Saturday, February 16, 2019

Israel! - Here we come again! More Ahava Adventures!

Israel! - Here we come again! More Ahava Adventures!
May & October 2019

We like Israeli camels! - Steve & Laurie Martin

Feb. 16, 2019

Love For His People's Ahava Adventures!, our bi-annual ministry trips to Israel, will again be happening this May and October 2019.

Those joining Laurie and I will be visiting the Aliyah Return Center in Tiberias in the Galilee, the new location where Yeshua (Jesus) was baptized near Jericho, Masada, the Dead Sea, and of course the Israeli capital city of Jerusalem.

The baptismal site near Jericho, where Yeshua was most likely immersed. (Photo by Steve Martin, 2013)

Our main purpose in travel is to always encourage and spend time with friends, families, and ministries that Love For His People supports monthly with financial and spiritual support.

Up front, you need to know that we don't do the "typical" 30-40 people bus tour, though I have recommendations if you ever want to. Our friends here in Charlotte, NC, and the Fort Mill, SC area do annual tourist bus tours, which I highly recommended for the 1st time tourist.

Our Ahava Adventures (ahava is love in Hebrew) take you for 8-9 days on the very same ground that Abraham, Issac, Jacob, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and above all, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach, walked. We will get you connected to His Land, but even more importantly with His people. Each and every believer needs to have, at least once in their lifetime, a connection to the People of Israel, personally.

The Lord is bringing back (making aliyah) the Jews of the nations to their Promised Land. Come spend time with the ones who have already done so.

If ever you want to join us, let us know!

For further information:

Ahava Adventures
Love For His People ministry
P.O. Box 414
Pineville, NC 28134

Come along!

Steve & Laurie Martin

P.S. These two this year will be Steve's 20th and 21st times of travel to Israel. I know some places you have never gone before. Or might not ever will, unless...

(Below photos by Steve Martin - October 2018)

Hostel staff on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem

The Golden Gate (Eastern Gate)
Gathering together in Jerusalem

Ben Yehuda Street entertainer

All Together Now - For His Purposes & Plans. The latest book by Steve Martin

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The latest book by Steve Martin (my 20th)

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About The Ministry

Love For His People - moving forward into our 9th year with you. For them.

Jan. 7, 2019

Charlotte, North Carolina

Dear friends of Love For His People,

Over eight years ago on June 30, 2010, I had left the third ministry I had worked for in the past 24 years (Vision for Israel with Barry and Batya Segal, after 14 years at Mahesh and Bonnie Chavda Ministries/All Nations Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, and eight years total at Derek Prince Ministries (Ft. Lauderdale and Charlotte), finishing with the last five at VFI. 

The providential reason in departing my service at VFI was to start a new ministry, co-founded by my good wife Laurie and me. We called it Love For His People (officially formed in April 2010 with our USA non-profit, 501(c)3 approval) - primarily to bless the Jews of Israel, and specifically the believers within the nation - those who have come to acknowledge that Yeshua is the Messiah, HaMashiach.

As non-Jews, Gentiles, goyim, Christian Zionists (whatever label we have!), we began the organization/ministry to stand strong for the Jewish state of Israel, Yisrael - the Land of Israel. In this world, with nations continually becoming more anti-Semitic daily, we have been called, as the prophetic word in 2004 was spoken over us, as a "scepter for Israel."

2019 Board members
(L-R Tom Fahey*, Ben Martin, Teri Fahey, Geoff Graham, David Peterman, Christen Blade, Luana Peterman, Josh Martin, Sandra McCain, Mary and Bob Smith, Indira and Edgar Persad, Laurie and Steve Martin)
Not pictured: Andrew Blade, Wane Daroux
(*in the process for director membership)

Our heart's desire is to do our part in speaking up for those who, for centuries, experienced nothing more than "hate" in the "name of Christ", from so-called Christians. That included Adolf Hitler himself, who used Martin Luther's last completely inerrant days, of non-Scriptural theology, to espouse Replacement Theology. This totally wrong belief is that the "Christian church" has replaced Israel as the one receiving the promises of the God of Israel. Today, it continues to be totally inaccurate, both historically and spiritually.

The Jews had been given, and on many occasions even bought, the land of Israel they have now returned too. That includes all of Jerusalem.

Western Wall - October 2018 - Jerusalem, ISRAEL (photo by Steve Martin)

Israel, of course, continues to be the main objective in our support, but we also stand with those others who join alongside us in helping Jews make aliyah (return to Israel), speak out for the nation, and appreciate their Jewish roots as believers in Jesus (Yeshua).

On an annual budget of $30,000 (see financial reports below), through the provision of the Lord, we continue to spread His love (ahava) and peace (shalom). We ask you to join us in our continuing efforts, as you see what is being done, through these efforts following.


This ministry, with no staff or paid contractors, sends monthly funds to families in Jerusalem. For some of these, it has been for over eight years now. Consistently. Each month.

Nissim and Hadassah in Jerusalem

Chaim Malespin

Aliyah Return Center, located in Tiberias, Israel, is directed by Chaim Malespin. It operates to help returning Jews be restored in the Land of Israel.

We have our Love For His People Director, Moses Julius, in Lahore, Pakistan.

Moses Julius
Love For His People - Pakistan Director

In Nigeria, we support the pastoral work of Abel Oyewale and his wife Margaret. In 2018 we were able to send Bibles, our published books, a Canon SureShot camera, and a Dell computer for their church and ministry use.

 Pastor Abel & Margaret Oyewale in Nigeria

Pastor Oyewale's church members hold up our ministry books they received.

In the UK, in Northern Ireland, we have stood with the James Clint family, sending monthly contributions for almost two years to them, to assist their work in helping Hungarian Jews make aliyah (immigrating) to their homeland in Israel.

Jim Clint family in Northern Ireland (UK) - June 2018

Our pastor friend John Ebenezer in Mucherla, Andhra Pradesh, India continues to receive the contributions given through this ministry. For the past 8 years, we have supported his exceptional labors of love. He has one of the most amazing apostolic ministries I have personally witnessed myself in India, as he raises up new believers, pastors, and builds church structures among the high-density Hindu and Muslim population.

Pastor John Ebenezer from India - his first trip to Israel 2013
On our Love for His People - Ahava Adventures - ministry trips

Monthly financial support is sent to CBN News (Pat Robertson) in Norfolk, VA. to assist the Jerusalem office, with head Chief Bureau Chris Mitchell, Julie Stahl, and others.

Chris Mitchell, CBN News-Jerusalem Chief Bureau with his new book 
(May 2017 Jerusalem, ISRAEL)

Book Publications
- since 2013

When Steve came back from his annual trip to Israel in October 2010, the Lord gave him the directive to write and publish love letters. These messages were then followed by books containing these chapters.

In 2013, the 1st book published for ministry outreach, encouragement and inspiration came off the press, entitled The Promise. It was quickly followed by Ahava Love Letters. Others that followed gave testimony and strong support for Israel. All can be purchased through the ministry office, or on Amazon, in paperback and Kindle version.

Love For His People book publications since 2013. Authored by Steve Martin


Our main flagship, the daily blog Love For His People website, posts truthful news and prophetic updates, and also features my messages Now Think On This, which are then posted to our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. These messages have been printed into books (19 as of this date) on various encouraging and uplifting subjects.

Our Love For His People blog regularly shares Messianic news posted by Israel Today, with Aviel Schneider, Russ Jones, and team. Other news and prophetic ministry outlets, Charisma News, Breaking Israel News, Israel365, The Elijah List, are reposted to give you the truth, current events, and relevant articles to help you grow in spirit, soul, and body.

Our YouTube channel (Steve Martin) has over 1415 videos (several hundred recorded by myself in Israel on 18 trips) with over 1070 subscribers; Twitter accounts, including (Steve Martin@Martinlighthous) which has 540 followers and tweets that have gone out more than 60K at this point in time.

Facebook Pages

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Our LinkedIn account now has over 5,020 connections. Posts from our Love For His People blog are automatically uploaded to our homepage.
Steve at the Camel Ranch near Eilat, Israel 2009


Since the founding of Love For His People, Inc. in April 2010, our ongoing ministry purpose is to provide encouragement, humanitarian aid, and forthright support for Israel - through practical, committed love. We monthly provide financial support for believers in Israel and spend time with them in Israel on an annual basis.

We appreciate your support.  This ministry blesses you as you become a blessing to the nations that our Lord loves and died for. (Genesis 12:3)

Checks can be sent to:

Love For His People, Inc.
P.O. Box 414
Pineville, NC 28134

Ahava and shalom!

Steve Martin
Love For His People ministry

Questions? E-mail Steve Martin at

2019 - Year for Overcoming Stubborn Strongholds by Bill Yount, Identity Network

2019 - Year for Overcoming Stubborn Strongholds by Bill Yount

2019 - Year for Overcoming Stubborn Strongholds by Bill Yount

Identity Network
Feb. 15, 2019
For many who feel they go one step forward in the Lord and then two steps backward, be encouraged. I sense the Lord saying, "I count the one foot forward and two steps backward as forward progress."

In football, when the team needs one yard for a first down and the player carries the ball forward one yard yet gets pushed back two yards, it's still marked as a first down. They call this forward progress and so does the Lord. He counts your one step forward, not your steps back.

I'm convinced that many who feel like quitting are actually making progress.

"Brothers, I do not count myself to have attained, but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal to the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:13-14).

The Lord Sees Your Victory Before You See Your Struggle

"You are my King, O God; command deliverances for Jacob" (Ps. 44:4).

Many years ago at a Russ Bixler miracle meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I stood in proxy for my father, who for 25 years, couldn't stop smoking cigarettes. When I arrived home, my father was in the living room watching television. I whispered to my mother in the kitchen what I had done for my dad so he would stop smoking. I didn't know he overheard me telling mom. He walked into our kitchen and said, "Maybe that's the reason when I lit up a cigarette about 8 this evening it didn't taste right, so I put it out." Dad never smoked another cigarette the rest of his life! It was the same time I stood in proxy for him that evening 60 miles away.

On the other hand my mother, who was bound by cigarettes, fought the craving for 16 years. Each time she was tempted, she would go down to the basement of our home to an old box of jars and would kneel down, crying out to the Lord for deliverance. Finally after 16 years, the craving left her. I believe now that God wasn't counting the years she couldn't stop smoking but only the 16th year when she overcame it. The Lord for some reason knew something good was happening in her as a result of persevering. During this time, my mother learned compassion for people who struggled in their weaknesses, and many were delivered before she was, for she knew how to pray for them as one of them.

He is Weaning Many from Their Struggles

I believe this coming year will be a landmark for many who will break free from their struggles. Those who have cried out to the Lord for many years and yet are still bound will discover deliverance just because they didn't quit trusting the Lord for their victory. Although some will have instant deliverance, others will know they were being weaned from their bondage. Remember in our struggles we, as Believers, are not sinners struggling to become saints, we are saints struggling against sin.

My mother had major heart bypass surgery in her 70s. The doctors came to us in the waiting area and told us these words: "Because of what your mother has just been through, she's not going to look very good to you, but she looks great to us because of what she's been through." I sense many reading this article feel like they are not doing well at all in their own eyes and also as a result of what the enemy and what other people are saying to them. But I hear the Father saying, "Because of what you've been through, you look great to Me." Many who feel like fainting are actually doing well from what God sees.

The Lord takes in to account what we have been through and what we are presently battling. He understands why we are struggling. He remembers all of our struggles from the womb to the present day. The One who numbers the hairs on our head and knows our every weakness knows us best and loves us most. When everything is against us, He isn't.

Amazing Grace is When We Think We Have Blown It

"Since then we have a great High Priest who has passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who was in every sense tempted like we are, yet without sin. Let us then come with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need" (Heb. 4:14-16).

Are you still struggling against sin? If so be encouraged, because that means you haven't quit. When you quit is when you are in trouble.

You are Crucified With Christ

Remember, you've been crucified with Christ. You were nailed to the cross with Him. No matter how much your old nature acts like it's still alive, it's dead. You are dead, dead to sin but alive unto God. You are free before you are free because of Calvary. You are free indeed. Go ahead and live unto God.

"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me" (Gal. 2:20)

Bill Yount

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