Being Thankful for One Another
The Lord surprised us in MPP this week by emphasizing how thankful we need to be for each other. It was one of those completely unplanned and unexpected things. On Monday morning as I was leading MPP, He suddenly began to remind me of how Paul started most of his letters by first thanking the Lord for the people he was writing to. We read through the scriptures, and it felt like the Holy Spirit kept increasing this emphasis. A few references are as follows:
- “We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you” (Col. 1:3).
- “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing” (1 Thess. 1:2–3).
- “We are bound to thank God always for you brethren” (2 Thess. 1:3).
We do God’s word a disservice if we assume this is just a polite way of writing or merely a greeting. The Lord does want us to be thankful for each other. Not only does it encourage people, but the Lord also uses our thanks to refresh others. Another result, of course, is that it leads us to pray for them. Paul said he was praying for those people, and we know that he and his teams spent a lot of time praying. If we are thankful for people, then we will find our hearts will be moved to pray for them. Paul prayed for them often.
Additionally, we ourselves are refreshed and strengthened because we pray for others. Thus, there will be a huge increase in joy. Paul writes, “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine, making request for you all with joy” (Phil. 1:3–4).
Finally, it will result in people praying for us. In each of the letters I listed above, Paul asks them to pray for him in the final chapter. It’s the principle of sowing. We sow intercession for others and we reap a harvest of people interceding for us.
In this new Hebrew year, the Lord has spoken extensively about new doors/gates. I think it’s incredible what God wants to open up for each of us. We also know the enemy will try to stop us from going through. Perhaps this is why the Lord led us to be sure and be thankful for each other—He knows we all need the prayer and intercession that will be generated so that we can make it through the entrance.
So, I have already decided and am asking the Holy Spirit to help me in being thankful for you and to pray for you, and invite you to do the same.
I am in Cairo now with a small group of others from the Family Gathering. The Lord is doing incredible things in the Middle East. I ask for your special prayers during this time (Oct. 31–Nov. 3).
Thanks for praying.
Ron and Teddy Sawka
Arise 5 Japan New Year’s Conference, January 7–8, 2018
Please make plans to join us in Sano for our annual Japan conference. We will start on Sunday afternoon of January 7, and will finish early afternoon the next day. I am thankful that the Lord has given the strategy of apostolic centers and house/marketplace churches as the vessel to carry the harvest that is increasing in Japan. For more details, please contact email@example.com.
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.
If You Feel Led to Help with My Trips…
As you can see from my schedule, I’m in Egypt now. I will go to there again in early December. This all has to do with the great, great harvest that God will bring forth in the Middle East and Japan. If you feel led to give to help support these trips, please make use of the information for giving at the end of this newsletter.
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).