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Spiritual grieving
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Monday, August 26, 2019
Over the weekend, I have had this sense of deep grieving in my spirit. This is something that I am not sure I should even write about because you may take it the wrong way. It is not the type of grieving over a loss of a friend. It is much deeper than that. It's grieving over the loss of a culture, a way of life. It is a deep spiritual grieving. Little things trigger it because they are signs of bigger things. For example, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was booed Saturday as he left the field after news circulated that Luck planned to retire from football. It's not because I know Luck is a great guy, or because I'm a football fan, it's because of the way society has become-thinking that it's OK to boo a guy for retiring.
 
But that's, as I wrote, only a symptom of a greater disease. People in this country appear to have lost any form of manners or courtesy for others. The political landscape is a glaring example of this each day. The more outrageous the statement or insult against someone, the more it gets covered by a news media that is just as eager to hurl a negative sentiment at those who disagree with them. Look at the president, the congressional leadership, and the presidential candidates. They behave like school yard bullies, insulting and being insulted. There is no end to it. All the while, the problems and challenges that we face as a nation are left unattended and obstructed. What have we become?
 
Everybody just gets mad. As Christ prophesied in Matthew 24:12, "And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold." What bonds us together as Americans, that ideal of individual freedom, the work ethic, doing on to others as we would want done to us seems to have slipped through the airwaves and the data bytes on the internet. Everybody is just getting caught up in the fight, and the anger, and the finger pointing rather than finding ways to communicate and solve problems-or even just celebrate life. If we allow ourselves, we can get so wrapped around the axel of the issues that we cannot untangle ourselves. 
 
Part of my grieving over the weekend was the realization that this nation, once boasting that 90%-plus were Christians, is now a nation where less than 52% will even claim they are members of a church. This is a huge indicator in the direction of society. The four walls of the church are becoming more and more irrelevant. Many are clubs. Many are servicing the self-indulgent, the emotional, and the extrabiblical while the world outside is dying a slow death. There are some who will say, "Well, this is the way it's supposed to be." Others will say, "God is in charge." Still others will say, "You need a break." Here's the thing: Christ challenged us to make disciples. It seems we are losing that challenge in our own freedom. In my grieving, there is prayer. The answer is that we need to change things up. And, I for one, will do that. Stay tuned.
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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