Challenge me. Challenge you. There is so much more… ask.

Gods ChallengeI don’t know if I have ever taken any bit of new information for granted. In my early married days, my bride was often frustrated with my incessant questioning of everything she had to say. It was not that I didn’t believe her. It was just that I needed the thought validated. If she could share the source, I could add or subtract the likelihood of truth or to what degree of accuracy was likely. As life has gone on, I have tried to mellow out and not appear so offensive in my questioning of my bride. I find value in all she has to say, these days.

Oddly in contrast to life’s questions, there was a time in my early Christian walk, I tended to believe anything another Christian told me about Christ, the Bible and all its characters. I questioned little, trusted implicitly and worked hard to be the model Christian others believed me to be. It was this early belief system that shaped me and kept me well grounded to survive in a world that continues to be ever increasing difficult to thrive in. I especially have my mother and father to thank for this wonderful Christian upbringing.

Today, I have known Christ as my Savior for over 50 years and experienced the bitter sweet of living a Christian life. Most of my life, I spent trying to stay on the mountain top with Christ. I dreaded the valleys, but seemed to spend more time there then I dared to admit. It was this impossible mountain climb that kept me frustrated with my Christianity and kept me asking the single most important question of my life… “Is that all there is?”

I wish when a body realizes the love of Christ on his life and chooses to not reject Christ, there would be infinite wisdom imparted. It would seem so much more of life could be experienced so much quicker, but somehow in God’s wisdom it doesn’t work that way. We grow slowly toward the target of living in Christ daily…  fully in the knowledge of His presence. Christ is so patient with us during this journey. His love never fails.

In the last few years, Christ has honored me with a response that continues to ring loudly in my ears and experienced in my life.  “I have only just begun!“~Jesus

After 50 years or so, Christ daily reinforces the truth that He has only just begun to build me into the man He desires to spend eternity with and there is so much more.

Straight from Africa

An update from our missionary friend.  Enjoy!  Be part of the adventure.  Pray!
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Hello My sisters, pastors, and friends!
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Thanks to those of you who are praying for my team and I and for writing so quickly in response to my last email. We came here to Loki (northern Kenya) for what was to be a short break of 3 or 4 days but turned out to be a temporary withdrawal from Sudan due to unaddressed crime in our village (against us). I want to re-emphasize that we are not in any more physical danger, just that the chief needs to step up and unite the community.
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For the last two years, the team leaders have communicated to the chief and village elders that our purpose in coming is to learn the language and culture before starting any community projects. It was clarified many times, but we have found out that the community leaders did not communicate this to the community at large, so the villagers expectations have been that we were there to build a school and a clinic as they did in nearby a village.
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We do expect to do these things as there is great need here, but everything about starting projects like this that are long lasting & self-sufficient point to the missionary team establishing relationships with the people and learning the language is key to this. Another very key point is that all of the suffering here is basically a result of sin and godlessness, and these people need, more than anything, the Living Water that is Jesus Christ.
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So the latest as of this afternoon is that the community we are attempting to work in, is having a meeting with the area commissioner, the chief and elders, etc. We just got a message from our team leader that the commissioner thinks he needs to arrest the chief!!! So our fate is still unknown to us, but we still all feel very strongly that we want to return to the area as soon as we can.
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However, we cannot go back if there aren’t any consequences given to the thieves who are known, and we want to hear from the people of the village as to how they feel about us being there as learners. So needless to say, pray that God’s will above all is done, that we will get clear direction and have wisdom in moving forward to our next step in all this.
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In the meantime, Loki, though very very very HOT, it is breezy (unusual) and we have an internet cafe (free wireless!) where we can get cheeseburgers, fries, and milkshakes as well as iced drinks! There is a resort down the street that you can go for swimming for about $7.00US and of course we have taken advantage of that every day. I hate to admit we are eating like pigs, but it is mostly because we really can’t get or keep meat up in the village, so we are eating beef, chicken, pork, and anything else with 4 legs we can get our hands on!!! Our spirits are up and we are very sure the Lord will work all things together for (us) who love Him.
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Those of you who can, please forward this to as many of our mutual friends, relatives, etc that you can, and sisters please make sure Mom is updated and praying with her little old ladies in the Valley. Amy, should I be saying “best wishes?” Any mail will be most welcome, and email in the next few days if we end up staying. My power cord just blew, so my computer use will be even more limited! I love you all and we all can feel your prayers and support and love way over here in Africa. I’ll be in touch!
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Every breath, every step, every move in Him,
Janette