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God blesses faithfulness!

We had a great day with visitors and the inspirational dedication of a young lady that has been attending our services for the three months. J messaged us this morning to ask us if it would be terrible if she couldn’t make the services. Her grandmother refused to let her come to church as she was suffering with a migraine headache. J’s father suffers with migraines as well.  I was just so impressed with her desire to attend church despite the pain. I called her to relayed that we were praying for her and thanked her for her commitment. I told her, that if the rest of humanity were as committed as she is, we would have a much different world. God blesses faithfulness!  Please pray as God uses us to reach Wittenberg and the refugees that are in our area.

From Stranger to Beloved Friend

Today God allowed us to meet M… while gathering necessities for the apartment of one of our Syrian refugees. As I looked at the pictures on the wall in her hallway I began to ask about her grandchildren and in no time she disclosed that her 3-year-old grandson has leukemia. After we finished the business side of our visit, I asked if we might pray for J…. She tearfully agreed and we prayed for healing for J…. and strength for the family. She was so overwhelmed with thankfulness that she gave us both a big hug; from stranger to beloved friend in moments. How God can use us to touch others is miraculous!

The Power of Repentance

Absolute is the availability of saving grace to the repentant sinner, of which no matter of degree or frequency of sin can block, to the chagrin of the religionists’ practice, of which no matter of degree or frequency can attain.

Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Heb 7:25

I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. Ga 2:21

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Transitions

The last few months have been full of transitions.  In our area, two refugee centers were opened providing new ministry opportunities.  I quickly made friends with the refugees, the volunteers and the administration.  Over the last few months, I have been on call as camp chaplain and God gave many opportunities to witness to the refugees and staff.  So many doors have been opened.  Due to the refugees’ needs, our church’s name has been associated with caring, helping and most importantly the Gospel. The Government had made plans to close the camp. Today (12.12.15), I went out to the camp and with tears and passed out the newly arrived NTs to all the men there.  They received them happily with hugs and many thanks. The NTs have the plan of salvation in the fly leaf.  I have truly enjoyed praying, ministering, discipling, and working with these men.  May God’s Spirit continue grow the seed of salvation in each heart!  I can’t wait to see the harvest of the seeds sown!  UPDATE - Thankfully, the officials relented and the camp is going to stay open!

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My Friend

This morning, at six, I received a “Whatsapp” from one of the workers at the Refugee camp.  One of the men that I have befriended and to whom I have been sharing my faith, was taken to the hospital.  He was in pain with low blood pressure, bleeding and severe abdominal distress.

This young father of three, left Syria to follow the promise of a new beginning in Germany.  His decision to leave was his family was based on the dangers of crossing the often treacherous Mediterranean in a rubber boat and his belief that he could quickly set up housing and the send money for his family to make a safer trip.

His family is trapped in Raqqa, where the French have been bombing ISIS strongholds and training camps.  He is beside himself with worry.  Please pray as I minister to my friend.  May God make a way to safety so that the whole family may come to know the Lord Jesus!  God is still a miracle worker.

The Chaos of the Present

With all that has transpired in the last weeks, there are many untold stories.  The older I become, the more I recognizes the depth of the fact that ALL men are evil and as Jesus clearly stated, “only God is good,".  Anytime, any man believes he is justified in taking the free will of another, he has made himself into a god.  This was the very intent of Satan in the garden. It is still his M.O.S. and it will be his undoing in the end.  God will have all in derision. 

 “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.” Ro 3:4

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God had to Die

I was once confronted by one who rejected Christ.  He stated, “God would never come to earth, become a man, and die on a cross for us.  He is God.  He would never do such a thing.” 

Unfortunately, this man’s knowledge of God is incomplete and barring a change of heart, he will spend all of eternity existing in dying separated from God(life).

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Pins and Needles

The refugee that has been helping me consistently this week with the rebuild of Festival stand stated, “We Muslims believe that Jesus was a prophet.  How is it that you believe him to be more?”   He had waited the last few weeks to find a time when we were alone to spring the question.

I told him it is not important what I think, or what another “religious” leader thinks.  What is important is what God says.  I then explained that I read God’s Word and believe what it says.  I do not interpret it. 

When we arrived at the church, we started with Moses, the Ten Commandments, man’s guilt and then the name that God gave Moses to give to Pharaoh, “I am”.  We then went to Jesus’ statement concerning Abraham, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” Joh 8:58 

Afterwards, we went to John 1:1.  As we went through it verse by verse, he became increasingly overwhelmed.  At verse 8, he stated that he needed to take a break.  It was just too much to take in at once. 

Please pray that God’s Spirit will rehearse these verses in his heart and mind.  He took a picture of the verses in John and translated them with google so that he could study them in Arabic. 

It is so neat to have him consider me a “great friend”!  As we finished up work on the stand, he said, “I like the way you think”.  I am on pins and needles with anticipation to see God work.

Life vs Faith

We had our second Bible study with the refugees who claim Christ.  The three men have a keen understanding that Jesus is man and God.  It is exciting to minister to such who have risk life to stand for faith.  May God use this as a launching of evangelism.

Please pray that the other men who have been helping me work on our stand will be moved by God’s Spirit towards salvation. 

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