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When God Sweeps in Like Flood!

Posted by israel_tour@hotmail.com on April 19, 2021 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (2438)

Frank and I are so very excited to be offering a Tour this year 2021. Last year was a year of sadness and loss for many. We offer our sincere condolences to those who lost loved ones to Covid 19. Because of Covid, we of course were unable to travel as was the entire world. This has been a time of unpresidented new experiences. Many will look back on Covid with heartbreak, others found a newness of relationship with God.

I determined to make lemonade out of lemons, and use this past year as a type of caccon with the Lord. I had so many free hours to dig into scripture and seek His face and His voice. I have not been disappointed with my decision. In fact in many ways God exceeded my expectation, of what so much free time with Him would bring. I grew more in relationship with Him in 2021, than in all the years I have walked with Him, having been saved since 1981.

I learned more about the Father, and had more gloriously intimate worship and prayer time with my Father than I have ever known before. My ability to hear His voice reached a level beyond what I would have dreamed it could be. His presence was so amazing, I became addicted to being with Him and found that living my normal life, even life with Covid, was an intereference, and hours would go by with Him, that seemed like minutes.

Yet there were times when I came under heavy attacks from the enemy, He loves to put condemnation of God's children for the fact that we sre not yet perfect in this world. He loves to cause us to revert back to a perfoemance based theology about our salvation, If you have ever dealt with that, you know how difficult it is to recieve a free salvation. I walked through attacks from the enemy, that threatend to take me down at times, not physically but emotionally. The enemy was working overtime to point out every shortcoming in my personality, my words, and my everyday living. He was so loud at times, I could not go to the Lord at all, because I felt so low as a child of God, so unwothy. After all these years, and so many wonderful moments with the Lord, that old familiar spirit, condemnation, still got to me at times.

But, God never left me. During the attacks, I continured to seek God, but some days, I just couldn't pray or even worship because I felt so unworthy to go before Him. So I would put on anuthing that would lift my spirit, and remind me who I am in Christ. A teaching or sermon, anyy encouraging word that would get me out of this oppression. He was faithful to work through all the sources I used to help me, and He would drive out the voice of the enemy at least for that day, and then I would be able to worship and love on the Lord.

One nitht, while I was feeling low and could not sleep, I decided to watch a movie, beause I could not go before the Lord. I wanted something sweet and beautiful, and I cam across Miss Potter with Renee Zelwigger.  It is the story of the beginning success she has with her children's stories. What a beautiful movie, sweet and tender, and the music was sooting to my soul.

As I was watching, a sudden presence of the Lord swept into the room uninvited, and overtokk me to the core, to the point of tears. It was an overwhelming presence of the Love of God. It poured over me like a healing balm, and I was undone. Sobbing I could not even talk. I just sobbed in the arms my Savior, Jesus.

After a few minutes, I got myself together, and returned to the movie. This was strange to me, I felt no pull from the Lord to not go back to the movie. I watched for another 15 or 20 minutes, and a again His sudden presence over took me. The very same overwhelming love poured over me and I was again undone, 4 times during the movie, the Lord by His own volition came to me full of love and acceptiance, and each time, I broke down sobbing, eventually composed myself and returned to the move.

I have no explaination as to why I returned to the movie, instead of picking up my Bible, or beginning to pray or worship, but I felt no leading to do other than what I did. I don't know if the movie had anything to do with what happened to me, there was a precious spirit about that movie, yet it had nothing to do with the Lord.

I know our Lord moves in ways we cannot undestand, but I will treasure the sudden entrance of my Savior, sweepimg into the room, to let me know, I was loved and cherrished. I will never forget it.

Israel Tour 2020

Posted by israel_tour@hotmail.com on February 16, 2020 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (1501)


Frank and I are so glad you have visited our website! I hope it has provided you with enough information to help you in your decisiont whether or not to join us this Sept. 3rd - 16th for 11 days that will change your life forever.

We have so many wonderful  things planned for you! We promise you, this  is the trip of a lifetime. September is a wonderfull time of year to visit Israel. Our first trip was in Sept. the weather was wonderful. The minute we set foot on the ground in Isreal, we new this 8 days was going to be like no other, and we were so right.

We will be praying that God will speak to you and let your know whether this is your year, or not. Things are changing so fast around the world, and we, Frank and I, know that at some point we may not be able to take people to Israel because of biblical termoil that will interfere with people visiting the land. But right now that door is open, so if you desire to go, we encourage you to choose this year 2020 as your year!

Ultimately, God will confirm to your the timing that is best for you, so seek His face and He will not fail to give you the assurance you need.

We hope to hear from you, and God bless you, as you prayerfully consider  this oportunity.


Thank you for considering our Tour, Sept. 3rd - 16th.

Sandra and Frank Young

EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ISREAL TOUR 2019

Posted by israel_tour@hotmail.com on October 20, 2018 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (18)

Shalom,

Frank and I are so excited to offer something exciting and new to our tour, PETRA. If you are not familiear with Petra, I encourage you to click on the link below so that you can begin to familiarize yourself with this amazing place.

Petra is like no other place on earth, truely one of the Man Made Wonders of the World.

Information on Petra here:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/search?q=Petra" target="_blank">https://www.nationalgeographic.com/search?q=Petra


I hope you have checked out our Home Page and the other information pages on our website.

God bless, have a wonderful day!

God is in Charge

Posted by israel_tour@hotmail.com on January 4, 2016 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (233)

Israel Tour 2015 

I am so happy to say that "God Always has His way with our tours. Every year we plan to take as many people as we can, but He sometimes has a plan that is higher than ours. A few years ago we only took 4 people. When we arrived in Israel and began touring, we quickly understood why it was such a small group, it was very personal and there was much time for personal ministry for certain people. Had we had the normal 20-35 people, that kind of personal touch would not have been possible.

   This past June, we had another smal group of 11. Wow! Of course, before we left for Israel, Frank and I were a little disappointed that the group was so small, but as usual, God had a plan. That trip was packed with  an unusual presence of God that we had not experienced before. Along with numerous attacks of the enemy sent to distract Frank and I, came some of the most memorable and special encounters with the Lord, for the whole group. God had a plan and we were smack in the middle of it.

   Because we have included some special additions to our tour, it opened the door for God to move in unusual ways, that a normal tour would not experience. One such expereince was when we visited a small 1st generation Arab Christian Church in a small village outside of Haifa. God was able to minister to the Pastor and his wife in a very special way, through one of the couples who joined our tour, along with the rest of the group. I love the  fact that God specifically sometimes zeros in on just one or two people, for a special touch, and uses our tour to do it.

   We feel so honored to be a part of God's plan. No matter how big or small it appears to us, it is always huge to Him. It brings me to repentance that I allow my earthly mind to think it has to be big according to my scale. His scale is one, and one, and one, etc. He leaves the many to seek out just one.

Thank you Father for your personal involvement in all our lives!! Amen!!!!!

GOD WILL GO BEFORE YOU!

Posted by israel_tour@hotmail.com on August 27, 2014 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (191)

ISRAEL TOUR 2014

This years tour was amazing to say the least. We had a wonderful group as always! Every year, the Lord put's together the exact group of people he desires to go with us. It is always miraculous, always inspiring, always a growing time for all.


We began our tour on June 7th, and we did not stop until we sat down in the plane on our trip home. This is not a trip for the faint of heart. There is a lot to see, and because we include time for minstry to the people of Israel, it is power packed.


This year the Lord did exactly what He always does, He surprised us almost daily. He went before us, and prepared the way for us. Protecting, and guiding us through some unusual situations. Mostly bumps in the road, but He made himself known more thant once. Though Satan tries to waylay our plans, The Lord always triumphs, and this year was no different.


We visited all the Holy sites, which are always exciting. One of the greatest pleasures for Frank and I, is to experience Israel for the first time over and over through the eyes of the people we host. They are in awe from the minute they step off the plane.


To walk the Via DeLorosa, and pray at the Whaling Wall, then to walk through the Garden of Gathsemane where some of the trees there date back at least a couple thousand years. (Olive trees don't die, they spit open and new trees shoot up from the center of the root.) The City of David has recently had new excavations, that is a highlight for everyone. The Pool of Shaloam was discovered only a few years ago, when they had a sewage problem, now we can see where Jesus probably bathed along with all those who would soon after begin there journey up the steps to the Temple Mount. Jericho, the Dead Sea, Masada, the Sea of Galiee,Capurnam and all the incredible places where Jesus ministered, is only a part of the Israel experience. YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS TRIP OF A LIFETIME. We have actially had several people from this years tour, tell us they will go with us again next year. What a blessing to Frank and I to know that people are being blessed when they go with us.


I hope some of you will desire to visit Israel with us. We do our best to give you the very best tour you will ever experiece, and at the very best price possible, without sacrificing quality!


You can also find us on Facebook under the name ISRAEL TOURS AND MINISTRY.


You can contact us through this website, or Facebook messaging.


Pray about joining us this coming June, 2015, and God Bless You!!


Small but Sweet and Power Packed

Posted by israel_tour@hotmail.com on December 29, 2013 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (111)

Our 2013 trip to Israel was quite unique from all the others. During the course of the year, it looked like we would have around 15-20 people join us. However, as the year progressed, people were dropping like flies. we began to question the Lord as to whether we should do a tour at all in 2013. We had no confirmation from the Lord that we should cancel it, so we proceeded, and told the Lord we would take however many He brought to us.


It turned out being quite small, we were 6 total, including Frank and me. But the Lord began to work immedeately to let us know He was with us.


We had so much more time for personal ministry to one another, and to develope relationship. We watched as God spoke so plainly to each of the 4 precious people He had placed in our care. It was a blessing to all. We would not have changed a thing about the tour.


The Lord also connected Frank and me with another ministry that will be quite inportant to us in the future. We would not have had the ability to cultivate that relationship, if our tour had been the usual size.


We will never again question whether we are suppose to do a tour based on numbers again. Although there may be other reasons why the tour might cancel.


I hope you will consider joining us this year. God is a big God and His plans for you are so much bigger than you can imagine. Pray about it and see what happens. If He wants you to go, He will let you know.


God Bless You All !

Another Incredible Tour

Posted by israel_tour@hotmail.com on June 29, 2013 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (280)

SHALOM to All,

We just returned fom Israel, and WOW, what an incredible trip. We were a very small group this year, but God does something different every year. This was very unusual for us. Our Tours usually total around 30. We feel that our tour is not meant for larger numbers. However, we were only 6, including Frank and me.


While we were putting this tour together, we questioned if we were suppose to go this year because people seem to have so little interest in going. But we decided to forge ahead with the 4 people who wanted to go.


It was be like going to Israel with 4 friends. It turned out to be one of the best trips we have had in many ways. Not because of the numbers, but because God spoke so strongly to each person, in such personal ways. Frank and I were amazed at the deep spiritual connections each individual had with our sweet Lord.


We will never again question the numbers. Our tours are not like most tours. Frank and I put them together for strictly ministry purposes. This is not a job. It is our heart. Putting together this fabulous trip of a lifetime for those who desire to see this very special land, is our pleasure. But our main purpose for doing this is to give you the added treat of meeting the people of Israel.


At the end of every tour, you will spend time in Haifa, visiting 3 very special churches. All three churches we have  relationship with.  We feel it is very important to introduce our tours to the fact that God is moving powerfully within the Jewish and Arab communities. The sevices and fellowship time will bless you more than you can imagine. The warmth and love pouring from these church communities will overwhelm and warm your heart. You will fall in love with these precious Chirstians.


I hope you will check out the rest of our Website, and make a decision to join us next June for a fabulous encounter with the HOLY LAND and it's people.


God Bless,

Sandra Young

God Is Good!!!!

Posted by israel_tour@hotmail.com on February 6, 2013 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (113)

Greetings to all,

My last post was quite a while ago. In it I shared that our family was going through a time of testing, particularly one of our sons and his wife. God has been so very good, even during this situation which has now been resolved in victory. Our son and his wife and children are doing great, God has been faithful as we knew He would be. He has even sent added blessings this year with our daughter and her family moving back home after 15 years, and blessing our youngest son and his wife with a baby due in September, which will be our 11th grandchild. We are praising God and so very grateful to Him. What an awsome God we serve.

We are reving up for our upcoming tour in June. It will be upon us very quickly and there is still much to do. If you think you would like to join us, let us know by going to our "Contact Us" page and fill out the form. We ould love to hear from you.

We will be updating as we have news.

God Bless,

Sandra

Prayer Request!

Posted by israel_tour@hotmail.com on March 20, 2012 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (125)

UPDATE -

Shalom, it has been a while since I have written. We have had much activity in our family since I last wrote. Our son and his wife are going through a time of testing as is the entire family. I would covet everyone's prayers. We are strong in the Lord, but we know that the enemy is sly and a formidable foe. However, our champion Jesus has alread over come him, and our Lord is not taken by surprise. Jesus has promised that no weapon formed agains us will prosper for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. We are standing on that promise, and we  have peace.

He never promised that we would not have trials, but he did promise that He wouold provide a way of escape from it all. We are praising God and thanking Him for His many blessings on our family. He is with us and He covers us with His blood. A hedge no weapon of the enemy can penetrate.

When you think of it, thank God for the victory that is already ours.

God Bless, and thanks for your prayers,

Sandra

Testing the Word

Posted by israel_tour@hotmail.com on October 29, 2011 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (230)

Dear Friends,

I have spent the last day and a half with the Lord. I had a few  days alone and decided that it would be a good thing to give them totally to Jesus, fasting, praying, and studying. Today is the second day, and already things are happening. I don't understand it, but fasting and praying, is an amazing weapon of warfare. I can't explain it or tell you why God uses it or calls us to do it. I just know, when I dedicate specific time to Jesus, it always produces fruit.

My main reason for writing today is to share an interesting thing that happened today. The first day of a fast is usually pretty mundain. I pray, I read, I listen to teaching, I worship. It is good, but typically not as fulfilling as a normal morning with the Lord, when I am not fasting. In fact, the first day is usually a little laborsome.

But on the 2nd or 3rd day, things start to happen. This is day 2 and God is already moving. I am so stirred up right now because, this morning I bagan reading a book called "Catching the Initiatives fo God".

 I have in my walk with the Lord, had a dream or a vision I knew was from God. During those times, I am elated and encouraaged of course. But, they are few and far between. According to what I am reading on this morning, it should be a normal part of our relationship with the Lord. According to this author, we are constantly hearing from the Lord, but we don't pay attention. We think it is just a silly thought, or if we think it might be the Lord, we are afraid to act on it.

As I continue readingg, I am becoming more and more encouraged. The author shares that God has used him numerous times in a Starbucks. Then he said, coffee shops are a wonderful place for the Lord to use you. At that moment, I felt the Lord tell me to go to Starbucks and read and study there.

Normally, I might have passed that over as my thought. Today, I decided to be obedient to the possibility that it might be God. So I got up, got dressed, packed up my books and computer, and headed for Starbucks.

When I arrived there were a few people there. I looked around, found a place to sit down,  and began to read.

A lady and her children, who were sitting in the spot I wanted to sit, eventually got up and left. I moved to that spot and continued studying. People came in and out. I would look at them and ask the Lord, "are they the ones Lord?" No response, so I would continue reading. I thought, Lord I am not going to force anything. I will walk through any door you open, or respond to anything you might say to me. But, without your direction, or you opening a door, I will not proceed. I wanted this to be a clear test, without any intervention by me.

As I was reading a lady and her child came in.  I looked up at her and she was looking at me. We smiled, but went on about out business. She was trying to get on the internet, but was having trouble. Her daughter came over and sat across from me. I spoke to her, asking her name, "Sophia" was her response. I told her I loved her name, we smiled at each other and I went on reading.

A short time later, her mother asked me if I had been on the internet, and was there something she needed to do to get on, that she was not doing. I was tryng to help her, when a worker came over to help, but unsuccessfully. She decided to leave, but struck up a conversation with me about the fact that she was in school trying to pass an exam to enter Nursing school. As we talked, of course God began to direct the conversation. For the next hour at least, we spoke of so many things of God, and I was able to direct her to books and websites that would help her. She shared that she was a spirit filled Christian, whose husband was Catholic and she was in the process of converting, only in obedience to her husband. He will only attend a Catholic church and she felt God was saying, "be obedient, and I will meet you there. To her surprise, the church is spirit filled, and God is meeting her there. Her parents were missionaries and she grew up in a non-denominational spirit filled church and longs to return, but for now she is being obedient.

She was so hungry for good solid teaching, not that she is a child in the Lord. She is quite knowledgeable. But I was able share many resources with her, to help her continue to grow while the Lord is working in her life where she is. She was so precious, and I know it was a  devine appointment.

She told me she knew the Lord had directed her to Starbucks that day. She did not want to go there, but her daughter wanted a hot chocolate, other wise she would have gone to Panera Bread instead.

God is so good, I am discovering new things about the kind of intimacy God wants with us. I have walked with the Lord for 30 years, and I am still contantly  growing. I know that will never change until I see Him face to face.

I am so excited that my test was affirmed and confirmed by my Lord Jesus. I want to hear His voice more clearly than I have ever heard it, and I know that we live in a time when hearing His voice is crucial. It can make the difference between life and death for many. We need to make the effort to grow. I say effort, because that is what it is. "The righteous take heaven by storm." That does not sound passive to me, but pro active.

This generation loves to be physically fit, which takes a lot of work. It doesn't happen by sitting around. It takes energy and getting off your duff. The same is true about strengthening your spirit. It takes work. But, the benefit is spiritual rest. It doesn't seem to make sense, but it is true. The more you work, drawing  closer to God, seeking to hear His voice more clearly, striving to worship Him in the manner He desired to be worshipped, the more spiritual rest we experience. Basically, we work to rest. Rest from laboring in th natural for our needs to be met. When we find that rest, through knowing Him better and more intimately, then those things we seek after, begin to chase after us.

God is so good, I love every moment knowing Him, I pray He will lead you to your rest!

In His Love,

Sandra



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