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JL's Journal

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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August 07, 2014

A KINGDOM ENTREPRENEUR IN THE SLUMS

(Africa Mission: Part 2)

“If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need
but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue,
but with actions and in truth.” (I John 3:17-18)


George Odhiambo, Kingdom Entrepreneur in the slums.
 

Dear Ministry Partner,

   In my first report earlier this week, I shared about a dedicated and dynamic agricultural entrepreneur, Philip Kabiru, and his wonderful Umoja Project. “Umoja” is translated unity. Thank you for your prayers for Philip, his new “goat project, and his “drip irrigation garden” that we are partnering with him.

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August 05, 2014

“He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work,
doing something useful with his own hands,
that he may have something to share with those in need.”
(Ephesians 4:28)

Dear Ministry Partners,

   Patt and I have just returned from two weeks of travel and ministry in Kenya and Zimbabwe, Africa, where we have been involved for over 3 decades. While flying over, I read a timely article on the new emerging “Middle Class” in Africa. That means people who have advanced economically to the degree that they have some “disposable income.” But what blew my mind was the standard used for putting a person in the “Middle Class” category. It was those whose who had moved from zero income or $1.00 a day – to those now earning $2.00 a day! Can you imagine?!  That's light years from the standard of our American "Middle Class!"

   Think about trying to feed yourself…cloth yourself…pay your rent…send your children to school…buy medicine – while earning a meager $2.00 a day! You can’t even buy a small cup of coffee at Starbucks for that little amount of money! And yet millions of Africans struggle onward and upward living below a poverty line we can’t even begin to comprehend!

   Obviously the Apostle Paul faced similar challenges in the First Century Church. Many of the new believers were poor and needed support – especially the widows and orphans. Others were converted to Christ out of a lazy and sleazy background where they “lived off others” as thieves. They were not unlike many of our second, third and fourth generation welfare recipients in America who “steal from us” through taxes, entitlements and scores of other governmental programs based on welfare rather than workfare!

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July 29, 2014

Goat Distribution

… “Let us go back and visit the brothers in all the towns
where we preached the word of the Lord and
see how they are doing.”
(Acts 15:36)

Dear Ministry Partners,

   Loving greetings in Christ from Nairobi, Kenya, on our way to Zimbabwe. Thanks for praying us through this first part of our trip, which was mostly in the African Bush. (Please click here to see our report from last week).

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