Pause and Reflect February / March 2017

IMG_5529Our world is a dark place dominated by the prince of this world, Satan. The best news is this. Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world.” This is our mission and message to each and everyone we touch. “And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17

Mentor updates to pray for

Tim

I’ve lost contact with Tim, who is trying to adjust living outside of prison walls after serving 36 years. I still pray for him.

Tom

Tom has a good job. He wants to follow the Lord but is having a difficult time finding a church who accepts him and his prison past.

SB

SB called me one Saturday night. “I’m lost. I don’t know what to do?” Pray that Steven will take the sound advice I’ve been giving him. He keeps making the same mistakes getting the same results. SB is a hard worker and has no trouble getting a job, but loses it quickly due to situations he could clearly control. He needs to return to dependence on God and hang around people who will be an encouragement for him.

RP

RP turns 21 in March. He may lose his Social Security Disability check. Honestly, he is in one of those grey areas where, “Yes, he probably could work. But due to mental health challenges, he would have a difficult time sustaining work in the best of circumstances. We’ve known Ronnie since he came to the children’s home at the age of 5. He has no family nearby and has difficulty coping in life.

JB

A recent mentee was shot the day before our first session. He and his fiancée are expecting a child. He works for his dad and is seeking God.

JP

Finally, pray for JP. He is a young adult wanting to follow God, but has no father figure to guide him. He and his mother moved here from another country about 12 years ago. We have great discussions about relationships, careers, and what faith looks like in the work place.

Family Update

We are doing well. Priscilla and I visited my parents in South Carolina in January. We helped around the house and went with them on a retreat. In March we plan a trip to Michigan to visit Priscilla’s dad, our kids and of course, the grandkids.

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Pause and Reflect January 2017

Firestorm

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace, as you believe in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13) Only God can bring joy and hope from the ashes.

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One of the cites where we worked. All the sites we were assigned to were burned to the ground.

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The building used for a distribution center. 0ver 700 people daily have accessed this place for food and basic needs.

November 2016 in Gatlinburg, TN 14 lives were lost. Thousands of homes were reduced to ashes or uninhabited due to smoke damage. Hundreds of other buildings; motels and business were destroyed. The fire that turned into a raging unpredictable inferno was allegedly started by a couple of troubled teenagers.

 

I met a lady who “lost everything I owned” including her two cats. She had moved from Louisiana where she lived through Katrina. She was hurt and angry. One of our team members listened and prayed for her.

I met a man whose home was burned to the ground. He’s an impressionist and gave us a 5-minute “show” of some of his talent. His attitude was an inspiration. He will be challenged to rebuild due to insurance and the high cost.

I met a couple who barely made it off the mountain before there home was burned to the ground. In haste they went back to the front door to rescue their dog but the wife left her purse. Life is more important than stuff.

These and hundreds of other tragedies caused by this event provide opportunity to minister to peoples physical, emotional and spiritual needs. We are encouraged how many of the local residents have expressed their appreciation for the goodness and grace of God. We can pray for this community. Families lost their loved ones. Some lost their homes. Others lost their livelihoods.

We had a great time visiting our family in Michigan over the holidays. We celebrated our oldest (9) and youngest (5) grandchild’s birthday. (Both were born near Christmas). We enjoyed staying with Priscilla’s dad who will be 89 in May. His advise; “You got to keep moving”. This is very true not only in a physical sense but in our work we do sharing the love of Jesus to a needy world around us.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace, as you believe in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13) Only God can bring joy and hope from the ashes.

November 2016 in Gatlinburg, TN 14 lives were lost. Thousands of homes were reduced to ashes or uninhabited due to smoke damage. Hundreds of other buildings; motels and business were destroyed. The fire that turned into a raging unpredictable inferno was allegedly started by a couple of troubled teenagers

A team from our church was blessed to have the opportunity to help clean up. Trees destroyed or damaged were cut down. Debris from the burned down homes were pulled to the road for pickup and disposal.

I met a lady who “lost everything I owned” including her two cats. She had moved from Louisiana where she lived through Katrina. She was hurt and angry. One of our team members listened and prayed for her.

I met a man whose home was burned to the ground. He’s an impressionist and gave us a 5-minute “show” of some of his talent. His attitude was an inspiration. He will be challenged to rebuild due to insurance and the high cost.

I met a couple who barely made it off the mountain before there home was burned to the ground. In haste they went back to the front door to rescue their dog but the wife left her purse. Life is more important than stuff.

These and hundreds of other tragedies caused by this event provide opportunity to minister to peoples physical, emotional and spiritual needs. We are encouraged how many of the local residents have expressed their appreciation for the goodness and grace of God. We can pray for this community. Families lost their loved ones. Some lost their homes. Others lost their livelihoods.

Family Time

We had a great time visiting our family in Michigan over the holidays. We celebrated our oldest (9) and youngest (5) grandchild’s birthday. (Both were born near Christmas). We enjoyed staying with Priscilla’s dad who will be 89 in May. His advise; “You got to keep moving”. This is very true not only in a physical sense but in our work we do sharing the love of Jesus to a needy world around us.

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