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JL's Journal

March 12, 2012

Dear JLPF Partner,

 

Let me make a confessionI’m a news junkie!”  Much to Patt’s chagrin, all I want to do when I am home and have any TV time is to watch news reports and political talk shows.  These are only occasionally interrupted by something non-political on NatGeo or Animal Planet.  But these days even nature and animals have been politicized by the right and left!

So now you know my TV viewing weaknesses!  Patt hopes you will pray for my deliverance from this “political addiction” before it becomes fatal!

PERCEPTIONS OF AMERICA

But I must confess that I am especially addicted to politics during election years – like 2012.   And when I am overseas, I am always fascinated by the opportunity to view America through the lenses of other countries and cultures – most of which view us very differently than we view ourselves.  Depending upon what country I am in, America is variously portrayed as a Christian nation…a city set on a hill…the land of opportunity…the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow…a military bully…a capitalist exploiter…a colonialist country…the Great Satan.

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March 11, 2012

Dear Friends of Bishop Trevor Manhanga,

Whether he is preaching in the 'African Bush'…in Harare before President Mugabe…on in America with businessmen, Bishop Trevor is one of the most powerful and anointed preachers I know of!  I am thankful to let you know that he arrived back home safely on Wednesday night for a wonderful reunion with his wife, Charmaine and his children.  As many of you know, his oldest son, Earnest, fell and broke his arm while Bishop Trevor was in the States.  He is doing better physically now that his arm has been sent.  Moreover, he is doing better spiritually and emotionally now that his father is back home!

I want to thank all of you who attended one of his meetings while he was with Patt and me this past week.  As many of you know, Bishop Trevor was with us for a full week of travel and ministry in Raleigh, Burlington, Greensboro, Charlotte, Boone and Winston Salem.  He had two other dear friends and partners, Sam and Mike Grottis, who are both businessmen in Zimbabwe.   They spoke to pastors, businessmen and entrepreneurs who have a heart for spiritual and financial investment in Zimbabwe.  Since the dollarization of the economy two years ago, things have really turned around economically.  Bishop Trevor has been one of the positive voices of hope and reason during the long decade of political turmoil and economic meltdown Zimbabwe has been through.  But through it all, the church has stood firm on the Word through the Spirit and emerged much stronger.

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