JL's Journal

August 24, 2016


(East Africa, Part 3)

“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He,
I am He who will sustain you,
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”

(Isaiah 46:4)

Apostle Simon Mkolo

Dear Ministry Partners,

   Like so many of our national partners, Simon Mkolo is a radical for Jesus. Decades ago, he started out as a political radical who was arrested for his protests against the white minority rule in Southern Rhodesia – now Zimbabwe. But while in prison serving a 4-year sentence for his radicalism and insurrection, he met Jesusthe greatest radical in all of human history. As a result, he was radically converted and became a radical follower of the Lord Jesus. (Please click here to read his full story on our website).

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August 16, 2016


“The Spirit of the Lord is on Me,
because He has anointed Me
to preach Good News to the poor,
He has sent Me to proclaim freedom
for the prisoners...to release the oppressed;

to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

(Luke 4:18-19) 

Dear Ministry Partners,

   In my last email, I reported on the “Physical and Spiritual Winds” that are blowing in northern Kenya. My report focused on some of the “new directions” of our longtime partnership with Stakwell & Francesca Yurenimo in Kenya among the various pastoral tribal groups in that area.

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August 10, 2016


The wind blows wherever it pleases.
You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where
it comes from or where it is going.
So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."
(John 3:8)


Dear Ministry Partners,

   By God’s grace, I made it back home safe and sound this past weekend from my past two weeks in Africa. After a long 16-hour flight from Johannesburg to Atlanta to RDU, it was wonderful to be back with Patt again after my first international trip since completing the 40 radiation treatments. On this “trial trip,” I was first in Kenya for a week, then in Zimbabwe for the same. In each country we had special times of fellowship with our key partners. 

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August 02, 2016


“I have no greater joy than to hear
that my children are walking in the truth.”
(3 John 4)

Stakwell Yurenimo with his two oldest daughters,
Wendy and Meribell.

Dear Ministry Partners,

   Loving and joyful greetings in Christ from Mutare, Zimbabwe!

   I am writing this quick report on the last leg of my current two-country trip to Kenya and Zimbabwe. After a full week of travel and ministry in Kenya, I flew to Zimbabwe.

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July 21, 2016


“I urge you, brothers…by the love of the Spirit,

to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me

Pray that I may be rescued from the unbelievers…and that my service…

may be acceptable to the saints…”

(Rom. 15: 30-31)

Dear Ministry Partner,

   When you receive this email, I will be airborne for Africa. It will be my first major international trip since completing the 40 radiation treatments for prostate cancer. While I still have some of the lingering fatigue from those treatments, I am trusting God for both the spiritual wisdom and physical strength for this trip. As all of my trips tend to be, this one will be diverse and fast moving. I will be in Kenya for the first week and Zimbabwe for the second week. Even though I will be in the “African bush” for some of the time, I still hope to be able to send a few brief reports and pictures – so be watching for those.

   In addition to praying for my physical stamina, I also ask for your special prayers for my “…service to the saints” through the many items I will be taking in. As you know, I always travel as a ‘Pack Mule For Jesus’ – taking in as much as possible to meet spiritual and physical needs. That’s why the airlines hate to see me checking in! So first, pray that I will get everything on board. Then pray I will be able to get everything through the Customs in both Kenya and Zimbabwe duty free. Sadly, the airlines look for every opportunity to charge you ridiculous fees for anything and everything!

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