It is fast approaching-that day of the year when our children go through their annual Dr. Jekyll—Mr. Hyde metamorphosis from little cherubs to spooks, ghosts, goblins, ghouls, witches and vampires!
They will excitedly attend school Halloween carnivals where they will bob for apples, fish for prizes and prowl through a “haunted house” amidst shrieks and screams of fearful delight. Later they will go from door to door “trick or treating” in their neighborhood. They will be greeted by scowling pumpkin jack-o-lanterns, scary dangling skeletons, and flying witches on brooms. They will hopefully be met by generous hosts who will fill their bags with candy, gum, cookies, popcorn and a host of other goodies that will make their next visit to the dentist a real nightmare! Yes, it’s Halloween time again!
It all seems like such harmless fun—but is it? I have had my own private war with Halloween for a number of years now. Frankly, I don’t think I’m really winning, but I will continue the fight! “But why,” you may be thinking, “do you want to deprive those little kids of all that fun and excitement? It’s all just innocent, harmless fun!”
To date, the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners has been called the most watched news event in history. We are told that over 1 billion people around the world watched the miraculous rescue of “Los 33”.
But throughout this message, I want to personalize that story for you. That’s because in a very signifcant way their story is in reality our story. But as millions of people around the world watched this dramatic rescue, I am afraid that most did not see the obvious parallel to their own lives. These 33 Chilean miners were digging for gold and copper. Now they have become the “national treasury” of their country. Read how their story is really our story!
I have attached a manuscript that I have written entitled “Miracle in the Mine”. Please feel free to download it and I hope that you will be blessed and challenged by the message. You can download it here:
In His Healing Love,
Dear Ministry Partners,
By now I hope you have received and read my 3-part report on Africa that focused on our partners and projects in Ghana, Kenya and Zimbabwe. All are partners and projects that your spiritual and financial support help make possible! That’s why I spend so much time and space sending these email reports. I want you to be blessed and encouraged about your praying and giving. Soon after my 3 1/2 week trip to Africa, I went to Haiti for 5 days. My purpose was to encouraging some of our partners and be updated on the state of things in post-earthquake Haiti.
Needless to say, the over all state of affairs is not very encouraging—especially to the Haitian people who had hoped to see much more progress by now. While billions of dollars have been given or pledged by America and other donor nations, only a small percent has been deployed. That’s because the present governmental infrastructure in Haiti is still corrupt, inept and incapable of trustworthy deployment of the funding. So as you drive at a snail’s pace through Port-au-Prince, the lingering evidence of the January 12th mega-earthquake is everywhere. You still see devastated houses, buildings, walls and roads. Piles of broken cement blocks, stones, cement, twisted metal and rusting rebar are everywhere.
This letter was sent to JL via email from Pastor Hanok Tamang seen here preaching at the Aradhana Church in Nepal.
JL, greetings buddy,
Just an unrelated story with what we have been communicating. I was just watching the news on CNN and BBC news and saw an amazing live rescuing process of the trapped miners. And saw an interview with Chaplain of President of Chile who said, “God has done it. It’s miracle. We have seen the hands of God in the whole process of rescue.” An amazing live story that I ever watched in my life. I do not know these people. But I know God has done it and brought them out of the dark cell where they have been trapped for more than two months of time. By seeing their health they all seemed doing great.
For a number of years I have been involved in supplying drip irrigation “bucket” kits to third world partners as a way of helping national Christians provide for their families and do outreach in their villages, neighborhoods. For several years I have served on the board of directors for Chapin Living Waters ” bringing hope to the poorest people in over 150 countries and the opportunity to solve their own problems.”
My good friend Dick Dassow recently contacted me about the Partners Worldwide Marketplace Revolution conference held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dick sent me a link to a blog entry he made with some videos of bucket drip irrigation systems at work that I’d like to share with you.