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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Double Honour

Jay on Path to Eastern Gate of Jerusalem's "Old City"
Dear Friends:
Today I received this email from our dear Canadian friends, Ralph Rutledge and his sister Norma Jean Mainse. David Mainse, of blessed memory, founded and hosted 100 Huntley Street, Canada’s nationwide Christian TV network. David was a great friend of Israel and of ours. Meridel and I have followed David’s anointed daily blog 100 Words.  

Now, since David’s graduation to Heaven last year his son, Ron Mainse continues to send out his Dad’s blog at the request of many. 
Meridel, Jay and son David~1969

We first met David on a Saturday morning in Sept 1969. Norma Jean served us coffee at their kitchen table, while Ron and Ren pranced through the house, slamming the screen door as young teens do! Maybe they thought we were cool because of our Corvette parked in their drive way. Jay and I had recently been shown the left foot of fellowship by well meaning Pastors, when we prayed for their young people to receive the Baptism of the Holy spirit. Hurt, but not deterred; reading the Friday paper, Jay said, “I have to find someone I can speak with.” That was how he found the Rev. David, Mainse, who hosted at 15 minute TV show in Hamilton Ontario at the time.  

We told him of our rather unusual call to ‘sell everything and go to Israel.’ David listened intently and later challenged his entire church to pray that we would sell the Corvette Sting Ray in order to be debt free.

Our departure date for Israel was October 20th 1969. David said very carefully looking directly into our eyes: “I do NOT understand your call, but I know this, you are both called by God!”  

“My sheep hear My voice and I know them and they follow Me.
And I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,
and no one is able to snatch them out of my Father’s hand:
I and my Father are one”...John 10:27-30 

As David mentions in his article below, he and Norma Jean were our pastors in 1969 when the Lord called us to leave Canada and to do two things. First He said to Meridel, If you love Me, Love My People,” and secondly He said to me,

"Declare among the nations; Proclaim, and set up a standard;
Publish~do not conceal it”... Jeremiah 50;2a 

So with these brief instructions we gave away our belongings and began a lifetime of blessing Israel. We first began to ‘fish’ for the Jewish people by visiting the heads of Jewish Communities around the globe, 120 nations and seven years later, we made Israel our home. No Jewish soul ever turned us away. The solemn message is even MORE relative today than it was back then:

“Behold, I will send for many fishermen, says the LORD, and they shall fish them:
and afterward I will send for many hunters and they shall hunt them from every mountain
and every hill and out of the holes of the rocks”...Jeremiah 16:16 

Dear David Mainse did not elaborate…since that photo was taken (see above), both Jay and I completed our earned doctorates: his in history and mine in psychology. We are citizens of Israel and very much at home with our Jewish heritage, which we knew nothing of prior to coming to Israel.

Left to Right~Chris, Daniel, David & Josh Rawlings
Over the last forty years, Jay and team have produced 150 documentaries  on the unfolding of Israel’s Biblical, natural and prophetic history with our son David working along side of us for twenty years. 
Because we were are no longer able to support him financially he has taken a position at Media Line in Jerusalem. 
Chris is a Product Designer and team leader working in Finland as a design specialist at Digitalist a company that creates digital solutions & innovations for companies such as Samsung, Intel, Nokia, Time Warner and more. 
Josh is also a web designer working for high tech start ups in Israel and New York.
Daniel is our cameraman/editor for Jerusalem Vistas. This spring and summer he has been miraculously healed of inflammation of the brain. Thank God! All of our men contribute their expertise to the work. Amen!
October 20th will begin our 50th anniversary from the day we left Canada for Israel. We will be rejoicing greatly with Jerusalem and with all who love her! Now we will see what the LORD will do with our sons!
You might remember Meridel's first books; Fishers and Hunters, then; Honour Thy Father???  

Together Jay and I (Meridel) wrote: Love My People~Volume 1 Timeless Secrets. 

Jay and Meridel in Greece
I have been blessed to counsel privately and present seminars with instructive workbooks for survivors and educators who attend my seminars on sexual abuse.  We are in the process of publishing my latest work: Healing the Indelible Stain.

Jay and I are presently building a summer home in Greece, a place of rest and recreation for our tribe. 

Seven of us live in Europe and seven of us live in Israel. We delight in hand picked encounters day by day as we go about the business of the Master in this new outreach for the Lord!

Jay’s favourite scripture is:
"Love, never fails!”...1 Corinthians 13:8

With love and thanksgiving, 
The Rawlings Family

Monday, May 27, 2019

Live Stream 2~Israel, Jerusalem and God's Blessings

In this second Live Stream, Jay gives a short update on the blessings of being in the state of Israel as it is being built up.

He speaks of the period after Passover and the counting of the weeks and the sound of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Jay then goes on to talk about some of the blessings for Israel and Jerusalem that are given in the Bible. Using quotes from Ezekiel, he expounds on some of the many promises from God.

As we do more with Live Streams we are praying that you, our friends and partners will choose to become more involved.

Please do send us your questions, prayer requests or any other comments.

We Thank You and Bless You for Your Ongoing Prayers and Support!

Live Stream From Jerusalem~#2

Sunday, May 26, 2019

The First (Hopefully of Many) Live Streams

We have been told to begin "Live Streaming" from Israel to keep in touch with our users on a more timely basis. Below is our first attempt~so please be patient as we iron out the glitches. It is live so every little thing will show up!

While we are streaming you can Click on:  Our YouTube Channel

There you will see our Videos and Live Streams. You will also see our "completed"  Live Streams, such as the one below.

* If you want Jay to address a specific topic, please send an Email to:


* If you are watching the Stream Live, on   Our YouTube ChannelLog in using your email account and you can leave a message on the Chat to the right of the screen.

The goal is to stream a short commentary several times per week, and when it is appropriate a longer stream that will give more time for questions while we are streaming.

We would love to hear your comments and suggestions. Please email us at    jvistas@gmail.com   or
Click on Comment at the bottom of this post and enter your remarks.


Thank you for your support and encouragement!!

Here is Jay's First Attempt...

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

UPDATE on Prayers for Daniel

First of all, we want to Thank You! for your notes of encouragement and assurances of prayer. That we received from our last post about our son Daniel.

When in the hospital Daniel said:
"I can feel the prayers~Please thank everyone for me, and don’t stop!"

We took our youngest son, Daniel, to the emergency on Friday, 26 April 2019. His speech was slurred and he couldn’t get his thoughts out. Daniel spent a week in the hospital, undergoing extensive investigative procedures. All we know at this point is that he has sustained inflammation in his brain. Perhaps with the results of his blood and spinal fluid exams some light will be shed on what is going on. Meanwhile he is resting at home, and taking steroids, which leave him very tired. A 3rd MRI is scheduled in June and then the Professor of Neurology will try and determine what is going on. He is not out of the woods yet, so kindly remember him before the LORD. Thank you!

So…it is a time to rest and reflect; which he is doing. We encourage ourselves with this promise:
Mercy and truth have met together, righteousness and peace have kissed..Psalm 85:10

Daniel’s interesting response was:
"That marriage produces a child of faith."

Our family has drawn even closer to each other through all of this, of course. The LORD
has blessed us in so many ways, perhaps the greatest is that sense of family unity.

Meridel and our sons join me in giving thanks for the privilege of being part and parcel of this nation at this time in history. NO one said it would be easy. We are all infused with the blessing and enrichment that come from being a part of Israel. Again and again, the sense of family comes into play. Father God drew us home to Israel; we are energized by believing these bold prophetic words:

And He said, Behold, I make a covenant:
before all your people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth,
nor in any nation: and all the people which are among you, shall see the work of the Almighty: for it is an awesome thing that I will do with you. [Israel]...Joshua 1:8

In Closing:
Cherish your family. Change is the one constant in life, but we all start and end with family, which is one of God’s masterpieces.

Having a place to go~to your family, your home, for the Jewish heart it is Israel.
Having someone to love~is your family, is a enormous blessing.

Our hearts are touched every year as we “Remember” where we came from and why we are living here on this tiny piece of real estate, and ultimately where we are going! Amen.

With Heartfelt Thanks and Blessings to You All,
Jay and Meridel Rawlings and sons