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JL's Journal

September 22, 2014

REACHING THE NEPALI DIASPORA

 "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

(Matthew 19:14)


Standing in Delhi with Pastor Bharat Tamang
and his daughter, Tabitha.

Dear Ministry Partner,

   Over a dozen years ago we had the privilege of building and dedicating a church in Delhi, India, for the Nepali Diaspora there. It is estimated that there are nearly a half-million Nepalis living in Delhi – mostly in slum situations. They compose much of the labor force for building and construction.

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September 15, 2014

MOMENTUM IN MINISTRY

“ … those with clean hands will grow stronger

they go from strength to strength … ”

(Job 17:9; Psalm 84:7)

Dear Ministry Partners,

   There is a popular leadership maxim that says: “Momentum is a leader’s best friend.” In many ways that’s true. Whether in marriage, ministry, missions or the marketplace – momentum is essential for growth. However, it is also crucial to remember that building momentum takes time and effort. It’s like pushing a stalled car from a dead standstill. 

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September 10, 2014

9/11 ANNIVERSARY

Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead,

and Christ will shine on you.”

(Ephesians 5:14)

 

 

Dear Friends & Partners,

   Two important observances are taking place this month. The first one occurs on September 11th, and the second on September 25th. So, I wish you a sober “9/11 Anniversary” as well as a “Happy New Year!” That last greeting about a “Happy New Year” may surprise many of you at this time of year! But less than two weeks from now, Jews worldwide will celebrate Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year. It will be celebrated on September 25/26, sundown to sundown like all Jewish Feasts & Festivals. For the Jewish people it will be the year 5775 – not 2015 as our Western New Year will usher in on January 1st.

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September 08, 2014

THE ECONOMIC HOPE FOR AFRICA

The blessing of the Lord brings wealth

and He adds no trouble to it.”

(Proverbs 10:22)

Business Entrepreneur, Nana Oduro, Ghana, West Africa

Dear Kingdom Partners,

   The hope for Africa is not more foreign aid. It’s not more handouts by well-intentioned expatriate missionaries. It’s not new government welfare programs that produce more dependency. The hope for Africa – as well as for America, Asia and the rest of the world – is more free enterprise generated by the entrepreneurial spirit of people who are called and gifted in business. 

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September 04, 2014

GOOD NEWS FROM GHANA


"The message of the cross is foolishness to those
who are perishing, but to us who are being
saved it is the power of God."
(I Cor. 1:18)


With Evangelist Yaw Asante outside the Elmina
Slave Castle on the Cape Coast.

Dear Faithful Ministry Partners,

   By God’s grace, I am finally back home safely and successfully from my recent trip to Ghana. While it is an annual trip I have been making for over 3 decades – this one was incredibly challenging. As you know from my previous emails when I was “Stranded in the Big Apple,” I was barred from boarding the plane to Ghana on a visa technicality. So I had to spend two days and nights in New York working through this problem with the help of a key businessman partner in Accra. He was ultimately able to resolve the crisis through his key contacts with Ghana Immigration.

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