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JL's Journal

April 14, 2015

THE FELLOWSHIP OF HIS SUFFERING IN JORDAN

(Part 1)

“… you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering

you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution

you joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property,

because you knew that you had better and lasting possessions.”

(Hebrews 10:32-34)

Dear Ministry Partners,

   Fellowship is one of the defining words of Christianity. It describes our relationship with God and with each other. Sadly, our fellowship with each other in the Body of Christ is often on the surface and superficial. The Apostle Paul found out that one of the things that drives us to a deeper relationship with God and with each other is suffering. That’s because suffering burns away everything else that tends to distract and detour us from an intimate heart-to-heart fellowship with God and each other. For that reason, Paul prayed that he would “… know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering” (Phil. 3:10). 

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April 07, 2015

WINDOWS ON JORDAN

Dear Friends & Partners,

   Loving greetings from Patt and me in Amman, Jordan – the “Hashumite Kingdom.” What a great joy it is to be here over Holy Week, to come alongside our Jordanian friends and partners – but especially the persecuted and displaced Christians from Iraq and Syria. I will be sharing much more about our time with them in the days ahead. But first, I want to give you a brief panorama of this ancient City that has been ruled by a number of empires from antiquity to modernity. So we begin with a trip to the top of the old city where the “Citadel” once stood …

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March 31, 2015

ARAB CHRISTIANITY UNDER PERSECUTION

“Rescue the weak and needy;
Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked."

(Psalm 82:4)

“Christianity may not survive beyond midcentury in the region of its birth!"

WARNINGSome of the following pictures may be disturbing – but they need to be seen to rouse American Christians into action through prayer and positive political proactivity! JL

Dear Ministry Partners,

   The above summary of Christianity in the Arab World of the Middle East is staggering and sobering! Like never before in their long history, our Arab Christian brothers and sisters are under the bloody sword of Islamic-driven jihadist terrorism! All one has to do to see this evil face of Islam is to look at the hundreds of social media pictures now coming out of the Middle East – all carried out in the name of the prophet Mohamed. 

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March 24, 2015

REBUILDING HAITI …

“… I will return and rebuild David’s fallen tabernacle. 

Its ruins I will rebuild and I will restore

in order that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord

and all the Gentiles who bear My Name,

says the Lord, who does these things …”

(Acts 15:16-17)

 
A crane used to rebuild a 5-star hotel outside Port-au-Prince, and a beautiful
view of the Port-au-Prince harbor.

 
A memorial stone for the killer earthquake of January 12, 2010. At right,
Patt and I in the makeshift mass cemetery outside Port-au-Prince,
where untold thousands of Haitians were buried after the earthquake.

Dear Ministry Partners,

   God is not only the God of redemption, He is the God of rebuilding and restoration. After times of destruction – whether through divine judgment or natural disaster – God called and commissioned His people to rebuild the temple … rebuild Jerusalem … rebuild the walls … and rebuild the ruined cities (Ezra 5:2; Neh. 2:17; Ps. 102:16; Dan. 9:25; Amos 9:14). And the physical rebuilding was always for the greater and higher purpose of spiritual rebuilding so that “… mankind may seek the Lord” – but especially “… the Gentiles who bear My Name.” And in this case, the “Gentiles” are the Haitians.

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March 17, 2015

Komivi Ayiboe

Dear Friends and Partners,

   As we have done in the past, we like to highlight one specific partner so you can get to know him or her better. While J.L. is in Haiti this week, we decided this would be a good time to introduce you to Komivi Christophe Ayiboe.

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