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September/October

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.

Hello to all our fellow brothers and sisters in the Armed Forces of our great land. My how time flies, we are about to enter the last semester of the year already. Much is going on in the USA, the virus that doesn’t want to go away; the face mask is still on the table as an issue. Have you heard that people not having received the vaccine are being targeted? It seems that if you haven’t been vaccinated, you can’t fly on commercial planes, (some) no cruises either, and even grocery stores, in other words, they say, this virus is so contagious that you have to be distanced from the vaccinated population. However that isn’t what the numbers reveal, most people don’t have any symptoms of the virus, and if they do, it doesn’t last long, you don’t even die from it unless you are weak or elderly.

Could there be more to the issue, you can bet on it. I’m not sure I even know what or where this is headed, but I do know this; if you are offered a chip in your body at some point, say no thanks. Why is that; there will be in the future, maybe not too distant future a chip that will be placed upon the human body that will identify you in the world population, called the “Mark of the Beast”. Could this pandemic be a precursor to the “Mark” that will identify every soul on the planet, and monitor your vitals to see if you are well, we’ll see, some say; yes! I am “No” alarmist, but I do consider myself a watchman on the wall, and I can tell you this, I smell a rat in the woodpile. Something about this virus going around, the way it has been handled, the misinformation, something isn’t kosher, the numbers involved just don’t add up. There has been much deception given by the CDC, and the so called experts, I say watch out, be on your guard at all times, trust your heart and the Lord along with it.

On a better note, have you watched the recent Olympics, what an incredible effort from all participants no matter what Country they hail from! I am surprised the U.S.A was at the top of the medal count, great effort by all, I’m very proud of all that represented our beloved Country, God Bless you, you stood tall. If we put as much effort in serving the Lord as we do in Olympic activities, we could change the world for the better. Thanks to all again! 

In my Reflections pages this time around I share some thought about; “Injustice Abounds”. I hope you can take a few minutes and check it out; it should be a good read. Blessed is the Nation, whose God is the Lord; Amen; Thomas

We at LTWM are not just a Web-Site; but a resource site as well. In the near future videos will be accessible on a host of topics, technology, world conditions, various subjects, too many to list. There is a truth and “The Truth” that needs to be told. Despite all the technology, people are ignorant of things they should know. It is my observation that most folks, and especially the younger crowd, know more about  some “app” on their cell phone then they do about their eternal destiny, very tragic. We don’t claim to know it all, but if we can be of service to any of our Veterans, please drop us a line. Blessings; 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 ready except for a few minor items. The fish are painted and mounted to the side of the trailer, man what a sight! The Lord is blessing mightily, things are happening fast now. I have to give the old pick-up a face lift, as in paint job, man what a job, it is a laborious task to say the least.   

As I have said before, 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 other fish that will attach to the sides of the boat/trailer. When I say fish, they will range from about 24” to 14 feet, so I am talking about whoppers. 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, Thomas

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

What's New

The Ministry Trailer I have been working on this past summer is coming along very good. The trailer is almost complete, final paint schemes are being worked out and done. The fish are painted and mounted to the side of the trailer, man what a sight! The Lord is blessing mightily, things are happening fast now.

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

What We Offer

Commentary

This Month’s Commentary is; “Power Struggle”. I share some thoughts about a “Power Struggle” that is not only affecting the USA but for much of the world. What is this all about, where are common people in this power struggle and is there any way out?  There is a way out; its all about who we give the power and authority of lives to that determines our way out.

It is a worth while read; 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 in our contact page.

Daily Devotions

The theme for October’s Devotional is; “Complaining and Contentment”. A huge amount of great insights on what to do and what not to do can be gleaned from the accounts of the Old Testament Church. Interspersed with a host of contributing voices added to these devotionals, you have a great word to start your day off right.

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

Reflection

     “Injustice Abounds”!

           

Thank you for taking the time to review my Reflection pages, hopefully you will find something of value within, and if so; please forward it to someone else to enjoy. We all have heard the stories of various injustices being foisted upon people, in many cases innocent people. Many of these injustices often come from wicked people, (figures) or a “system” that is out of control and maybe even people that we thought were not capable of such acts of injustice. I am quite sure many reading this outline could add many such instances of injustices they are familiar with, or have had happen to them.

. On the local level, many injustices happen all the time, maybe at work, where a certain person is highly qualified for a certain position that would mean a promotion, sees it given to someone else, not nearly as qualified, it happens often. Perhaps some civil suit issue, someone suing you for getting hurt on your property while they were trying to steal from you, that happened to a friend of mine. Here’s one that hits far too many regularly; you have probably heard the phrase; love and war; you may wonder of the connection of these two words. While you were stationed in some foreign land you may have encountered some battles taking place on the home front. It is true that there many things that tend to strain a marriage, (especially service men/women) or in many cases destroy it. I remember a person in our family that spent over twenty years in the Navy, as we all know; the family, wife and kids are not allowed on ships while on a mission. In this case the faithful wife raised 5 girls and stayed faithful in their marriage to one another. We often wonder how relationships sour, it seems separation for long periods of time is not what some envisioned in a relationship. Many have found out firsthand the connection of the words; “Love and War”. Many folks would say; it just isn’t fair, that may be true very often. You can just about bet an injustice isn’t too far off either. Unfortunately this happens far too often in this USA, it sure isn’t God’s way of handling problems that arise on the home front.

When I was in the Army back in the 60’s during Viet Nam, we had something that brought headlines to just every newspaper back then. In March of 1968 an event happened in Viet Nam that was called the My Lai Massacre, many would remember such. I surely don’t know but what I read and heard, it is hard to tell exactly what version to believe. But from what is purported as the truth, a certain Army Lieutenant and his company supposedly massacred a whole Vietnamese village of unarmed women and children. This is as tragic event as you can get, how could people do something like that? I was in the Army during this time and heard a lot from guys that told what they knew and thought of the situation. I was not an eye witness nor do I have a transcript of the conversation that took place between the Officer and his upper echelon staff. Maybe someone reading this may have some insights that could be shared.

This one little bit of information I can share; actually you can take it to the bank; in the Armed Forces and especially in a combat zone, if you do not obey orders from a commanding officer, you are in serious trouble. As a matter of fact, you don’t debate the orders, if so very little, you do it. With that said; did the officer and his Company obey orders from top commanders or not? Or did he and his EM’s just do as they were charged? From what I hear the case is still out, I’ll leave it at that. But if he was told to do what he did do, and he was to be the scapegoat, there has been a serious injustice done, as in; who is chargeable. Speaking for myself only, when I went into the Army, I was sent to Fort Polk, La. As many know, it just like being in Viet Nam. We were trained to, shall we say, nullify the enemy. I very was glad I was not placed into a position where I had to take someone’s life, but if your life depended on it, you have to do what you have to do. If you want to read some relevant information on this subject; please read the transcripts from the Nuremburg Trials of WW II.

I just got a letter in the mail recently; it seems a very similar incident took place a few years ago in Muslim Country where our military is deployed. A young private was given a direct order to shoot three, what were thought to be armed insurgents, the young recruit did as he was ordered, three fatalities later, the private is brought up for charges. For obeying a direct order no less, a serious injustice. Where is the fairness in this; there is none. Fall guys are being used for covering for acts that they would never do, unless they are ordered. This private was sent to prison, dishonorable discharge, loss of all benefits, a ruined life. This is an injustice at the highest levels; the parents of the private are asking donations to help clear their son’s name. A petition is being formed to be sent to the President for a formal pardon.

But there are more injustices taking place; our Clergy are under attack in the Military even as I write this article. Our military Chaplin’s are being ousted from the military for using The Bible as a guideline in Ministry. In many cases, a reducing of rank, or a flat out being drummed out of the military, an injustice of magnamous (new word) proportions. Don’t we see the validity of a military Chaplain anymore, a preparing of a person going into battle where he may not return alive in being right with God”. Even in the Officer and enlisted ranks more and more lately, people being denied rank, or being demoted, standing before military tribunals, for what? In many cases just sharing a word to someone from the Bible, or in some cases a verse upon one’s work area or desk. Don’t the enlisted folks have the same rights as the people we are supposing to protect? This is an injustice that better get fixed real fast.

One more serious injustice; this one occurred many Centuries ago. It took place in the early years of A.D. God sent His only begotten Son to planet earth to fix things, people were pretty corrupted back then, just like now. The Lord would come here to earth on a mission, to bring eventual peace, make a way for people to be reconciled back to God. Here was the Creator of the Universe coming to earth, ye, humbling Himself to our level to bring hope and healing to a broken world. When I say healing, He healed every soul that came to Him, never casting any broken soul aside. He fed the multitudes, taught people the way, gave His blessing to all that would receive them. There was a question that was asked during His time on the earth; “what shall I do with Jesus that is called Christ”, (Mathew 27:22)? You may recall who said that; it was Pilate at Jesus’ Trial. What would you do with Jesus at this point? I would have made Him a King, took Him home with me, followed Him some more (of which I still do), share Him with others; anything but what they wanted/demanded. You know the rest of the account; the greatest injustice ever perpetrated upon man, this Man, Christ was committed, the Cross, murder. Have you suffered an injustice, if so you are in good company, yes; even God’s own Son suffered at the hands of lawless souls. There is a day coming when we all have to stand before the God of the Universe, injustices will be dealt with. So, if you have been dealt a serious injustice, this is not the end of the road, it may even open a door to a new you, a new life, a bright future, where the only injustice you could encounter would be if you didn’t take advantage of the pardon provided by God’s own Son; that’s what we call Amazing Grace.

If after reading this article you feel you are in need of a supporting hand, many hands are reaching out to you, grab one, maybe LTWM is one of those hands. We’ll do our best to get you the helping hand you need, maybe a prayer request could be sent to us, whatever it is, we’ll do our best to help.

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

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

More Reflections 

For more great reflections click the Contiue Reading button below.

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P.O. Box 2943
Land O Lakes, Florida 34639

Email: lightthewayministries@yahoo.com

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