Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Alliance World Week of Prayer

Alliance Churches are joining together for prayer April 27-May 4, 2008. The USA National Day of Prayer is May 1, 2008. Your prayer support is vital to our ministries in Abidjan and around the world. Without your prayers, the struggles of life in Africa would destroy us. God is using your prayers to keep us here on the front line in Cote d'Ivoire.

Heavenly Father, give us Your heart for prayer and the needs of the lost. Encourage us to pray often for Mike and Sue and others serving You around the world.

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Friday, April 25, 2008

Ramadan 2008 September 1 -30

30-Days of Prayer for the Muslim World
Ramadan 2008 / 1429: September 01 - September 30

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Secret of God's blessing

Charles Spurgeon, whose ministry in 19th-century London led thousands into the Kingdom of God, is considered by many to be the greatest preacher in modern history.
A group of American pastors once approached him at his church.

"What is the key to your ministry?" they asked.

"Come with me and I will show you," he responded...

As he led them through a large building, some of the pastors may have expected him to show them the church's beautiful sanctuary, but he walked right past it. Would he show them the treasurer's books or his extensive library? No... he ignored all these.

With the curious pastors in tow, Spurgeon arrived at a room in the lower level of his meeting house.

Throwing open the door, he revealed over 400 believers gathered on "THEIR" knees in prayer for the evening service.

"There," he said humbly, "is the secret of God's blessing His work here."

Taken from Seven Ways to Pray for Spiritual Leaders by Linda Corbin

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Fauzi has a twisted colon

We weren't able to have church at Fauzi's Sunday. He's very sick with what seems to be a twisted colon, that happened with the passing of kidney stones. He won't go to the hospital, so he is getting by with IVs at home. It has been complicated with a case of Malaria. We've been able to visit him for prayer daily. It really hurts us to see a dear friend suffering like this.

Heavenly Father, heal Fauzi and take away the pain and fatigue he is suffering. Use these days to draw him closer to You.

Our son John is leading a team of college students to Cote d'Ivoire next month. We're busy preparing for their housing and ministries in our seminary, a village church and and an orphanage. Tomorrow, I'll be visiting the orphanage and church with one of our pastors. If you want to support John financially, ask us how. He is raising $3,000.

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Friday, April 18, 2008

Policeman needed $12

I was witnessing to two policemen who stopped me Yesterday. One said it was his birthday and he needed $12 to buy some "sodas" to celebrate. We talked for a long time. He turned 32 years old. I told him I don't give New Testaments to everyone, but since it was his birthday, I gave him one. His buddy had to have one too. They both kissed their new New Testaments and thanked me profusely. I told them they were for reading, not storing on a shelf. They promised they would read them daily.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

He's Lebanese, American and a Pastor!

A Tunisian friend was introducing me to his wife. There are over 100,000 Lebanese in Abidjan. So that isn't so special. Yes, there are many Lebanese in Abidjan with American nationality. Most of them don't speak any English. Their moms were flown to USA on tourist visas shortly ahead of their birth in America. It's very rare to meet a Lebanese-American Pastor. I'm still the only one in Abidjan.

Heavenly Father, use these divine opportunities for Mike and Sue to share Your love in Abidjan. Thank You for opening hearts to the good news through the Farho family.


Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Tax time already?

Are your taxes filed? We're still working on ours. Aren't you glad we don't have tax forms for the Kingdom of God!? Many people in the the world believe they must pay taxes for God's kingdom. They believe that their good deeds must out-weigh their evil deeds. Unfortunately, that is a bookkeeping disaster. To make our good deeds greater than our evil deeds requires a lot of funny business in the books.

Heavenly Father, thank You for sending your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to pay our eternal taxes for us. Thank You that our spiritual taxes are paid in full, through the work Jesus did on the cross for us. Bless Mike and Sue as they expand Your Kingdom.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Home to Abidjan Friday

It was a great time of encouragement to be here with our friends in Senegal. Joshua had non-stop fun with his friends. We enjoyed worship led by Evan Evans. We were encouraged by the messages preached by Pastor Tim Foldy from Edgewater Alliance Church. Sue even went on a horseback ride along the beach with Karen Foldy.

This week, we're visiting our Senegalese and Lebanese friends in Dakar. As we returned to Dakar Monday, our friends Walid and Lina's grocery store was closed. Lina's father died at 11 am. He caught a staph infection last month in the hospital.

Heavenly Father, comfort Lina, her mother and her sisters as they grieve the loss of their 70 year old father.

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