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Where are the statesmen?
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Friday, August 23, 2019
Everywhere you look on the TV screen or in the news, there is this sarcastic, in-your-face, highly opinionated discourse on almost every issue. There is no agreement. The first action is to push back-usually very hard. It's like the school yard bullies yelling and shouting at one another, and they have been doing it so long that they can't even remember why they are angry. And that, in of itself, makes them even more angry. Never before in America's history have we had a President that is so shockingly frank and undiplomatic. And never before in America's recent history have we had opposition that is so violent, visceral, and hate-filled. We need someone to rise up and make some sense. Where are the statesmen?
All the rhetoric stirs the political bases of the extremes. It gets everybody all fired up and ready to fight. The recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton are proof positive. Drug laced, mentally ill people listening to the rhetoric on both the right and the left finally had more than their little characters could handle and they just took it upon themselves to relieve their angst-by killing innocent people. Doesn't this have any impact on anyone? No. The left keeps calling for disarming the public. And the right keeps digging in that any attempt to fix the situation is an afront to the Constitution. What about common sense? Can't we find ways to discuss issues with an eye toward problem solving? Where are the statesmen?
There is no one stepping up as a statesman. The President and his fierce opposition are engaged in a social media, 24-7 news cycle competition to see who can out-wit the other in 200 characters, or who can shout the loudest. The American people, for the most part, are lining up behind the ones who they believe most represent their own sentiments, irrespective of their motives and character, and the fight in the school yard is on. We have left in the classroom, or maybe in a messy closet at home, any thought of working out the problem and finding a solution. But, hey, we are lined up against one another, pointing fingers, shouting, shoving and throwing stones. Yes, one side is more right than the other. But reasoning together might bring some resolution. Where are the statesmen?
Proverbs 17:9 says, "He that covers a transgression seeks love; but he that repeats a matter separates friends." Proverbs 10:12 says, "Hatred stirs up strife; but love covers all sins." 1 Peter 4:8 says, " And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins."Christ said in John 13:34, "A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another." I've heard Christians say that those verses are just for those who are believers in Christ. Shame on them. We cannot live in a civil society without civility. Problems can't be solved without a starting point. Speaking the truth in love, treating others justly and with honor. Where are the statesmen? 
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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