“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).
Full Barns and Breakthrough Via Dreams!
Greetings. It’s good to be able to write to you again after three weeks off. We took a break because the Lord instructed us to rest. I trust you have enjoyed your time of rest.
Resting in the Lord does not mean “departing from Him.” Rather, it means keeping our eyes on Him more than ever. Last update, I shared several prophecies from our final pre-break MPP, where the Lord reminded us that things He had spoken to us before but which have lain dormant would now begin to stir.
I found that to be true for me, and I am excited about how He is leading for the season ahead. I have a definite expectation of harvest. In addition to that, I want to share two more things:
Getting Our Barns Full—Pay more attention to firstfruits and the Hebrew months. I have been walking in this for about ten years now, and I can testify that through it the Lord has brought me to a place of overflow. However, I feel the Lord challenged me to be even more diligent and intentional in this. I was reminded again of Proverbs 3:9–10. If we honor the Lord with our firstfruits (offerings) and finances, then our barns and storehouses will be filled. I know that these verses primarily refer to finances, but the same principle also applies to our churches and ministries. So if you want to grow, then be specific and intentional in celebrating firstfruits monthly.
Breakthrough Via a Dream—It’s kind of ironic that during this rest period, I went through some rather difficult things. When I asked the Lord why this particular issue was so longstanding, the only reason I sensed He gave me was that we live in a strategic place. Nevertheless, this issue/conflict has not been pleasant and it was a real challenge to stay in peace and rest. But the Lord is good. He gave me a dream, and when I woke up I knew the “problem/conflict” had been sorted. (The issue is still there, but the demonic power behind it was broken.) I am so thankful to the Lord and how He can so simply and easily shift and change things for us.
I am so thankful for each one of you and feel honored that He has given us these connections with so many. Much blessing to you as you enter into this new season.
Thanks for praying.
Ron and Teddy Sawka
Month of Elul (Aug. 23–Sept. 20): Expect Harvest
One of the highlights of this sixth Hebrew month has to do with rewards and harvest. Below is a quote about the month of Elul:
The month of rewards. Rewards begin to manifest over what you have done. Think, “reward.” You will begin to reap what you have sown. If you constantly labor and never see the reward, you’ll get burned out. You need to know how to abound. (In Philippians 4:12, Paul said that he knew how to abound.) Also in these end times, let us remember the sowing-reaping cycle is rapidly speeding up.
The full article may be found here.
Evangelistic Broadcasting in Japan
We’ve started releasing evangelistic broadcasts for Japan. The content is available on iTunes (please subscribe and leave a review), as well as on our YouTube channel. (I speak in English and it’s interpreted into Japanese—so English speakers, have a listen!)
MPP Resumes on August 28
I am looking forward to resuming MPP after nearly a month of rest. When we first started, I thought we would only do it for a few weeks, but now we are in our fifth year. It’s amazing what the Lord does through it.
MPP can also be seen on my Facebook page.
- Aug. 26, Arise and Shine, Sendai, Japan
- Aug. 28, MPP resumes
- Sept. 2, Arise 5 Japan, Sano
- Sept. 4–13, Overseas three-city ministry trip
- Sept. 18–20, Japan Gathering, Nagoya
- Sept. 20–22, Open Heaven Japan, Okinawa (Arise 5)
(My complete schedule for the year is listed at arise5.com/events.)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
*USA: Destiny Christian Church, 2161 Forrest Avenue, Dover, Delaware 19904
Email: email@example.com; 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).