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JL's Journal

February 25, 2012

"I was invited to Singapore in January to teach at the annual 'Levite Camp' hosted by my long time friend and partner, Pastor Joseph Jabemany.  I trust you read the account on my web site.  Totally unexpected to me, I was given a 'love offering' from Pastor Joseph for $2,500 at the end of the Conference.  He said that he and his people wanted to 'bless me' with that gift since I had blessed them through my teaching and preaching.  He joyfully sealed the gift to me with the words of the Lord Jesus: "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35). 

In over 4 decades of travel around the world, this was a first.  While I have often been given small token cultural gifts from national partners and churches, this was the first time I had received a monetary gift -- and such a large one at that!  While that amount would have covered my travel expenses for that trip, I knew in my spirit I could not keep it.  That's because during the Conference I had listened as Pastor Joseph passionately challenged the 500 attendees to become missionaries to the unreached multitudes of India.  He also exhorted them with tears to give one final offering to help him built another rural church in India.  His Yeshun Evangelical Church in Singapore had already built some 60 village churches!  They were marching toward their faith goal of 100 churches.  And the cost for each rural church was $2,500. It wasn't too hard for me to hear the voice of the Lord and discern His will on that one!  So upon my return home, I returned the money to him with a note to "build another church in India."

In only a couple of months, the church has now completed.  Here are the pictures he just sent me from the recent dedication, along with these words:

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February 22, 2012

As we begin this season of Lent, I wanted to remind folks of a book I published a few years back, The Passionate Christ.  It takes you through a detailed accounting of Jesus' last days and hours before His crucifixion.  Through this study you will discover afresh His passion for you!  The book can be purchased online at our Amazon store.

I also encourage you to review a series I posted online a few years ago, one for each of the 40 days from now to Easter. 

Below you will find the links.

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February 21, 2012

Dear Friend and Partner,

Due to change and growth in our ministry, we have moved JL, Patt & Friends to a new non-profit Facebook page!  In addition, we have created a new ND Alumni page!  We hope that you will join us!

- J.L. & Patt

JL, Patt & Friends Facebook Page

New Directions International Alumni Facebook Page

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February 02, 2012

JL Preaching Filmstrip

Dear JLPF Partners,

What an incredible contrast I experienced during January!  Right after the New Year, I flew to Haiti around the second anniversary of the killer earthquake.  Shortly after that trip, I flew to the other side of the globe to minister in Singapore.  On every level, the contrasts could not have been more graphic.  Let me share a few of those stark comparisons...
 
In traveling from Haiti to Singapore, I went from the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere to one of the most prosperous countries in Asia.  Singapore is now one of the top financial centers in the world -- known as one of the "Four Asian Tigers," along with Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan.  The World Bank calls Singapore one of the best and easiest places in the world to do business.  
 
By contrast, when it comes to business and foreign investment, Haiti is a nightmare of corruption, bureaucracy, ineptness and incompetence!  While she is readily accessible geographically with a willing and able work force, the lack of honest and competent political and business leaders makes Haiti one of the least stable and least desirable places to invest and do business.   As a result, unemployment continues in the 80% range with a poverty level unparalleled in the Western World.
 

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