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JL's Journal

February 09, 2016

PRISON MINISTRY IN ZIMBABWE…

“I was in prison and you came to visit Me.”

(Matthew 25:39)

“JL, I just thought I would send you this article I read in one of our
weekend newspapers on the conditions inside our prisons which
shows why the project we are embarking upon is so needed and
will make a positive contribution in rehabilitating offenders.”

(Bishop Trevor Manhanga)

Dear Ministry Partners,

   One of the specific six “good works” that Jesus said each of us would be both judged and rewarded on was our ministry to those in prison. The headlines above, from a daily newspaper in Zimbabwe, show the gravity of the need for authentic prison ministry - whether in America, Africa, Asia, or any country of the world. Most prisons are “hell holes” of sin, depravity, violence, disease, addiction, sexual perversion, neglect, abuse, abandonment and hopelessness. All the more reason why Jesus said His followers should be involved there as His “salt” and “light.”

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February 01, 2016

RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT CONTINUES IN NEPAL…

“How beautiful on the mountains

are the feet of those who bring good news,

who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings,

who proclaim salvation.”

(Isaiah 52:7)

Dear Ministry Friends,

   One of the most unique partnerships God ever linked us with was through the EBCO project (Everest Base Camp Outreach). It was birthed in 1996 through the Aradhana Church under the visionary leadership of Pastor Hanok Tamang. Two young men in his church were former Sherpas and had a vision to do pioneer church planting all the way up to Mount Everest Base Camp. Their names were Gyan Sunuwar and Dinesh Sunuwar. You can click here to read the testimony of their conversion to Christ and subsequent call to the ministry of EBCO.

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January 26, 2016

THE VISION GROWS...

“THEY WILL COME AND SHOUT FOR JOY
ON THE HEIGHTS OF ZION (HAITI);
THEY WILL REJOICE IN THE BOUNTY OF THE LORD...
THEY WILL BE LIKE A WELL-WATERED GARDEN,
AND THEY WILL SORROW NO MORE...
MY PEOPLE WILL BE FILLED WITH MY BOUNTY."
(Jeremiah 31:12-14)

Dear Friends & Partners,

   God continues to grow and prosper His work all over the globe. That’s because He is the “Divine Gardner,” as we are taught in Genesis 2:8. As the verse above reminds us, God wants His people to be like a “…well-watered garden” who display His bounty, beauty and bouquet

   But that is also the reason why the evil one constantly “…sows weeds among the wheat” (Matt. 13:25). Satan both hates and fears the Word of God.

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January 18, 2016

GOOD SAMBURU SOIL...

“…other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop

a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

(Matthew 13:8)

Dear Ministry Friends & Partners,

   One of the most important Parables Jesus ever told about the growth of the Kingdom of God was the “Parable of the Sower and the Seed” (Matthew 13). It is one of His Parables that He clearly interpreted to make sure that we and His disciples fully understood what He was teaching. He said it revealed the “…secrets of the Kingdom of heaven” (13:11). The word “secret,” or “mystery” is a revelation from God that cannot be known by human reason – no matter how brilliant the mind or how educated the person. These Kingdom secrets…mysteries…truths…are only knowable through “divine revelation” to an “enlightened mind” and through “spiritual discernment.” Otherwise, Jesus’ Parables are either pious platitudes or “foolishness” to the natural mind (I Cor. 2:14-16).

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January 12, 2016

GOOD NEWS FROM AFAR…

“Like cold water to a weary soul

is good news from a distant land.”

(Proverbs 25:25)

Dear Ministry Partners,

   Today we hear far more “bad news” from around the world than “good news.” As the word “NEWS” indicates, we are bombarded with “bad news” from the North, East, West, South.

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