JL's Journal

June 24, 2016


“Praise Him with resounding cymbals!”

(Psalm 150:5)

Dear Friends and Partners,

   This week, June 23rd, I had my last treatment for prostate cancer – 40 radiation treatments in all! Hopefully, this has eliminated cancer from my body. I will have a follow-up check-up in a month to see how the negative side effects are diminishing. Then in 3 – 4 months I will have a blood test to see if the radiation did its job and the cancer cells have been killed. At my last weekly appointment with my urologist, he said to Patt and me, “You have done fantastic!” That was great news. To God be the glory!

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June 21, 2016


“I always pray with joy because of your

partnership in the Gospel

from the first day until now…”

(Philippians 1:5)

Dear Friends and Partners,

   Because of the expanding and exponential nature of our partnerships and projects in a number of countries, we get many exciting reports each week - more than we can report on! As you know, Patt and I send a weekly eNewsletter that goes out each Wednesday morning. I usually spend most of Monday writing it from emails and reports from our key national partners. Then Patt proofs it (and tries to shorten it!) before Jane Fraser, our CFO and Ministry Assistant, lays it out and sends it to you. 

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June 20, 2016


“But mark this:

There will be terrible times in the last days…

evil men…will go from bad to worse,

deceiving and being deceived.”

(II Timothy 3:1, 13)

Dear Friends & Partners,

   As I write this op-ed, it is the evening of “Father’s Day.” For Patt and me, it has been a blessed day of going to church, followed by lunch with some of our local children and grandchildren. It was a “love fest” through worship, good food, fellowship, laughter and reminiscing.

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June 14, 2016


“In spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message
with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. 
And so you became a model to all the believers…
the Lord’s message rang out from you
your faith in God has become known everywhere.”
(I Thess. 1:6-8)


Dear Ministry Friends and Partners,

   The Scripture verses above written by Paul to the persecuted and poor saints in Macedonia are so relevant to our friends and partners in Mali, West Africa. Because of Islamic terrorism, hundreds of them had to flee the cities of Timbuktu and Gao in 2011 for the semi-safer refuge in the capital city of Bamako. Since we have not reported on their on-going ministries “under the gun” of the Muslim jihadists in quite some time, I want to update you through this weekly eNewsletter.

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June 07, 2016


(Op-ed on The Life & Death of Mohamed Ali)

“He who is least among you all – he is the greatest.”

(Luke 9:48)

Dear Ministry Partners,

   The news this week has been dominated by the death of boxing legend, Mohamed Ali. It is hard to name a sports icon more universally known than Ali. Perhaps Michael Jordan would be his only serious contender for national and international name recognition. 

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