"You snatch me up and drive me before the wind, you toss me about in the storm."
Dear Friends & Partners,
Those ancient words by Job express the sentiment that thousands of people are feeling right now! Their lives and belongings have been "...snatched up and driven before the wind." All that they own has been "...tossed about in the storm." Many families have literally been blown apart by the horrific winds of these multiple tornados that have swept across the South -- leaving a path of death and destruction in their wake. Without warning, Job's children were killed by a "...mighty wind that swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house (which) collapsed on them and they all died" (Job 1:19). The death toll across a number of Southern States is already several hundred and many still missing.
Right now I know that you join Patt and me in praying for the people across the South who have had their lives, homes and businesses damaged or destroyed by this series of unprecedented tornados. Meteorologists are saying that these storms are the worst since 1925 in terms of loss of lives and property. And yet, the Bible predicts that worse storms and natural disasters are in all of our future!
Dear Friends & Partners,
I have just finished a very full and fruitful week of "Islam Seminars" with my friend and partner from West Africa, Ahmed Agyei, who is a converted Muslim. We had wonderful seminars together in Burlington and Charlotte. God really used him to open the minds and hearts of the many people here who attended these seminars that we co-taught. I will be writing more about them in the near future. I want to tell you how you can get a DVD of his testimony -- which is so moving and powerful! Islam is the single BIGGEST challenge facing the church and Christianity in America and around the world. And Ahmed's testimony and teaching show that God is in the ministry of saving "radical Muslims" and transforming them into "radical Christians!"
However, Patt and I are blasting off for Abaco, Freeport and Nassau on Monday for special Easter Services -- primarily among the Haitian Diaspora there. As you know from earlier emails, we have been deeply involved with both the Bahamian and Haitians there for several decades. I will also be checking in on two church building projects for the Haitians as well as our new Double Harvest agricultural project there for both Bahamians and Haitians. So we do covet your prayers as we minister on these three Islands.
Finally, we would appreciate any special "Easter Gift" you might be able to send in for this trip. As always, it is your spiritual and financial partnership with us that makes our partnership with these people in the Caribbean possible. For every gift, regardless of the size, I want to send you my book entitled The Passionate Christ, which is a relevant study any time a year since the cross is the heart of our faith!
In His Resurrection Love & Power,
JL & Patt
- Choosing: "You did not choose Me, but I CHOSE YOU..."
- Calling: "...I chose you and APPOINTED YOU..."
- Commission: "...that you should GO..."
- Command: "....and BEAR FRUIT..."
- Confidence: "...your fruit should REMAIN."
(Please click the "Read More/Less" link below to view the photos and trip report).
BOOTS ON THE GROUND!
Right now there is a lot of talk about "no boots on the ground" when it comes to US troops in the Libyan War of Liberation. That descriptive phrase summarizes everything when it comes to warfare -- or relief work. While superiority in the air is essential in modern warfare, at the end of the day, it is the "boots on the ground" by the soldiers that ultimately win the day. There is just no substitute for that "personal presence" on the ground by our troops. While it can be dangerous -- and usually is, there is just no "safe substitute" for being there. That's the case in both warfare and disaster relief work.
While we are thankful for the large airlifts of relief items that are flowing into Tokyo, there is a growing glut of supplies at the airport. So once again, it is the "boots on the ground" that are deploying these life-saving supplies to the people in need in the water-front towns and villages where the tsunami hit the hardest.