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September, 2004

Final Plans

Plans have been finalized for our Fall Nigerian Outreach. We will be leaving Oct. 27 trough  Nov. 10 with a stopover in Germany to check on the prices and availability of our new (to us) van that so many of you have so graciously enabled us to purchase with your sacrificial giving. I have a contact person there in Frankfurt through our friends in Nigeria, who is aware of and is expecting my coming. Please make this a special matter of prayer that we will be directed to the right vehicle in price, equipment and everything. I know that God is in this project and I believe that the timing is right.


Honored

We are excited about this trip not only because of the van, but also the fact that it has been a year since our last trip since we did not make a February mission this year. In addition, I have been honored to be asked to be the guest speaker at Brother Nicodemus Tumba’s wedding on Nov. 6. This is the young man who lost his wife a couple of years ago to cancer that many of you may remember as you rallied around him during his time of loss and blessed him with a bountiful offering. Now God has blessed him with a new life partner and we are humbled to be a part of their union.

Back Home

I am truly anxious to get back “home” to Nigeria, not only to be with the team, but even more to once again be out among our villagers (or congregation if you will), ministering to them the love of God through practical Christianity. It is not too late to join us if you would like to go, but we must hear from you by Oct. 11. You can contact us either by returning the enclosed Prayer Request or by phone or e-mail.  Be sure that your passport is valid at least until May of next year. You truly will be blessed even while you are a blessing. Our next Nigerian outreach is scheduled for February 2005, leaving on Feb. 23 and returning March 15. We welcome you to join us.

Care Packets

As always, we will be handing out Care Packets containing soap, lotion, candy, etc., to each of our patients. If you would like to help with this project, then we would be very grateful. Even with inflation, for about $.35 each we can give every patient a practical and useful gift. In fact, many will come through the line just to receive the soap and candy. How blessed we are.           

Haiti Open Door

I was privileged to take a short fact-finding trip to Haiti in August in conjunction with our church, Hope and Life Fellowship, and the Rev. Tony Brock, pastor. There I met Pastor Joel June and his wife, who have been laboring among their people for 25 years. They have a great work there with boys and girls orphanages, a school with a daily feeding program, an unused clinic (lack of funds), an 85-bed hospital building in progress, a widow’s home and more than 200 churches that they have started or sponsored. They are truly - Generals of the Faith - putting everything they have into their ministry, not even owning their own home. (They live in a room in the girl’s orphanage!) They have extended to us an invitation of ministry that I truly believe is an open door from the Lord.

New Year’s Celebration

Toward that end, we are planning a Christmas/New Year’s Celebration Outreach Dec. 27 through Jan. 1. Opportunities for ministry will not only include medicine, but also ministry to the children as well. There are 82 children in the two homes: 56 girls, 26 boys. We would like to give them each a little something, a shoebox Christmas if you will. Would you be willing to sponsor one child for $10? Perhaps your Sunday school or fellowship would consider this a worthy project. Thank you in advance. We welcome you to join us on this outreach as well. Again, contact us by phone or e-mail and we will contact you with more information.

        Your Servants In Christ,

                        Larry - Sarah