Report from Don Finto

Curt Landry and I just returned from Singapore for John Dawson’s inauguration as International President of Youth With A Mission. In a way we went half way around the world to be there for a few minutes to pray over him and Julie, their family and the YWAM family. It was either a very foolish expenditure of money, time and energy, or it was the Lord. I think it was the Lord. Curt and I had felt the stirrings to be a part of this when Frank Naea (former president) invited us during our time in New Zealand. But as the months went on, the need of it began to fade until I passed it before my board. All present felt that it had the breath of God on it. So I called Curt and we immediately made plans to go.
We were treated royally from the time we were picked up at the airport about midnight by one of the YWAM leaders in Singapore, until the moment we left for the airport six days later. We were placed in the same hotel with the Global Leadership Team of YWAM (about 50 leaders from around the world) so that we were continually bumping into John and family, Frank and Sonia Naea, Loren Cunningham, and other significant YWAM world leaders. Four days later we were all transferred to the actual venue of the conference and were placed in the housing with Frank and Sonia. We, along with Joseph Watson and Kay Hudgins, two of Belmont’s YWAM leaders, were continually having divine appointments.
John Dawson has grown up in the YWAM movement. His mother and dad have been close friends to Loren and Darlene Cunningham, YWAM founders. He is uniquely qualified to lead during the next season. And through his leadership and association in the Toward Jerusalem Council II, he knows that what I call the “Israel Mandate”–the continual call of God on His “firstborn son,” the son through whom Messiah has come and who will be restored to the family before the Lord’s return–is a necessary ingredient for the success of world evangelism in our day. “To the Jew first, and also to the non-Jew.” “How much greater riches will their (Jewish) fullness bring?” “What will their acceptance be but life from the dead(for them–the Jewish people–and the whole world)?”
Curt and I had only a very few minutes to bring a blessing, gift and presentation to John and Julie Dawson and to their assembled YWAM family (about 1000 people from about 70 nations). I brought greetings and blessings from “your TJCII covenant partners whom you have co-led–as the Gentile leader–for these seven years.” I then introduced Curt as a leader in Messianic movement (director in both the International Messianic Jewish Alliance and in the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America), as one of over 400,000 Jewish people who have come to faith in Jesus as Messiah in the last thirty years. When I said that, John let out a shout, a shout echoed by the hundreds in the hall.
We then proceeded to anoint John and Julie’s right ears (asking the Lord for clarity of hearing), their right thumbs (praying over their apostolic authority and their hands of blessings), and over their right big toes (signifying their paths), then placed a Talit (prayer shawl) over them asking the covering and protection of the Lord over them.
Finally we sang over them what is commonly called the Aaronic benediction of Numbers 6, but is actually the personally worded blessing of God Himself to be used in blessing all Israel throughout the generations (and since we are grafted in to Israel, that blessing also belongs to covenant Gentile members of the body of Messiah), Curt blew the Shofar announcing a new day and a call to hosts, both earthly and heavenly to join in the battle, then we closed with the Shema of Deuteronomy 6 and Mark 12 (“Hear O Israel the Lord our God the Lord is One)–the words spoken by Jesus when asked what is the first and greatest commandment.
Before we left the stage, Curt spontaneously in the spirit, turned to John and said, “I want to thank you for not forgetting our people,” then he knelt before John and kissed his feet. (Humility is hard to fight!)
The rest of the evening we interacted with various leaders, prepared the Your People Book to be distributed to leaders the next day, spent another dinner hour with Frank, Sonia, Joseph and Kay, then went back to our room to prepare to leave early the next morning.
As we were walking across the grounds of the conference center before 6am the next morning on our way to the taxi that would take us to the airport, John Dawson was walking around and we had one last good visit and prayer with him. “God is a genius,” he said, “to have orchestrated all this.” Indeed!
What does all this mean?
I don’t know for sure, but I do know that it is all a part of the changing times in which we are living. We are living in the fulfillment of times. We can no longer make decisions as we have done in the past. We must listen carefully for the instructions of the Lord. Whether we are traveling the world or whether we are interceding and participating with those who do, whether in one local congregation or a part of a coalition of believers that cross all kinds of lines, we must listen for His instructions, for His counsel, for His breath.
Together we will hear His voice and join His plans.
Be blessed today!

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