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...worshipping in the splendor of His holiness
Pastor Lou's beginnings . . .
There was the discussion about what to do with the kids. It was a typical scenario in the mixed marriage, particularly between the Jewish male and the Gentile female. He said, "The boys will be Jewish, the girls it doesn't matter -- they can be Presbyterian. When they grow up, they'll marry and their name will change anyway!" Through the years he laughed at the memory.
AND THEN THINGS CHANGED!
All that changed when Lou became a Christian - or, as he puts it, "a completed Jew, a follower of Christ." Lou had heard of the Messianic movement and went to a service at the Hebrew Christian Church on Liberty Road. The minister was Theodore Klein, who spoke of how Christ destroys the wall between Jews and Gentiles, or people of different denominations. To Lou it was a revelation! He found that the words and ceremonies are not as important as the Spirit we all share.
Lou gave himself over to this new faith. He was a Christian with zeal. But as the years passed, and leadership in his church changed, he eventually found himself just going through the motions like many other people do who call themselves Christians. Lou's observation was . . ."They go to church on Sunday and they put money in the collection, but there's no real commitment. They need something to jolt them!"
LOU WAS JOLTED BY A HEART ATTACK
At the age of 40, Lou went
into cardiac arrest while taking a stress test at the
hospital. He recalled, "I was snuffed, just like that!
All the work, all the worry - for what? Zap, just like that
In 1994, Eric and Denise, through Shepherd's Heart Ministries, Inc., assisted Lou and Carol in setting up their own non-profit ministry, Christians United for the Holy Land, Inc. Under their new covering, Lou and Carol took numerous humanitarian trips to Israel and delivered gifts to the needy Messianic Jews and Palestinian Christians. Many churches and individual supporters helped make these trips possible.
"What should motivate a Christian to pray for Israel as a country? Our motivation should come from the fact that Scripture admonishes us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and by implication, the State of Israel. We must pray that the spritual eyes of the Jews would be opened to the truth of The Messiah as revealed in Scripture. We must also pray that the Nation of Israel would realize that it was the Hand of God that helped them regain the Land and to rebuild and prosper in their efforts. Nevertheless, we see Israel as a people beloved by God - so beloved that He promises blessings to those who bless Israel." (Genesis 12:2-3)
Pastor Lou's legacy . . .
Pastor Lou's legacy . . .
Tikvah and Pastor Lou were two words
that always went hand in hand. He was a man who blessed
our lives by introducing us to the Jewish roots of Jesus Christ
over ten years ago. One of our first visits to Tikvah was
when our daughter Lisa, then age eleven, was invited by Denise to
sing. From that night on, we develped a hunger and a thirst to
learn more about the Jewish roots of our Christian
faith. After only going to Tikvah a few times, Dan
was diagnosed with a fatal blood disorder. God used the faith
of Pastor Lou and others at Tikvah to pray for Dan to receive his
healing. When Lou prayed over Dan, we knew Dan was
going to be fine. Watching many people receive healing
at Tikvah has been awesome, as well as seeing others being delivered
from bondage. Each time Pastor Lou was under the
anointing, all we had to do was stand near him and God's
presence would touch our spirits. We will always remember how
much he loved to praise and worship the Lord. He was a true
servant of God and will certainly be
I truly thank God for letting me
meet Pastor Lou. God used him to bring me into a deeper love
and understanding of Israel and the Hebrew people. Through
Tikvah Israel, I learned the meaning of worshipping in Spirit and in
Truth. Nowhere have I ever been able to worship so openly and
freely. The ministry of Tikvah and Pastor Lou have been a
tremendous blessing to me. A blessing that I thank God for and
will never forget as long as I live. And because
Pastor Lou was a believer in Yeshua, I know beyond a shadow of a
doubt that I will have the privilege of being with him again in
God's Kingdom. Thank You, Lord!
Pastor Lou will be so missed. He
gave so much love and wisdom, always moving through the Holy
Spirit. May God bless and keep Carol and the family in the
love of Yeshua. Praise God for His
I remember when my sister was dying
back in 1990, Lou and Carol prayed for her. She passed away
with joy in her spirit. It brought me comfort at a sad
time. Lou also encouraged me to attend CCTC
(Countryside Christian Training Center). I learned so much and
developed into a stronger Christian. I also remember the Seder
we had at the church. It was a memorable experience. Lou
had so much faith. I know he affected many by this
faith. It brought me through some hard times. As the
Word teaches, God delivers us out of our trials. God richly
blessed me by knowing Pastor Lou.