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JL's Journal

June 17, 2009
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Dear NDI Partner,

I have just gotten back home after two weeks of ministry and work in Alaska.  I was invited to go there with my brother, Ed.  As many of you know, we started in ministry together at the YMCA in Burlington over 40 years ago.  From there NDI was ultimately born.

After Ed left the YMCA, he went with the Billy Graham Association for a couple of decades.  Then he was asked by Mrs. Ruth Graham to meet her son, Franklin, who was both new in the Lord and new in ministry.  Because of some of Ed’s earlier struggles spiritually and academically, Mrs. Graham felt he could be an encouragement to Franklin.  They soon became good friends and partners in ministry.  As a result, Ed played a formative role in the early days of Samaritan’s Purse (SP) – while his wife Becky helped Franklin organize World Medical Mission (WMM).  She has been with Franklin longer than any other employee – over 30 years.  During that time she has facilitated the sending of over 5,500 doctors to mission medical facilities around the world!

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June 08, 2009

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Dear Prayer Partner,

Greetings in Christ from Soldotna, Alaska, on the famous Kenai Peninsula!  I am here—rather unexpectedly, with my brother Ed.  He was asked by Franklin Graham to come here as the “Chaplain & Hospitality Director” for the Samaritan’s Purse (SP) summer work teams.  Since I had some unexpected flex time due to the death and funeral of my friend, Jimmy Byrd (see previous web article), Ed asked me to come up with him and help out.  I was eager to do so since I have traveled and ministered all over the world—but never been to Alaska.

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June 02, 2009
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After two busy weeks of travel and preaching in Nepal, India and the Andaman Islands during Lent, it was fun for me to finish up my time in India doing some “sweating for Jesus.”  It was a joy to get “down and dirty” cleaning up the building and grounds in preparation for the dedication of the first phase of the Bible College.  In addition to working along side the Bible College students, it was special to work with Murli’s two sons, Nathan and Tahan, just I have often worked on mission trips with my two sons, Joseph and Jonathan.

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