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Grieving in the Spirit
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Tuesday, August 27, 2019
There was a huge response to yesterday's Daily Jot on Spiritual grieving. Every one identified with, as KJ put it, "a tsunami of grief and powerlessness as these things sweep society." Those who are spiritually in tune are experiencing this, but I dare say we are not powerless to overcome it. But I'll address that later. I want to share what others like ourselves are feeling about this grieving to demonstrate that this is not isolated, but that many are experiencing the same spiritual feeling-as if there is something very big and very dark about to happen. This is not a time to shrink back, but to step in as we are not given a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind-all are needed in these days.
AB wrote: "I, too, have the sinking feeling of living in a different country. I am 85+ and a WWII child. We were so united as a nation in those childhood years, with dads, uncles, brothers gone off to one part of the world or the other to fight enemies of our nation. Now, it seems the enemies we fight are OF this nation, coming at us from our neighborhoods, our newspapers, the TV, the movies, and editorials and op-ed pieces in the paper which all sound mean, angry and ill-informed. The thing I cling to is that I have read the Book and I know this, along with the involvement of the nation of Israel, are there and it all seems to be in accordance to what has been written of the future we will have...Faith increases as sadness over this precious nation loses Him along the way."
JN wrote: "You have identified the burdens my Jesus Friends and I carry in our hearts... there are those across the globe who find there is no way to have a conversation with those who represent the Church in organized congregations or in Seminaries which are supposed to be training and equipping Christian workers!" KW wrote: "I, too, carry such a heaviness in my heart regularly for the soul of our nation, for the whole world. I pray regularly for God to bring us back to Him!, but I don't sense He will before the rapture." I believe God alone likely will not bring us or this nation back before the rapture-it is a partnership between God and you, or God and me, AND God and us! We have to take action. He chooses to act through his people.  We have to step up and change things and God will bless it, honor it, and open doors for it. 
A revolution is needed in the church before we can revive the nation. Because there was a revolution in the church in the 1960s, the nation has evolved to its current condition. We have a personal responsibility in this. We need to question everything in our churches. Weigh it against the scriptures. What is being taught; what is being done; are these doctrines and actions scriptural? No longer should a pastor be able to get away with teaching bad doctrine or using money for pet projects or doing whatever he/she wants just because you are not to question their actions. This has gone on far too long. As is written in Acts 17:11 of the Bereans, "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so." More to come.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson

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For the children in rural Ghana, the need is great

By Pastor William Agbeti

"Father, we have a huge challenge!" That was the alarming prayer that sprung up in my heart when we registered the 181st child that showed up for our feeding program this month, against an invited number of 150! The makeshift auditorium of the local rural church, Bread of Life Sanctuary, that we are supporting and where we fed the children, was packed to full capacity by both invited and uninvited rural children. These started showing up in their numbers, with great excitement, hours before the announced time of 1:00 pm! They came from poor rural communities spread miles apart. 

As a result, we were compelled to set up an overflow area outside the auditorium to contain the extra numbers that kept pouring in! Many were reported to have come very early in the morning to survey the area to assure themselves that the feeding program was for real! We ran out of rented chairs and could not get any to rent in the whole of the Kojonya community where the program was held, forcing us to go for benches and other types of chairs for the children.  An hour before the official start of the program, which was held under the theme, JESUS - OUR BREAD OF LIFE!, we had 200 rural children on our hands to feed with both spiritual and physical food! 

Naturally, I started panicking! How could we possibly feed all these needy children? And we were still counting! Just then, definitely by divine intervention, a volunteer stepped up unto the platform where the musical instruments were and started singing: "We serve a Miracle working God who never fails!" 

Immediately, the spirit of panic left me and I dashed down to where the cooks were. I asked the chief volunteer cook if we have enough to feed all the children. She reported they had noticed the situation and had reduced the size of the fried chicken by half, thereby creating 300 pieces! Thankfully she confirmed also there was going to be enough rice for all, if the intended por tions were also reduced by half! Thank you Father, I exclaimed silently! Half a portion is better than no portion a t all! I tried to convince myse lf!

It turned out to be a
The Daily Jot supported ministry in Ghana feeds, clothes and provides clean water for hundreds of children
first-tim e experience for the 200 children.  Many of these had never eaten fried rice! They were treated to a popular nutritious local drink called SOBOLO, made out of the hibiscus flower. They also had popcorn and a received donations of clothing. Our regular musical chairs and dancing competitions were held and the winners were presented with Bibles. At the tail end of the program, majority of the children took decisions to accept Christ and were invited to attend church. These were given summarized lessons about the Old and New Testaments. They learned there are 66 books in the Bible, with 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New. 

The need for them to have their own Bibles and carry them at all times was emphasized. We had a head count of the children who had Bibles and it turned out only a handful of them had bibles. Well over 150 had no Bibles. We promised to organize Bibles for distribution to them. 

As usual, I observed four developments that greatly humbled me and brought tears to my eyes! First, the portions of meals were obviously not enough for some of the children!  Secondly, many did not have popcorn to eat and were openly disappointed! Thirdly, when we assembled to have a group photograph, scores of children came over to cling to me, and will not let go; making me almost fall down! I had to control the tears welling up in my eyes! Lastly, after it all, a small boy aged about four walked to me and pointed out to something on a table somewhere. 

It was another child's pair of shoes! I checked his name on the register of names, asked a volunteer to find out where he came from, and promised to bring him a pair of shoes! How can I ever fail to deliver on this promise?  Meanwhile, I am still thinking about how to address the overwhelming food needs of the children, with a regular monthly, if not weekly, feeding program for at least a year! This is my newest burden I have chosen to carry, so help me God!

Against above backdrop, we have purposed to have follow up activities to help establish the children in local churches, give them Bibles, supply some of their personal needs and win them and many more away from the reach or influence of Islam, traditionalist and other pagan and oppressive religions!

Hopefully, with a rippling effect and impact on our target children and rural communities, we would make a profound mark on rural Ghana with the feeding program! On the whole we had two local rural churches and two local NGOs supporting the program with children they bused to the venue, biblical literature and volunteers! To God be the Glory for a power-filled program like this!

William D. Agbeti

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Have a Blessed and Powerful Day,

Bill Wilson
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