Dear Friends & Partners,
In my last report on my recent 5 weeks in Africa, I shared 'part 1' of my time in Zimbabwe. Now I want you to fly north from there with me to Kenya for a quick visit to our 'Samburu Sports Camp.'
As you know from previous reports, it is headed by our dear brother and partner, Stakwell Yurenimo, and his wonderful wife, Francesca. We first started our relationship with him when he was an adolescent. Through the years we have had the joy of watching him grow into one of the most strategic and synergetic leaders among the Samburu Tribe. After his graduation from Bible College, he wanted to start a Sports Ministry since it was through athletics that he came to personal faith in the Lord Jesus while he was in high school. Through faith and hard work, we carved the Camp out of the 'African Bush.' In the half dozen years that the Camp has now been in operation, God has wonderfully used it as a place for recreation andreconciliation for children, young people and adults. Each year there are many events at the Camp that bring formerly hostile tribes together for 'friendly competition' on the athletic field rather than 'hostile confrontation' on the battle field!
So take a moment to enjoy the following pictures as I give you a quick tour of my 'Samburu Home.' And as you look at these pictures, I hope that some of you men who have carpentry, masonry, plumbing, painting, mechanical skills and experiences will prayerfully consider going to Kenya with me in December. It will give you the opportunity to put your skills to work for the Lord among the Samburu Tribe. The trip will end with an over night visit to a Game Reserve where you will see some of Africa's incredible wild life. I can assure you that this will be an 'African Kingdom Adventure Safari' you will never forget! Email me for more details...JL
PS: Click here to visit The Samburu Sport's Camp website
Dear Friend & Partner...
I am uploading pictorial reports from my recent 5 weeks of travel and ministry in Africa -- beginning with Zimbabwe where I started out. God first led me to Zimbabwe in 1984, shortly after their Independence. See the above slidshow with captions for the report.
God gave me strategic partnerships then that have continued through the last 4 decades. Right from that first trip, our ministry in Zimbabwe has been a balanced holistic approach of evangelism, edification, equipping and empowerment.
I hope you will be blessed by this first report that will give you a quick overview of my time in Hwange...JL
THE BLESSINGS OF BENEVOLENCE
"...we must help the weak,
remembering the words the Lord Jesus...
'it is more blessed to give than to receive.' "
Dear Friends & Partners,
I am writing this"Fall Fund Raising Letter" to lovingly ask for your continued spiritual and financial support. I have just returned from 5 weeks of travel and ministry in Africa -- my longest trip to date (Patt joined me for the last 2 weeks). Because of the prayers and giving of friends like you, God graciously gave me the spiritual and physical health and strength to carry out a very intense and diverse ministry schedule in East and West Africa.
Patt and I have returned with joy and thanksgiving over all that God did through our partnerships and projects in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Mali and Ghana. Be watching for a series of pictorial reports that I will be sending soon via email as well as posting them on my web site (www.jlwilliams.org). Until then, I lovingly ask you to give a gift as quickly and as generously as possible to help us meet the needs we made faith commitments to in Africa -- as well as for our on-going ministries with other national partners around the world.
As you prayerfully consider a financial gift to JLPF, I lovingly remind you of the words of the Apostle Paul. They clearly summarize our motivation for living and giving. We must "...help the weak," Paul writes, whether they are spiritually weak...mentally weak...emotionally weak...maritally weak...financially weak.
It is my pleasure to invite you to our 2nd Pastors and Ministry Leaders Luncheon on Thursday, September 22nd.
As I write this email to you, I have once again returned from 5 weeks in Africa. It was my longest mission trip to date. But 10 years ago, when Murli called me from India to turn on my TV set, I had just been in countries with a Muslim majority where I saw again first hand the repression, persecution -- and genocide that Islam imposes against other religious minorities in general, and against Jews and Christians in particular. I saw and experienced the same thing on this African trip I have just returned from. (Be watching for a series of reports I will send out next week.)