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JL's Journal

May 30, 2012

Dear Partners & Friends…these are the latest emails I received from Pastor Nouh, Professor Mohamed and Cindy Faile, a missionary who lived and worked with Pastor Nouh and the Professor in Timbuktu and Gao for many years.  Pastor Nouh is currently in the States where he was previously scheduled to be before the hostile take over of Timbuktu and North Mali.  While his home and church were not attacked in the early stages of this radical Islamic take over of the city, he has now lost everything!  His response is incredibly mature, as you will see in his email.  

In the emails below, I have taken the liberty of emphasizing some of what each has shared to make sure you at least read the high points of these latest crucial messages.  As you will see from some of the pictures attached, I have enjoyed many wonderful times of ministry in Pastor Nouh’s church and fellowship in his home – both now sacked and plundered and in the hands of radical Muslims!  So do continue to pray for Pastor Nouh and his dear wife, Fati, Professor Mohamed and his wife, Fatouma, and Cindy, who hopes to return to Mali and Bamako soon.

For the saints in Mali…JL

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May 29, 2012

Dear Friends & Partners,

 

It is a joy to send you this email about the "3rd Retirement" of Dr. William "Bill" Wilson.  We have been in close friendship and partnership for over 30 years.

 

 

Bill & Elizabeth at commencement; Words of recognition by me; Bill, Elizabeth, me & Patt after receiving his honorary Doctorate of Ministry

Soon after his conversion to the Lord Jesus as a renown psychiatrist, God networked our lives together.  At that point he had already reached the pinnacle of success in the medical, scientific and academic world at the Duke University Medical School.  But he was struggling with what he termed as "existential despair."  In other words, he was not happy and fulfilled.  In spite of all of his scientific and academic achievements, there was still something missing.  There was an existential hole in his soul that none of his achievements or accomplishments could fill.  As C.S. Lewis wrote, he had not found that "permanent satisfaction."  

But the "Hound of Heaven" was on Bill's trail!   He relentlessly pursued him all the way to the backwaters of Canada where he was on a canoe trip with the Boy Scouts.  There in the beauty of nature, the Creator revealed Himself to Bill through the Lord Jesus.  It was his transformational moment.  He was forever changed.  Radically converted!

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May 25, 2012

MATURITY, MINISTRY & MONEY

"I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen
the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread."

(Ps. 37:25)

Dear Friends & Partners,

A week from today, I will be landing in India.  I will have a week of ministry each with long time partners, Bishop Ezra Sargunam in Chennai; and Murli Menon in Coimbatore.  At both places I will be teaching Bible College and Seminary students from my book, The Gardens of God, plus helping them set up large drip irrigation gardens to produce fresh vegetables to eat and sell.  In addition, we will be planting 300 coconut trees at the “Hope City,” the newest project of the Evangelical Church of India (ECI).  We also plan to start one of several Tilapia Fish Projects to provide high protein food for children and students.  

I am shooting you this email to let you know that I really need your spiritual and financial support for this latest mission.

One of the privileges and securities of age is the benefit of experience and perspective. You have lived long enough to see and experience God's great faithfulness through many seasons of life.   Therefore, long-term friendships and partnerships are one of the greatest blessings of life.  Of course, our foundational friendship is with God through Jesus Christ. While we do not deserve to even be His slaves, He has called us "friends" and "brothers"  (Jn. 15:15; Heb. 2:11).  So whether in marriage, ministry or missions – the more mature the relationship the greater the lovethe greater the trustthe greater the fruitfulnessthe greater the joy

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May 12, 2012

“SISTERS OF SARAH”
A Mother’s Day Meditation

Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.  Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes.  Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.  For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master.  You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear”  (I Pet. 3:1-6).

We are living in a time when femininity and womanhood are being redefined by educators, social scientists, political pundits and entertainers.  Increasingly, the traditional understandings of what it means to be an authentic woman, wife and mother are being challenged and redefined.  And while we continue to celebrate “Mother’s Day” in America, there is increasing confusion – even hostility – about traditional motherhood.

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May 07, 2012

Patt and the children dedicating the new 'Dinning Hall' beside the Kitchen on our last trip to India

Dear Ministry Partners,

I am sending you this email to update you on an important project for the "Bethany Children's Home" (BCH).  It is on the India/Bhutan border in a city called Jaigaon.  As you know from my recent emails, Patt and I were there in March for a visit.  At that time we had the joy of dedicating a new "Dinning Hall" for the children.  It adjoins the new "Kitchen" that was built and dedicated last year.  Unfortunately we found that the wooden roof joists were eaten up by termites -- that attack any and all wood in that part of the world.  So we had to make a faith decision on the spot to replace the roof with a poured cement one.  By faith, our ministry sent the $1,700 to start the project.  Now those funds have been fully used in the preparation for the final phase of pouring the cement -- as you can see from these pictures. 

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