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What's behind this grieving in the spirit
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Wednesday, August 28, 2019
The email response to our discussion about grieving in the spirit has been tremendous. So many fellow brothers and sisters are feeling this sense of foreboding. These are not isolated cases, people across the country are experiencing the same thing. If you are feeling this way, know that you are not alone, that there are many others connected together by this spiritual heaviness. In order to address it, let's try to put our finger on the pulse of it. For me, it is a heaviness of the condition of people's hearts-Matthew 24:12's, "because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold"--and that treating others the way you would want to be treated is an afterthought within this post-modern world.
Here is how all this is affecting EC: "Since the election of President Trump, however, I've been grieving other things.I've been grieving the cloddy, thoughtless, insecure and juvenile image he conveys seemingly every time he opens his mouth. I've been grieving the fact that he makes those who support him--despite his disgraceful and unstatesmanlike behavior, but rather because of his good accomplishments--look like mindless fools.  And while on some level decent people shouldn't care what evil men and women think, things don't have to be as difficult as they are, and America doesn't have to be as divided as we are now.  
"But it seems our president's thoughtless conduct contributes so much to making it so. I grieve that. And worst of all, I grieve the obvious fact that the left hasn't relaxed their efforts to promote their treachery one bit it for moment since Trump's election. Usually in days and months following any election, parties of a defeated candidate will stand down and just allow history to unfold a while - see how things go and then begin considering plans for the future of their party and their shared ideals.  But that didn't happen this time...I'm 66 now. I've never seen that before. Instead, evil men and women on the left are just waxing worse and worse by the day. I grieve all that...  
"...the next time they come into power, they will continue to press into their mission to destroy everything decent and wholesome and redeeming that there is in and about America...and it's all owing to believers refusing to speak plain truth as Jesus would have, and that in the name of some phony brand of love, the claim of which I suspect is really just a vail for their cowardice. I grieve all that the most." EC may have hit the nail on the head. In our spirit, we know that much of what is being said and done by many of those we support is not remotely Godly. We support it because the alternative is so dark. And we are responsible because as followers of Christ we are losing the cultural war to the dark side. This is creating a conflict within. Let's put pride, people and events aside for a bit, and reason together to reconcile this conflict.
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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