I am primarily an evangelist and teacher who travels around the world in apostolic ministry as God leads and enables me. In addition to preaching and teaching the Bible, I mentor our key partners to be more strategic and impactful for the Gospel in their countries and cultures, just as they continue to mentor me. I am relationally focused rather than program or project focused in ministry relationships and partnerships.
“…through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
(II Corinthians 9:11)
Pastor Pierre with new clothes just donated by our
friends at Double Harvest Haiti.
Dear Ministry Partners for Haiti,
I have just received these pictures from Pastor Esperandieu Pierre. They are packing TODAY/Wednesday in preparation for their second deployment TOMORROW/Thursday. They have bought most all of the food items locally, thus helping the local economy – a “double blessing” for everyone, and will be leaving at 4:00 AM in the morning for another long 7-hour drive South to the hardest hit area. Do be praying for them, as there have been some attempted hijackings by thieves and thugs on UN trucks. So pray for “divine protection” on Pastor Pierre’s convoy of supplies!
The pictures below represent such a beautiful Biblical model of the Body of Christ in action, through “Haitians helping Haitians” in partnership with Americans! Thanks for helping put the resources in their hands to minister to their own people.
Packing the "Family Relief Packs", each costing $50. At right, dried fish are
included with the distributed food - pray that Jesus will again multiply them!
Food items for the "Family Relief Packs" are packed by NVM staff and local
Dried beans, high in protein, are packed to go with
the rice. At right, soap is packed for washing and cleaning.
The NVM School children help out with the loading of supplies, and another
deployment is ready for delivery. Each of these deployments help around
4,000 Haitians, who have basically lost everything in the hurricane. And as
they receive these "Family Relief Packs" costing $50 each, they give
"...thanksgiving to God" because of your generousity!
We will send more pictures of this next deployment in the days ahead. We have also dispatched our last funding ($15k) to buy metal sheeting and 2 X 4s for roofing in the next phase of rebuilding. So please continue to give as you can.
Finally for now, please forward this email to any of your family, friends, church members, business associates, civic group companions...anyone who might like to help out. As always, you can assure them that we will honor a 100% deployment of every dollar given!
In His Love & Compassion for them,
JL & Patt
PS: We are also seeking to help our Haitian and Bahamian friends in Freeport who were hammered by Matthew, so please keep them in mind for your praying and giving.
“I am on my way…in the service of the saints…
to make a contribution for the poor…”
(Romans 15: 25-26)
Pastor Pierre overseeing his NVM Team
as they pack Hurricane Relief supplies.
Dear Partners for Haiti Hurricane Relief,
All day yesterday (Friday) and into the night I was in personal contact with Pastor Esperandieu Pierre, who is spearheading our Hurricane Matthew Relief efforts in Haiti. Because of your fervent prayers and proactive financial support, we were able to help him buy and gather Relief Supplies to distribute to people in the South who have basically lost everything.
As you know from my previous report, he and his team from Nehemiah Vision Ministry (NVM) put together “Family Relief Packs” that will give people basic life-giving resources for a week (food, oil, clothing, hygiene supplies, bleach, etc). Each pack cost around $50.
Providentially, our good friends at “Double Harvest Haiti” had recently shipped a container of clothing and dry goods to Haiti for distribution to the needy. So they graciously donated this to Pastor Pierre and NVM for their Hurricane Relief Efforts. God’s partnerships, provision and perfect timing are always so amazing to watch in action – literally planned from the “…foundations of the world” (Matt. 25:34; Rev. 13:8). Thanks for being a part of His providential plans for Haiti during this time of great need and opportunity!
After driving all night back from the South, Pastor Pierre gave me this telephone report this morning (Saturday) of this strategic deployment I am summarizing below…
From the sound of his voice on the phone, Pastor Pierre is physically exhausted – but exhilarated in spirit over being able to help several hundred people with life-sustaining supplies through these “Family Relief Packs.”
5 LOAVES & 2 FISH…
Dried fish are packed in the Family Relief Packs.
Right now both Pastor Pierre and I feel like Christ’s disciples when they were facing a multitude of need with only “5 loaves and 2 fish” in their hands (Mark 6:41)! But we serve the God of the impossible who takes the meager resources of a little boy and multiplies it to feed a multitude of over 5,000!
But just like the Lord partnered with the little generous boy who gave what he had, we need you to continue to do the same. We have basically sent all of the funds we have received from partners like you. So please send more as you can. Whether you can give $50 for a Family Relief Pack, or $5, $10, $20 – every gift will be translated into life-giving supplies. – with a 100% designation.
Also, Patt and I urge you to leverage your relationships and friendships by networking this need among your friends, family and fellow church members tomorrow/Sunday.
And remember as you give that every gift is given in the Name of Christ. Pastor Pierre told every person in Creole as they were given a Family Relief Pack: “Receive this in Jesus Name!” That’s the “double blessing” of doing your relief work in the Name of the Lord Jesus!
In His Name for His Glory,
JL & Patt
PS: Most of these pictures were taken in the heat of battle. More and better pictures will follow in the days and weeks ahead.
“A father to the fatherless,
defender of widows is God in His Holy Dwelling.
He sets the lonely in families…”
HIMALI CHILDREN’S HOME
Dear Ministry Partner,
In our last eNewsletter, we were in Delhi, India, at the Angurah Children’s Home. I was in the midst of writing this second report on another of our Children’s Homes in Nepal when Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti. So I put this report on the back burner in order to immediately focus on our on-going Hurricane relief work there. Now that those efforts are taking place on a daily basis, I wanted to send you this report on the Himali Children’s Home in Kathmandu, Nepal. I think you will be blessed and encouraged.
The Himali Children's Home was first established in 2001 by Sister Laxmi Tamang when I was still CEO of NDI. Like the children she has adopted, Laxmi is no stranger to heartache. You see, she was abandoned by her husband a number of years ago. But rather than focus on herself in self-pity, she poured herself into the lives of needy children. And under her servant-leadership, the Himali Home has always been one of our best children’s ministries – for which she has won a number of awards from the Nepali Government, as pictured at right.
To date there have been sixteen students who have graduated from this home, where they have lived since they were small children. Because of the spiritual and educational opportunity the Himali Home gave them, they are all doing well on their own as productive members of society, and are active in their churches.
Due to the high cost of land and building in Kathmandu, the Himali Home has been located in different temporary locations for several years at a time. The picture below is of their last rented building, too small and too costly for us to continue to rent on a monthly basis. By God’s grace, we were able to finally move them into their permanent new home on this past trip.
A BLESSING FROM THE EARTHQUAKE
A number of years ago we bought and renovated a building in Kathmandu as the “Barnabas & Dorcas Vocational Training Center.” It was used for multiple purposes to train people in various self-support skills such as sewing, weaving, dress-making and computers. But it was damaged by the 2 earthquakes last year to the degree that it could not be used any longer without some major renovations. Through the timely, vision and generous gift of a businessman friend, we were able to do those major renovations from the foundation to the roof – pictured below.
Shoring up the foundation...
Renovating the inside...
A fresh, colorful paint job, inside & outside...
We asked Sister Laxmi to pick the colors she liked for the home. She chose purple for the girls and blue for the boys!
Canopy Awning on top of the roof…
The Children’s Home is rather “land-locked”, with little area for the children to play outside, so we added an awning on top. This will allow them to be outside – rain or shine. It will also be a place to hang clothes, eat, play games and develop self-support projects.
It was a special joy and privilege for Patt and me to be in Kathmandu for the dedication of the renovated and renewed Himali Children’s Home. All the honor, flowers and leis that we received go to the Lord and to you for making this new home possible.
The children in their new "study hall." We have ordered five small tables
for them to use as desks.
Since we put carpets down on all the floors for warmth, we bought an
electric vacuum cleaner - a first for them!
As Patt and I always enjoy doing, we spent a day buying pots and planting flowers to help beautify the new Children’s Home. It was a special time working with Laxmi and the children.
One of the special joys of our visits to our various Children’s Homes is to “throw a party” for the kids! Rather than their traditional meal of rice and dal bhat, we like to give them a taste of America through foods like hamburgers, pizza or fried chicken. Since a new KFC had recently opened in Kathmandu, we decided to treat them to some “Southern cookin’ – compliments of the Colonel – followed by ice cream and cake!
Before the evening was over, their stomachs were full, and everyone had a
"sugar rush" from the rich desserts of Black Forest cake and ice cream!
THEN & NOW…
By God’s grace and through the financial faithfulness of our American partners, we have been able to support our Children’s Homes through several cycles: from small children, to high school and college graduates. When the children came to our homes, they were either full orphans, semi-orphans or destitute. One of the greatest joys of our lives has been to watch their transformation across the years physically, emotionally, mentally, socially – and most of all spiritually. Each child is a special “trophy of God’s grace.” Time and space do not permit me to tell each of their unique stories. But here is one story as an example that will thrill your soul...her name is Sashi Tamang…
The transformation of Sashi, from a needy little girl...
...to a confident college student.
Sashi is now getting her degree in Microbiology. She is a member of NESOM
(Nepalese Society for Microbiology), where she recently presented a paper
and was given an award and certificate of achievement. The subject of her
report was: "The Prevalence of Methicilin Resistant Staphlococcus Aureus
Among Healthy Sudents of my College". Pretty impressive!
Sashi & Laxmi, her adopted mother.
Below is Sashi’s brief testimony – which will greatly bless you and give you a new spirit of thanksgiving…
“I was born into a Hindu family in remote West Nepal. When I became school age, I went to a government school that was 1½ hours by foot from my home. I still remember those days, going to school wearing slippers because I didn’t have shoes, with a worn-out dress instead of a proper uniform. I only had a pencil and piece of paper.
Because my father and mother were subsistent farmers who worked in the field most of the time, parental care for me was not so much. When I was 5, my mother ran off with another man. Since my father was mostly engaged in the field, I was left home alone. No one cared whether I ate or went to school or not – I became an abandoned child with no one. Later on, my father remarried and my life became like a hell. My stepmom hated me, tortured me a lot and my father would not do anything in front of her to defend me.
One day, a neighbour recommended me for this home and I was admitted at 6 years of age. In the home, I got everything that one child should receive, from parental care to all the basic needs. The foremost thing is that I came to know about Jesus Christ – which is one of the GREATEST and most PRICELESS gift for me.
The journey that I started at the age of 6 till now is beautiful, memorable and encouraging. It’s always a happy feeling to be with these younger gifted children and serve them for the glory of God. Now, I feel that whatever happens, God uses to happen for the best.”
SPIRITUAL & FINANCIAL ADOPTION…
We have been supporting this wonderful Children’s Home each month from our General Budget. Unlike our other homes, we have no regular monthly sponsor for this Home. So we are praying for a church, Sunday School Class, businessman, or civic group to “adopt” this home monthly. For just $1,000 a month you can help us provide the food, clothing, education and medical care for these precious kids. In doing so you will have the joy of knowing that you are giving a “new direction” in life to these children – as well as a secure eternal destiny through Christ!
The Himali girls and the Himali boys.
PERSONAL REFLECTIONS FROM PATT...
As you look at these happy Himali Home children, it is hard to imagine the trauma that all of these boys and girls have faced in their young lives. Each has a story that would break your heart! And each one is now living in a safe and happy children’s home that will love them, feed and care for them, teach them about Jesus, and give them an education through high school. As with all of them, it was a series of circumstances that allowed them to be admitted to this Home.
Several of the children came from villages that were destroyed by the 2015 earthquake and whose families still live in the tin houses. All of them know at least one person who died in the earthquake — for one boy, it was his dad. Almost all of them come from economically depressed villages and would never have had the opportunity for a consistent education or a life apart from their families’ poverty. But, now they have both — and a chance to dream of a better future. A whole new world of hope has opened up for them.
The father of one of the boys died when the boy was very young, leaving his mom with 8 children. In the Home, he does well in school, loves sports and would eventually like Bible training. Then there’s the girl whose father is disabled and mother does subsistent farming. She has made great progress since being in the Home, is doing well academically and wants to be a doctor.
One of the boys has made amazing strides in his first year at the Himali Home. When his mother committed suicide, and his father ran off with another woman, he was left completely abandoned. An aunt eventually took him in. Now he’s thriving in the Home atmosphere where he is first in his class, loves to study and wants to be an engineer.
Prayer is needed for each one as they mature in spirit and body. Some children still struggle with memories of the earthquake and thus in adjusting to school and their studies. There is also the emotional sadness for several of these children whose mothers or fathers abandoned them because life was too hard, and they couldn’t bear to watch their children go hungry any longer.
Everyone wants to be a part of a family. When that is not possible, a wonderful, loving Christian Home is the next best thing.
By clicking here, you can reread our earlier report of how these children ministered to other needier children after the devastating earthquakes last year. What a blessing it was to see “children helping children!”
I hope this second children’s report has been a refreshing blessing to you. We have several more to follow in the days ahead. But in between we will also be sending updates about our on-going hurricane relief work in Haiti.
Years ago I learned that you have to be multi-focused in ministry and multi-tasking in leadership – just like in parenting. Seldom do you have the luxury of just fighting on one front at a time. Local and global crises happen too quickly! And each one is unique and demands personal attention.
Some ministry opportunities are offensive by nature and others are defensive. Some needs are “crisis oriented” and others are “development oriented.” Some are more spiritual in focus while others are more physical. But in either case, TIMING is critical in every situation!
One historian rightly observed that every leadership failure could be summed up in two words: “Too late!” The leader was fearful… ignored the problem… looked the other way… made excuses… was afraid of the risk… became paralyzed… crippled by indecision… vacillated… procrastinated… postponed… tarried – till it was “TOO LATE!”
As a result of tarrying too long in what the Bible calls the “valley of decision” (Joel 3:14), the mind was never made up… the resolve of spirit never came… the opportunity was not seized… the challenge was not met… the battle was lost… the crisis was over… the need was not met… the lives were not saved!
Years ago the Lord impressed on my heart the name “new directions.” It became the name of the organization I led for some 4 decades. That’s because God was not only calling us to take a “new direction” in ministry by being interdenominational and interracial – but also by combining the “Spiritual Gospel” with the “Social Gospel.” Through the leading of His Holy Spirit we blended orthodoxy with orthopraxy – the “Good News” with “good works.” We were both contemporary and traditional – liberal and conservative. We were both evangelistic and holistic. We were not religious – but radical!
Therefore, the various eNewsletters you will be receiving in the days ahead reflect this multi-faceted approach to ministry. Simultaneously we are doing “crisis ministry in Haiti” while we are doing “development work” through Children’s Homes. In addition, our ND Alumni have received a special report on the recent “Memorial Service” for Herbie Spruill titled: “Celebrating a Life Well-Lived” (please click here to listen).
So Patt and I are NOT trying to fill your inbox with trivia! But we do want to do our best to keep you fully updated on the many aspects of ministry that you are making possible through your prayers and financial support!
In His holistic love & compassion,
JL & Patt
“All these are the beginning of birth pains.”
Pastor Esperandieu Pierre meeting with Hurricane Matthew victims
in Les Cayes, South Haiti.
Dear Ministry Partner,
It is sort of ironic to me that this latest hurricane was named “Matthew” – an important Biblical name, as you well know. Matthew’s following Jesus was certainly a “hurricane event” in the world of his day! In His Mount Olivet Discourse in the Gospel of Matthew on “end times,” Jesus said that diverse and devastating natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados and floods – would happen more and more frequently on a global scale. Hurricane Matthew is but the latest – but not the last, in this “stormy forecast” for planet earth!
Doctor Luke recounts Jesus’ words that as these natural disasters take place, people “…will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea” (Luke 21:25). However, Jesus clearly reminded His disciples then and now that these natural disasters would only be the “...beginning of birth pains” – not the ending of them. The ending is the birth of a new world order known as the Kingdom of God! It is that cosmic birthing that Jesus said we should pray for when we ask the Father: “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, ON EARTH as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10). The birthing of that new world order has not yet taken place! But it is coming! And both the Gospel of Matthew and Hurricane Matthew assure us of that certainty!
As a Category 4 hurricane, Matthew certainly caused a “…roaring and tossing of the sea” through the Caribbean – leaving devastation in Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas. Then Matthew swept up the Eastern Seaboard from Florida to North Carolina leaving destruction and death in his wake – with over 800 dead in Haiti. And at this writing, Matthew is dumping tons of rain on NC – resulting in widespread flooding.
Another irony is that the flooding related to hurricanes causes the overflow of sewage into the streets and water systems – polluting and contaminating everything it touches. In a similar manner, we now have fresh “political sewage” flowing out from both the Clinton and Trump Camps – adding to the filth and garbage of what has already been the dirtiest presidential campaign in American history!
While relief efforts can eventually clean up the damage left by Hurricane Matthew, the spiritual, moral, social, political and cultural pollution from this latest overflow of “political sewage” will take decades to clean up! Hearts and minds have been further contaminated by words and images that can never be erased – especially from the minds and memories of our children and young people! But that’s the theme of later emails I will be sending out soon, referencing the Scripture: “When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Ps. 11:3). So be watching for that op-ed.
In the meantime, the righteous can help us with Haiti Relief! And the word "righteous" simply means: “to do the RIGHT thing.” They are those “...righteous acts of the saints” with which God’s faithful will be clothed at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Rev. 19:6-8).
Through our partnership with Pastor Esperandieu Pierre at Nehemiah Vision Ministry (NVM), here are some of the “righteous acts” we are helping them carry out for the needy in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew:
Patt and I are so thankful for those of you who already given through PayPal so we could make an immediate financial deployment to buy food and relief items. We hope many more of you will give as you can — whether for one “Family Relief Kit” @ $50...2 @ $100…5 @ $225…10 @ $500…20 @ $1,000 – or whatever you are able to give. Regardless of the amount, we will honor your gift 100% as designated. (For your convenience, please click on the “Donate” button at right to be redirected to our website to donate via PayPal, designating your gift as “Haiti Relief.” Additionally, you may send your tax deductible gift to our mailing address: JLPF, PO Box 4066, Glen Raven, NC 27215, earmarking your check “Haiti Relief”.)
In His Love & Compassion for the Hurting of Haiti,
JL & Patt
PS: Patt has just talked to our partners, Pastor Wilbur and Sister Barbara Outten, from Freeport, Bahamas, where Hurricane Matthew devastated the island. There is a shortage of water, and electricity will not be restored for at least 3 months. We expect to hear more from them over the weekend and will have additional details to report to you soon.
Earlier this week, I was just about to hit “send” on the second “Children’s Report” from our recent time in India and Nepal, when the Haiti hurricane hit. So we pushed that report to the back burner to focus on our immediate relief efforts for Haiti. I will send you those other reports in the days ahead, and know they will bless and encourage you as you see what your prayers and investments have done and continue to do to change the lives of needy children for time and eternity.
“He commands even the winds and the water,
and they obey Him.”
I am shooting you this EMERGENCY EMAIL to ask for your quick and generous financial help for our relief work in Haiti!
Even though the storm has now passed, and Hurricane Matthew is headed through the Bahamas, Cuba, and toward the American coast, much of South Haiti is left devastated.
We have been in constant communication with our partners there, especially with Pastor Esperandieu Pierre of Nehemiah Vision Ministry (NVM). Several members of the Haitian Government and Parliament have appealed to Esperandieu for emergency relief help. He in turn has asked us to support him in these relief efforts.
J.L. and Pastor Esperandieu Pierre.
Fortunately, the city of Port-au-Prince was not hit as hard as was expected, and only received heavy rains. Therefore, food, water, medical and relief items are readily available. Additionally, we have an empty shipping container there at NVM that is ready to be loaded with relief supplies to take to the south where the need is the greatest.
As quickly and as generously as possible please send in whatever donation the Lord would enable you to give. As always, 100% of your gift will be designated to meet the needs in Haiti.
While we have this “calm after the storm” let’s seize the moment to do all we can to help the people of Haiti - our oldest country of involvement, dating back to 1968.
Counting on your prayers, and awaiting your response...
P.S. Please click on the "Donate" button below to be redirected to our website to donate via PayPal, designating your gift as "Haiti Relief". Thank you, and God bless you!