Pressing Through the Dire Straits!

Dear Friends of Israel:

Thank you so much for praying for Daniel and Amber’s transition in Israel. The house they initially found got tangled up in negotiations, so they shifted focus and found an even better option. As you can read and see below, the Lord has provided a wonderful place for their family. What is especially significant to me is how they pressed through during a time of passing through the dire straits. In a process that seemed to capture them and stop their advance, they were able to keep moving forward and squeeze through the narrow place! I am declaring that each of you will not loose faith in this season but will sidestep any blockade of the enemy and press your way into the best that the Lord has prepared for you.

On Monday, Daniel and Amber will be leaving for South Africa. In addition to having some family time, they will be meeting with key leaders in Johannesburg, including Apostle Pearl Kupe, to help strengthen relations between Israel and South Africa. When I was in South Africa earlier this year, Apostle Kupe helped facilitate our gathering and was such a blessing. I look forward to her being with us for our Head of the Year 5776 Celebration here in Corinth on September 17-20, 2015. I hope many of you will be able to join us.

Blessings,
Chuck D. Pierce

July 30, 2015

We are so grateful to all of you who helped pray us through to our “new.” We got tied up in negotiations on a potential home for two weeks. God very quickly showed us the perfect home and now we are settled. This move took place during the dire straits. Our path was very narrow but we made it through! God has been so gracious to us in this process. We are still located in the center of Jerusalem but in a very quiet area where several families live. Most of Lily’s friends live with in a few blocks.

Below are a few pictures of the new home. You’ll notice the beautiful 800 year old olive tree and very old original stone work. Christian German Templars built this home. They sought to rebuild the Temple and built many homes in Jerusalem, and two key neighborhoods in Israel.unnamed-3unnamed-2unnamed-1
There is so much that we want to share with you about this home. We have slept here 6 nights and it’s a wonderful family place. The kids are sleeping better and later. The day we moved in, Elijah turned 2 years old. He is very big and strong, and a daddy’s boy all the way!

AFRICA TRIP

On Monday, Daniel, Lily, Elijah, and myself, will go to South Africa for the next two and half weeks. The first part of the trip we will stop at Kruger National Park for a family safari. We will share many pictures of that!

On August 13th we will be with Apostle Pearl Kupe in Johannesburg. She has organized a group of key leaders who will host us in an event where we will draw a greater connection between South Africa and Israel. We will hear what God is doing in South Africa for the first portion of the meeting and then Daniel and I will share for an hour about what we see God doing in Israel. Please pray for our family during our time of travel! Many in South Africa have a great love for Israel, and we believe God for a greater connection and deeper roots.

Many Blessings,

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House Hunting in Jerusalem Part 2: A Hope and a Future

How wide, how long, how high, how deep is the love of Christ (Ephesians 3:18)

When closing out one season and looking to the unseen in a new season, I believe most of us often expect less than the Lord sees for our future. I find myself wondering, “How could God ever exceed what he has done for me in the past?” I’ve done this since I was young, always expecting the worst while still having my dreams in the back of my head. I do this without fear most of the time, because I know that I can down size and still live a happy life. I grew up in times when I had much and almost nothing, so I always know that I can go without. Paul tells us about how he abased and abounds, ready in season and out.

I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. Philippians 4:12

Since living in Israel, we have lived in three different homes. All have been a blessing and have exceeded our expectations. Our first in Tel Aviv was a nice two-bedroom apartment. Then we moved to Beersheva, where we enjoyed more suburban living, even though most of our time there was war. Two and a half years ago, when it was time to move to Jerusalem, I was sure that we would need to down size and that there was no way we could enjoy what we had in the desert. I thought this, because Jerusalem is much more expensive than Beersheva.

During that time, I had been looking at a very large house in the German Colony for months without mentioning it. It popped up every time I searched for homes, but I kept skipping over it. When I told Chuck, his response was that he had prayed in the specific spot for years since the 2nd intifada. When I told him the address he affirmed us to move forward on the home without worrying about the other logistics. After moving into this home we learned that the building in front of our house, as well as three other buildings, had large-scale bombings in the past intifada. These were all signs that God had directed our steps and put us in the right home for the first two years of Elijah’s life and the place of his birth and circumcision. This home is sentimental to us, but now its time to go. The plumbing in this home is completely busted up and has to be replaced. We have reoccurring leaks, and some of the walls are wet with about 80% water damage.

As I was seeking the lord over our move he reminded me of this verse in Ephesians chapter 3.

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

 Again I thought… we would down size but God has surprised us every step of the way! We found a new home that sits on over a quarter of an acre in the very center of Jerusalem. We will have lots of grass and real dirt for the kids to play in! In a city like Jerusalem this is a rare find. The home is over two hundred years old but has been completely restored to the highest standards while keeping the old Jerusalem charm. We will also be in a very governmental area living closely with some of Israel’s top officials.

After looking at several houses over the last two weeks we have watched the Lord once again place us strategically to meet the needs of our family and secure our call here in Jerusalem.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. ( Jeremiah 29:11)

I pray that you are encouraged by our transition! God is doing exceedingly great thing with you. Look to Him and He will continue to order your steps. He loves to surprise His children.

– Amber

Fun and Freedom in Jerusalem

During the time that Daniel was in Poland, visiting the Holocaust death camps, the kids and I were home in Jerusalem having fun. I was able to keep up with my workout routine. We took the kids swimming and to the park. I began driving, which is a huge milestone. The last time I tried to drive I was pregnant with Elijah and backed into a really dangerous electrical box at my mother-in law’s house while visiting family in Texas.

My sister and I took the kids out for Ice cream and to our local toy store. We have the best neighborhood toy store! As we were experiencing normal daily life in Jerusalem I realized, once again, how much of a blessing and a miracle that Israel is. The simple fact that we can go to the park or mall in peace and safety is really proof that God watches over this land.   Israel is a safe haven and a place of protection in the Middle East. Nowhere else in this region could a women run down the street wearing a tank and shorts.

While Daniel was visiting death camps I was realizing the miracle of this nation and the freedoms that we have in the tiny sliver of land called the Jewish state.

Now we see news reports of thousands of Jews coming from France. I think 4000 made Aliyah last week. They don’t feel safe in France anymore, because anti-semitism has really reared its ugly head again, and the devil seems to be gaining momentum. Many come to my neighborhood, and we hear more and more French being spoken everyday.

Today I wanted to let you know what it feels like to live in Jerusalem, Israel. It’s Wonderful. We are free!

-Amber

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

Since the month of Ramadan began there have been several terrorist attacks in the west bank and Jerusalem.  Rockets have also just been fired from Gaza. This morning, a 17-year-old Palestinian man was shot and killed by the IDF while attacking an Israeli general in his vehicle. This is one in several attacks that have been carried out over the last few weeks. In addition many terrorist have been arrested which can lead to a greater escalation. This is a key time to pray for the peace of Jerusalem as things continue to stir in this nation.

Today, muslim prayer will be held at the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. Friday prayer is often used to insight violence and unrest in east Jerusalem. Please join us in prayer that the enemy’s plans would be blocked and the general state of peace in Israel would remain. Pray for the safety of Israeli families as they go about their daily lives over the next week. Pray for our soldiers as they continue to work in Judea and Samaria to break up the terrorist cells that are carrying out the current attacks.

-Daniel Pierce