What has Tikvah meant to
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Tikvah has been such a part of God's healing, touching, and renewing for us
through the many years we have been blessed to be a part. We have had personal
miracles where God answered prayers through this ministry. Pastor Lou, Eric,
and Denise were always a vital part of this ministry, and without them lifting us
up through the hard times, I don't know how we would have made it. They have always
been a blessing and source of strength for us. God, we thank you for this blessed
Denise, I was just thinking about how 10 years ago, the Lord sent me someone
who would change my life forever. I cannot believe that it has already been
10 years since you invited me to play violin for a Disney trip. It's been 10 years
since I was sitting in your classroom listening to those highschoolers sing, and later
joining the altos as you taught me to sing harmony. And it's been almost 10 years
since you invited me to my first TIKVAH.
I remember that first TIKVAH and playing violin like it was yesterday. A woman
was lying on the floor with a blanket over her. I asked you, "Why is she sleeping? Is
she bored with our music?" And you replied, "No, dear, she's out under the power of God."
And then, do you remember the look on my face when you asked me, "Vivian, have you ever
been in a church like this one?" And, coming from a Buddhist background, I replied,
"I've never been in a church!" I remember the look on YOUR face! And it's been almost
10 years since you brought me to play violin at another ministry's meeting on Clearwater
Beach, and we laughed out heads off because a woman in the prayer line lost her slip as it
fell to the floor, and instead of leaving it there or nonchalantly picking it up, she was
trying to put it back on! Oh my!
And so, I just wanted to say THANK YOU. Thank you for being available to be used
by God. Thank you for just being available to listen to me. Thank you for teaching
me so much about the Lord. Thank you for showing the Love of the Lord to me. But I
want to especially thank you for showing me how to worship God. How to enter into His
presence and sit at His feet. To truly enter into the Holy of Holies basking in His
glory. Thank you so much. My life has forever changed because of you.
Vivian Ko Bell
Because I have been made to feel like a
"family member" of Shepherd's Heart Ministries and at Tikvah Israel
over the last four years, I feel that working with both Eric and Denise has
been more than a blessing... it's been a great opportunity to grow and mature as
a Christian. I have been blessed by being allowed to share a God given
gift of music in playing drums and singing, which sat dormant for years,
through Tikvah Israel. Through the Youngs, the Lord has helped me to
become not only a better musician and a more effective
sound technician, but also a worshipper! The most important miracle is how El Shaddai
has used the Young's consistency in their Christian walk to bring my
soul "to a higher place". God willing, they will be "stuck"
with me for a long time to come!
I give thanks to the Lord for leading me to Shepherd's Heart Ministries and
all of the ministries it covers . . .
Tikvah Israel (aka Tikvah @ The Father's House), Shepherd's Heart
Fellowship, and High Places Music.
Even though I have only been attending TIKVAH off and on since December 2004, more
off than on due to work, God has met me there. First of all, I was readily accepted
into the fellowship, even as a stranger, which made the transition from Nashville,
Tennessee to Treasure Island, Florida seamless. The worship is where I am touched
the most. The dancers, standard-bearers (flags), and other active worshippers are
inspiring and stir the zeal of the Lord within me. The anointing on the music and
musicians has enabled them to carry TIKVAH time and time again in worship, which
makes worshipping EASY!!!!!.....and FUN. I have experienced the Presence and the
emotions of the Spirit of the Lord there many times; as well as the joyful assembly
of the saints. God has taught me MUCH about myself, His Spirit within me, and the
art of worship just by worshipping Him all those times.
TIKVAH . . . a true jewel on the Emerald Coast!
I want to say THANK YOU, Eric and Denise, for your love, kindness, and
prayers. You both have been such a blessing to me and Sabrina. God only
knows what would have happened had you, Eric, not been there for us. It really spoke
volumes to me as to the man of God that you are, and the heart you have for God and
I have met and spoken with many people who talk about living for God and being
Christlike. But, Eric, you actually live what you talk. And so do you, Denise.
I know it and see it from the love and joy that you guys display through
all you say and do. Thank you for your prayers, and thank you for being selfless
and willing vessels for God's Kingdom. I love you guys, and you will always hold
a special place in my heart.
Thank you, God, for Eric and Denise and for their children, Amanda and Austin.
They are a blessing to many, and I pray that You will bless them spiritually,
physically, mentally, and financially, and bless the ministry that You have given
them and continue to open doors for them. God, I pray that You would raise up more
people like Eric and Denise. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Romeo & Sabrina Spagnolo