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JL's Journal

August 26, 2014

GHANA BOUND!

“Therefore, since through God’s mercy
we have this ministry,
we do not lose heart…

(II Cor. 4:1)

Dear Praying Partners,

   Greetings from JFK! Once again many of you have “prayed me through to victory!” As you can see from the picture below, I have my ticket in hand! By God’s grace I was able to get it mid-morning Tuesday due to the persistence of Nana Oduro, a dear national partner in Accra. He has hosted me for nearly 30 years in Ghana. As a successful “Kingdom entrepreneur,” he and his wife, Stella, are great examples of loving generosity and servant-leadership, and of honesty and integrity in the business arena. Because of the relationships and respect they have built across the years with the business and political community – as well as the Christian community, they are often used of the Lord to “…open doors that no man can shut.” So God used them in the last 72 hours to “open doors” that were shut by Delta Airlines and Ghana Immigration. As a result, between your prayers and their perseverance – I will be on the plane headed to Ghana when you open this email!

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August 25, 2014

STRANDED IN THE BIG APPLE!

“…we wanted to come to you … again and again,

but Satan stopped us.”

(I Thess. 2:15)

Dear Ministry Partners,

   In my last email to you I said I was on my way to Ghana – which I was.  Unfortunately, when I got to JFK from RDU, I was not allowed to board the long flight to Accra, Ghana. They said I did not have a proper visa. I told them that I had been going regularly to Ghana for over 30 years and had always gotten my visa upon arrival.  This is “standard operating procedure” today for most countries, including those in Africa. 

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August 23, 2014

GHANA MISSION

“I have become all things to all men
so that by all possible
means I might save some. 
I do all this for the sake of the Gospel,
that I may share in its blessings.”

(I Cor. 9:22-23)

Dear Partners in the Gospel,

   When this email lands in your inbox, I will again be “in the air” on a mission trip.  This time I will be flying to Ghana, West Africa for my annual Conference. As you well know from the news, several West African Countries have been in the world spotlight due to the Ebola epidemic that has claimed nearly 1,500 lives to date.

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August 19, 2014

African Kingdom Safari – Part 4

ENTREPRENEURIAL BISHOPS:

“If any man desires the position of a bishop/overseer,
he desires a good work.”

(I Timothy 3:1)

Dear Ministry Partner,

   In this series of reports on our recent time in Kenya and Zimbabwe, we have visited entrepreneurial partners in the slums of Kibera and the African Bush. In this final report, we will visit several more of our strategic partners who are both spiritual and economic Kingdom entrepreneurs. That means they preach and practice a “holistic Gospel” for the whole man or woman.

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August 12, 2014

TRIBAL ENTREPRENEURIALISM FOR CHRIST

Africa Kingdom Safari: Part 3

“I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen.
I must bring them also. They too will
listen to My voice, and there shall be
one flock and one shepherd.” (John 10:16)

FROM AFRICA TO ABACO…

Dear Ministry Partners & Friends,

   When you receive this email, I will be ministering in Abaco, Bahamas – but it will not be from a Caribbean cruise ship or a condo on the beach! It will be in the “Bahamas bush!” Yes, there is plenty of “bush country” all over the 700 Bahamian Islands – most of which are uninhabited. While the total Bahamian population is less than 400,000, the population of Haiti is between 8 – 10 million!  That’s what makes the Bahamas an attractive magnet for Haitians seeking jobs and a better way of life. 

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