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JL's Journal

June 15, 2007

Dear NDI Partner (or) Circle of Friends,

One thing I have found out about being 65 is – the doctors want to see you more often!  No longer are they satisfied with your annual “once a year check-up.”  And they don’t want you to just come in “when something hurts.”  They want you to come in ever 3 to 6 months!  So as I have had to see more doctors more often – I pondered the timeliness of a “6 months ministry check-up.”

As you know, as of January 1, 2007, I stepped down from being CEO of NDI.  My son Joseph was appointed to that position by our Board of Directors.  Now I am CMO, or Chief Ministry Officer – which means that I am anything but retired!  That word is not in my vocabulary – primarily because it is not Biblical.  The Biblical norm is that some of your greatest and most effective ministry is in the sixth, seventh and eighth decades of life.  That’s why people like Abraham, Moses, Joshua and Caleb are my spiritual heroes and ministry role models!

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June 13, 2007

Many anthropologists consider Africa to be the cradle of human civilization.  They believe that Africa is the “mother continent” that has birthed humanity.  That’s because some of the oldest “human fossils” have been found there.  Regardless of the anthropological, geological or historical data substantiating this claim – the African continent unquestionably has played a significant role in both antiquity and modernity. 

As one of the largest and richest continents on planet earth, Africa has played a defining role in the history of the world.  Without a doubt, Africa’s history has impacted the history of much of the rest of the world.  Previously known as the “Dark Continent,” Africa has been divided and bloodied by the legacies of colonialism, slavery, tribalism and nationalism.  And the African continent today continues to be exploited by friend and foe alike for her abundant natural and mineral wealth – with gold, diamonds and oil being the most sought after and fought over. 

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