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Sunday, March 11 – Our First Full Day of Ministry

Sunday, March 11 – Our First Full Day of Ministry

[Denu, Ghana 1400, LT] -- We have arrived and settled into our wonderful field hotel here in eastern Ghana.  The small town of Denu is only a ten minute drive from the Togolese border.  The town is typical to others here and has all the reminders that we are certainly in Africa.  The small streets are crowed with people -- some in vehicles, more on bikes, but most of foot scurrying from place to place looking for their daily provisions.  The atmosphere is dusty and dry, but the occasional rain shower serves to settle things down. The town is only...
The Project Has Begun

The Project Has Begun

[Accra, Ghana 1155, LT] -- Praise God from whom all blessings flow.  After a day of travel the entire team arrived safely in Accra.  The flight delays and schedule changes for Andy and James were only a “bump in the road” for these veteran ministry partners.  I am thankful for men like this who join us and work so diligently for the sake of the Gospel. We are preparing now to leave this capital city for a four-hour journey to the town of Aflo near the Togolese border where we will be stationed for the rest of this project. Please...
Here We Go Again!

Here We Go Again!

Here we go again! The months of preparation are complete, the team has assembled and we are headed back to West Africa. Our first overseas ministry project of 2012 is underway.  I am sitting in the airport in Charlotte with colleagues Rev. Jeff Andler and Dr. David Ney as we wait to board our flight to Washington where we will then connect for an overnight flight to Accra, Ghana Our two other team members, Dr. James McLean and Mr. Andy Poe are en route from Raleigh to Atlanta, then from Atlanta to Amsterdam where they will connect to their flight...
Forgiveness

Forgiveness

A Zulu chief savagely beat his wife because she attended a gospel meeting where she heard and responded to the call of Jesus. The man left the woman for dead, but upon returning to the place where he had left her he discovered her alive, yet severely wounded.  The chief leered at his wife and asked, “What can your Jesus do for you now?”  Gently she replied, “He helps me to forgive you!” The most fundamental need of humanity is forgiveness.  Forgiveness is needed because of our frailty.  It is needed because of our nature.  It is achieved, not through...
Casting Our Cares Upon Him – He is All We Need

Casting Our Cares Upon Him – He is All We Need

For the past couple of weeks my family has been dealing with sick grandchildren.  Both our grandsons are suffering.  The youngest, Gavin (16 months) was diagnosed with viral pneumonia and RSV and spent a couple of days in the hospital.  Jayden, our oldest grandson (he’ll be 4 in March), has had a persistent cough for a month or so and one day last week had a fever of 105.  The doctor ordered some blood work and is yet to determine what is causing an elevated number in some of the blood work. Needless to say, Pop-pop and Maw-maw are concerned,...
Dodging the Demon of Depression

Dodging the Demon of Depression

Depression is a terrible thing.  Some statistics reveal that as many as 2 in 10 people in the USA are taking medication for depression.  While that number seems high, it is no secret that much of society walks around with the marks of depression on them. In today's devotional thought from My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers wrote: "Dejection springs from one of two sources – I have either satisfied a lust or I have not. Lust means – I must have it at once. Spiritual lust makes me demand an answer from God, instead of seeking God Who...