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New Directions International Alumni

October 10, 2011

Dear NDs...Loving greetings in Christ again to each of you from Patt and me.  We trust you have had a blessed summer and are now into a full and fruitful Fall.  And as the 'leaves are falling,' I need many of you to 'turn over a new leaf' and send us your 'Alumni Response Form!  As you know from my earlier emails and letter, we are hoping to publish a ND History Book around my "70th Birthday" on Dec. 31st.  So we need ALL of you to respond.  Since I know everyone has had busy summers, we have extended our deadline on this until Nov. 1st.  So PLEASE get us your response ASAP.  Also any recent family picture to print with your story.

In His Faithful Love,

JL

PS:  In case you lost them, I have attached my earlier letter and the form again for you to open...fill out...return ASAP.

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September 19, 2008

Here are some photos of New Directions Alumni during the CBN TV show days.
ND’s at CBN

Here are some photos of New Directions in Concert.
ND’s in Concert

Here are some photos of New Direction Alumni lifelong friendships.
ND Alumni Friendships

Here are some photos of New Direction Alumni Musicians.
ND Musicians

Here are some photos of New Directions Easter Outreach at the Beach.
ND Beach Outreach

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July 23, 2008
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Dear ND Alumni,

One of the lasting fruit of the NDs is the friendships that were formed during those years.  Many of those friendships have only grown stronger through the years – and overflowed to our children and grandchildren.  Even though most of us are separated by time and space, the bond of love we developed during those musical years will last a lifetime and extend into eternity.  One of the Bible Studies that we often looked at together were the many “One Anothers of Relationship.”

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July 15, 2008
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“We are fools or Christ’s sake…”
(I Cor. 4:10)

Dear ND Alumni,

The Apostle Paul was so radical in his commitment to the Lord Jesus that he was willing to go to any end if it would advance the Gospel!  I am always challenged by that example – especially in our world where “socially acceptable behavior” is so crucial for advancement in almost any realm of influence.  But note these words of context for the verse above:

“I think God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.  We are fools for Christ’s sake”…To this present hour we are both hungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed, and are roughly treated, and are homeless; and we toil, working with our own hands; when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure; when we are slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, even until now” (I Cor. 4:9-13).

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June 30, 2008
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“…Jubal was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe” (Gen. 4:21)

Dear ND Alumni,

Through the musical years of this ministry, the Lord brought us a lot of wonderful musicians – the “Children of Jubal.”  The very first mention of music and musicians in the Bible is the above verse from the book of Genesis.  As a contemporary musical group, we always believed that God was the Author of all good music – whether classical or contemporary.  It was His Holy Spirit who inspires “…psalms, hymns and spiritual songs” (Eph. 5:19).  The great reformer, Martin Luther – who was himself a great hymn writer – said: “There is no reason that the devil should have all of the good music!”

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