Hola and Blessings!

“Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would
not rain and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years” James 5:17

Elijah had a clear goal, was focused, put all his heart and emotion into his praying, was persistent and totally expected his prayers to be heard and come to pass!!
Jana and I will be leaving for Peru, January 16 and return to California the evening of July 2. We are writing to you specifically to pray for us while we are in Peru. We know you are intercessors and covet your prayers for us now, during and after our time in Peru!

  1. Jana and I will be overseeing 2 different teams in Peru
    • Jana is the national coordinator for the Prayer Healing Teams that will be praying for people in 9 medical clinics in the nation where doctors, dentists, and nurses provide free care and free medicine. Her teams pray for the sick so pray for the tangible presence of God, the flow of miracles to cure and heal the sick and for people to encounter God and transformed forever by His love.
      Pray for the supernatural gift of leadership and faith for Jana and to be protected physically and spiritually the entire time
    • Earl will be going to Iquitos on Jan 19th and taking a team of over 100 missionaries from 7 states along with 40 Peruvians, captain, crew, and translators down the Amazon.
    • Pray for the 5 stops along the Amazon that God will use our teams to save the lost, heal the sick, break the demonic control off the people who have been so displaced and broken so Jesus really needs to walk among them and the manifest presence of God felt and experienced at each place
    • Pray for Earl to also have the gift of leadership and faith as I am the leader of the entire expedition. Pray for safety, protection spiritually and also from all disease and sickness on this trip.
  2. Cover our 5 children and 11 grandchildren physically, spiritually, emotionally, financially from the moment you read this to a week after we return which is July 9th! Also, Jedidiah and Amber and their 3 children, Aniya, Daylen and Cayden and Antonio our 19-year-old grandson will be coming to Peru, and they will be with Jana in Lima the entire time also. Pray for all the provision that will be needed to be taken care of!
  3. It is a great honor to have people like you standing with us and praying for us, co-laboring with God to see the gospel and its power be released in the nation of Peru at this time…..thank you so much!!!

Pastor Earl and Jana

I am not one to have dreams but this morning I had a very vivid one and was not sure of its meaning so I asked Jana who can interpret dreams and as she did the Spirit of God came very close to me, and this dream actually positioned me for leaving for the Amazon tomorrow morning and defined the next season for both of our lives and that of DOAN. 
I felt to send something I wrote a number of years ago, about the man that was healed of the withered hand by Jesus.  This is a historical account of that mans identity.  The hand represents the activity of our lives, ministry, calling, what our hearts are called to give away through our hands, our destinies, our dreams, and visions that in one way or another was crushed leaving us with the inability to fulfill them.  I also experienced that crushing and over the years God truly has been healing both my wife and me to fully extend our hands so to speak to accomplish what He intended through them.  
Where I am going in the Amazon, there is a rampant disease, sickness, crushed lives and destinies and the loss of dreams and visions on a scale that is staggering and we get the privilege of seeing what has been withered be no longer so.  I also am aware that over the last 24 years, we have been passionate about seeing many of your withered hands in one way or another healed,  including some coming on this boat.
I so desperately want you to know that your precious beyond anything you can imagine, God can restore all the years the locusts have eaten, give you beauty for ashes, His power can resurrect all that might have been crushed, wounded or died within you, and let the Spirit of God touch you as you read this once again, we love you….earl and Jana

Luke 6:6-11

Now it happened on another Sabbath, also, that He entered the synagogue and taught. And a man was there whose right hand was withered
So the scribes and Pharisees watched him closely, whether he would heal on the Sabbath, that they might find an accusation against him
But he knew their thoughts and said to the man with the withered hand, “Arise and stand here.” And he arose and stood
Then Jesus said to them, ” I will ask you one thing: Is it lawful to do good or to do evil, to save life or destroy:”
And when He had looked around at them all, He said to the man,”Stretch out your hand.” And he did so, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.
But they were all filled with rage and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.

He arose early this Sabbath morning as he always did, to spend the entire day in the synagogue in his home town. Ever since that fateful day in 2 A.D. he had lived alone. That day, he along with 217 Jewish stonemasons, were punished for working on the Sabbath. Their right hands were crushed and shattered, becoming useless and withered for the rest of their lives. He was forced to wear sackcloth wrapped around his right arm and hand as an example of what would happen to anyone who would dare break the law of the Sabbath.

Ever since that day, he had never heard from his wife and children. The eyes of his children were gouged out and they spent the rest of their lives begging in the streets, never to see their parents again. His wife had one eye gouged out and the fingers of her right hand cut off. She was sent to the garbage dump of Gehenna. The family, which had been so close was now separated forever.

Every day he went to the streets, his head bowed. He never was allowed to look anyone in the eye in public. The High Priest had declared that God was greatly displeased with the stonemasons and had abandoned them and their families forever. Officially, the proclamation was called the Masons Disallowance. The religious leaders had agreed that the stonemasons could never be forgiven but their families could be forgiven for the sin of the stonemasons. However, if a stonemason took his life to escape the horror of his punishment, then God would not forgive his family and transfer the punishment to the next 3 generations.

Every morning since that day, the stonemason awoke convinced that God Himself had forsaken him and that he would never be forgiven. No one, absolutely no one, could talk to him and he could talk to no one. If this took place, the curse would come upon the other person. Crushed by despair, he made his way to the synagogue.

The ancient records give us the details and the historical setting. Herod the Great had a desire to enhance the Jewish Temple of Worship in the city of Jerusalem. It was one of the great architectural and engineering wonders of the eastern part of theRoman Empire. He hired the most talented master builders, including 217 Jewish stonemasons.

In 5 B.C., Herod began to have a premonition that he would die before the Temple’s completion. The substructure work involving the stone masons was not yet done, so he gave the order for them to work around the clock, seven days a week.

The Jewish stonemasons knew that to work on the Sabbath was against Jewish law and to do so would cause them to break the law. However, the Jewish chief priest that oversaw and supervised the construction of the Temple was handpicked by Herod the Great himself. His name was Jeshu ben See and not wanting to offend Herod, he gave his approval for the stone masons to work on the Sabbath. He convinced the High Priest, the most powerful religious leaders and the Sadducees to agree with this, saying it would benefit the Temple.

In 4 B.C., Herod died but Herod’s successor, Archelaus continued the project with Jeshu ben See overseeing the work as before. Within 4 years the work was done but the story does not end here.

Rome wanted to build the Tower of Antonia, the administrative headquarters of the Roman garrison in Jerusalem. Coponius, the Roman Governor at the time demanded that Jeshu ben See order the 217 Jewish stonemasons to once again work seven days a week, around the clock on the Tower. This time Jeshu ben See convinced Elazor, the new High Priest to issue a Proclamation, known as the Sabbath of Weeks Proclamation. This would allow the stone masons to work 126 Sabbaths to finish the work on the Tower and in 2 A.D., the work was completed.

History records that Jeshu ben See invited the stonemasons and their families to a celebration in their honor for all the work they did in building the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. It was a joyous time for the stonemasons and their families but then there was a pause in the ceremony

Jeshu ben See declared that working on the Sabbath was forbidden by Jewish law. The stonemasons had broken the law by working on the Sabbath in building the Temple but because it was the Jewish Temple they would be forgiven and not be punished. However, they would be punished for working on the Sabbath to build theTowerofAntoniabecause it was for their enemies, the Romans. It would have been better for them to not obey the High Priest than to work for the good of theRoman Empire.

It was then that the carnage began. By law, no one had the right to punish anyone for Sabbath breaking by taking away their livelihood but this too was overruled and the right hands were smashed denying them their livelihood forever. As the screams of children and wives having their eyes gouged outgrew louder and louder, the Roman authorities began to arrive but it was too late to stop the bloodshed. They arrested Jeshu ben See and the High Priest but Jeshu said it was his doing and the High Priest was innocent.

Jeshu ben See was convicted of inhumane treatment by Roman Court of Law and sentenced to three years in a Roman Prison.

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One day a young boy noticed a man sitting in the back of a synagogue on a Sabbath day. The man never looked up and his right arm and hand were wrapped in sackcloth. He never spoke and no one spoke to him and he was still there when the boy left to go home. “Who is that man?”, he asked Joseph and Mary, his parents. They told him the story of the stone masons.

As the years went by, the young boy became a man and then the day in the synagogue in his home town, he announced that He was the one prophesied about long ago upon whom the Spirit of the Lord would come. He would heal the brokenhearted, set free the captives, give beauty for ashes, joy for sadness and liberate mankind from every form of oppression. He was the Lord of the Sabbath, it was His day and He would bring that day back under the Law of Love and destroy the heartlessness, the hypocrisy, the cruelty of manmade religious concepts about the ways of God.

He should know. He knew His Father. He was His Son, the Son of HIs Love. His name was Jesus Christ and He had waited years for the day when He would restore the man with the withered hand. He too was on his way to the synagogue.

Imagine that moment when all eyes were upon Jesus as he entered the synagogue. Here and now He would confront the spirit of religion in religious leaders who had created the Sabbath after their own image not the image of His Father. This kind of religion thrives where there is the hardness of heart and creates Sabbaths that keep love and compassion, healing and deliverance, out of the synagogue (churches) in the name of God, worshipping correctness in outward externals and programs devoid of His presence and form without any display of power. Structures without life, all the names written on tombstones, no resurrection life on display.

There are many who have been wounded by religion, shepherds not after God’s heart, confined by systems of dos and don’ts, confronted by what God wants, instead of revealing WHO GOD IS. Jesus came to reveal who His Father was, the way His Father Feels and pour out unconditional love upon the broken and undeserving. He would be smashed for every law broken, for every mistake, so that we could be made whole.

“Step Forward!”

No longer would the stonemason hang his head in shame, his dignity and value as a human being smashed by those who exalt the demands of the law over the smile of the God who is love and whose bowels of compassion are moved when He sees us. Jesus has him stand up and SPEAKS to him, the silence of being driven away, embraced by the voice of the ONE whose words dispel the shame.

God does not stand aloof from our pain and weeps within our weeping. He runs to embrace us, He yearns to lift our head to look into His eyes and wash our souls and spirits by His love. He can do so because His Son was crushed and withered away for us, so that every area of our lives that are withered, meaning dry and useless, shriveled up and lifeless, can respond to the words the stone mason heard that day;

“Stretch out your hand”

God does not shun us but gives dignity, even to the fallen, even to the erring, even to the one that others judge, ignore, look down upon because they don’t live up to the law or the way they or their church does things. A speck in the eye, a mote in the eye is what Jesus calls our weaknesses. The hand that was to serve Him, extend from the heart towards heaven to worship Him and reach out to others to touch them as He is not to be smashed but restored and made whole. Brokenness and tenderness of heart for our brethren does not smash the hand, take away the vision and punish.

We need not duck the beams which are the created expectations of those who crush the preciousness and value of the one with a mote in his eye.

Take off the sackcloth. Stand in the presence of God, even in the presence of those who look away from you because they really cannot see you. The Lord of the Sabbath has come to you today. That area of your life that has been withered, that area of your soul that has dried up, that place within your emotions that is dead, “Stretch it forth!”

Maybe it came because of unfairness, or lack of love from others. Maybe some deep disappointment or failure. Hurt or abuse might have crushed you in some way. Things that were said to you, misunderstandings or lack of sensitivity in your situations.

The Lord of Life understands. He has been waiting for the day to arrive to weep with you and then joyfully to YOU, say “Step forward”, “Stretch forth your hand”.

He has not turned His back on anyone and we can take off the sackcloth and expose ourselves in His presence because He loves us and in His presence, there is a release of His power to make us whole as we extend ourselves to Him in our deepest need. To do so will see God do what no man can do and He will undo all that man has done to us that was not born out of the heart of God………