Dear brothers and sisters,
Greetings to you all in His name!
I think most people would agree with me that it is easier to praise God when things are going well than when things are going bad. At least I know it would be for me.
I would not like to be with Job in Advanced Gratitude Class, would you? When the test comes I know he would break the curve. You remember, within a few hours he lost all his cattle (more than 11,000 head); all his servants, which might have been more than 300 (that is a guess), and he even lost his 10 children.
Now look again for a minute in reverse: 7 sons and 3 daughters, several hundred servants, 11,000 animals. All of them were dead within a few hours (Job 1:13-21). What would you say? “Oh, sorry.” What would I say?
Well here is what Job did, “He fell to the ground in worship.” And here is what he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womd, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”
Did you notice the last phrase? “May the name of the Lord be praised.” In a time of financial distress, when many people have lost much, we need to remember Job’s legacy and follow it. Whatever your challenge is, or has been, remember Paul’s advice also, “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).I praise God for all my friends who welcome me into their home and take good care of me: Robert Green, Calvin and Angie Steinke, Betty Yerion, Kirk and Jill Booher, Brad and Kerri Pointer, Gardner and Angel Sorrell, Ken and Pati Boatright Sr., Ken and Pat Croll, Joby and Kim Anders, Randy and Crystal Carroll, Bill and Sarah Fudge, Todd and Lisa.
Praise God for all of you who set aside time to help me go to and from different places. I even went fishing. I love fishing. I used to do that as a boy. In my homeland we fish for food not for fun. Last weekend I did it for fun. Yes, I caught a couple. I am not bragging, am I? I had a lot of fun fishing with Brad, Zach, Zoe and Kirk in Indianapolis.
Praise God for my wife’s safe return home. Praise God for all our hard workers in Haiti. Praise God for all of you who are working hard here so that Living Water can go forward.Last Sunday the new Church in Marmelade had 70 people in worship. We had 325 (?) in Gonaives. The attendance dropped because of all the rumors that were going around concerning the election. The people were basically afraid.
The block laying continues in Marmelade. They are making a faily tall building. The construction of the school building is progressing in Gonaives. The cafeteria continues to serve students and faculty and other employees. For all those and many more, we praise God.
May you and I learn to praise HIM in every circumstances. Please continue to pray for the new Church plant Please pray for funds for the constructions of the Church in Marmelade and the school in Gonaives,Please pray for all our travels during this trip and for God’s continued blessings on it. Please pray for the diffferent missions teams who are going to Living Water this summer.
“Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty.” … “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the fundation of this temple, his hands will also complete it.” (Zech 4:6, 9)
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