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Welcome to LTWM Website - Veterans Page

Once again; To all our Veterans and friends; greetings and blessings from LTWM. We pray you are all doing great in the Lord, and are walking in health and blessings.

To read all the headlines of the world, you would think the devil is in charge; the Gospel is of no effect any more to a lost world, and we might as well go into hiding and just wait on the Lord to come and get us out of here. I am happy to report that there are many coming to the Lord every day for salvation, deliverance and healing, the message has never changed, even if the culture changes; God’s Word stands supreme. When this Gospel has been preached in all the world, then and only then, will the end come! Until then we are like laborers in the field working, the signal to stop working is when we hear the Trumpet blast; most of us knows what that means, the Rapture of the Church. From my observation, the Heavenly barns have room for more souls, so we need to keep busy for His Glory.

As always there is a lot going on in the world, in the Church and even in our own lives as well. It seems time has somehow been reduced, shrunk somehow; there’s just not the same number of hours in a day anymore, of course that can’t be. I never have enough time to do all that needs to be done, and I’m retired at that, (just not from the Lord). To be truthful, I wouldn’t have it any other way; I like to be busy. With that thought in mind, what a great day to be alive in the Lord. As we see the darkness of worldliness and evil encroach upon the Kingdom of Light, it should stir us up within; our hearts yearning to be more about the Father’s business. We are commissioned to be the Light of the world, (Matthew 5:16); I may add; the only light many people will see. When I was a kid, we didn’t always have electricity; that means no lights, no refrigerator either, so mom would use an old kerosene lamp for light and kerosene in stove for cooking and a block of ice in the ice box.  After a while of using the lamp the glass mantle would soot up (dark smoke); thus reducing the illumination of the light being emitted. Not a problem though, some soap and water would have the mantle as good as new in no time. This makes for a good analogy of our spiritual light going forth as well, a clean life from sin and soot makes us a brighter blessing. God Bless, Thomas

If LTWM can be of service to you, just drop us a line, perhaps we can help, if not we can refer you someone who can.

One more thought, the Ministry Trailer I have been working on this past summer is coming along pretty good. The theme will be about fishing, in our case not just fishing, but fishing for souls. It will be about fishing poles, cast nets and life preservers to throw out to the souls in need. You may remember reading in the Gospel of Luke how Jesus saved the/a fish camp, as a result, they became partners with Jesus in the fish business. What a call in life, to partner with the Lord in any good work. Presently I am working on the fish that will attach to the sides of the boat/trailer. When I say fish, I am talking about whoppers; if anyone knows someone who can airbrush paint that lives in the central Fla. area, please forward their contact info to our web site’s contact page. A beloved brother in the Lord, just donated some huge fishing rods and reels for Ministry usage; PTL.  To all our friends and family; be blessed, Tom

About Us

The staff at LTWM are all Veterans. Our President and Founder Ryan DeStefano served in the Navy. We all hold a special appreciation for you all that have served this great Country, God Bless you. Don’t be surprised if you read articles on this Veterans page that look a lot like war stories, as I like to share some things that reflect upon my experiences during this great time in my life. I was no Purple Heart recipient, but I did faithfully serve and did what I was told. With that said, I would like to extend an open arms to all our Veterans that would like to be Members of our fellowship and have something they would like to share for all to appreciate. Almost everything is free on our web-site, if you don’t see what you are looking for, drop us line and we’ll see what we can do to help.

Just Thinking

How about this thought; I was thinking the other day about who knows better about sacrifice than a veteran? I was watching a training video on TV about how the Navy Seals go through training, and man, I’m thinking; these guys are brutal, battle ready once they leave Paris Island, from what I saw. I thought I had it tough in the Army going through Fort Polk, La. in the summer time no less. It was hot, humid, rained daily, with bugs, snakes and who knows what all, this country boy had just about met his match in the bayou country was my thinking. I didn’t think it could get much worse, until I went to Tiger-Land. Some may remember the old tune back then; don’t ask me, I don’t give a dang, next stop is Viet Nam. Ok, that was over fifty years ago, amen, still here Lord. So back to the sacrifice part, I’m thinking if anyone should understand what being a Christian is all about, it ought to be the veteran. He knows how to take orders, been there and done that. He understands that a good commander over the men is a commander that will get the men home safe and sound from the mission. We all know men gladly follow a proven leader, one who has the best battle strategy/plan. Just like the battle field, we don’t leave the dead or wounded behind, care for our brothers is paramount to any mission. How many folks know that many have had to sacrifice their own well being in order to protect or recue a comrade in battle from time to time? It’s all part of the plan, these are our brothers, we fight together and we stick together. And at the end of the road there is a military parade, after big wars that is, we once again take our place among the faithful, a sense of pride, a job well done, something to feel good about. The same way it is with serving the Lord, one day in Glory, the words will  be spoken; well done thou good and faithful servant, enter in to the joy of the Lord. Yes, if anyone should know something about being faithful to task, sacrifice, maybe even being wounded in action, it would be the veterans. They could teach a lot of folks something you can be sure. Remember the part about leaving folks behind I mentioned? With that thought in mind, we are reaching out to our fellow veterans to point you to the Lord. You see, Jesus had a mission as well as us vets, His mission was to win the battle for the souls of mankind. He accomplished His mission and went back to Heaven to prepare a place for us and our families. Let us not miss out on such a great victory! Our website has much to offer in getting folks on the right track with the Lord. If you need some help with that drop this Ministry a line, or call, we would love to hear from you. Pastor Tom

If LTWM can be of service to you, just drop us a line, perhaps we can help, if not we can refer you someone who can.

One more thought, the Ministry Trailer I have been working on this past summer is coming along pretty good. The theme will be about fishing, in our case not just fishing, but fishing for souls. It will be about fishing poles, cast nets and life preservers to throw out to the souls in need. You may remember reading in the Gospel of Luke how Jesus saved the/a fish camp, as a result, they became partners with Jesus in the fish business. What a call in life, to partner with the Lord in any good work. Presently I am working on the fish that will attach to the sides of the boat/trailer. When I say fish, I am talking about whoppers; if anyone knows someone who can airbrush paint that lives in the central Fla. area, please forward their contact info to our web site’s contact page. A beloved brother in the Lord, just donated some huge fishing rods and reels for Ministry usage; PTL. We have some progress pictures posted on our web site; click on “pictures” to view.      

To all our friends and family; be blessed, Tom

Reflections

“War in Heaven”!

           

With all the chaos going on in the world, I felt a word on what causes much of that chaos would be in order. Battles are won on the battle fields of the world in most cases, and are made up of various armaments on both sides. Those that win these battles are called the victors and the Country they represent, celebrate a great victory and often to them go the spoils. Of course there are other battles that one could add to the equation, the battle of the mind is one of the biggest battles many will face every day. I know I have had my share of mental battles and/or struggles over the years, and am happy to report a major subsiding has taken place.

Do you remember back in the 90’s a movie came out that took the theater by storm; it was called; Independence Day, I loved it, watched it many times. But you may be surprised to know, that the movie had some serious truths in it, and much fiction as well. Could there be an alien force “out there” just waiting to invade the world? Just such a premise has been considered by military leaders for years. Do you remember when President Reagan was in office he made a case for a military star wars initiative called; SSI; Strategic Satellite Initiative? From what I remember, the idea was to place satellites in orbit capable of shooting down alien spacecraft. From what I read, it didn’t get off the ground. Was there any truth to these alien claims? I think yes to a certain extent. I could write a book on this subject, but will give only a brief here. It wasn’t that long ago, something happened, not just here in the US, but across the world that had people buzzing. There seemed to be strange noises that were being heard coming from just about everywhere, but hard to pinpoint exactly where. Some of the noises were weird moaning, yes, like agonizing moans coming from unknown directions, sometimes up, not always ground based. Many occasions cannon fire was recorded, once again, no one firing any cannons, from anywhere, but it seemed a battle was taking place with unknown combatants. People reported hearing what appeared to crashes, but nowhere were there found a crash site. This went on for well over a year; some years ago a magazine named Prophesy in the News featured many such occasions and very good coverage on the phenomenon. It was during this time that I had a dream that was very unusual; I must admit I do dream a lot, with very good remembrance. During the dream I had went on a visitation excursion with a fellow brother in the Lord; he was an International Bible Teacher, if I mentioned his name most would know him. While we were at the home visiting a lady, I felt impressed to go outside of the home, as I went outside I looked up into the sky, it was crystal blue, a cold winter sky, and I saw what looked like a battle raging way, way up in the sky/spheres. I saw contrails of many crafts crisscrossing the sky, with muffled cannon fire, but no destruction of craft. The word that best describes the scenes was craft “jostling about”. It was a fierce battle in progress, then in the dream I heard this word spoken to me concerning what I saw; “The Battle has Begun”! At that word, I turned and walked back in the house and shared it with the brother I was visiting with; as soon as I spoke that word to him, he said; we must leave now. Here’s the word, I knew what that word meant, it means before a battle takes place on earth, there is a battle in the heavenly realm.

I think that means something was/is about to happen on earth fairly soon. Could there be a war in the heavenly realm taking place? If you read Revelation 12:7, (this verses takes place 3 ½ years after the Church has been Raptured) you will find the answer, there is a battle planned to take place. You will find Michael one of the highest Angels is in a war with another angel, a fallen foe, none other than the dragon, aka the devil. In this battle the devil is about to be cast out of the 2nd heaven, where he has been the ruler; the prince and power of the air. The Bible says he will b e cast down to earth, with an attitude, because he knows his time is short. This will happen during the mid-point Tribulation timeline. And when he comes to earth, he brings his fallen angels with him. This is another reason you do not want to be here during this period of time called the Tribulation, Christians know this, that’s why they are in Heaven with the Lord watching it on the Jumbo-Tron, (big TV).

The battles that are taking place across the world at present are a precursor to the biggest battle of all in the not too distant future, the Battle of Armageddon. It will be a war to end all wars, the forces of Light verses the forces of darkness. Most folks never heard this I bet; just as there is the Church representing the Living God, Jesus, there is a church that represents the dark side, satan. The satan church admits they lost the battle long ago at the Cross of Christ, but they do not intend to lose the battle at Armageddon, pretty bold words if you ask me. Let me be very clear here; we need to be on the winning side; by making Jesus lord of one’s life assures just that. If you need help with that drop us a line, we will be glad to assist in any way.

Thank you for taking your valuable time to read this. God Bless. If anyone would like to share something along this line please see our contact page; Blessings; Pastor Thomas

More Reflections 

"Suicide Watch"

Please note; these Reflections; 2 and 3 are left in on purpose as they share some very relevant truths that seem to have a long term need. I have read where many Veterans Affairs/Hospitals and even the Police Departments are now helping folks that have high levels of battle fatigue or other type of mental stress in trying to cope or overcome these ills. In many tragic incidences, some folks have succumbed to this mental stronghold and taken their life....

More Reflections

"Sacrifice"

I was thinking the other day about who knows better about sacrifice than a veteran? I was watching a training video on TV about how the Navy Seals go through training, and man, I’m thinking; these guys are brutal, battle ready once they leave Paris Island, from what I saw. I thought I had it tough in the Army going through Fort Polk, La. in the summer time no less....

What We Offer

Commentary

This Month’s Commentary for April is; “The Statement”.  This month we celebrate Easter, or Feast of First Fruits, as Jesus was the 1st fruit of the 1st Resurrection. The article is about the mercies of God as revealed in the Nineveh account (Jonah). It is where these “terrorists” of their day was granted a pardon due to their repentance, a change of heart. If God is willing to spare these folks, He is willing to save anyone; that includes us.

If you think the message has merit, please forward it to someone, they may be glad you did. These truths and insights should make for a good read

(I hope). Hopefully you find it worth sharing with family and friends via the many social outlets. Blessings to all from Thomas.

If more information is needed about these articles, please drop this Ministry an e-mail or call us on the number in our contact page.

Daily Devotions

The theme for April’s Devotional is; “Witnessing”. There is a new phrase making the rounds nowadays; if you see something, say something. Actually that phrase is as old as the Bible itself. The worldly connotation is concerning criminal activity. For our purposes, it has to do with sharing the Gospel. Have you seen anything since you came to salvation in Christ, in the Church, anywhere? If you have; share it, folks are just dying to hear your message. Great insights are gleaned from not only God’s Word but from practical and personal insights, it should be good.

Once again, our web-site is designed to be a soul-winners paradise. We have much free material to download and use to start your own outreach and/or Bible Study. If you have a particular area of study need not posted on the site, just drop us a line on our contact page and we’ll see what we can do to help.

These insights are designed to give a daily bread connection to the Word of God, and get our day off to a good start. After all, thou will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee. Isaiah 26:3

Mission Recognition

Companions For Heroes
Who doesn’t love dogs, this group of folks has a ministry of connecting service dogs with military vets for lifelong friendships
Also being offered is a little book written by a Pat Gavros.  She is a spokesperson at Veterans affairs meetings, sharp lady. The book is; “101 Amazing Facts about Military Working Dogs”. It’s a good read, she shares stuff most folks never heard of before. Can be obtained from our web-site.
Companions For Heroes HQ
620 Sea Island Road, Suite 148,
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522-1767

To help every American hero and save every shelter or rescue animal from euthanasia.

Companions for Heroes (C4H) provides companion animals, companion dogs, and on a case-by-case basis, service dogs, obtained from shelters, rescues and humane societies, who might otherwise be euthanized, free of charge to active duty military personnel, military veterans, first responders, military spouses and children, and Gold Star Families recovering from the psychological challenges they suffered during service to our country. C4H increases public awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other challenges confronting our country’s heroes; and rally’s support for animal welfare and the adoption of shelter and/or rescue animals.

C4H is a non-clinical and non-facility based organization that places special emphasis on creating mutually beneficial opportunities for shelter and rescue animals, some who might otherwise be euthanized, and our nation’s service men and women by accessing the expertise of medical care professionals and animal welfare organizations. C4H is an Animal Assisted Activity (AAA) program that recognizes the incredible power of the human-animal relationship and seeks to support those suffering from psychological stress as they pursue recovery with the unconditional love of a pet.

C4H (Companions For Heroes) is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. C4H’s federal ID number for donations is: #27-0648741.

Veterans Community Project. Org               

We are happy to promote another great work being done for our veterans. This project is about helping our Vets find permanent homes, in this case scaled down versions. They are brand new homes that are being built on properties where many Vets can share within easy access to one another and yet have their home and privacy. There are several cities across the U.S. that offer these communities to homeless veterans.

For more information their Web-Site is very informational

Office Phone number; 816- 599-6503

Website: https://www.veteranscommunityproject.org/

Corsos for Heroes

Here is another group of folks that help connect our Vets with great service dogs, and/or life-long companions. In their compassionate efforts they can connect Veterans with a dog in a very short time, compared with some of the other groups. As with any largely volunteer service, help is always welcomed, whether from actual hands on help or donations of monies or food, materials etc. If you have a need or can provide help for the needy, please contact the people below and prepare to be blessed. They are central Fla. located.

Office Nu. 813 406-2810                    

Website: corsosforheroes.com

 Canines for Christ

We are pleased to announce another great Ministry endeavor for our Veterans. Canines for Christ; is a National Christian ministry serving communities throughout the U.S. I recently had an opportunity to talk with Chaplin Steve Kesier; he was accompanied with one of his dogs named Bruce. He says they have many dogs that are trained and ready for disbursement. For more information and/or contact;

Chaplin Steve Kesier

kesiergroup@gmail.com

Tampa, Fla.

512-650-6820

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Light The Way Ministries
P.O. Box 2943
Land O Lakes, Florida 34639

Email: lightthewayministries@yahoo.com

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