Pause and Reflect May 2017

A Sunday Drive

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon to take a nice long drive. We did because there was purpose. A young man was stranded in a city he didn’t live in. We picked him up and later took him to his home, but not until we took him to hear  David Ring, an evangelist who did not let physical limitations restrict his service to our Lord. You see, he was born dead only to be revived 18 minutes later. Struggling with cerebral palsy all his life, David has preached in more than 7,000 churches over the last 44 years, with the message of the cross. I wanted my friend to hear him. The Sunday drive totaled 400 miles but worth it all.

A Trip Around the World

IMG_3692This trip was nothing compared to the sacrifice that a group of individuals made to travel to Nashville for a conference on orphan care. Several of our church families hosted 14 people from nations around the world. Priscilla and I kept a young man from Congo. The others were from India, Moldova, Latvia, Switzerland, Latin America, and South Africa. They came to learn how to better serve orphans in their country. Our guest, Colin has a dream of starting an orphanage. The dis-guarded street children live along the highways. He has an ambitious dream. drc+street+kidsChronic political turmoil has deterred many organizations from working in Democratic Republic of Congo. I played a small but fun role of transporting them to and from the conference in a van.

I Am Blessed…are you

The theme of David’s messages and the heartbeat of these servants from around the world was the same; I am blessed.

As well, Priscilla and I are blessed by your prayers and financial support.

Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive”.

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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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