|Posted by Marta Escarcega on December 19, 2018 at 8:00 AM|
Rosh Hashana, Feast of Tabernacles, Hannukah have passed and Christmas is a week away. Where has the time gone? On the homefront, we were involved with citywide prayer gatherings, prayer conference calls, eqipping the saints or serving in the community.
In May, I took a two week ministry trip serving in one of the Houses of Prayer in Jerusalem.It was my fifth trip to Israel.
I took my first trip on a tour in 1979 at the young age of 21. I fell in love with the land and wanted to return. I then discovered Fresno Pacific College had a study abroad program in Jerusalem. Upon my return, I immediately ernolled at FPU for the Jan. 1980 quarter as a Biblical Studies major. In August, 1980, I went to study a semester at the Institute of Holy Land Studies (now called Jerusalem University College). The school was located right outsdie Zion gate at the Old City. I felt at home in this new place! It was durign this time I discovered, school was only a means to get to this new home, God had a much bigger plan for my life there. I can't even go into all that God did in my life during this time. I began to learn about prophetic intercession and met others on a similar journey. I begain to prayer walk the land and often went to western wall to pray. My roommate and I also volunteereed at the International Christian Embassy (ICEJ) for their first FOT celebration. ICEJ opened the fall of 1980. When the semeter ended, I returned home to finish my degree. It was a strange feeling sitting at a desk studying the book of Exodus the nex tmonth, when I had been swimming in the Red sea a few weeks before. I graduated in May 1981.
I returned in August to work as a receptionist the following school year. My roommate from the school were roomates again, this time at an apartment she had gotten. We were a 10 min. walk from the school and Old City. There are way too many God stories that happened that year to write here. It was a joyous and incredible year. It was during this time, I met my husband to be. He was volutneering at ICEJ. We became engaged Nov. 1982. He also was from California! We came home to marry in June 1983 in hopes to return to the land. God had other plans. My soul longed to go back to Jerusalem, my home away from home, but it wasn't to be. I didn't go back until 2005, when on a prayer tour. I tried many times to go back. It has been my desire for many years to take small groups of women on a prayer journey in the land. When the opportunity came up in May to return to the land, I was shocked. I got my ticket five days before I left. Once again, God had a different plan than I expected The first day I was walking in Jerusalem, I felt such JOY in my spirit. The Lord, said, he was going to hit the 'reset' button....(more to tell at another time)
Nancy J. took a few weeks to Taiwan training and equipping the saints and she can tell you about that on another blog.