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JL's Journal

April 29, 2011

Toronado

"You snatch me up and drive me before the wind, you toss me about in the storm."

(Job 30:22)

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!

 

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April 17, 2011

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

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April 08, 2011
"You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you, 
that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain."  (Jn. 15:16)
 
Dear Friends & Partners,
 
One of the greatest benefits of long-term partnerships is the joy of watching the "abiding fruit" mature and reproduce just as the Lord Jesus promised!  The verse above has always been the source of my confidence in ministry for the past 4 decades of travel and ministry in America and around the world.  The promises packed in this short verse are simple but profound...
  • 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."
All of us as followers of the Lord Jesus can live and minister in the confidence of this calling.   This is not just a verse for ministers, missionaries or "full time Christian workers."  It is a promise for every believer who wants to be fruitful for the Kingdom, as the Lord commanded each of us to be (Jn. 13:34; 15:8).  
 
So as you look at the following pictures from my recent Asia trip, know that it has been your long-term partnership with me that has enabled and empowered my long-term partnerships with these strategic national leaders!  As I fellowshipped and ministered with some of my spiritual children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, I did so in the knowledge that they are also the "abiding fruit" of your faithful investment!  
 
I also wanted to update you on the progress of the Church Planters Training Center in Coimbatore, India.  Patt and I were there for the dedication on this trip with our son Joseph. Here is the link to watch the 8-minute video of the dedication and view a photo album.  
 
Be blessed and encouraged then, by these pictures and reports from your "spiritual children" that are bearing fruit for His glory and for your eternal reward as a result of your love, prayers and financial support!
  
In His faithful and fruitful love,
JL & Patt
 
JL at Joe Gibbs RacingPS: For those of you in the Charlotte area, don't forget to attend the special "Islam Seminar" that I will be teaching with Ahmed Aygei, a converted Moslem partner from Ghana, West Africa. It will be held at the Joe Gibbs Racing Headquarters in Huntersville. Click on this link for registration details.  Impacting the Muslim World
 

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April 04, 2011

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. 

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