God of Wonder Ministries International

Happy Thanks Giving !


Now is the time for prayer! ! !

No matter what political party, or what Yeshua (Jesus) centered denomination you belong to, given the state of affairs in the United States, I think we can all agree, now is the time for prayer.

Remember Who Started Thanksgiving

PuritansSome 100 people,                                                                  many of them                                                                    seeking religious                                                                         freedom in the New                                                                      World, set sail from                                                            England on the                                                                Mayflower in                                                                        September 1620.                                                                    That November, the                                                                 ship landed on the                                                                  shores of Cape Cod, in present-day Massachusetts. A scouting party was sent out, and in late December the group landed at Plymouth Harbor, where they would form the first permanent settlement of Europeans in New England. These original settlers of Plymouth Colony are known as the Pilgrim Fathers, or simply as the Pilgrims.




The Price to Follow Your Convictions

More than half of the English settlers died during that first winter, as a result of poor nutrition and housing that proved inadequate in the harsh weather.

After the winter of 1620 killed almost half of their people the colonists formed a relationship with the neighboring Wampanoag tribe who taught them about fishing planting and hunting.  By autumn of 1621 the colonists had collected enough food to feed the entire community throughout the winter.


Giving Thanks to our Father in Heaven

Give Thanks to Our FatherYet for later generations of                                                    colonists Thanksgiving had                                                         little to do with the 1621                                                            Thanksgiving dinner.                                                               Theirs was a religious                                                        holiday included, fasting,                                                              prayer, and giving thanks                                                          to G-d.




Some Just Need a Reason to Celebrate

Every Autumn each Governor from each colony would declare Thanksgiving holidays for bountiful harvests, victorious battles, or for weather reasons, ie: drought or rains.


In 1777 the Continental Congress decreed all 13 colonies celebrate a Thanksgiving dinner that year in celebration of the victory over the British at Saratoga.


By the mid nineteenth century many states celebrated the holiday, although the date would vary by weeks or months. 


Passion is a Good Thing

Sara HaleEspecially if you are a letter writer (Mom).  Inside joke. 

A determined magazine editor by the                                       name of Sara Josepha Hale set about                                         establishing a National Thanksgiving day,                                    She passionately believed that such a                                      day would unite a nation headed                                        toward civil war.  Hale began a one                                   woman letter writing campaign urging                                           politicians to establish an annual day of                                            Thanksgiving.  Her efforts were finally                                             rewarded by Abraham Lincoln who saw                                             the unifying potential of the Holiday.                                          In 1863 four months after the victory at                                           Gettysburg he declared the last Thursday in November to be Thanksgiving Day.


The Point Is . . .

US Flag

Just as the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people were able to fellowship over a three day food fest, can't we whether we be Jew, Pentacostal, Catholic, Protestant, Independent, Democrat, Republican, or a Tea Party person find ways to reunite this country that is so fragmented?  Just as Sara Josepha Hale decided it was time to do something to unite this country, what are we going to do?  What am I going to do?  What are you going to do?  This country is too important to let our fragmented thinking destroy it. 

Let's stop looking at the differences and start looking at what we have in common.  Let's change our attitudes, may we stop being so negative and start making a difference.


The Most Positive Thing . . .

Let's Pray FolksTHE MOST POSITIVE THING                                                     WE CAN DO IS TO PRAY! ! !

Are we willing to Fast Football                                              watching?  For this Country?                                                Typically Beki and I send out                                                      letters on behalf of Ghanaians,                                                     Ugandans, Africans, or some                                                    child that needs a mother,                                                    father, or next meal.  This                                                       time we are asking you to Unite!                                                Unite for the United States!                                                          Unite in Prayer, Repent for our                                            selfishness, Repent for our                                                  materialistic idol-worshiping,                                                     repent for the murdered unborn                                                 babies, Cry out to our Merciful                                             Father who desires a deeper relationship with each and every one of us.  Cry out and ask what HE would have us do as His people. 

Considering the history of this celebration, the original way it was first started, the way people of faith saw the Divine hand of G-d providing ALL their needs, and the hope that those of Abraham Lincoln and Sara Josepha Hale had it the potential of unifying this country, it seems to be the most appropriate thing to do.

McConnell Family on the RoadAs we celebrate Thanksgiving this                                            year let us remember this was a                                              time of people from different                                                     backgrounds joining together,                                                     enjoying one another and giving                                                     THANKS for a wonderful God                                                 who has provided us so very                                                         much, the GOD OF WONDER!

We thank you for sharing your lives                                           with us in prayer, fellowship,                                                  meals, and support.






Yours for a United States of America UNDER GOD,

The McConnell Family
God of Wonder Ministries, International

George Washington Praying

Pray as though everything depends upon G-d, because it does.

Greatest man in History, named Jesus, had no servants, yet they called Him Master. Had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher. Had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet he conquered the world.

You have to begin with the knowledge that there is nothing perfect in this world. Our job is not to hunt down perfection and live within it. It is to take whatever broken pieces we have found and sew them together as best we can.





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