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Friday, November 27, 2009

What A Thanksgiving!

There is a prison in south Texas, near Huntsville, where God had the builders put a chapel over 40 years ago. To this prison, God sent missionary Chris Athey, with the Eternal Word of the Living God in hand. Brother Athey is a fervent witness for Christ, and is passionate about seeing people gloriously saved. Through his years at this facility, God has built an incredible work. Thousands have come to know Christ as their personal Saviour while in this prison. Many have enrolled in Bible courses, and grown greatly in their walk with the Lord. Many have graduated the 3-year Bible course, gotten out of prison and gone on to serve the Lord in full-time Christian service.
Others have graduated the 3-year Bible course and serve the Lord fervently right where they are. This prison is a special place that God has used to save many souls, and change many lives for the glory of God.
To this prison I was privileged to go on Thanksgiving Day this year. I had the opportunity to report to these faithful brethren about what God is doing in my life and what He has done in Croatia through their prayers.
We had a glorious time rejoicing together in the greatness of God and His great blessings that He has bestowed upon us, and in preaching the Word. These men love to hear the Word of God preached, and the louder the better.
Many of these men know that God used prison to get their attention, and save them and turn their lives around. Some will never see physical freedom again, yet they rejoice in the Lord daily. Contrary to the popular (and offensive) stereotype, not everyone in prison claims or believes they are innocent.
These men are my faithful brethren and prayer warriors and I am so thankful to God that I have the privilege of knowing them and serving the Lord with them.

God Bless Brother Chris Athey and my faithful brethren!

To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ ..... Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

English Class IS Such A Blessing

The English class for the Chinese is such a blessing.

I love these precious people so much! If I, being only the dust of the earth, can love these people as much as I do, just imagine how much God loves them.
Sometimes I don't think we really get it. God SO LOVED the world ....
All the great love that is bound up and presented to us by the word "SO" is amazing to me. The gift of anyone's son is unfathomable, let alone the perfect, Holy SON of Almighty GOD.
As my own son, Lance Corporal Kevin Ward, fights terrorism on the battlefields of Afghanistan, I think how I long for his safe return (7 months to go). Then, I think of God my Father, purposely sending his only begotten Son to die for me, intentionally, out of His great love for my soul.
It is His love, His sacrifice, His mercy and His grace that compels me and propels me to take His message to others.

Please whisper a prayer today for these precious Chinese people, for whom Christ so willingly and so lovingly gave His life:

(Some have adopted American names, but others have yet to do so)

Tara (Xao Fing)
and Christopher who is due to be born in February (I pray his mom and dad (Christine and Fu) will be saved and he will be raised in a Christian home.)

"Mercy there was great and grace was free. Pardon there was multiplied to me."

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Glory to the God of Heaven !

God gives us the desires of our heart and then He fulfills those desires.
Words cannot adequately express my joy, my jubilation, my exhilaration at what God has done for me.
My employer at the plastic company where I have worked for 25 years came to me and asked if I would like to go to Croatia and be a missionary full-time.
Having been on 3 trips to Croatia and been filled with joy upon each return, my employer took note.
He decided he would assist me in getting into full-time mission work, and as of Tuesday, I am preparing to depart to the country that God has called me to. My employer has promised two year's worth of support, and I will let God worry about years 3 through 50.

I knew after my first trip to that beautiful land in 2006 that God was telling me He wanted me there. He has richly blessed me on every subsequent trip, and my heart has overflowed with joy while also being so broken for the lost. Only God can make such joy and such sorrow reside in the same heart, and yet sustain us through it all.
I have repeatedly begged God for a greater burden for souls and for a broken heart. He has faithfully delivered, and I am so blessed.
Being crippled with MD and virtually unable to walk just 10 years ago, this is amazing to me. Not only can I walk again, but now I am headed to the mission the dream of my lifetime. I suppose I shouldn't be too amazed. After all, this is GOD we're talking about.
I am praying to get there by early January, if not before.

The Bible does say, "Launch out into the deep".

Here I go.

Glory to God.
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