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.
… " 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. "
Dear Ministry Partners,
The Apostle Paul was not only an evangelist and church planter: he was a builder of Kingdom relationships. He did not travel around in the world of his day instituting programs. His focus was on people. He did not just initiate projects he built partnerships. And his partnerships were not temporary – but rather, eternal, covenant, Kingdom partnerships.
In doing this, Paul was only imitating the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus. While He certainly dealt with the masses and multitudes – His primary focus was on men and women. That’s why there is a clear shift of emphasis from the first half of His public ministry to the second half. In the first year and a half, Jesus ministered to the multitudes. But the closer He got to the cross, the more He pulled away from the large crowds and concentrated on the Twelve … the three (Peter, James & John) … the one (John). I do not think that we can improve on His method in building the church through building church leaders.
We see this in Paul’s words to Barnabas sometime after their first missionary journey. On the very first extended missionary outreach, they visited and planted churches in Cyprus, Pergia, Psidian, Antioch, Iconium, Lystra and Derbe. Then, after returning and reporting to their home sending church at Antioch, they felt the need to return to do “follow-up.” Paul said: “Let’s go back and visit the brothers in all the towns … to see how they are doing.” And through future personal visitation … personal letters ... personal emissaries – Paul continued this nurturing of strategic Kingdom relationships the rest of his life. I have sought to do the same thing.
When you open this email, Patt and I, along with friends and partners Andy and Jane Albright and their children Haleigh and Spencer, will be landing in Nairobi, Kenya on the first leg of a two week trip of “visiting the brothers and sisters” in Kenya and Zimbabwe. So just as soon as you open this email – START PRAYING! And here are some of the beloved brethren we will be spending time with ...
Stakwell & Francesca Yurenimo, South Horr, Kenya.
Elias & Perpetua Kagwima, Nairobi, Kenya and Bishop Trevor Manhanga,
Apostle Simon Mkolo, Hwange, Zimbabwe.
Herbert Mkwala and Tailos & Egna Ncube, Hwange, Zimbabwe.
Principal Francis Munkombwe, Hwange, Zimbabwe.
Pastor Taison Mumpande, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
We hope to be able to send a couple of brief reports to you along the way. But since we will be “on the move” and often “in the bush,” that may not be possible. However, we will send you a fuller report with pictures after our return.
In addition to spending time with our partners on this trip, we will be involved in home dedications … goat distributions … chicken projects … bicycle distribution … gardening projects … book distributions – just to mention a few! All of this will be to empower the needy – especially widows, children, and refugees. And it is all made possible by your continued prayers and financial support. Our investment in these dear partners is dependent upon your investment in us.
Thanks for your partnership with us that enables our partnership with them,
JL & Patt
“…they gathered the church together
and reported all that God had done through them
and how He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles”
Dear Ministry Partners,
For most of us Americans, summer is a time when we take a “family vacation” of some kind. It is a wonderful time we all look forward to. Whether for a few days … a long weekend … or a week or more, it is a time when we step away for our daily work schedules for a time of relaxation and recreation. And most of us “go somewhere” for our vacation – whether to the beach … the lake … the mountains … to Disneyland … to a theme park … or to some favorite get-away. Many love to go on a cruise through the Caribbean Islands. We are so blessed in America to have this as a tradition – and the affluence to do it.
But, for the vast majority of the world’s population – including most of our national partners – “vacation” is not in their vocabulary … literally! Their local language or dialect has no word for “vacation." Taking “time away” is not an option that is even open to them. It is not that they do not desire or deserve a vacation. It is just not a possibility for them. Their cultures or conditions make vacations impossible. So they spend their entire lives without ever experiencing a “vacation from their vocation."
Nor do they ever get to take exciting weekend trips … go out to eat … or stay in a hotel or motel. That is a “luxury” completely beyond them. Staying at home and working is all they will ever know – all the days of their lives. They never “take a vacation from ministry” like most of us get to do in America.
For me, summer has always been an especially busy and productive time of ministry. It is also a time of increased travel and increased activity for many of our ministry partners. However, some of our partners live in countries that are below the equator so are in opposite seasons from us. That means that our summer is their winter and vice versa. But, whether it is summer, fall, winter or spring, we, along with our ministry partners, are busy in Kingdom ministry – all made possible by the spiritual and financial support of our American partners.
After 50 years of ministry and partnership building, there is always more that takes place in any given week or month than we can fully report on. So we try to highlight various partners and projects from week to week to keep you as informed as possible. We want you to be as blessed and encouraged as we are by all that God has graced us with through our strategic national partners.
In this weekly report, I am sharing some highlights from a number of our partners and projects. We will report in more depth on some of them in the weeks and months ahead – especially as particular ministries and projects are completed. But until then, be blessed and encouraged by this “summer summary” of ministry in and through some of our beloved national partners.
NEW HOME CHURCH PLANTED BY PASTOR HANOK IN NEPAL …
PASTOR GYAN AND NEW GRADUATES FOR MINISTRY IN THE HIMALAYAN MOUNTAINS …
PASTOR BHARAT AND A NEW ADDITION TO THE ANGURAH CHILDREN’S HOME IN DELHI, INDIA …
PASTOR TSHERING AND NEW TIBETAN GRADUATES FROM CHAMPA CHOELING …
PASTOR SOIA AND NEW BIBLE DISTRIBUTION IN MANIPUR, INDIA …
NEW BELIEVERS BEING BAPTIZED BY BISHOP TREVOR IN ZIMBABWE …
PASTOR MOHAMED ALY PRESENTING A NEW SOLAR DIGITAL PLAYER TO A MUSLIM MAN IN MALI …
RENOVATION OF THE HOME OF PROFESSOR MOHAMED IN GAO, MALI AFTER IT WAS RAVAGED BY AL-QUEDA …
PROFESSOR MOHAMED YATTARA …
NEW HOME BEING BUILT FOR STAKWELL AND FRANCESCA YURENIMO …
NEW ABLUTION BLOCK BEING COMPLETED FOR THE AFRICAN TABERNACLE, DEDICATED LAST SUMMER …
DR. RAI AND THE NEW ROOF ON THE HOLY PALACE HOSPITAL IN WEST BENGAL, INDIA …
SCHOOL UNIFORMS MADE AND GIVEN TO NEEDY YOUNG PEOPLE BY BHIM NAPALI IN KATHMANDU …
NEW HYDRAFORM HOUSES FOR CHICKENS BUILT BY EVANGELIST YAW ASANTE IN GHANA ...
MINISTRY TO PASTORS AND WIVES BT YAW ASANTE IN NORTHERN GHANA …
PALLET OF DRIP IRRIGATION SUPPLIES BEING LOADED FOR MALI, WEST AFRICA …
PASTOR PIERRE AND THE FIRST CORN HARVEST AT NEHEMIAH VISION MINISTRY IN HAITI …
“NEW” USED VAN FOR PASTOR SANTOSH AND HIS BHUTANESE NEPALI CHURCH IN ATLANTA …
NEW CHALLENGES WITH EQUIPMENT IN ABACO, BAHAMAS, AND NEW SPIRITUAL BREAKTHROUGH WITH OUR ABACO PARTNER ...
NEW VBS AT KANA BAPTIST CHURCH IN ISRAEL WITH PASTOR HANI BILLAN ...
Finally, Patt and I hope you have had, or will enjoy some kind of vacation this summer – just as we have enjoyed. This past weekend we had our “stay-cation” with our family – which means we stayed home and did things locally. It was a wonderful time of “building memories.”
“Pop” enjoying a few minutes with Owen, Joy Yael and Luke at one of my “happy places” – a koi pond I am building in their woods.
Patt roasting marshmallows at Mark and April’s fire pit with some of the family: (left to right: Owen Williams, Mark Atkins, Patt, Abigail Williams, Joy Yael Williams).
Patt with three of our four children: (left to right: Jonathan, Patt, April, Joseph; Trish did not attend).
Patt with our daughter and daughters-in-law: (left to right: Julie Williams, Patt, Susannah Williams, April Atkins; Trish was not present).
Seven of our grandchildren painting tiles for Grandmother to put in the “children’s room” in our home.
Our seven local grandchildren in the newly renovated children’s room: (Top, left to right: Joy Yael Williams, Abigail Williams, Emma Atkins. Bottom, left to right: Owen Williams, Nathan Williams, Matthew Atkins, and Luke Williams. The four Glover grandchildren were not present, and were greatly missed.)
Whether you “stay home” or “travel far,” we hope that you will not take a vacation from your praying and giving! Our weekly and monthly needs during the summer months usually increase – not decrease. Thank you for your continued faithful support this summer!
In His Faithful Love,
P. S. Finally, for any donation of $20 or more, I would like to send you my latest book, Living Dangerously for the Kingdom of God. Based around the life of the Apostle Paul, a dangerous disciple of the Lord Jesus, this book can bless, challenge, and encourage you in your Christian walk. A wonderful addition to your summer reading list!
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…”
Dear American & National Friends & Partners,
This is the week of July 4th – a traditional time for patriotic events that remind us of our independence and freedom and how blessed we are as a nation. It is an annual reminder of the signing and adopting of the “Declaration of Independence” on July 4, 1776. It was our American Magna Carta that declared our freedom from Great Britain and autonomy as a new nation. It is also a time when we remember the many military sacrifices that brought us this liberty and freedom, and that have maintained it across the years.
But it should also be a time that we give thanks for the Judeo-Christian foundation in which our nation was clearly and firmly established by our Founding Fathers. But not so today! Sadly, those Judeo-Christian foundational principles are being assaulted from without and eroded from within. The negative momentum against anything and everything overtly Christian has gained unimagined strength from the classroom to the courtroom. Our spiritual and political foundations are being dynamited and bulldozed up by a new leftist and elitist educational and political ideology based on secularism, materialism, relativism, universalism, multiculturalism, socialism, welfarism, sexual egalitarianism, narcissism and hedonism.
Centuries ago when King David was facing similar political assaults against Israel, he cried out: “When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Ps. 11:3). Millions of Americans are asking that same question today! As Americans, the Constitution assures us that “We the people” have certain rights that are self-evident: “… that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness ... ” Our Founding Fathers clearly understood that there must be a clear and humble recognition that all of our “rights” of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” came from a benevolent God. And when they were speaking about our “Creator,” they were not referring to Allah, Buddha or Krishna – or any other pagan deities! They were clearly referring to the Jehovah God of the Bible as revealed and incarnated through Jesus Christ! However, from the White House to the Court House, anything and everything Christian is being vilified, penalized and marginalized!
So, when the “… foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Certainly we should continue to vote … speak out … protest – use every legal and peaceful means possible to make our voices heard. But, above and beyond everything else, we must pray! Unless there is authentic national repentance and national revival, America’s continued decline is inevitable. We have been blessed like no other nation in history. But we are increasingly under the judgment of God because of our blatant and flagrant rebellion and rejection of His Word. At this late date, the only thing that can turn our nation around is PRAYER!
Across America, scores of noted Christian leaders are calling for Christians to “hit their knees” in behalf of America. We are the only ones who have the potential power to turn America around, before she plunges over the precipice she is headed for at break-neck speed!
This week I received an email from Mrs. Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Billy Graham. She and her husband, Danny, have been special friends to Patt and me across the years. On July 7th, Anne is calling Americans to a special time of pray. Please take a moment to click here to read her letter where you can hear her heart in this matter. Then, join her, Patt and me and scores of other Christians in forwarding this email to everyone on your email list. But most of all – PRAY! Together, we can “turn the tide” away from all of the “isms” I mentioned above that are eating away those "self-evident rights" given by our Creator.
Patt and I hope that you enjoy your July 4th activities with family and friends. Whether they include patriotic parades, concerts, backyard picnics, sports or events – and lots of fireworks – don’t forget to PRAY! I want to believe that America’s greatest days are still ahead – not in the past! But only PRAYER can turn us around from this national detour we have been on for decades. Only PRAYER can put us back on the “path of righteous” that God will honor. As the wise man of Proverbs reminds us: “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Prov. 14:34).
America is living in a time of “national disgrace” before God … before ourselves … before the world! Only sovereign grace can deliver us from our current spiritual and national disgrace! And that can only be wrought through PRAYER!
God Bless America so America can again bless the world,
PS: Recently Patt and I had the joy of a brief visit with my “Aunt Alice Crouse.” We lived beside her and Uncle Joe in Kentucky during our first year of marriage. As a widow of 96, she spends most of her days in prayer. She has over 200 people on her prayer list that she goes through daily – one name at a time. I am so thankful that Patt and I – along with our children and grandchildren – are included in the stack of names she is holding! Being with her was a great reminder that regardless of your age or circumstances in life – you can be like my Aunt Alice, or Anna of old who, at the age of 84: “ … never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying” (Luke 2:37). As a result, she had the incredible joy of seeing the Christ child and of praying for the “ … redemption of Jerusalem” – just as we now pray for the “… redemption of America!"
Finally, for any donation to our ministry of $20 or more, I want to send you my latest book, Living Dangerously For The Kingdom of God. Based around the life of the Apostle Paul – who was a dangerous disciple of the Lord Jesus – I think it can bless, challenge, and encourage your Christian walk for Christ. And remember, "a reading Christian is a growing Christian!"
“When you come, bring…my scrolls, especially the parchments…”
(II Tim. 4:13)
Dear Ministry Friends & Partners,
There is no substitute for reading in the Christian life! As we were growing up, my parents often reminded us of this simple principle: “A reading Christian is a growing Christian.” And the primary source for our reading, study, memorization and meditation was and is the Bible.
No one grows in the Christian life by osmosis. We can only grow spiritually as our roots sink deeply into the Word of God. As crucial as the preached and taught word is for our Christian growth, it’s not enough to just take in the Word audibly through listening to sermons.
Paul understood the importance of reading and studying. Even though God used him to pen the majority of the New Testament, Paul was a life long reader and writer. He never got to the place where he felt he “knew it all” and could just coast to glory. We see this in his “last will and testament” that he wrote to young Timothy. Paul was near his execution in a Roman prison. This old spiritual warhorse had been deserted by some of his closest friends and ministry partners – especially Demas. He was lonely in soul so he urged Timothy: “Do your best to come to me quickly…” He was cold in body so he said: “Bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas…” He was bored in mind so he said: “…bring my scrolls, especially the parchments.” Paul would read till his dying days!
How we need to rediscover that discipline of reading! So many Christians, especially men, are not readers. That’s why the majority of Christian books are bought and read by women. As a result, Christian women are usually more knowledgeable about their faith than men are. Far too many men have swapped “reading” for “watching,” and by example, they pass this pattern on to their sons.
But summer is a great time for reading! Whether on long summer evenings … or at the beach on vacation … at the lake house … at the mountain retreat … or in the backyard swing or hammock – what better time for some quality and quantity reading. This recent edition of World Magazine, pictured at right, features some of the best reading selections for 2014.
I want to be so bold to add some of my own books to their list – especially my latest book: Living Dangerously For The Kingdom of God. For any donation to our ministry of $20 or more, I want to send you this book. Based around the life of the Apostle Paul – who was a dangerous disciple of the Lord Jesus – I think it can bless, challenge and encourage your Christian walk for Christ.
And to encourage your reading this summer, please select a FREE copy of one of my other books from the selection below. With your donation, simply write on your check which free book you would like. Or if giving through PayPal, you may type your desired free book selection in the message section.
I count it a joy to invest these books in your life – because you have invested spiritually and financially in our ministry.
Hoping to hear from you soon, so you can “read for your life” this summer!
During the month of June, we commemorate and celebrate “Father’s Day” in America. There has never been a time in American history when an authentic “Father’s Day” is more needed! Fatherlessness is an epidemic in America
today – as well as in many other countries! Even though there are encouraging signs through various men’s movements, there are still millions of men who haven’t yet gotten the message. As a result, over 18 million children in America are basically growing up fatherless!
I believe that we are only beginning to see the “first fruits” of the mental, emotional, relational, social, and educational problems of these children, who are growing up fatherless. Already, the “early warning signs” indicate that the “first fruits” of this fatherless and rootless generation are dwarfed ... stunted ... sick ... sour ... bitter ... rotten ... deadly! Loud and painful evidence is crying out to us in our homes ... schools ... churches ... streets – that husbandless wives and fatherless children are damaged and crippled for life. The absence of a father in millions of homes has left a relational vacuum that is being filled up with the emotional demons of insecurity ... loneliness ... resentment ... anger ... hostility. These emotional disorders and mental distortions are resulting in a growing host of self-destructive activities like alcohol ... tobacco ... drugs ... video addiction ... sexual promiscuity ... perversion ... occultic involvement ... crime ... murder... suicide. So we need a return to a true “Father’s Day” in America and in the West as never before!
One of the greatest witnesses of the Christian Church down through the centuries has been its witness about fatherhood. The Old Testament not only reveals the true and living God as our Creator – it also reveals Him as our Father. Jesus was the living Incarnation of this Sovereign God and Father of all those who hear and believe. Jesus not only revealed the Father, He taught His disciples to pray by saying: “Our Father...” That was a revolutionary revelation for the First Century world – as well as for much of Judaism. It is still a revolutionary relational concept to hundreds of millions of people in our world today!
There are still untold millions in our world today who cannot pray “Our Father...” like Jesus taught His disciples. That’s because they have never yet heard about the Lord Jesus, Who incarnated and demonstrated the Fatherly heart of God – even to the degree of death on the cross! Some of those cultures do not even have a word for love or grace. And their image of God as Father is either totally unknown, or obscured at best. Therefore, in most of the countries without Christ, the culture is very permissive when it comes to the behavior of men. Sexual double standards are the norm. As a result, men are permitted – even
expected – to have multiple wives and be sexually promiscuous. It is one of the “marks of manhood!” By contrast, women are generally at the very bottom of the social system. They are basically the “property” of their husbands – with few if any, “human rights.” They are often reduced to the state of chattel and slavery. As a result, they are the real “beasts of burden,” and do most of the hard physical labor for their families and culture – receiving very little in return. The girls and younger women are exploited as sex objects for the unrestrained sexual gratification of men. While the fathers and husbands can get away with unspeakable crimes against their wives and daughters – the women have little legal rights or recourse. It is only the Gospel of Jesus Christ that liberates them – by first liberating the men!
But there are still millions of other people in the Western world who have heard something about Jesus -- but have still grown up fatherless. They are the by-products of divorce, sexual promiscuity, unwed mothers, desertion, or abandonment. As a result, they too have a damaged and distorted understanding of God as a loving Father. While millions of unreached people have never heard the Gospel – they have heard a distorted message through broken family relationships. The spiritual consequence is that they really cannot relate to those opening words in the Lord’s Prayer that say “Our Father...” That’s because they project upon the Heavenly Father their relationship – or lack of a relationship, with their human father. Therefore, if God is anything like their earthly father – they do not want anything to do with Him! The result is that they grow up with neither a human or divine authority figure – which is manifested by a host of rebellious attitudes and actions!
The ancient world was not much different – until Christ came! After His life, death and resurrection, the world had a new understanding of the significance of family relationships. Therefore, as Christianity spread throughout the Roman Empire, Christian teaching about the role of men as husbands and fathers began to radically improve family relationships. Christian men were challenged and discipled to love their wives, and be faithful to them for life. Marital faithfulness and sexual purity was a prerequisite for Church leadership. The husbands and fathers were taught to nurture and discipline their children. As a result, Christians in Rome were noted for opposing things hostile to the home and family – like abortion and infanticide. They also became known for caring for widows and orphans – those among them who were husbandless and fatherless. This was a radical example in a world where only the strong survived – while the weak perished! Those models are just as culturally radical today!
So I trust that this following study on Fatherhood will be timely, helpful, challenging, encouraging and motivating. It is not meant to provoke guilt or regret – but hope! It is also my prayer that it will give all of you men who are presently fathers some practical understandings about your high and holy calling as a husband and father.
Finally, it is also my hope and prayer that many of my National brothers and partners receiving this message – will take it and use it in your own cultural context. Even though your country may not celebrate “Father’s Day” like we do here in America, these are still sound Biblical principles that need to be taught in the church in every country and culture! Whether or not there is a national “Father’s Day” in your country – there needs to be an on-going “Father’s Day” in your home and church! Remember this principle: “Your church will never be any stronger than your families – and your families will never be any stronger than the husbands and fathers!” Therefore, you can only build a strong church by building strong families – starting with the men! And these principles must first of all be incarnated and demonstrated in your marriage and your family relationships! Please click here to continue, and God bless you as you ... read ... study ... translate ... contextualize ... preach ... and teach these Principles of Fatherhood.”
Under His Fatherhood,