JL's Journal

September 15, 2014


“ … those with clean hands will grow stronger

they go from strength to strength … ”

(Job 17:9; Psalm 84:7)

Dear Ministry Partners,

   There is a popular leadership maxim that says: “Momentum is a leader’s best friend.” In many ways that’s true. Whether in marriage, ministry, missions or the marketplace – momentum is essential for growth. However, it is also crucial to remember that building momentum takes time and effort. It’s like pushing a stalled car from a dead standstill. 

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September 10, 2014


Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead,

and Christ will shine on you.”

(Ephesians 5:14)



Dear Friends & Partners,

   Two important observances are taking place this month. The first one occurs on September 11th, and the second on September 25th. So, I wish you a sober “9/11 Anniversary” as well as a “Happy New Year!” That last greeting about a “Happy New Year” may surprise many of you at this time of year! But less than two weeks from now, Jews worldwide will celebrate Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year. It will be celebrated on September 25/26, sundown to sundown like all Jewish Feasts & Festivals. For the Jewish people it will be the year 5775 – not 2015 as our Western New Year will usher in on January 1st.

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September 08, 2014


The blessing of the Lord brings wealth

and He adds no trouble to it.”

(Proverbs 10:22)

Business Entrepreneur, Nana Oduro, Ghana, West Africa

Dear Kingdom Partners,

   The hope for Africa is not more foreign aid. It’s not more handouts by well-intentioned expatriate missionaries. It’s not new government welfare programs that produce more dependency. The hope for Africa – as well as for America, Asia and the rest of the world – is more free enterprise generated by the entrepreneurial spirit of people who are called and gifted in business. 

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September 04, 2014


"The message of the cross is foolishness to those
who are perishing, but to us who are being
saved it is the power of God."
(I Cor. 1:18)

With Evangelist Yaw Asante outside the Elmina
Slave Castle on the Cape Coast.

Dear Faithful Ministry Partners,

   By God’s grace, I am finally back home safely and successfully from my recent trip to Ghana. While it is an annual trip I have been making for over 3 decades – this one was incredibly challenging. As you know from my previous emails when I was “Stranded in the Big Apple,” I was barred from boarding the plane to Ghana on a visa technicality. So I had to spend two days and nights in New York working through this problem with the help of a key businessman partner in Accra. He was ultimately able to resolve the crisis through his key contacts with Ghana Immigration.

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August 26, 2014


“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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