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Christian Concourse
Newsletter of the Month

January 2018

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters In Christ,

Greetings! Let us say right off, thank you for your support in prayer and finances this past year. As we tally the figures for 2017 we marvel at what the Lord has done! Again, we are grateful to each of your for your part in this work. We trust your first steps into this new year are on the solid ground of Christ’s peace and joy. The testimony of Edward Mote over 150 years ago echos in our hearts today: "On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand."

Can you think of times you put your trust for peace and joy in things and people other than Jesus Christ! It is possible that the world would not hold all the books we could write on the regrettable subject of mankind’s misplaced faith. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute the nations of the world spent 1.686 trillion dollars on military defense in 2016. That’s $1,686,000,000,000.00! The peace the world buys with such a pricetag certainly has some holes in it! War! Terrorism! Cyber attacks! Weapons of mass destruction! Nuclear bombs! Someone may say, just think how bad it would be if we did not spend all that money on defense. Well, I get the point, but the truth is, murder and greed and covetousness and jealousy abounds in the heart of man no matter how much governments pay for military might.

There is another kingdom. There is another realm: one of righteousness and peace and joy. There is another government with another King, a true super-hero: Jesus Christ, our Lord and our Savior! And our Savior said, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27 "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." John 16:33

As we face the trials and the opportunities of the coming year may God give us the faith to say through it all, "The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." Psalm 18:2

 

 

Thanking God for the opportunity, we continue to support the indigenous ministry of Peter Onyango in Kenya: he carries a heavy burden in caring for elderly widows in his village. We can help Peter minister to them. In many cases, they have no means of support except what Brother Onyango is able to provide. We are a continent and an ocean away from their poverty and it is easy to forget how poor they really are. Simple necessities like mosquito netting, fire wood, food and medicine are in great need year round. Please prayerfully consider what the Lord would want you to do toward helping us help Peter! See our website for pictures and more info. Make your check out to "Worldwide Discipleship Association" and note the designation, "Peter Onyango – elderly." Send your donations to:

Worldwide Discipleship Association
Peter Onyango's Account - “elderly”
P. O. Box 142437
Fayetteville, GA 30214

WDA will handle the transfer of funds to Africa and mail you a receipt for your contribution if you send it directly to them. They retain a reduced rate of only 4% of the donations for Peter to cover their expenses. We consider this a very reasonable amount, especially in light of how difficult it is to find legitimate needs overseas and to transfer financial help to them. If you have questions, you are welcome to contact us. On Peter's behalf we thank you for your consideration.

 


Love in Christ,

Jerry and Dar

Jerry and Dar Johnson

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