“So he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing by him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the ground” (Gen. 18:2).
“Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine” (Prov. 3:9–10).
Greetings from Vladivostok, Russia
This morning it was -17 °C (1.4 °F), which I actually kind of enjoy because it reminds me growing up in Canada. In this update, I want to continue to give information about becoming an Apostolic Fund Supporter (see below), as well as to update you on the events of this five-nation tour I’m on.
I was in Egypt last week and want to share a little of what happened. I think what we experienced was just a small part of what we’ll increasingly see around the world. There was a strong sense that now is the time to sign up to serve the Lord in His army for the end-times harvest. Two things were unique. First was urgency—your life belongs to Him; there was a sense that if you haven’t done so already, then maybe this is your last chance. Second was complete surrender. The Lord had us bow down with our foreheads to the floor. This is how Abraham worshiped (Gen. 18:2) and was common throughout the early church. Perhaps this form of “worship” is being restored throughout the body of Christ, signaling a new reverence and dedication to the Lord.
Now I’m in Russia enjoying its cold weather, and we will have had five meetings in the three days here. I find myself speaking about worship and angels. As believers, we’re called to be worshipers and we must respond in worship to whatever situation we find ourselves in. As we do so, there is an activating—or release—of angels, who are also worshippers. Their activity will bring us the connections we need; it will also launch us into new places/areas that the Lord has for us (as per the story of Cornelius and Peter in Acts 10–11). I will share more on this at a later time.
More on Becoming an Apostolic Fund Supporter
As I explained last week, Apostolic Fund Supporters (AFS), those who pledge $1,000 (US or its equivalent) for the year, play a huge role in helping me and Arise 5 carry out the ministry God has given to us. I think it’s more than just giving. I feel we are linked together and that you are part of the Arise 5 family.
Here is a brief, general list of some of the ways your support helped in 2017.
- Allowed me to go on ministry trips to economically difficult places such as Sri Lanka, Russia, and Armenia. As of this year, Sri Lanka now has an Arise 5 coordinator and the network there is growing very quickly. Again, thank you.
- Helped me attend Gatherings in Korea, Canada, and Egypt.
- Supported coordinators in nations including Taiwan, China, Russia, Malaysia, and Japan.
- Allowed me to move more into internet broadcasting.
There is much more waiting for us in 2018, and again we need your help. In fact, the number of nations keeps increasing.
If you are not already one, please consider becoming an Apostolic Fund Supporter. You are an important part of the team and we commit to praying for you, prophesying for you, and being available for you as the need arises.
For English, click on this link: https://goo.gl/forms/uUoJc1cVXUMX9AL82 and simply fill out the form.
You can also write to us at email@example.com. Please be sure to include the following information:
- First and last name
- Names of spouse, family members
- The amount of your pledge
- Any prayer requests
- If possible, also please attach a picture of yourself, so we can pray for you and prophesy from time to time.
For other nations, please write to the coordinator in your nation.
Thanks for praying.
Ron and Teddy Sawka
- Dec. 14–15, Seoul, Korea
- Dec. 16, Arise 5 Yokohama
- Jan. 7–8, Arise 5 Japan New Year’s Conference
- Feb. 2–4, Arise 5 International Conference, Okinawa, Japan
Please Keep Praying
• Alignment for Japan’s Harvest—Arise 5 Japan New Year’s Conference
January 7–8, 2018
We know that now is the time of harvest in Japan. We also know that God is preparing the new vessels of apostolic centers and house/marketplace churches to bring in that harvest. The key in all of this is following the Lord in alignment. We must resist the human tendency to “do it by ourselves” and allow the Lord to link us with His family. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Arise 5 Annual Conference—Okinawa, Japan
February 2–4, 2018
At our annual conference, which was held this past July in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, the Lord spoke clearly that our next Arise 5 Annual Gathering needed to be in Okinawa. Please join us February 2–4, 2018. For registration and hotel information, please contact the Arise 5 coordinator in your nation. More details may be found here.
Giving to Arise 5
Your giving plays such a vital role in helping us to do what the Lord has assigned to us. No matter what amount the Lord puts on your heart, we are so very, very thankful. Be blessed with the same blessing the Lord gives us as we travel (1 Sam. 30:24).
You may also feel led to become an Arise 5 Apostolic Fund Supporter (AFS) by pledging to give $1000 (US) or its equivalent for the year.
Bank Info and Online Giving
Arise 5 now has online giving. Not only will this make it easier for those who live in the USA and Canada, but it will also help those in countries without a designated account for Arise 5. You can give by credit or debit card, or via electronic bank account transfer at arise5.com/giving.
For overseas donors who would like to give via PayPal, please contact us.
You can also give via the bank account in the following nations: Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Russia. Bank information is listed below.
JAPAN (and direct deposits from countries not listed below):
Bank name: SMBC Trust Bank
Address: Nishi Shimbashi Square 1-3-1 Nishi Shimbashi, Minato Ku, Tokyo Japan 105-0003
SWIFT code: SMTC JPJT
Intermediate bank name and SWIFT code: Citibank Japan Ltd. Tokyo Japan, CITI JPJT
Account name: Ronald W. Sawka
Account number: 93642377
CHINA: 中国工商银行郑州郑上路支行, 户名：RONALD WADE SAWKA, 账号：6212 2617 0201 3013 933
KOREA: KEB Bank 172-18-47989-8
MALAYSIA: Standard Chartered Bank 390194941955 (account name Ronald W. Sawka)
SINGAPORE: POSBank 149-42129-7 (account name Ronald W. Sawka)
TAIWAN: Chinatrust 42854-041347-0
RUSSIA: Please write us at: email@example.com.
*USA: Destiny Christian Church, 2161 Forrest Avenue, Dover, Delaware 19904
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 302-674-4288
OTHERS: Please use the SMBC Trust Bank details for direct deposits to Japan as listed above (be sure to include the intermediary bank name and SWIFT code).