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JL's Journal

April 18, 2007

I have just returned home from a historic time of ministry in Haiti.  While I was only there 5 days, every day was packed with strategic meetings.  And as is usual for me, when I arrived in Haiti I “hit the ground running!”  Since you prayed me safely through this trip, I want you to also rejoice with me in all that God was pleased to do through my time in both Port-au-Prince and Cayes.

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April 12, 2007

This year’s conference in Kumasi, Ghana, was truly a new direction in women’s ministries for New Directions.

We had our usual morning schedule of teaching, lead by Mimi Mucher, Pat Sebby, Maribell Chittenden and me. (I’m sorry that none of the pictures that we took of those teaching times were very good.) God had given Mimi the vision to center the topics on the qualities that Dorcas exemplified in Acts 9.  Some of Dorcas’ qualities were that she was devoted, open-hearted and resourceful.  The attendees also listened as we related those qualities through Bible teachings on Ruth and Lydia, to name a few, including studies on the spirit vs. the flesh and Satan’s lies.  And all of that was before lunch!

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April 10, 2007

Dear NDI Prayer Partner,

Patt and I trust that you had a blessed Easter Weekend celebrating the great truths of our historic faith – the life, death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus!  While ALL other religious leaders are still in their graves – Jesus is alive!  That’s why only Christianity offers a “living hope” to a dying world!  Or to quote Peter: “We are born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (I Pet. 1:3).  And now we are in that oft-overlooked post-resurrection period of time leading up to Pentecost.  Concerning this time, Doctor Luke reminds us… 

“After His suffering, He showed Himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that He was alive.  He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3).

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April 05, 2007

“Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.  Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor.  Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with Him.  Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped His feet with her hair.  And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.”  (John 12:1-3).

Here is the story of a woman’s love that went with Christ all the way to the cross.  This anointing of Jesus by Mary was one of the very last acts of love that Jesus experienced before He went to the cross.  From this night on, the hatred and hostility against Jesus rapidly increased.  On the one hand, the anger and intrigue of his enemies intensified.  On the other, the doubt and fear of His closest friends and companions grew like the encircling darkness.  And in the midst of this growing crescendo of evil and opposition, Mary performed one of the last and greatest acts of love upon the Lord Jesus He would ever receive.  She lavished her boundless love upon Him in a way that only a woman could!

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