September 2014 In our current day and age, where we are so focused on money, power and success even within the traditional church as we know it, asking for money has been very hurtful and harmful to the real Church, and that Church is the Church of Jesus that “the gates of hell will not prevail against”. That being said, our desire is that of 1 Corinthians 9:7, “Each one must give as he decided in his heart voluntarily, not reluctantly or under compulsion, but cheerfully.” The New Testament Church gave both spontaneously and consistently according to each as they had opportunity. We don’t want your gifts to come from guilt, condemnation, offense or beyond what anyone is capable of committing to. We don’t enjoy fundraising at all and prefer to stay focused on the real mission of spreading the good news to a lost and dying world. However, we also know a great truth, and that is that some like us have an honest desire to help this lost and dying world, especially in the places of greatest desperation in the world and to know that somehow the little bit we have to contribute can actually make a difference in changing the world. We came here as sojourners, wandering around in an attempt to unite the body of Christ to help it succeed in fulfilling the Great Commission. The truth is we are forcing our feet in the door because we need help and we are excited about the idea of pumping people up to get involved with missions. Yes, for some people their only involvement may be prayer and others may include a financial commitment but we don’t dare desire to limit how God uses each one of us in the harvest. We hope that as we risk making ourselves appear as beggars that somehow we can succeed in fulfilling our true desire, which is spreading the gospel of Jesus to the lost. This is where we need your help if you are not already giving monthly. Right now not only is our month to month ministry needs above our current month to month partnership but we also have a vision for expanding to win more souls and make them disciples for Jesus. This won’t be possible without your prayer and support. What we are asking for is a commitment to monthly support to keep us going without risking not having enough to keep our monthly commitments and where possible and about these regular contributions, help with the expansion of the existing ministry. So, the question is: “Do you have time or interest in setting up a meeting where we can chat and share our hearts with yours and see if we are actually working towards a common goal and how we can support and encourage one another?” We believe that we can be a great resource in getting local church bodies involved with missions and we have been blessed with many opportunities for Christians to get involved and work the harvest fields. We are comfortable to use any venue like: special meetings, conferences, regular services, youth groups or cell groups. That being said, we believe relationship is the key to any real fruit-bearing ministry so we humbly make ourselves available to any suggestions you may have as to how we can get to know each other closer. We love Jesus, and love people and live our lives to serve others and not ourselves. So, how can we serve you?
August 2014 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?” Matthew 18:12 “The shepherd felt at home with his faithful flock; they had not gone astray, and they gathered about him, and he fed them and took pleasure in them. There is always a great deal to do with sheep: They have diseases, many weaknesses, many needs. But when you have an attached, affectionate flock about you, you feel at home with them. So the great Shepherd describes Himself as leaving the ninety-nine, His choice flock, the sheep that had fellowship with Him, and He with them. Yes, He leaves those in whom He could take pleasure to seek one that gave Him pain. I will not dwell upon how He left the paradise above and all the joy of His Father’s house and came to this bleak world, but I pray you remember that He did so. It was a wonderful descent when He came from beyond the stars to dwell on this obscure globe to redeem the sons of men. But, remember, He still continually comes by His Spirit. His errands of mercy are perpetual. The Spirit of God moves His ministers, who are Christ’s representatives, to forego the feeding of the gathered flock to seek, in their discourses, the salvation of the wandering ones, in whose character and behavior there is nothing to cheer us. My Master’s heart is full of care for all who love Him. He wears their names engraved on the jewels of His breastplate, but yet His heart is always going forth afar after those who have not been brought to Him and after those who once were in His fold but have gone aside and left the flock. Our Lord leaves the happy and the holy and gives His best thoughts to the lost. He goes out to seek them in a marching forth of power. His divine grace is going forth into the mountains among difficulties and dangers. No dark ravine or high place can daunt His mighty love. What difficulties He conquered, what suffering He endured, what mountains He climbed, that He might seek and save us! Oh, that the Holy Spirit may put such a spirit in us!” Charles Spurgeon “There is a direct correlation between the accuracy of our memory and the effectiveness of our mission. If we are not teaching people how to be saved, it is perhaps because we have forgotten the tragedy of being lost. If we’re not teaching the message of forgiveness, it may be because we don’t remember what it was like to be guilty. And if we’re not preaching the cross, it could be that we’ve subconsciously decided that somehow we don’t need it.” Max Lucado In Love and Service to our Savior, Lord and King, Jesus Christ Your servants and His friends, George & Linda Henson
July 2014 This is the year of release for those that are serving the Lord in the Body of Christ and we are blessed to be a witness to this great work. If you exhaust yourselves outside the will of God, you will be doing so on your own strength. God promises that “those that hope in the Lord will renew their strength.” Jesus said, “ the kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come. But they paid no attention and went off – one to his field, another to his business. Then he said to the servants, ‘Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find’. So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.” (Mt 22: 1,5, 9-10) Jesus also said, “Come for everything is ready’. But they all alike began to make excuses. The first, ‘I have just bought a field and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’ Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come’. Then the master told his servants, ‘I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will get a taste on my banquet.” (Lk 14: 17-20, 24) Jesus said, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” (Mt 24:36-39) “Dear children, you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.” (1 Jn 2:18-19) Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.” (Mt 28:18-20) We all have the invitation and the authority to fulfill the command, but the choice is ours. If you are trying to convince others that have already made their choice…Let them go. If anyone knows the truth and chooses to use their time, gifts and resources for themselves…Let them go. Jesus said, “If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?” (Mt 5:46-47) Love them and pray for them, but don’t abandon the mission to seek and save the lost. Our willingness to sacrifice and deny ourselves for the lost is the only thing that God can use to convince them that He is the true and living God and He is the only one that can give them the true peace that they really need.
June 2014 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, no one can seethe kingdom of God unless he is born again.” (John 3:3) Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35) Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd; I know My sheep and My sheep know Me - just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father - and I lay down My life for the sheep.” (John 10:14-15) Jesus said, “My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27) Jesus said, “The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” (John 12:25) Jesus said, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with Me.” (John 13:8) Have you been born again? Never hungry or thirsty? Always having the light of life? Do you know Him? Do you “hear” His voice? Do you hate your life in this world? Have you submitted to His purging and cleansing? Jesus said, “Don’t you know Me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father.” Have you “seen” Him or do you simply know “about” Him. Do you work “for” Him or “with” Him?
May 2014 We are so encouraged by the faith and courage of our co-laborers in Mexico and Africa that have the grace to suffer for the gospel in light of the their difficulties and challenges. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son.” Roman 8:28-29. Jesus stated His purpose in Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man came to seek and save what was lost.” In a nation that has been showered with blessings in comparison to any other nation in the world, many Christians have now had their eyes opened to the real treasure ’ “the fruit that last” and are ready to sell everything and follow Him. The one characteristic of true born-again Christians that we witness in Africa, is that regardless of their sufferings, they are fascinated and in awe of the possibility of someone coming to the saving knowledge of Christ Jesus and being born again into their rightful inheritance. That is their “drink of choice’ to have that joy. April 2014 A simpler Christianity. After 3 ½ years with Jesus and witnessing miracles, signs and wonders done by Jesus and even by themselves in His Name, they forsook Him in His time of need, except for John, because they were afraid. Even after He came to them after His resurrection, they were still not prepared to go out and preach and teach. So they waited for His provision: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.” Immediately after receiving the Holy Spirit, Peter “stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd. At the end of His preaching, he summed it up by saying, “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ. Repent and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and all who are far off – for all whom the Lord our God will call.” Afterwards, Peter and John met a cripple at the temple gate begging for money and Peter said to him, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk. Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped up, began to walk and went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping and praising God”, (not Peter).” After being arrested for healing the man, they were brought to the same people that condemned Jesus. “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit”, spoke to them. “It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands healed. Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” Their conclusion: “To stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn these men to speak no longer to anyone in this name.” (Acts 1- 4). Simple - spend time with Him (in the Word and in fellowship with other believers) and allow the Holy Spirit to work through you in the name of Jesus to reach those that are lost. “Jesus went up on a mountainside (the cross) and called to Him those that He wanted. And He appointed them that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach and to have authority over demons.” Mk 3:13-14. He wanted them so they might be with Him. Preaching & deliverance are His work through us.
March 2014 Jesus got into the boat and the disciples followed Him and He told them, “Let us go over to the other side.” While Jesus slept, a great storm came and the disciples were afraid so they woke Jesus up. He got up and rebuked the wind and the waves with these words, ‘Quiet! Be still!” They forgot who it was that had told them, ‘Let us go to the other side!’ Jesus will always get us through if we follow Him. We all will have storms in our lives. If you haven’t or aren’t going through one now, just remember Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (Jn 16:33)Jesus also said, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose and the winds blew and beat against the house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” (Mt 7:24-25). He did not say “if” it rains, He said “when” it rains. But Jesus has made this promise, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (Jn 14:27) Please consider this if “fear” is robbing you of that peace. “Wisdom calls aloud in the streets, ‘Whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease without fear of harm.” (Pro 1:20,33) “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: ‘He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” (2 Cor 9:6-9) “Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in His commands. God will come to him who is generous and gives freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. He will never be shaken, a righteous man will be remembered forever. He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes. He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor, his righteousness endures forever, his horn will be lifted high in honor.” (Ps 112:1,5-9) We are born “takers” and born-again “givers”. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth – but instead in heaven. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Mt 6:19-21)
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” Heb 11:1, 3, 6. It was by faith that Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance obeyed and went even though he did not know where he was going. By faith, even though he was past age and Sarah was barren, was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise. By faith, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. God revealed Himself to Abraham and Abraham had to choose. Moses had to choose to believe that the Israelites would be set free, Noah had to choose to believe the need for a huge ship even though there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and David had to believe that Goliath would be defeated.
God spoke to my wife, Linda, when she was 10 years old that she was to go to Africa. The Lord spoke to me when I was 48 years old to “get out of the truck” and forced me to face my fear. Most importantly, through those moments, He revealed Himself to us and added to our life, “faith”. Not faith in ourselves. We knew our own voices and the voices of others and now we had heard a new voice that over tested time is now more clear and distinct than at the beginning. God has expanded the vision to prepare and equip the saints in six nations in Central Africa through our relationship with Pastor Martin in Kampala, Uganda. The Lord directed us to purchase sound and video equipment and our Africa co-laborers have coordinated over 1,300 outreaches where we have witnessed over 136,000 people come to Christ. The Lord directed us to pray and seek His direction on training pastor’s in the outlying areas that couldn’t afford to leave their families and other ministry responsibilities to attend a traditional Bible college and over 160 pastors received their certificates from the training they received last year. Pr. Jonathan in Mukono began taking in orphans and abandoned children in Mukono, Uganda and the Lord directed him to start a school where over 280 children attend and almost 100 of them are without families. He had a promise that God would take care of the children, and the Lord revealed that promise to a 4-year old girl named Madilyn in Washington and now the 25 girls that had love but no home of their own are now living in the Madilyn’s House in Mukono, Uganda. “Against all hope, Abraham, in hope believed. He did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised.” Ro 4:18a, 20-21
January 2014 What does it mean to belong to the Body of Christ, the Church, of which Jesus Christ is the Head and the Holy Spirit the true worship leader? The Lord has been impressing on us a deeper sense of gratitude and understanding of the gift that has been given to us as believers when we find ourselves in true Fellowship with believers that are willing to deny themselves and pick up their Cross daily to follow Jesus. This goes way beyond attending a service together on a Sunday morning, even though we might do that faithfully. David wrote: “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity.” Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:25-27: “…just as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her to make her Holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the Word, and to present her to Himself as a radiant Church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.” We have been blessed to find ourselves with believers that aren’t just interested in hearing the Word but they want to capture every thought and bring it into obedience to Christ Jesus. Being with others of that same heart and mindset have enabled us to desire even more the deepest level of intimacy that we can have with our Father through Christ Jesus. We realize that there are some who have never really experienced that kind of Fellowship and our heart is to not take for granted the gift that He has bestowed upon us. Solomon, who was the wisest of men, wrote: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Jesus said, “For where two or three come together in My name, there am I with them.” Mt 18:20
For those of us that have been provided that fellowship: “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” 1 Cor 4:2. It was difficult for me as a new believer to really see my life in the full light of the Word of God but God began to put believers in my life that were desperately seeking to know the will of God in every area of their life on a continual basis. “Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” Heb 5:13-14. It would be dishonest to say that I believe without the Fellowship of like-minded believers to live along-side on a daily basis as the Body of Christ, that I could have had my eyes opened as quickly to the weakness of my own flesh so that I could “distinguish good from evil”. Our hearts should be seeking the Fellowship of other believers that have offered themselves as living sacrifices to bring glory to God. For those of us that have that Fellowship, let us make every effort to invite others. If someone is invited to join true Fellowship and rejects it, we honor their choice; but let us never use this Fellowship (the Church) as a platform to judge others who have never had the opportunity before.