice again as expensive in Israel. Pam and I contribute $600 per month as our fraction for the nine seat rental car we use. By the way, the rental car is hugely discounted because of special favor the Bellas have. Gas is $8/gallon.

Over the years we have practiced generous and extravagant giving. We have freely expended ourselves for the privilege of service. We know that some of you would like to help us cover our expenses. Gifts are not tax deductible

You may simply write checks to:

Steve or Pam Johnson

2154 Little Valley Rd

Sevierville, TN 37862

Pray more than give!

We have had very uncomfortable and heart tearing moments. One of Una’s old friends got seriously snarly and angry as she recounted what Yeshua had done for her. The tension was incredible but as we prayed his fierceness turned. His attitude converted and he actually became very open to hearing more. The night ended gloriously!

Today Una was in tears because family members that she had hoped to visit told her that they have nothing in common with her. “You are of a different faith.”

You know that we are not pushy people although we unashamedly will lay on the table who we are as believers and the reasons we love Yeshua. We keep our hearts warm toward others.

Thanks, dear Friends, for your financial support and earnest believing prayers!

Steve and Pam

Toughing it in Israel

Digital Camera

Digital Camera

Digital Camera

 

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THought I’d give you a couple of pics to drool at. THis is all arranged by the Great Maker of Plans no man could have accomplished. we walk to the beach daily and all around to parks, both soccer and fun parks. The REST is substantial and well as the season of running. I can almost hear the sound of horses as we pack to move to our part-time apartment in Jerusaelm. We are currently three days in Netayna and four in Jeruslaem. Meeting with folks none stop. Nightly meetings and ministry ops are just a call away on any day. In between we take the kids to the Old city for archeological history lessons or make artistic designs from strange seed pods from plants found in Israel. Ok we have math and reading too. Can’t imagine being more stimulated! We return to The House of Paint (a school for troubled teens) Wow are these kids hurting, really angry and messed up. We transplant plant starts for them to resale and love on the manager & kids. Already we hear, “You guys are so different, you work hard, smile all the time, why would you do this for us?” Keep the prayers coming; planting, watering we really pray for the sprouting to begin! Many are so close! Love and blessing, Pam and Steve —

Pam [email protected]

ISRAEL FROM MY PERSPECTIVE

Friday June 8th Labels on baking items: Bright White Wheat Flour, White Sugar, Soda Bicarbonate, Picture of Brownies…All directions in Hebrew! Chocolate Chips. This I can relate to!

Can’t wait for the brownies and chocolate chip cookies for dessert tonight. I Love that every Friday night we have a party!!! Celebrating our God and the family He has made us!! Shabbot is here again!

Missing my kids and my farm sooo much today. Tears over everything.

The Bella children are precious and lovely and just plain kids. They are soft, loving and competitive. They all have an opinion and no individual can do anything without three or four others giving their 2 cents! We are learning each other’s life language. Their family habits and routines are foreign to me…literally!

This is harder and easier than I ever thought. Listening to the Holy Spirit. Rest when He says rest and run when He says run!

The first few days were just jet lag, and resting and getting up to the time zone we are in!

Then dreams of having no job (big issue for me) figuring out we will not have a job till we hear from God. This is His time and we must be doing/being as He directs!

Ok? Ok! Move and float with Him. Floating on the waves of the Mediterranean, floating in the pool. Floating thru the constant movement and noise of family life!

Started a schedule of sorts! Steve is using the private pool to teach the Bellas to swim. They hit the floor each am sliding into their suits and head to the pool! They love it and Steve is a patient and competent teacher!

Devotions and down to the lessons before Shabbat preperation!

Wow, that was a fast week!

Pam [email protected]

Pam and Steve at the Netanya coast

CATSUP IN ISRAEL

Pam and Liam in the Kitchen

 

Hi Dear Friends!

Life has been so full! We have not been able to correspond as we have been on the road and when we got back our internet service was down! Here’s a condensed catsup

6/2/2012 On the drive to Jerusalem you can see the wreckage of vehicles that were ambushed by Arab forces in the early days of the nation. Those were hard days as the people of Jerusalem were cut off and without supply. Rations were dangerously low and a heroic effort was made to quietly cut a road in the wilderness to bring relief to the people under siege in Jerusalem.

We had lunch with Shabbi, a crotchety but generous man who provided us abundantly at his hillside farm about twenty minutes from Jerusalem. Everyone has a story. Shabbi is on the edge of discovering the relief from shame and grief that Yeshua can bring.

We crowded into our Jerusalem camp site, the two bedroom apartment of Micha’el, a lively, enthusiastic Messianic Jew who has a powerful ministry in music and has been a witness in the Orthodox community.

6/3/2012 We went to “The House of Painter”, an agency where Una’s brother Doron works. It is a school for troubled youth. Some live in residence halls and some live with their families. Pam and I teamed up with Una and the kids to transplant hundreds of starts of tomatoes, cactus and peppers. The kids worked well as a team and consensus was it was a fun experience. The students sell the plants for fund raising and to learn responsibility. Doron was overjoyed with our work and wants us back. From hesitation to total openness!

We worshiped at The King of Kings Congregation. Both Pam and I did some nodding as we had worked hard earlier and were still working through jet lag. Afterwards we shared dinner out with Pastor Wayne and Anne Hilsten and their friend Brian from Nashville. Wayne is willing to do an interview with me for my book, Riverfront Property!

6/4/2012 We met Hadas an opera singer who lives near Micha’el. She is willing to rent a room to Pam and I. She is not a believer but enjoys friends that are. She is happy to have us come and we pray her heart will be open.

We have been helping the kids with home schooling – Bible memory, math, writing, etc. Steve is giving swim lessons. They are all very bright. We need to get a regular routine going and we adults will be talking tonight about schedules that bring predictability as well as flexibility.

Shared a delightful dinner with Yoel and Laura in their beautiful apartment. He is a tour guide. They shared their faith in Yeshua, their love story of meeting and marrying in their forties. We are all part of an amazing love story!

6/5/2012 Steve went to a Business workshop at The King of Kings Congregation in Jerusalem called, Preparing for business and retailing challenges in the 21st century. It was a wonderful relationally centered approach for working with clients and work staff. After the workshop he had the opportunity to meet with Pastor Wayne and a few of his leaders in their prayer tower which has a wonderful vantage of the city. Steve was grateful for the favor he felt as he prayed and shared with them. An exciting vision is being realized for them as the congregation and other believing business people are buying up shops in the Klal mall in down town Jerusalem. They have bought out two brothels and replaced them with Christian businesses. Ps 50:2, “From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth. “

We journeyed to Ashkelon to meet Una’s parents. Both Pam and I felt tender hearted toward them. They force feed us with food on the hour. The most beautiful part came when Una’s mom asked when Steve started to read the Bible. It gave an open door for sharing Yeshua. We recounted our experience with Him and our confidence in Him with humility and gentleness. They listened! They have come a long way as a few years ago they were unwilling to have a Christian in their home. Pray for Yeshua’s beautiful Spirit to convince them of His goodness!

6/6/2012 Steve had a swim in the morning while Pam rested. She is recovering from sinus congestion. After home schooling we splashed in the Mediterranean and threw a Frisbee and kicked a soccer ball on the beach, a good day of rest. The Bella’s friend Jamie is visiting. She is a professional basketball player and gave lessons this afternoon to Lou.. All the kids are beginning soccer next door on the beautiful astro-turf field.

We are getting cultural lessons about acceptable ways to share Yeshua. These lonely Jewish folks are still reeling from WWII and the haolacost. They wear the pain of a ‘God’ abandoned people or so many think. They are hardened to words like ‘Christ, church, Jesus. But are drawn to love, compassion, true joy and words about Yeshua, Congregation, and a hope in a loving God! We as gentiles have so much to learn, we must not make fun or mock only love and let Holy Spirit lead!

Yeshua is the reality. Everything else is shadow. Keep us in your prayers!

Steve and Pam Johnson

Our first day in Netanya

Our first full day, a “down” day, for simply relaxing, playing and doing relationship as we get through the adjustment of travel. Horsing around with the Bella kids in the pool and playing soccer on the beautiful field next door.

Leonardo, Una, Pam and I had an evening picnic at the ruins of Caesarea. It is a seacoast port that Herod built to honor Caesar, the place the evangelist Philip settled, where Cornelius’ household saw a wash of the Holy Spirit and where Paul was imprisoned for the good news. What an inspiring wonder to walk among the stones that have witnessed lives over thousands of years! While we were sharing our meal on the grass we saw a lovely wedding on the stones above us.

We finished the day with a Bach concert in the evening. A friend, Micha’el, got the tickets for us. What made this a remarkable evangelistic wonder was that that the audience who came for a cultural event heard the gospel translated from German into Hebrew: “You overcame the sharpness of death. You open the kingdom of heaven to all believers.” The audience had the words of life sung over them. Pam and Una prayed through the concert that those words would open their hearts to receive the Messiah spoken through the skilled singers and musicians! What a feast!

As I sit overlooking the Mediterranean from our lovely third floor apartment I imagine the ships of Hiram tugging cedar logs from Lebanon for Solomon’s great temple. It makes me thing also of the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31:14, “She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.”

We are excited about a new website that our friend Chuck Peters set up for us! It still needs development but we are up and running with a blog. See it at https://landingstripenterprises.com/

Thank you for your prayers, dear Friends! They will be imperative for the supernatural things we must see for the dear people of this land. “Christianity” usually has a negative stigma among Jewish people as “Christians” have been their primary persecutors. We hope to change the view by Yeshua’s love, grace, wisdom and power.

Steve and Pam Johnson

Natanya on the Mediterranean

Bella Kids at the pool

Pam and Micha’el

Leonardo, Una and wonder car!

A wedding at Caesarea

Michael &conductor David Loden

About Steve and Pam

Steve and Pam Johnson are so ordinary they make everyone else look good. They encourage others and prefer others above themselves. They boast in their weaknesses, and boy do they have a lot of them!

They have been yoked for 32 years and are starting to have a really good marriage! The fruit of their union includes Brian and daughter-in-law Rebekah, Theresa, Anna and Claire. They are a bit arrogant about what great kids they have. See, I told you they have weaknesses!

Steve and Pam are glory seekers. They pursue the fame and splendor and radiant beauty of the Sovereign, Loving Father! They are addicted to the presence of God. They are children of dust whom a compassionate Savior has brought to life!

Both came to Yeshua in the early 70’s in the days of the Jesus revolution. They are still revolutionaries believing that a nation can be born (again) in a day. Tribulations are part of the package but out of the labor pains comes a wonderful Baby, the Father’s Kingdom!

Steve and Pam are people who call on the Name of the Lord and believe God for big things. One example of this is the resurrection from death of their daughter Theresa. You can read the story at www.amiraclestory.com

For most of their marriage they have worn the title, “Pastors.” But they are the real deal. They have pastored in Presbyterian, Baptist and Charismatic fellowships in Philadelphia, PA and Bend, Oregon and Seattle, Ellensburg and Goldendale, Washington. Recently they have assisted with pastoral support in a church in Knoxville, TN.

Pam is a tenacious warrior full of love and fierce determination. She is sweet like honey. Professionally she has been a nurse. For fun she is a midwife. She is a gardener, shepherdess and pioneer home maker. Warning: Don’t get on her bad side! You could not find a better friend.

Steve has a lot of thoughts. He stutters them out. We’ll, Moses may have stuttered too. It had to be the grace of God to get him through graduate school! He is a teacher but his grasp of the universe is very finite. About all he knows is the glory of the Son of God. Steve loves the land of Israel. He has studied (and worshipped) there three times. Steve can’t not encourage people. But he does have some good points too.

They are now is Israel supporting their friends Leonardo and Una Bella. Check the Bella’s website at www.israelprayermission.com They will serve as nannies and home school assistants to their children, intercessors and administrative helpers, midwives for new births and shepherds for young lambs. What a privilege to be part of the movement to Prepare The Way!