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Standing in the Present – Proclaiming the Future

Standing in the Present - Proclaiming the Future. This was the theme for Aglow’s 2014 time in the land of Israel.  Over 200 men and women from 13 nations joined us.  We stayed focused on our purpose as we stood in the present and proclaimed God’s heart for the future from the Golan Heights looking into Damascus Syria, from Tel Aviv to Tiberius, from the Shepherds fields of Bethlehem to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. 

A group of 25 Generations young people sang and danced their Happy dance everywhere they could beginning with the boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and ending with a great finale at our closing dinner.  It was fun, festive, and fabulous with everyone joining in the atmosphere of celebration. 


This time in the land was another experience of corporately seeing a further unfolding of Aglow’s mandate related to Israel, a mandate that initially came in the year 2001.  We have continued to be enlarged in our ability to see more and more clearly the purpose of Aglow’s call to Israel and are gaining a greater measure of God’s heart so that we might pray with increased understanding.

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Giving Honor to Whom Honor is Due


This past Saturday evening Tony and I had the pleasure of being part of a special celebration of Jack Hayford’s 80th birthday and the Hayford’s 60th wedding anniversary.

It was a night to capture the essence of Pastor Jack’s life in ministry which has touched multitudes around the world; and Anna, a woman with an immense capacity to serve her husband as a partner in ministry, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and devoted friend to hundreds around the world.

The evening began with a light supper served under a white tent and a time of greeting those who had come from far and near.

Following the meal we entered The Ambassador Auditorium for a concert of music that opened with “Gloria in Excelsis Deo,” which featured the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony and the Hayford Tribute Choir. It was only the beginning, but what a riveting moment it was! The atmosphere was electric with the Presence of the Lord.

Some of the evening highlights were personal tributes from those whose lives had been so impacted by Dr. Hayford…from people in the entertainment industry, to those who are currently leading ministries, to a granddaughter. Dr. Robert Morris, Senior Pastor of Gateway Church in Texas brought special comments which were followed by Dr. Hayford’s response.

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A Summer of Unrest

Monument-Valley-webOn this rock I will build My church...This seems to be a summer of unrest where hatred, turmoil, killings, violence, and destruction are evident in so many places on earth. 

Currently, the Mid East is foremost in our minds as the ongoing unrest and cycle of violence threatens to become all-out war.  The tension is being inflamed by anguish over the kidnapping and deaths of the Israeli teenagers and death of a Palestinian teenager in a suspected act of revenge.  We are looking at a very difficult game of nerves.  Our Christian brothers and sisters living in Israel are calling for prayer, prayer, and more prayer.

The Syrian conflict has continued growing in intensity and scope for over two years, with the United Nations estimating more than 100,000 dead and millions displaced.  The UN High Commissioner for Refugees stated that, This is biggest humanitarian tragedy since the Rwandan genocide.  Of the 2.5 million Syrian refugees, half are children. 

The 200 school girls are still missing in northern Nigeria.  It has been reported that entire villages in northern Nigeria have been devastated with Christian churches and Bibles being destroyed as Boko Haram continues on its radical, terroristic, destructive path.

As you continue to look around the world you realize that, in addition to wars and tumult there are many natural disasters taking place; earthquakes, typhoons, tornados, drought, wildfires, floods and other high impact weather and climate disasters. 

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