Izzy here. No really, it is Izzy! I didn't grow my hair out and shave, in case you're staring at that picture ^ and wondering. And no, there wasn't a coup, either. That's Katy Raczkowski. If you've ever emailed Holy Language Institute there's a good chance you've talked with Katy, as she's our main communications gal and answers most of our emails and calls our new students to say welcome. She also happens to be one of our most enthusiastic students.
Anyways. The reason I'm telling you all that is because Katy just started doing a weekly radio show with Devora Clark, and the first episode came out last week! Within a day it racked up over a thousand listens, so it must have been good. I know I couldn't wipe the smile off my face after tuning in.
(And if you like it, why not send Katy a Facebook message here and Devora here?)
Tim is following Yeshua in a Hebrew way! Here's his story.
I was taken to church as a child, but around the age of 16 decided this religious stuff was not for me. Not long after that, I started to experience the drugs of the day.
I can remember times when I should have died. I pulled out to pass a car and there was a car that should have hit me head on. But it didn't, G-d had plans.
Another time I hit black ice and went from side to side on a bridge that was around 80 feet above the ground. As I was going from side to side, I was taking G-d's name in vain and telling HIM that He did not have the right to take my life. I didn't die; G-d had a plan.
Around the age of 22, I turned back to the church hoping to find some peace; instead, I had a life changing experience with Yeshua. A few years later, I understood the plan that had probably kept me alive. I felt called to share His Word. I went to seminary at night and became a bi-vocational preacher for almost 20 years.
I can remember all those years thinking, how could Job have said, “Even though He slay me, I will still trust Him.” Then comes the rest of the story or plan: I had always worked six days a week, 14 hour days.
Made what I thought was my own way. Then I had the first heart attack and that could not keep me down. I went back to work in two weeks. Another year goes by, I had a minor stroke.
Then had to have my colon removed, another heart attack, then came heart spasms. In all the health issues, I learned some hard lessons. It is Yeshua who gives us the health and strength to work.
Even when that health and strength is gone, it is still Yeshua who sustains our very lives. Through all of the health issues, I have come to the same conclusion as Job, “Even though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” We have nothing without Him; He is the sustainer of life.
The plan was not just to know Him, but it is to walk with Him daily. I also have learned that God has all the resources that we will ever need, BUT he uses others to get the resources from His hands to the hands of the person in need.
If we don't obey Him, the resources are delayed until someone else hears him. He uses all of us to get the resources into the hands of those in need. It has taught me to be careful to listen. For if we don't listen, someone's needs might not be met when they needed them the most.
I thank you for listening to G-d at the Holy Language Institute, you are meeting a need. You are taking the resources from the hand of G-d and placing them in our hands. To that we say thank you.
Are you following Yeshua in a Hebrew way? If so, the Holy Language tribe would love to hear your story, and we would love to help you tell it! Here's how.
Hebrew Prayer with Yisrael Levitt this Sunday evening, watch here!
Modern Hebrew with Elihana Elia this Monday evening, watch here!
Biblical Hebrew with Rabbi Derek Leman this Thursday evening, watch here!
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