Zechariah Overcomers September 17, 2018 update
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God bless you all
See you here there, or in the air.
Don and Judy
Zechariah Overcomers September 17, 2018 update
Please click the link for update for September
God bless you all
See you here there, or in the air.
Don and Judy
Dec 28, 2017
Greetings to all of you in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Remembering He is the reason we Christians celebrate Christmas and let us fix our eyes on Him as we enter another New Year. Let us remember what Jesus did for us. He showed such LOVE, and we can pass on that love, Brothers and Sisters to anyone else that needs love. Please remember Matthew 25:35,36 ‘for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; ‘I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me. We should remember this all year and not just at Christmas. AMEN!
As we focus on helping others it takes our minds off ourselves and gives joy to us and others. Whenever it is of God it is a benefit to the giver as receiver, both are blessed.
I pray you all had a precious Christmas in the Lord with family and friends.
We want to thank all those who prayed for us and or supported the work of the Lord over the past year it was greatly appreciated and helped us accomplished the things that the Lord would have us do even with me spending over 5 weeks total in the hospital in this past year. To me it was awesome what the Lord did.
*As we enter the New Year we ask for prayer for the Overcomers Recovery Support Program that The Lord raise up leaders and that it continues to grow and help change peoples lives. We are in the process of our third printing trusting the Lord to take Overcomers across Canada.
*Additional help and committed volunteers are needed to do the prison ministry as two people have moved on. We thank them for their service and commitment to the men in prison and know they will be missed. We have one man that has committed to come in once a month until God provides others. We have to cut back to twice a month due lack of funds and volunteers, I truly believe beyond as shadow of a doubt that God can and will provide people and funds to continue this vital ministry. This is His ministry not ours.
It cost a $100.00 weekly to go to the prison for a rented car and gas, (our van is over 11 years old and in need of repair and the fuel is almost double with our van. [A new van would be wonderful Lord]). If anyone would like to help with this part of the ministry it would be appreciated. That is for Don and one other person to go. When I go it is more as we have to stay overnight due to my health and we have to take my scooter and our van, so also pray for a complete healing for me. I will continue to go once a month or more as the Lord leads me
WE GIVE THE LORD PRAISE FOR ALL THAT WAS ACCOMPLISHED THIS YEAR AS IT WAS ALL DONE BY WHAT THE NAME OF THIS MINISTRY PROCLAIMS “NOT BY MIGHT, NOR BY POWER BUT BY MY SPIRIT SAYS THE LORD ALMIGHTY.” AND MY IT CONTINUE TO BE SO.
Below is a picture recap.
Jamaica February 2017
New Brunswick June 2017
Saskatchewan September 2017
Overcomers Christmas Nov. 30, 2017, special thanks to Kathy for organizing the event.
Don and I gathered those alone at Christmas and took them out for Chinese dinner, thank you
Lord they had a wonderful time.
Also we have a Christian Movie night weekly as the room is availably but for sure bi-weekly at the apartment we live, the people there really love getting together for a movie, snacks and fellowship.
The groups here in Brantford are continuing on thank you to Kathy , Joe, and Marietta and Don and for Pastor Ray at New City Church for hosting it at the church.
Also we are celebrating as of this past September our first year with Overcomers at the Salvation Army half way house.
Also Pastor Dan with organizing the Overcomers groups in London and surrounding areas.
Thank you Jesus for all you have done, Bless Each and Everyone who participated in any and every way
Blessings to you all and have a very Happy New Year I 2018
Love Judy & Don
Zechariah 4:6 Ministries Update
October 19, 2017
Greetings to all our Brothers and Sisters in the Lord.
We live in troubled times but by the Grace and Mercy of our Lord we shall overcome.
Scripture references from NIV
1Co 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
1Co 16:13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
Psa 34:19 The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all;
It has been a while since I sent the last update. The team has been active with the prison ministry, Overcomers groups, presenting Overcomers, conferences and whatever the Lord would have us do. I am so thankful to the volunteers that the Lord raised up for this work, they have such a heart. Kathy with the help of Charlie, Joe, Robert and others does Thursday Overcomers mixed group. Kathy, Joe, Tom and Don do Salvation Army half way house Overcomers, Marietta does Tuesday, Ladies Overcomers. Tom and Charlie, Don and I do Beaver Creek Minimum and Medium Security Overcomers. John & Pauline come into the prisons for graduations and minister in word and song. PRAISE THE LORD FOR EACH ONE OF THEM. GOD BLESS THEM ALL. NONE OF THIS COULD BE ACCOMPLISHED WITHOUT THEM.
August 1st Don, Tom and myself met with Pastor Alan & Carole O’Soup the founders of Almond Tree Ministries to present the Overcomers program to them. I told them I would come to Saskatchewan and do a Leadership Training for them.
Don & I met Pastor Alan when we volunteered with Monty Lewis at the Victory Center in New Brunswick back in 2007-2008.
Revs. Allan & Carole O’Soup had a vision to do a Canadian First Nation Revival Tent Crusades from Moricetown, BC to Sheshatshiu First Nation in Labrador, Newfoundland. It was a huge step of faith on their part. God bless them. To read more about their ministry go to http://almondtreeministries.com/ They could really use some help with construction if anyone has the skills and time it would be appreciated. Contact them for further information.
On August 2., I was very humbled and blessed to be at one of their meetings near our home in Brantford and to share a short testimony on one of their stops on First Nations Reserve at Ohsweken, ON.
After we all went over to the church for fellowship and refreshments. I was privileged to meet some precious people that are so in love with and on fire for the Lord Jesus Christ.
Sept. 14 to Sept. 22 I took a huge step of faith myself, I went on a mission trip by myself to Almond Tree Ministries, Canora ,Saskatchewan which was bitter sweet. I sensed in my spirit that God was going to do something in me which He did. I have not been on a mission trip by myself for over 12 years and the last time I was not as handicap. I was there with no cell phone service, no internet and no TV for a week it was peaceful but I could not do any of my ministry work. Some would say that was a good thing.
Now I will share a very personal life struggle with you. For as long as I can remember I have had struggles and with issues with women. I have stayed away from women‘s meetings and groups. I don’t know why, I can’t put my finger on it but I have been praying about it for a long time. Probably something from my childhood. Anyway before I went away, Kathy had invited me to go to a women’s breakfast at our church and I went only to make a fool of myself and spill my coffee on the table and me as soon as as I got there. I wanted to leave but Kathy encouraged me to stay. I thought, that is it I’m not going back.
God had a plan in sending me to Saskatchewan with two women from New Brunswick, I know them but don’t know them. They know me to see me and talk briefly with me but don’t know me. Needless to say I was terrified, and felt very insecure but I went trusting God but not without fear and trembling. I didn’t know what to expect, how to act or what was expected of me except to do an Overcomers Leadership Training and I could do that. I had never been away with women before. The first couple of days I didn’t know what was going on with me I actually thought I was going insane and I yelled JESUS what is going on? Through much prayer and trying to explain to the two ladies, who had never experienced anything like this before, God saw me through. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday I facilitated the training, thank you Charles and Sharon who did the training by DVD. It was received well and ten people took it. Also Pastor Jamie joined us, he works as a suicide prevention counselor at Cote Health in Kamsack Sask. He said this is a great program I want the program and two cases of books. Thank you Jesus may this program continue to carry the anointing and bless many of the First Nation People. Praise you and thank you Lord. Bless them abundantly.
We were suppose to go to Saskatchewan Penitentiary in Prince Albert but it was canceled due to limited inmate movement at the prison. I had been hoping to meet with Cliff and Verna who I have been speaking with for over 3 years but we had never met. They run an Overcomers group at The Upper Room Prayer Centre in Prince Albert, Sask. But now we weren’t going to the prison. After the Leadership Training at the school I went back to the dorm and everyone was in bed. I went to bed and was praying about a way to meet with them. I thought it would be great if we went to Saskatoon tomorrow then maybe we could somehow connect. I told the others in the morning and they said that is what we are doing. Praise God I didn’t know anything about it because I was not part of their conversation. When we were on the road on the five hour drive to Saskatoon I called Verna and they made arrangements to meet with me at the hotel in Saskatoon and we all went out for dinner. They to are precious people that love the Lord. I was truly honored to meet all these people and my life will be richer because I did. They are continuing with the Overcomers and just started another group and ordered more books. Abundantly bless them Lord. Thank you for bringing them all into my life. Thank you Pastor Alan and Carole for receiving me and for your hospitality, may the Lord continue to bless you and your ministry. Thank you Corinne and Joy you were used by the Lord in ways you were not aware of and my life is more enriched because of the experience. God Bless You Both.
Isa 50:7 Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.
While I was up there Don informed me that Kathy had bought me a ticket to women’s breakfast again, I thought “oh no“ here we go again. The ticket was bought so I was committed. It was a week after I got home at a conference at our church. I went and praise God it was here that I discovered that God had done something in me. Thank you Jesus. Had I not gone to the breakfast I would have never known. That is the pain for the gain. Hallelujah. I was totally at peace at the breakfast.
After the conference Don and I went away for a couple of days, he was a real trouper letting me go away for eight days so we went away by ourselves to Niagara Falls, we had saved up air miles and hotel points and gift cards so it only cost us gas and one bowl of soup each..
Last weekend we went up to John and Pauline’s and spoke at their church on the Sunday, Georgian Shores Community Church in Victoria Harbor. It was their very first mission Sunday and we were so blessed and encouraged to be with them, four ladies I did not know were blessed and they really encouraged me. Thank you Jesus when something is of God it is a benefit to the giver as receiver alike. Thank you John & Pauline for your wonderful company and hospitality.
To close a word of encouragement,
If anyone is holding and anger, bitterness, resentment, unforgiveness toward anyone you must let it go, you are only giving it power over yourself by holding it in and it is tormenting you not the one that you think. I know this is difficult but ask the Lord to help you and He will. This WILL set you free.
The Word of God says:
Mat 6:14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
Mat 6:15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins
Rom 12:19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
Rom 12:20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.
Rom 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
See you here, there or in the air
LUKE 1: 37 “For nothing is impossible with God.” http://www.zechariah4v6.com
Jesus is coming back soon, are you as excited as I am? Read on and see went on in NB.
June 5, Don and I headed to Toronto to stay at a friend’s overnight so we could be at the airport in the morning going to New Brunswick. Thank you John and Angie.
It has been interesting to say the least, we got back from a mission trip to Jamaica Feb 22 and I went in for vascular surgery Feb.27 and was released the 28. On March 4 I was back in the hospital with high blood pressure until March 23. I spent Don’s and my twenty year anniversary in the hospital. Not the kind of you anniversary I had in mind but God’s ways are higher than ours.
April 12, I booked our tickets for New Brunswick. We would be going to Emmanuel Conference for two days and then doing an Overcomes graduation and a Leadership Training in Shediac at Ruth an Naomi treatment Center , and visiting Harvest House in Moncton were they started Overcomes last year. God willing if our clearance goes through we would be going to Dorchester Penitentiary.
It was a whirlwind couple of days getting ready to go, we didn’t even pack until Sunday after church to leave Monday. Friday I got an email from Overcomers head Office in Texas that a lady in Canada wanted to buy the Overcomers curriculum, all I had was her name and email. I contacted her and while e-mailing back and forth the Holy Spirit was prompting me to ask if she was in New Brunswick and she replied yes, Moncton. I informed her we would be there on the 12. I asked if she had ever seen the Leadership Training and she said no and proceeded to tell me she was at an Overcomers group that morning in Shediac and Francine had told her about how there would be one at her place and that is the one we would we doing. For sure that was God.
The day we flew out I was talking to Olive who is picking us up at the airport in NB and told her about this and and she said do you mean Irene from Water and Wine Assembly of Christians and I said yes, do you know her? Olive said I have met her but don’t know her. I see God’s hand all over this.
I told Olive that before we left I was miserable and just screamed out I want to die and then said I want my flesh to die and the Spirit of the Lord to emanate through me. Don, my husband prayed for me. He was dealing with the brunt of what I was going through and shortly after he prayed I was fine. PRAISE THE LORD. That was rough. I was ready to through in the towel and just quit. But thanks to prayer and a word from a friend I came through. I know when the enemy tries that hard to stop me from doing what God is leading, God definitely has a plan. At this point I don’t see the whole picture. At times my flesh doesn’t want to do what God is leading but it is not about what I want, think, or feel. IT IS TO BE, “GOD’S WILL NOT MINE”, so after battling my flesh, I choose to follow God’s plan. Remember in the Bible it says the flesh is at war with each other constantly.
|For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. Gal 5:17 NIV|
Boy am I learning that. But it is good to be able to recognize it.
When we arrived in Fredericton, Olive was there to pick us up and we went for lunch at Swiss Chalet. I invited 3 men from Ontario that were there for the conference also. We all enjoyed fellowship, one of the men paid for our lunch and went are way. We had noticed two Fredericton Police Officers having lunch at a table near us, as Don and I were leaving Don said I believe we are to pay for their lunch, I said you are right and our lunch was paid for so I went looking for their waitress. I asked a waitress if she was their waitress and she said yes so I told her we wanted to pay for their lunch. I said we don’t know them, we are from Ontario, don’t tell them who paid their lunch just say “Bless you”, she said she would and we left. While we were sitting in the van organizing things the police officers came up to the van and said you are the culprits aren’t you? I said I told her not to tell you, one of them said she didn’t, we just asked what table you were from and we recognized the man in the driver seat had been sitting at that table. Then he said “this was a Divine incident, we were just talking at lunch and God knew we needed encouragement, they thanked us, I said God was leading us and that’s how much he loves you. God bless you. They thanked us again and left. Boy did we feel great and what confirmation that it was God’s leading. Whenever God has us do something I have found it is always a blessing for the giver as receiver alike, it is never one sided.
Before we had left Ontario I had contacted Choice hotels were we are members to see about some missing points from a stay at one of there locations, after we got that straightened out the man asked if there was anything else he could do for me. I asked if we had enough points to stay at a hotel in Fredericton for a couple of nights they checked and gave me a choice of two I said the Quality Hotel on Bishop Dr. They told me 12,000 per night points and we had enough for two nights. I asked if the room had a couch and the man said I will give you the suit. Wow, Praise God! I checked later and that room was 30,000 points per night or $193.23 per night including tax. Thank you Daddy. We booked another room as we had people to meet after the conference, we had to change rooms we got a room with a chair , desk and bed for $130.00, tax & breakfast included. No picture of that room.
Don and I unpacked and went to conference. I was excited telling some people about our room that God provided. I said Lord it would have been nice if you would have given this to us at the end of the mission to relax before we went home, but I am not complaining at all we are very excited,thankful and love it.
At Conference there was one ordination, voting of new board members, the usual meetings, three services and fellowship it, is great to see people you only see once a year and see what God has been doing in their lives.
The first night of the conference we got an email from Francine in Shediac were we were to go and do the LTS and graduation asking if we could come on the 12 & 13, I told her we were trusting God for our clearance into Dorchester Penitentiary on the 13 and I wasn’t booking anything that day but said we would come on the 12 & 14 and she agreed. We booked our hotel in Moncton for the 11th so we would be in Shediac for the Monday. When booking the hotel I noticed they had a special on “stay two separate nights for extra points” so if we stayed two nights each night at a different hotel we would have enough points for a free room. In Moncton there were two choice hotels across the street from each other one Comfort Inn and one Quality Inn so we changed hotels daily to save money.
Don & I went out for a wonderful lunch with Hazen and Corinne. Hazen is not in the picture he had not arrived yet. Thank you both very much.
We stayed at Olives for a couple of day and visited with a couple of people then on Friday we got an e-mail from Brent saying we got our clearance for Dorchester. Praise God. Sunday we headed down to Moncton.
We met Irene at Ruth & Naomi’s were Francine greeted us. What a small world! We started the Leadership Training and had some fellowship then went back to our hotel.
Grads, with Judy & Francine LTS at the house Irene & some of the ladies & Judy
Tuesday we were off to Dorchester Penitentiary, I was so excited in the Lord I had been praying for this for a year. We met the rest of the team from Prison Christian Ministries at the prison.There were 23 men in the Overcomers group in the afternoon and 43 in the Chapel service in the evening. (we met Chaplain Claude this is important). We shared testimony at both in depth and an Overcomers lesson was led by Bill in the afternoon. It was great. We prayed with the men lives were being touched and there was a man there that knew the same people I did when I was 16. I was so excited at this opportunity God had given us. PLEASE PRAY FOR PROVISION for Overcomers books for Dorchester, the cost is $265.00 per case. If you send funds please signify it is for prison ministry, and send your information so we can issue you a charity receipt. Thank you.
Dorchester picture from internet Chaplain,Judy, Don & Bill Back. Bill, Brent, Jim Front,Judy, Don, Sherry, Jim
Wednesday we finished the Leadership Training, Graduations and I shared my testimony with the girls at the house. I also shared with Irene about the Prison Ministry at Dorchester and showed her the picture of the team and the Chaplain. She said he looks familiar what is his name I told her and she said him and his wife go to my church. Wow! After leaving Francine’s we followed Irene to her church to see where the next Overcomers was going to be then went back to the hotel.
That night I e-mailed Cal at Harvest House to let him know we were in town if he wanted to get together. The next morning I got up about 7 and went right to my computer which I do not normally do and there was an e-mail fro Cal saying he was having a meeting at 9.00 am and we were welcome to come. I woke Don up and said we have to pack and check out we have to be at Harvest House by 9. We didn’t even have time for breakfast.
We arrived at Harvest House at 8.55 Praise the Lord. Cal introduced us and had me share what is happening with Overcomers then had his Chapel service. I was blessed with his teaching and it was presented in a way that we could all understand. Thank you Cal.
After, he asked what we were doing next and I said we are on Gods agenda so he invited us to come to the rehab for the Overcomers class. He asked if I would like to lead it and I said no you go ahead. I am glad I did as I was able to pick up some ideas from Cal. We then were invited for lunch with the guys. Cal invited us back on Saturday as his daughter, Alisha had written a book called “Like Father, Like Son” She was presenting it and had a book signing. I said we would try. http://harvesthouseatlantic.org/
Cal & Judy @ chapel service Cal teaching the guys Overcomers at his rehab
We then drove to St. Stephen were we met with Michael and Cathy from Calais Maine, Cathy and I used to go the jail in Machias, Maine together to minister. We then drove to Waweig and spent the night with Bruce and Karen, Karen was my first board member of Zechariah 4:6 Ministries in 2007. We left early the next morning to drive back to Moncton, then checked into the next hotel and on to the book presentation.
Michael Judy & Cathy Karen, Bruce, Don & I “Like Father , Like Son” written by Alisha Maskery
We want to thank Olive and Karen for putting us up at their place, and all those that provided a meal or two, Olive, Karen, Cal, Francine, Corrine, Lynda, Brian and anyone I have missed.
Sunday Morning, Fathers Day, the Lord lead us to Water and Wine Church, they were not expecting us. We arrived in the parking lot, Chaplain Claude from Dorchester arrived at the same time. Small world. When we got in the church Irene greeted us and said she had been praying about were we would go and she was thankful we came there. She ushered us up to the front of the church and introduced us to Pastor Solomon, her son and to others. I gave her a 5 minute promo of Overcomers that I was going to send her but had it with me. A few minutes later she said we are going to show the DVD and you can share. After service there was a Fathers Day BBQ and fellowship.
After service Don and I drove to Fredericton and God blessed us with two nights in the same hotel suite that we were in when we arrived, thanks to points earned by changing hotels nightly. Yea God! thank you for your favor. We appreciate you. We had a meeting the first night with Bill going over Overcomers material. We also got a call from someone we knew from the Victory Center in 2008 saying her pastor asked her just the past Wednesday if she would do an ladies Overcomers group. YEA GOD! I see the thread of God through this entire trip.
Proverbs 3:5-8 (NIV)
5) Trust in the Lord with all your heart; 6) and lean not on your own understanding; 6)in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. 7) Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. 8) This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
My prayer is we all have eyes to see and ears to hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to us and showing us and that we do as it says in James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what is says.
God bless you all in Jesus Name and may you see the thread of God in everything you do. Look for Him in it all and you will see.
April 18, 2017 update
Greetings my Friends in the Name of our Precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
Our God is an awesome God. Amen!
Since my last update Jamaica Mission 2017 much has happened. Some of you know but most do not. On Feb, 27 I had vascular surgery and had three stints put in so I would have more circulation in my legs. Praise God I went home from the Hamilton General hospital on Tuesday Feb. 28 and I could actually walk with my walker without pain in my legs. March 4, I ended up in Brantford hospital with high blood pressure and remained there until March 23. I was in hospital for Don’s and my 20th wedding Anniversary, but he was with me. Someone sent me a beautiful flower arrangement as a get well gesture and it arrived on our anniversary, how wonderful that was. I got out of hospital the next day.
I had so many tests and was in bed of three week less a day. I was so shaky from the multiple medications and treatments and I left the hospital worse than I was when I went in but the time I was in there I spent sleeping and praying. Don was there daily except when he went to the prison or bank for me. I thank the visitors and I also thank our prison team and Overcomers teams for continuing on while I was out of commission. Everyone told Don not to bring my work to the hospital and He didn’t except for me to write a check to pay ministry bills.
I have had to go to the doctors weekly and have more tests to help get things under control and this is the second week that I don’t have to have medication changed. Yea God.
Thank you Don, Tom, Charlie, Kathy, Marietta and your helpers. You are servants of the most High God. Great is your reward.
I went to the prison last week on April 10 for the first time since before Jamaica they had all been praying for me and were happy to see me. There have been 16 graduations, 16 new students and two transfers since Feb. 27. YEA GOD! We will be going up again April 24, God willing.
In Faith we have booked tickets to go to New Brunswick June 6-20. Conference June 6 -7 , Moncton, NB. June 12-15 to visit the Overcomers leaders and present certificates for graduates also St. Stephen and possibly Nova Scotia. This is all God willing and with the anointing of the Holy Spirit. We can do absolutely nothing by ourselves but WITH GOD NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE! AMEN AND AMEN!!!!
When you get knocked down get up and keep getting up, no matter what your situation GOD will anoint and empower you to do what He has called you to do and send you help. Even when you are down you are anointed to pray for others and thank God for the rest.
Commit you way to the Lord and He will direct your path. Humble yourself before the Lord and He will lift you up.
The Lord Bless You and Keep You and Make His Face to Shine Upon You and Give You Peace.
See you here, there or in the air.