JL's Journal

September 27, 2011

Dear Friends & Partners,

In my last report on my recent 5 weeks in Africa, I shared 'part 1' of my time in Zimbabwe.  Now I want you to fly north from there with me to Kenya for a quick visit to our 'Samburu Sports Camp.' 

As you know from previous reports, it is headed by our dear brother and partner, Stakwell Yurenimo, and his wonderful wife, Francesca.  We first started our relationship with him when he was an adolescent.  Through the years we have had the joy of watching him grow into one of the most strategic and synergetic leaders among the Samburu Tribe.  After his graduation from Bible College, he wanted to start a Sports Ministry since it was through athletics that he came to personal faith in the Lord Jesus while he was in high school.    Through faith and hard work, we carved the Camp out of the 'African Bush.'  In the half dozen years that the Camp has now been in operation, God has wonderfully used it as a place for recreation andreconciliation for children, young people and adults.  Each year there are many events at the Camp that bring formerly hostile tribes together for 'friendly competition' on the athletic field rather than 'hostile confrontation' on the battle field!

So take a moment to enjoy the following pictures as I give you a quick tour of my 'Samburu Home.'  And as you look at these pictures, I hope that some of you men who have carpentry, masonry, plumbing, painting, mechanical skills and experiences will prayerfully consider going to Kenya with me in December.  It will give you the opportunity to put your skills to work for the Lord among the Samburu Tribe.  The trip will end with an over night visit to a Game Reserve where you will see some of Africa's incredible wild life.  I can assure you that this will be an 'African Kingdom Adventure Safari' you will never forget!  Email me for more details...JL


PS:  Click here to visit The Samburu Sport's Camp website

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September 19, 2011

Dear Friend & Partner...

I am uploading pictorial reports from my recent 5 weeks of travel and ministry in Africa -- beginning with Zimbabwe where I started out. God first led me to Zimbabwe in 1984, shortly after their Independence.  See the above slidshow with captions for the report.

God gave me strategic partnerships then that have continued through the last 4 decades. Right from that first trip, our ministry in Zimbabwe has been a balanced holistic approach of evangelism, edification, equipping and empowerment.

I hope you will be blessed by this first report that will give you a quick overview of my time in Hwange...JL

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"...we must help the weak,
remembering the words the Lord Jesus
'it is more blessed to give than to receive.' "

(Acts 20:35)

Dear Friends & Partners,

I am writing this"Fall Fund Raising Letter" to lovingly ask for your continued spiritual and financial support.  I have just returned from 5 weeks of travel and ministry in Africa -- my longest trip to date (Patt joined me for the last 2 weeks).   Because of the prayers and giving of friends like you, God graciously gave me the spiritual and physical health and strength to carry out a very intense and diverse ministry schedule in East and West Africa.  

Patt and I have returned with joy and thanksgiving over all that God did through our partnerships and projects in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Mali and Ghana.  Be watching for a series of pictorial reports that I will be sending soon via email as well as posting them on my web site (www.jlwilliams.org).  Until then, I lovingly ask you to give a gift as quickly and as generously as possible to help us meet the needs we made faith commitments to in Africa -- as well as for our on-going ministries with other national partners around the world. 

As you prayerfully consider a financial gift to JLPF, I lovingly remind you of the words of the Apostle Paul.  They clearly summarize our motivation for living and giving.  We must "...help the weak," Paul writes, whether they are spiritually weak...mentally weak...emotionally weak...maritally weak...financially weak.

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September 12, 2011

It is my pleasure to invite you to our 2nd Pastors and Ministry Leaders Luncheon on Thursday, September 22nd.

We would love for you to join us at Joe Gibbs Racing for a great time of fellowship, prayer, challenge, and encouragement as we hear and discuss how the Lord is at work around the world in this particular area of ministry. 

We had a wonderful time last April and many of you asked us to host another luncheon. 

Our luncheon will begin at 11:30am in the Banquet Room at Joe Gibbs Racing with a buffet lunch. We will be getting an update from:
  • Rick Darnell/Jimmy Makar - Update on London Bridges this summer (with video)
  • Sam Morrow - Update on London Bridges Plans for the Future
  • Dr. J.L. Williams - Update on Opportunities to Impact the Muslim World
  • Open Time - for Pastors and Leaders to share what you are doing in your community
  • Prayer Time Together
We will plan to end our time together by 1:30 pm and a tour of the race shop will be available for those interested.   PLEASE email or call to RSVP as soon as possible.

Looking forward to seeing you,
Bob Dyar                                                          Jimmy Makar
Lead Chaplain, Joe Gibbs Racing             Senior VP of Racing Operations, Joe Gibbs Racing

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September 09, 2011

Dear Friends & Partners,
The horrific and destructive images of 9/11 are forever etched in the minds of every patriotic American -- including mine!  10 years ago when this Islamic jihadist assault took place against us as a nation, I had just returned from a mission trip in Africa.  I was catching up on emails when I received a call from my partner, Murli Menon, in India, alerting me to what was taking place at that very moment.  I ran from my computer to the TV to watch in stunned horror as the Twin Towers were brought down by our own hijacked planes!  Like most other Americans, I did not leave my TV set for the rest of the day and evening as I watched that savage saga unfold!

As I write this email to you, I have once again returned from 5 weeks in Africa.  It was my longest mission trip to date.  But 10 years ago, when Murli called me from India to turn on my TV set, I had just been in countries with a Muslim majority where I saw again first hand the repression, persecution -- and genocide that Islam imposes against other religious minorities in general, and against Jews and Christians in particular.  I saw and experienced the same thing on this African trip I have just returned from. (Be watching for a series of reports I will send out next week.)

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