Pause and Reflect October 2015

Opportunities to share the love of Jesus seem endless. In Psalm 39, David speaks about the brevity of life. He proclaims, “…Lord…my hope is in You”. We have the privilege to sharing the only real hope available. Time is fleeting. The need is great.

Sharing Their Aching Hearts

I was able to share hope to many who shared their stories of hurt and hopelessness.

A Vietnam veteran, 72-year-old man, shared with me his battle with alcohol.

This rose was crafted using Cedar, Poplar, and Walnut.

This rose was crafted using Cedar, Poplar, and Walnut.

Another man fighting depression began using a skill God had given him. He no longer could build cabinets due to deteriorating health. But he used his hands to craft beautiful objects.

A beautiful family with a two year old who has had 3 brain surgeries and several other major health events in her short life told us of the goodness of God in the middle of hurt and challenges. They were a real inspiration to all of us on this day. They had been making numerous trips from Knoxville to Cincinnati in a dilapidated car. A friend of one of the doctors gave them a late model SUV. “We’ve never owned anything in the 2,000′s” his wife, Misty proclaimed in astonishment!

Bonnie recently left an abusive relationship and cried uncontrollably as several of us prayed and comforted her.

I watched two young ladies, neither who could speak English and both having opposite views of getting to heaven prayed to accept Christ, after hearing a clear presentation. The interpreter was overwhelmed because this was her first time being directly involved in leading someone to Christ.

I shared the gospel with a young man who knew he needed a personal relationship with Christ but shared with me that he would have to end his relationship with a partner of the same sex. Pray for Joel. He was honest and open about his need.

There are many other tragic stories I’ve encountered working with our mobile dental clinic. Pray for the needs of these who come to the clinic with aching teeth and openly share their aching heart with us.

Life is Not Easy

I tried something I had never thought about. I’m mentoring two men who actually live near each other. One is middle age and has learned to navigate the bus system. The other is 19 and has dificulties with everyday exception for someone his age . I introduced them and facilitated the older one helping the younger man. The older gentleman felt good about helping someone. This event modeled to both the power of networking; something both needs to learn, especially the younger man. Pray for these two. They have unique challenges and situations.

Pray for these mentoring relationships I’m involved in an ongoing basis. Pray for these men; Jonathan, soon to be a dad; Tom who lives in Michigan, Ronnie, the young man, Tim, adjusting to life after 37 years in prison,  and Jeremie who has recently been released from prison and is in a one-year transitional program.

Sharing your resources with this ministry allows us to maximize the time God gives us to share Christ and be His hands and feet to hurting people.

Priscilla and I are very grateful for your faithfulness. We pray that God will richly bless you and your family.

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Pause and Reflect August 2015

We never had the opportunity to meet Evelyn

We never had the opportunity to meet Evelyn

I've know Mr. Woody for 55 years.

I’ve know Mr. Woody for 55 years.

Both these godly saints have recently passed from here to their eternal home of peace where there is no sorrow. She lived in Florida. He lived in Michigan. Today they are enjoying the presence of our Lord Jesus.

We want to honor Evelyn and Woody for their faithfulness to what God called them to do. Both loved missionaries and the work they did. Their families supported what they believed in. We were the blessed the last several years with their generosity.

Evelyn and Woody are resting in the glow and glory of our heavenly Father. God has more for us to do. This is why He leaves us here. Will you pray for some of the following that I’m working with on a one-on-one basis?

Jeremie has been recently released from prison into a one-year transitional program. Pray he will grow strong to resist the temptations and lure of his old way of life. He is a new believer. His parents are of another religion.

Pray for Lynn. Dairy Queen has hired him recently. Pray for travel logistics. Pray that Lynn will grow emotionally and spiritually.

Pray for Jonathon. He plans to marry his girl friend that is expecting their baby. They are working through a local ministry, Hope Clinic. We are meeting on a regular basis. He and his fiancé would like to get married next year. Pray that Jonathon will grow in his walk with God and that he will be a gracious and loving father and husband.

After weeks of planning, we are launching Faith and Finances; a 12-week course designed to help low-income individuals and families manage their finances. Pray that the six who’ve signed up will remain committed to the end.

This fall I will be continuing efforts in coaching others in problem solving, and finding ways I can help other churches that have a desire to revitalize the work in their communities. In November, Priscilla and I plan to attend a 3-day seminar in Florida focused on church revitalization.

We praise the Lord for the blessings He has shown using the Mobile Dental Unit. Not only have many teeth been fixed, but also lives have been rescued and mended. I don’ work on their teeth. I work on their heart (spiritually speaking). Actually, I share the good news and God does all the work! Pray for our team who will be returning to Roversville, TN in a weekend in September.

God bless you and thank you.

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