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.
“Rescue the weak and needy;
Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked."
WARNING: Some of the following pictures may be disturbing – but they need to be seen to rouse American Christians into action through prayer and positive political proactivity! JL
Dear Ministry Partners,
The above summary of Christianity in the Arab World of the Middle East is staggering and sobering! Like never before in their long history, our Arab Christian brothers and sisters are under the bloody sword of Islamic-driven jihadist terrorism! All one has to do to see this evil face of Islam is to look at the hundreds of social media pictures now coming out of the Middle East – all carried out in the name of the prophet Mohamed.
ISLAMIC GENOCIDE AGAINST CHRISTIANS & JEWS
At this point it is a rather foolish and moot academic question as to whether these beheadings, crucifixions, barbaric butchering, rapes, kidnappings, selling into slavery, female mutilations, child brides, and wanton destruction are being carried out by legitimate Muslims or perverted Muslims. In either case, there is a swelling crimson tide of the blood of those being slain only because they are Yazidis, Jews or Christians. Their only viable option is to “convert or die.”
JIHADISH COMMANDS FROM THE KORAN
The bottom line is these perpetrators are fueled by mandates from the Koran, the dictates of Sharia law, the traditions of the Hadith and the clear historic example of their founding prophet, Mohamed. There is a minimum of 109 verses in the Koran calling faithful Muslims to jihad, or “holy war” in the name of Allah. So in the twisted minds of these Islamic terrorists, they are true Muslims in the purest sense of the word who are faithfully carrying out the will of Allah against all infidels. It was the prophet Mohamed’s clear mandate to “cut the necks” of all who would not convert and “submit” to the will of Allah. Consider just two verses from the Koran I could amplify many times …
So in carrying out these myriads of mass murders and “crimes against humanity” in the name of Allah, the ISIS terrorists are only being faithful to the clear dictates of the Koran! However, whatever civilization survives this latest genocide and holocaust will ultimately reveal these Islamic jihadists as the wicked, evil, demon-possessed, sick and blinded spiritual psychopaths that they really are. No human being could carry out these heinous, barbaric acts of savagery that ISIS is doing – with sneers and jeers on social media – unless they are inspired and empowered by Satan and evil spirits! These horrific acts are not those of religious enlightenment but those of demonic darkness!
THE SATANIC SOURCE
In light of these unspeakable atrocities, is it any wonder that Jesus called Satan the arch liar and murderer who inspires and incites his children to manifest his deadly desires to “… rob, steal, kill and destroy”(Jn. 8:44-47)! ISIS is but the latest example of Satan’s children carrying out their evil father’s desires!
HISTORY’S DEMONIC DESPOTS
Ultimately, the likes of Osama bin-Laden and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi will take their banished place in the annals of histories darkest and most demonic ages of savagery. They will stand in despicable distain alongside other politico-religious megalomaniacs like Adolf Hitler, Vladimir Lenin, Josef Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao Zedong, Ho Chi Minh, Ida Amin Dada, Mengistu Haile Mariam, Kim Jong-Il, Papa Doc & Baby Doc, Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein, Ayatollah Khomeini and Omar al-Bashir.
From this list of some of modern history’s most barbaric leaders, it is easy to see that no racial, ethnic or national group has been exempt from producing evil leaders who have carried out unspeakable crimes against their own people and others who oppose their fanatical ideas – whether they were Europeans, Caribbean, Asians or Africans. But all had in common one thing: their paranoid fear and demonic hatred of religion in general and Judaism and Christianity in particular.
REASON VS RADICALISM
And it is also sobering to realize that these dark and demonic despots I have just listed as some of history’s worst killers all lived in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries – the so called “Age of Enlightenment.” These were to be the times when social evolution upward would manifest itself through the “triumph of reason” – which would rule and reign in every sphere of human existence and bring in the idyllic “Age of Aquarius!” Mankind would collectively return to the Garden of Eden, and experience a perpetual, peaceful, and prosperous “heaven on earth!”
These were to be the centuries of triumphant humanism when enlightenment and education would fully and finally eradicate the two greatest things that have divided humanity down through the centuries: religion and race. It would be a time when “reason would reign” and all lesser and baser passions would willfully submit to a higher order of civility.
However, contrary to these noble humanistic ideals, these past few decades have seen just the opposite take place through the revival of religion and the resurgence of racialism! These religious, racial and ethnic passions have brought about the dissolution of the USSR, the re-divided Europe into ancient ethnicities, the fragmentation of Africa through tribalism, and the renewal of casteism in Asia. But it has also reignited old racial prejudices in America, and pitted whites, blacks and Hispanics against each other to the degree that city after city has been torn by racial hostilities and demonstrations. So much for global utopia!
Simultaneously as a people, we have experienced the greatest days of scientific advancement in the midst of debilitating social degeneration. During these enlightened centuries of industrialization, scientific achievement and the IT age, mankind has experienced unprecedented educational opportunity and economic prosperity - alongside some of the worse poverty, prejudice and persecution history has ever recorded. As Charles Dickens said of his day, ours have also been both the “… best of times and the worst of times!”
THE ROOT PROBLEM
Why and how could we have been so naïve to believe in the perfectibility humanity? The Biblical answer is clear. SIN! The human race in general - and Islam in particular, do not really believe in the reality of things like sin, the fall and the total depravity of man. Nor do they believe in the existence of a real malevolent being called Satan. That’s why the evil one has generally ruled and reigned through the fallen nature of mankind in every generation from Adam until now.
Now after World War I, which was to be the “war to end all wars,” World War II, the Korean Conflict, Viet Nam, the Six Day War, the Persian Gulf War, the Wars in the Balkans, the Sudan and Rwanda Genocides, Wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and regional conflicts beyond number - the world stage has been taken by Islamic jihaddism under the current banner of ISIS.
While initially called the “JV Team of Terrorism” by President Obama, they have proclaimed an Islamic Caliphate under Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and have rapidly taken territory all over the Middle East and into North Africa. At this time, their bloody Islamic tentacles are reaching farther and father across our globe, with more and more acts of violence and terrorism in the name of Allah. And just like the many demon driven despots before them, the very first people marked for elimination are Jews and Christians.
CHRISTIANITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST
At one time Christians made up about a quarter of the population of the Middle East - dating back to the First Century of Christendom. Today, they are less than 10%, and their numbers are shrinking monthly. These ancient Christian communities are facing persecution, displacement and death by Islamic radicals who are on a fanatical “unholy war” to eradicate every vestige of Christianity from the lands of its origin. (Please click here to read my op-ed "An Unholy War".) Those who have been able to escape their ancient homelands in countries like Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Lebanon, Yemen, Israel, etc., have had to immigrate and migrate to other countries in order to survive and continue their Christian confessions and traditions.
Ever since the War in Iraq began in 2003, the ancient city of Bagdad has often been in the forefront of the news. But for most Americans, it is one of those “far away places with a strange sounding name” that seems so remote and disconnected from our daily lives. In the previous decades, it was most famous for the tyrannical reign of Saddam Hussein until he was overthrown and executed.
Since the Islamic crusades in the Middle East up through the reign of Saddam Hussein, Bagdad was predominantly a Muslim dominated city. However, for centuries there was a thriving Jewish and Christian population in the city of Bagdad. In earlier days, Christians composed about 1/5 of the population and Jews were 1/3 of the population - about 120,000. As a result, Hebrew was one of the official languages of the country. The Jews were once the most prosperous ethnic group in all of Iraq. But in the face of rising Arab nationalism in general and Islamic radicalism in particular, there were only 35 known Jews living in Bagdad by 2004. Today there are believed to be only 6 Jews left - living in secrecy and often protected by the Christians (World Magazine, May, 2014).
From the time the Iraq War began in 2004 to the recent time when President Obama began to drawdown our troops there from 2011 – 2014, between 500,000 and 1 million Iraqis were killed. Also, around 4,500 US soldiers paid the ultimate sacrifice in that war - while thousands of others came home horribly maimed for life physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, maritally and vocationally.
In the vacuum left by our retreating troops, Iraq in general and Bagdad in particular became crucial geography for ISIS to conquer. While Bagdad has not yet fallen to the ISIS rebels to date, it is very vulnerable, and is being encircled by a tighter and tighter Islamic noose. As a result, Christians are on another exodus to other safer surrounding countries - especially Jordan.
A TIMELY PSALM
This escalating ISIS crisis in the Middle East is what makes Psalm 82:4 that I quoted above so relevant. A dear doctor friend who has a passion about medical mission work sent the Psalm to me. Even though he is in a solo practice, he and his wife go on 3 to 4 mission trips a year - often accompanied by other family members. His life and mission zeal nullify the oft-heard excuse about not being able to take off and go on mission trips due to “business commitments” and “financial responsibilities.” So I was especially touched when I got an email from him earlier this week with just this verse from Psalm 82. I knew it was a confirming word from the Lord for our trip to Jordan this week.
EASTER IN JORDAN
While in Jordan over Easter, we will be doing all we can to come alongside our persecuted and displaced Christians brothers and sisters from Iraq and Syria who have basically lost EVERYTHING! In all probability, they will never be able to return to their homelands and homes occupied or destroyed by the ISIS radicals. So we must “seize the moment” and do all we can to help bring aid in the love and compassion of the Lord Jesus. After all, that is what Easter is all about: Forgiving our enemies (Lk. 23:34) and feeding His sheep (Jn. 21:15-17)!
We are also very thankful for those of you have given $25 to buy a “Solar Bible” in Arabic. We are taking in 100 to give out to the persecuted Christians. We have learned in similar situations that displaced refugees have a lot of time on their hands with little or nothing to do. So there is nothing more important we can give them than a “Solar Bible” in their heart language to listen to. We know that God’s Word never returns void (Isa. 55:10-11). Pray especially that we will be able to get the Solar Bibles through Customs in Jordan without problem.
Thanks for helping do this through your prayers and partnership. The Lord willing we will send you a brief report from Amman during Holy Week. Then a fuller report will follow upon our return home as God wills.
In His Love For Them,
JL & Patt
PS: For those who have given a special Easter Gift of $25 or more, we have sent and will continue to send the “N” lapel pin for you to wear to help raise awareness of this Jewish and Christian genocide that is being largely ignored by most of the Western media. As a reminder, the pin displays the Arabic letter "Nun", the first letter of the word Nazarene - the Muslim word of contempt for Christians. We wear this pin as an act of solidarity with our Christian brothers and sisters who have been displaced by ISIS, and as a way to remember to pray for them.
“… I will return and rebuild David’s fallen tabernacle.
Its ruins I will rebuild and I will restore
in order that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord
and all the Gentiles who bear My Name,
says the Lord, who does these things …”
A crane used to rebuild a 5-star hotel outside Port-au-Prince, and a beautiful
view of the Port-au-Prince harbor.
A memorial stone for the killer earthquake of January 12, 2010. At right,
Patt and I in the makeshift mass cemetery outside Port-au-Prince,
where untold thousands of Haitians were buried after the earthquake.
Dear Ministry Partners,
God is not only the God of redemption, He is the God of rebuilding and restoration. After times of destruction – whether through divine judgment or natural disaster – God called and commissioned His people to rebuild the temple … rebuild Jerusalem … rebuild the walls … and rebuild the ruined cities (Ezra 5:2; Neh. 2:17; Ps. 102:16; Dan. 9:25; Amos 9:14). And the physical rebuilding was always for the greater and higher purpose of spiritual rebuilding so that “… mankind may seek the Lord” – but especially “… the Gentiles who bear My Name.” And in this case, the “Gentiles” are the Haitians.
It has now been over 5 years since the killer earthquake devastated much of Port-au-Prince. Since then, several billion dollars in Foreign Aid have poured in for the rebuilding process. In addition, untold numbers of Christian work teams and medical teams have gone down to do their part in the physical, spiritual, emotional and social rebuilding and restoration. My latest trip was no exception. While there are encouraging signs of significant progress in the rebuilding of the devastated infrastructure of Port-au-Prince, the evidence of the spiritual rebuilding process is even more encouraging.
The hillsides outside Port-au-Prince continue to be covered with small houses,
built precariously on the slopes. It was poorly built houses like these that
"pancaked" during the earthquake, killing so many. While there is major road
construction taking place in Port-au-Prince, there are still many side roads
like the one in the picture at right, that are nothing but potholes, mud,
and sewage water.
I often say this about Haiti: “When you step into the streets, you see what is WRONG with Haiti. But, when you step into the churches, you see what is RIGHT with Haiti!” As far as the news is concerned, the incredible spiritual rebuilding is the untold story of Haiti – it is nothing short of miraculous!
According to secular studies, the evangelical church now comprises 45% - 50% of the population of Haiti! That makes it one of the biggest success stories of church growth in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries. There are few other countries in the world that can match that level of church growth. So, Haiti has emerged from the earthquake as one of the strongest, most resilient, dedicated and dynamic churches on the globe! It is a church coming of age that has much to offer the rest of the ecclesiastical world.
NEHEMIAH VISION MINISTRY
The first part of my week was spent at NVM with my dear friend and partner, Pastor Esperandieu Pierre, who is also the director of Campus Crusade for Christ, or Cru, in Haiti. He is one of the dynamic young leaders of Haiti who is doing both spiritual and physical building and rebuilding – just like Nehemiah, after whom he has named his ministry. He welcomes work teams down almost every week to help rebuild churches and houses damaged or destroyed by the earthquake.
Esperandieu shared his testimony with a work team that was in Haiti at the
same time as I was. At right, the team builds a small cement house for a homeless widow.
In addition to preaching, teaching and mentoring, one of my personal pet projects at NVM was to do the landscaping and tree planting for their growing campus. Our friends and partners at Double Harvest have been very generous and helpful in supplying me with trees, bushes and flowers for this project of reforestation and beautification.
In between my times of preaching and teaching, I have enjoyed landscaping
these dorms at NVM from this ...
... to this!
On my next trip, I will landscape the new NVM Hospital
that was built after the earthquake.
ONAVILLE EARTHQUAKE CHURCH
One of the primary purposes for my trip to Haiti this time was to revisit the church we had built for earthquake victims on the barren hillsides outside Port-au-Prince. It was a little over a year ago that this entire church was built in less than one week – which is why the men who did the construction have earned the reputation as the “Manteo Miracle Men!" To build anything to completion in one week in Haiti is a miracle – much less a church of this size! It was a blessing to visit and preach at the church that has been well used and well maintained over the past year.
The outside of the beautiful Onaville Church against the barren hillsides,
where hundreds of thousands of earthquake victims have settled.
At right, the inside of the church, packed each Sunday with growing Christians.
Like all of the evangelical churches in Haiti, this church is a worshipping church…
... a praying church …
... a Bible church …
... a giving church …
... and a preaching church.
Until the “Manteo Miracle Men" built the metal building, this tent was used for their church after the earthquake. They have now partitioned it into several classrooms for their new Primary School for over 150 children.
GARDENING & TREE PLANTING
Since Onaville is a squatter town of earthquake victims on the barren mountainsides outside Port-au-Prince, we do all we can to introduce farming and reforestation there. For that reason, we planted a garden behind the church as it was being built. Because most of the good topsoil has been washed into the sea by generations of deforestation and erosion, we are trying to slowly build up new soil through grinding up sugar cane stalks that rot after the sugar is extracted. All we have to do is pay for trucking the sugar cane to our garden projects. Gradually, this is helping to add compost to the poor dirt.
Shredding the sugar cane in a chipper that we sent down earlier.
Because there are less than 3% of trees and vegetation left in Haiti, reforestation is one of the greatest needs and biggest challenges – and one of our top priorities. To help teach the importance of this, I have written a book titled: Trees in the Bible. We are so thankful for ‘Double Harvest’ (who is perhaps the top tree grower in all of Haiti) for their partnership in this.
Double Harvest grows hundreds of thousands of different
varieties of indigenous trees for transplanting around the country.
Sadly, the Haitian government still does not make
reforestation a serious priority.
We planted these fast-growing pine trees along the border
of the church property when we dedicated the church
a year ago. They have grown significantly from the small
seedlings that were 12" high last year! On this trip,
we added many fast-growing fruit trees.
After my several days of spiritual and physical farming at NVM and the Onaville Earthquake Church, I had the joy of speaking to around 200 seminary students at the Bolosse Seminary on the opposite side of Port-au-Prince. This was a special privilege since I first visited and spoke on this campus in 1969. This time I was asked to teach on Islam – a subject I never thought I would need to teach in Haiti! However, there are currently a dozen or so mosques in Haiti! There is also a madrassa, or Islamic school, that has been established. Just like the Christian schools, the Muslims are offering free education, except they are indoctrinating young children in Islam and Sharia Law.
The Bible Seminary.
Pastor Edner Jeanty, Jr. and his wife Dominique.
Another primary reason for this latest trip to Haiti was to speak at the graduation ceremony for the Barnabas Leadership Center founded and headed by my dear friend and partner, Edner Jeanty, Jr. Through the years we have had many opportunities to partner together in various ministry projects. He and his wife Dominique are a wonderful and dynamic couple who are setting high examples of integrity and excellence in Christian marriage and ministry in Haiti.
Edner was asked by Dr. John Maxwell to spearhead his EQUIP Leadership Training Seminars in Haiti. This was the third 3-day Seminar attended by 530 pastors and leaders from all across Haiti.
What a joy to be in the presence of hundreds of church leaders!
Our hearts were prepared for worship by a wonderful chamber orchestra.
It has been exciting to see the spiritual and technological growth of pastors and
Christian leaders in Haiti over the last few decades. When I first started teaching
pastors, most had little formal education and almost none had computers ...
... all of that has changed, however, as most of them are now IT savvy!
What a blessing it was to be asked to preach the graduation ceremony on the timely subject of “Salt & Light” to these key pastors and leaders from all over Haiti. We hope to have that message on line soon for you to watch.
I always know when Edner is translating for me that he will preach a good sermon
in Creole, regardless of what I say in English!
The Conference attendees lined up to receive their certificates.
A very proud father, Edner Jeanty, Sr., gives the benediction at the
end of the graduation program that was organized by his son.
It was an unexpected privilege to meet up with two of my missionary models and heroes, Wallace & Eleanor Turnbull, pictured at left. Patt and I first met them in the late 1970s when we were living and ministering in Haiti for the summer with our 4 young children. Later, after our son Jonathan graduated from college, he spent a summer working in their Baptist Haiti Hospital outside Port-au-Prince. This proved to be a time of confirmation for his call to medicine. He returned to Haiti with me to do medical work right after the earthquake. We thank God for the impact that the Turnbulls have had on our personal and family life.
Wallace and Eleanor and their extended family served faithfully in Haiti for the equivalent of several generations. During that time, they planted hundreds of churches, schools, a hospital, agricultural projects and many other self-help programs to generate jobs. After retiring a few years ago in their 8th decade of life, they returned to America where they continue to work with the Haitian Diaspora – especially university students. But each year, they return to Haiti several times to continue to nurture and encourage the work that they started many years ago. This time, they said they bought a “one-way-ticket” so they could stay down as long as they were needed. They are living testimonies of the promise of God in Psalm 92:12-15:
“The righteous flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon … They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green …”
Like the “palm tree” with its flexibility and the “cedar of Lebanon” with its firmness, they are a beautiful example of two saints who have “grown old gracefully” and are still “fresh and green” with the eternal spiritual sap of the Spirit! The Lord willing, this is what Patt and I will still be doing in our 8th and 9th decades if the Lord graces us with that many years. Thank God for ministry and missionary models like Wallace and Eleanor who are not just “growing old” – but are “old and growing!”
Wallace stands with his ever-present 'shepherd's staff',
(that he calls his 3rd leg) to help him get around.
His aging legs have taken him all over the mountains
and valleys of Haiti.
It was also a joy for me to have a visit with Pastor Chavannes Jeunes, who has been a close friend and partner for several decades, and is one of the most influential and respected Christian leaders in Haiti. Through him, we built several of the “containerized churches” through the work of the “Manteo Miracle Men.”
Chavannes and I also worked closely together on the “Haiti At The Cross” events for the anniversary of Haiti as a nation when the forces of voodoo were seeking to bring Haiti back under the dominance of the devil. He was also a presidential candidate in the last elections and came in fourth to now President Michel Martelly, a former rock star, pictured at right.
Since then, Pastor Chavannes has continued to do holistic Christian development with 410 Bridge based in Atlanta, Georgia. This organization takes its name from I Peter 4:10 and is committed to “helping people help themselves.” Like our Kingdom Entrepreneur initiatives, they are committed to offering a “hand up,” rather than a “hand out.”
But Chavannes has also continued to be active in trying to unify the Haitian church to greater political involvement as God’s “salt” and “light” as they face their next elections in 2016. Sadly, politics in Haiti has been dominated for generations by institutionalized corruption, inept bureaucracy, incompetence and voodoo. Just like the Christians in America, the Haitians have the numerical critical mass at 45% - 50% to sway the next election and determine whom ends up controlling the government. But too many Haitian pastors and Christians have stayed away from active political involvement believing it to be the “devil’s territory.” So, pray for Chavannes that God will continue to use him to galvanize and unify His church for greater political influence and integrity through authentic servant-leadership – like Joseph and Daniel exerted in the Bible.
Thank you for taking the time to make this quick trip through Haiti with me. Since it was our first country of evangelistic engagement and involvement, it will always be my “first love” in missions! I hope to return soon after Patt and I go to Jordan over Easter to work among the Christian Refugees there.
For the Haitian Church,
PS: After writing this report, I received the following pictures from Pastor Sangge Sherpa who has now safely arrived back in Lukla to resume his ministry. I wanted you to see them and rejoice with us in his “medical miracle” after his recent accident. Thanks again for praying him through this life-threatening incident. Please continue to pray for him as he resumes his ministry of evangelism and church planting in the high Himalayan Mountains all the way up to Mount Everest Base Camp.
Dear Friends and Partners,
As we have done in the past, we like to highlight one specific partner so you can get to know him or her better. While J.L. is in Haiti this week, we decided this would be a good time to introduce you to Komivi Christophe Ayiboe.
Brother Komivi is from Lome, Togo. Togo is a slender country sandwiched between Ghana to the west, Benin to the east, Burkina Faso to the north and the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean to the south.
He has been a friend and partner of J.L. and Patt’s for almost 15 years. God first intersected their lives at the Billy Graham Conference for Itinerate Evangelists in Amsterdam in the year 2000. But, a closer connection occurred later at a pastors’ conference in Ghana that JL was conducting for local Ghanaian leaders and others from surrounding West African countries.
Although Komivi is a schoolteacher, he is very active in Scripture Union activities throughout the year. He participates in summer youth camps, Christmas programs and the giving of food packages to the widows and orphans in the villages. He has also distributed New Testaments and helped organize pastors’ evangelism campaigns in rural areas. He is very industrious, having completed an intense course in poultry raising with additional plans to begin an agricultural project.
Summer Youth Camp.
Children's program in rural Togo, and village evangelism.
Through the generous gift of one of our US partners, funds were given last fall to relocate him from a dangerous and unhealthy area of Lome to a safer place outside the city and a new home. He and his wife, Mokpokpo (which means Hope), have 3 children: a daughter, Lydia-Patt, and two sons, Kaleb and Yedidia. They even have a watch dog named Jack!
Komivi and his family at their new home.
Thank you for your prayers for Komivi and the work to which God has called him, because he is truly worthy of our partnership. Also pray for him and his family to stay healthy, as there is malaria in that part of Togo.
Finally, my thanks for your prayers for J.L. as he ministers this week in Haiti.
Grateful to be investing in Komivi and his family,
Patt and J.L.
P.S. Let me remind you again about our current efforts to raise funds for the ISIS victims. For every gift of $25 or more, we want to send you this “N” pin, the Arabic letter for “N”, representing the word “Nazarene,” a name for Jesus in the Koran. It is the symbol painted on Christian homes for destruction and death. Wearing this pin is a wonderful way for you to publicly identify with their plight, to remember to pray for them, and to help raise consciousness to this growing international crisis.
In this Lenten Season, I want to remind you of my book The Passionate Christ, a detailed accounting of Jesus’ last days and hours before His crucifixion. It is my prayer that this book will enhance your devotional studies this Easter, and that it will be a blessing to you as we celebrate the resurrection of our Savior! Please click on the picture of the book to be redirected to our online store for complete ordering information.
“This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people
but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.”
(II Corinthians 9:12)
Dear Ministry Partners,
Because of the growing global threat of Islamic jihaddism, my last few weekly reports and op eds have focused on those situations. We are continuing our efforts on behalf of the persecuted and displaced Christians from Iraq and Syria as a result of the barbarism of ISIS. Because of the recent alliance of ISIS with Boko Haram in West Africa, their Islamic Caliphate is gaining strength beyond the borders of the Middle East.
In the coming days, other more localized groups of jihadists will no doubt join this radical alliance to bring the entire world under their Caliphate and Sharia Law. So this current “War on Islamic Terrorism” will only get hotter and deadlier – with us Christians being their special target. Opposition and persecution will be the “new norm” for the rest of our lives – and our children’s lives also.
As a ministry, we will continue to do all we can to awaken American Christians to this reality of Islamic terrorism locally and globally. At the same time, we will do all we can to minister to our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ who have lost everything in the face of the advance of groups like ISIS.
But in the process, we will not ignore our other many fruitful partnerships in other countries. The only reason we are seeing this revival of radical Islam is because of the great growth of the church. This is the greatest day of harvest in human history! God is building His Kingdom and Jesus is establishing His church at an unprecedented rate around the world. And He is using all kinds of people – simple people like you and me, to touch people and transform their lives and living conditions through the “power of partnership.”
I hope you will be blessed and encouraged by the “Ministry of Multiplication” that is taking place through our national partners. These pictures represent just a few of our wonderful partners that you are touching through “This service that you perform in supplying the needs of God’s people.”
PASTOR SANGGE SHERPA & PASTOR HANOK TAMANG IN NEPAL …
We are so thankful for those of you who have supported Sangge through your prayers and finances after his recent accident that could have cost him his life. I am thankful to report through these pictures that his recovery is nothing short of miraculous.
Pastor Sangge and Pastor Hanok outside the
Aradhana Church after service this past week.
Sangge shared Christian songs in the Sherpa dialect used in their ministry
to the Sherpa people in the high Himalayas.
The latest picture of the wound, almost totally healed!
Sangge and his team will be leaving Kathmandu, traveling
back to their mission field, when you receive this email.
After taking a bus as far as they can go, they will then
have a 3 day trek to Lukla.
TIMBUKTU & BAMAKO, MALI ...
As you know from the news, the Islamists have just attacked and killed people in Bamako, the capital of Mali, as well as in the cities of Kidal and Gao. We thank God for our key partners there like Pastor Nouh Yattara, Professor Mohamed Yattara and Pastor Mohamed Ali. I have encouraging reports from each of them but will just share these brief pictures from Pastor Mohamed Ali. He is an evangelist and talented musician who continues to use his music and Solar Digital Bibles to share Christ in this Muslim country.
VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE ...
Taison Mumpande is not only a pastor, but is also a gifted entrepreneur in sewing. Pastor Taison, along with his wife, makes T-shirts and work clothes to support their ministry. Through recent gifts we have helped them buy new machines to expand their output. We also gave them seed money to buy more material to make more T-shirts to sell in this famous Tourist City of Victoria Falls.
Pastor Taison and his employees.
THE GOSPEL THROUGH GOATS, PIGS & CHICKENS ...
To poor people with no job or means of support, a pair of goats, pigs or chickens can be the difference between poverty and dependency – or success and self-sufficiency. That’s why we have been involved in various micro-animal projects for decades. One of our partners in Hwange, Zimbabwe, Godfrey Mkolo, sent these pictures of recent animal distributions to widows and orphans in the rural areas of Zimbabwe.
Giving goats to widows. Through the "give back" program,
the widows give their firstborn goat to another widow.
Some of the widows and orphans with their chickens.
RESOURCING REFUGEES ...
Recently, Pastor Santosh Ramdan stopped by our home on his way to visit new Bhutanese Nepali Refugees from Nepal. God first networked us together over 2 decades ago in East Nepal, where he was living in one of the 7 Bhutanese Refugee Camps composed of over 125,000 people. There we helped him start “Sewing and Weaving Centers” that morphed into churches. After more than 20 years, over 60,000 of the refugees were repatriated to America – where Santosh has continued to evangelize and plant churches among them. He not only pastors a large Bhutanese-Nepali Church in Atlanta, he circulates around the States to encourage other such churches and leaders.
I always love it when God brings some of our partners together!
During Santosh's brief visit, Bishop Trevor Manhanga from
Zimbabwe was also with us. This was their first time
to meet and to learn about each other's ministries.
Santosh asked for multiple copies of my books to give to
his pastors and key leaders now living in America. We also
loaded him down with socks and hose donated by a
When you purchase one of my books, you enable us to give them free to national
pastors and leaders like these from Bhutan and Nepal who now live in America.
As many of you know, Haiti is our oldest field of ministry – dating back to 1968. This weekend I will be returning to my “Haiti Home” to be with 3 of our dear friends and partners. They have invited me back to participate in special ministry events. This will also give me the opportunity to check on some of our other projects there after the killer earthquake of January 2010.
Pastor Edner Jeanty, Jr., his wife Dominique, daughter Melissa and son Didier.
Three generations of Jeantys: Edner, Sr. , who first translated
the Bible into Creole, Edner, Jr., and Didier.
Edner and I together after I preached at his
church in Port-au-Prince on a previous visit.
Pastor Esperandieu Pierre and his wife Dianne, with Lemi, Charissa and Nathan.
At right, Esperandieu and I at Onaville, where tens of thousands of earthquake
victims became squatters, and where we also built a church through the
"Manteo Miracle Men." It will be a joy to revisit this church this week and
preach for the saints there.
The "Manteo Miracle Men" at the completed
Ambassador Lewis Lucke and I with Pastor Chavannes Jeune,
one of the key leaders of Haiti and a past presidential canditate.
Thanks for taking a few moments to look at this pictorial report from some of our key partners I have not reported on recently. While the ISIS crisis has the major attention of the world, God’s work goes on around the world. And while we will continue to also do all we can to help support the victims of Islamic radicalism, we will not abandon our other faithful partners like these above.
Thanks for standing with us as we continue to stand with them through prayer and financial support. As Paul assured the saints at Corinth about their support of some of their poorer brothers and sisters in Christ: “The service that you perform is supplying the needs of God’s People.” But the partnership does not stop there. As a result of your support of them through various means, their hearts “ … overflow in many expressions of thanks to God.”
For His Kingdom & Glory,
JL & Patt
PS: Let me remind you about our current efforts to raise funds for the ISIS victims. For every gift of $25 or more, we want to send you this “N” pin, the Arabic letter for “N”, representing the word “Nazarene,” a name for Jesus in the Koran. It is the symbol painted on Christian homes for destruction and death. Wearing this pin is a wonderful way for you to publicly identify with their plight, and to help raise consciousness to this growing international crisis.
“…Epaphroditus (Sangge), my brother,
fellow worker and fellow soldier … was ill,
and almost died. But God had mercy
on him … honor men like him,
because he almost died for the work of Christ …”
Sangge and Pastor Hanok in Kathmandu. Patt & I wearing
the Nazarene pin in support of persecuted Iraqi Christians.
“Thanks Dr. JL, for your continued prayer. I am really joyful with pastor Hanok. We are enjoying blessing here. I want to give good news that my leg is 90% recover now thanks to God and you. Also I will go back Lukla after 1 week March 10. Brother Pema has come here for Bible seminar for 4 days. Then we will go back to Lukla together.
Love in Christ,
Dear Ministry Partners,
The words above that Paul wrote about his partner, Epaphroditus, certainly apply to Sangge. Just like his First Century counterpart, Sangge nearly lost his life in the Lord’s work. If he had not received good medical attention, that deep wound could easily have gotten infected and cost him life or limb. Bacteria had already set in and was attacking the bone, due to his long delay in getting to Lukla where there was some basic medical care.
So by God’s grace and the prayers and financial gifts from many of you, his leg was saved. Thanks for being a part of his healing team through your prayers. And thanks to all of you who gave. Thanks to your generosity, all of his medical bills are paid! Additionally, he has some offensive money to continue ministry just as soon as he is released from his current medical care in Kathmandu, where he is having his wound dressed and bandages changed daily.
In another week or so, he should be fully released to leave Kathmandu and head back to the high Himalayas where he will be reunited with his wife and young son.
While Sangge is away, his brother in ministry, Pema (Peter) continues to nurture the new churches they have planted together.
Pema (left) and Sangge (right). Pema preaches the Word in one of the
remote mountain churches.
Even after Sangge’s initial treatment in Lukla, he and Pema joined their spiritual mentor and friend, Pastor Gyan Sunuwar, to visit churches and share the Word. Gyan has been one of our partners through the “Everest Base Camp Outreach” (EBCO) for two decades. He also founded a small Bible College in Jiri to train evangelists and pastors for these “high church” assignments!
Pastor Gyan Sunuwar, head of EBCO. Gyan, Sangge and Pema
on an evangelistic outreach.
Pema, Gyan & Sangge outside one of their churches.
Below is Pema’s testimony that he sent to me a while back. I thought you would enjoy reading in his broken Nepali-English …
“My name is Pema Sherpa. I was born in Juke of Solukhumbu. I was born in Buddhism family so I grew with that culture. I started my school and was studying well but my father took me out from that school for study lama course to become a Buddhist monk. I studied there 4-5 years. But I didn't get any answer of my question. That means I didn't get peace in my life, I got only sadness, emptiness, and no peace. My life was passing and I though I never get peace in my heart.
Since I was staying in monastery at that time, my brother and his friends come by describing about good news. They told me about peace and salvation and gave New Testament Bible. I took that book by fear because if my teacher knew about it he would have forced me to leave that monastery. I should study that book by hiding and I got a sentence by Jesus: “I am the way, true, and life.” This is written in Bible (John 14.6). It is the first inspiration word because I hadn't got such kind of word and inspiration during my 4-5 years studying at monastery. Then I believed in Jesus Christi as my Savior. Latter on I went in Bible School in JIRI and I had got Biblical knowledge. After my Bible School I come back to my own place. I have been helping my brother Pastor Sangge in his ministry. Thank you very much for your payer for me.
UPDATE ON MINISTRY TO PERSECUTED IRAQI CHRISTIANS
Thanks again for your prayerful and financial support for these dear brothers and partners who are taking the Gospel to some of the highest places on earth. And as you pray for them, do so in the spirit of this promise:
“The Lord God is my strength, He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; And He enables me to walk on high places” (Habakkuk 3:19).
Finally, we are continuing our efforts to raise emergency relief funds for persecuted and displaced Iraqi Christians. We deeply appreciate those of you who have responded already. We hope many others will do the same. For every gift of $25 or more, we will send you the “lapel pin” pictured at left, and worn by Patt and me in the picture at the beginning of this email (limit 4 pins per gift of $100 or greater).
Just to remind you of the meaning of this symbol, it the Arabic letter "N" ("Noon"), meaning “Nasrani” or "Nazarene” – which is the word used for “Christian” in the Koran. That’s because Jesus was born in Nazareth and called the “Nazarene” in the Bible (Matt. 2:23; Mk. 14:67; 16:6; Acts 24:5, etc). It is for this reason that the Islamic Jihadist, ISIS, painted it on the walls of the Christian’s houses for confiscation, pillage, and destruction. This is a timely way for you to join us in identifying with these dear brothers and sisters, and to raise public awareness in America to their persecution and plight.
I also want to once more make available to you my book, "A Christian Perspective on Islam”, a timely tool for your spiritual arsenal. This book is a wake-up call to anyone who has believed the politically correct rhetoric that says "Islam is a peaceful religion that has just been hijacked by a few religious radicals", as well as a "crash course" in Biblical theology to show that Muslims and Christians do not believe in the same God. Please click on the picture of the book cover to be redirected to our website for complete ordering information.
In His Love & Compassion,
JL & Patt