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Christian Concourse
Newsletter of the Month

February 2019

 

Dear Fellow Saints:

Hello to all our dear friends! How can we say thanks in such a way as to accurately communicate the depth of the gratefulness we hold in our hearts for all of you who encourage us and support us with your prayers and your finances. Each one of you are special to us and we pray that our Heavenly Father will bless you richly for your sacrifice. We realize that the value of your assistance does not rest on Jerry's and Dar's personal merit. The magnitude of your gift is measured by your love that motivates you to help us. Please know that your love is ministering to many, many elderly and infirm souls all over the country every day!

 

With your help, we are able to buy the printing equipment and supplies, the paper cutters, the custom folding jigs for the booklets, the long-neck staplers, the 24 lb. 8 ½ X 11 paper, the 8 ½ X 11 card stock paper, the 60 lb 11 X 17 paper, the ink, the 11 X 17 masters, and the 8 ½ X 11 masters, the bubble wrap, the special staples, the shipping boxes, the blank DVDs and CDs, the camera equipment, the memory cards for the raw video clips, the computers, the external hard drives, the amplifier and mics for services in care facilities, the voice recording equipment, the music production software with the annual updates, the video editing software with the annual updates, the packing tape, the paper clips (have you priced them lately?!), the address labels, the CD and DVD labels, computer printers, the toner and ink cartridges for three printers, the print drums for two printers, the mileage on our vehicles, the rent on our storage space, the maintenance contract on our newer printing machine, the parts for our older printing machine when it breaks down, the annual fees for hosting our website, the annual fees for hosting our videos online, and on and on.

 

People ask us from time to time how we pay for the nursing home ministry materials we provide without charging for them. Well, our answer boils down to this: God provides, especially through the generosity of those who see what we do and want to help us. We are not fund-raisers. The Lord calls us to trust Him as we humbly walk in the path He lays out for us...just like all of us do in our daily lives.

 

"Trust and obey, for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus!" Do we set the world on fire with our trusting and obeying? No. We struggle sometimes but we AIM to trust and obey. Circumstances elbow their way into our faith. Fear tries to intimidate us. Worry nibbles around the edges of our rest. But through it all we find the Holy Spirit a wise Teacher, a merciful Comforter and an ever-present Strength.

 

Think of the overwhelming numbers of care facility residents who populate the field the Lord has sent us to! The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services reports on their website: "In the year 2000, almost 10 million people needed some form of long-term care in the United States." Is it time to panic???

 

You may remember the story in the sixth chapter of the Gospel according to John about Jesus feeding the five thousand men plus women and children. When the Lord asked His twelve disciples about providing for the multitude, Andrew told Him: "There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?"

 

Here is the grace of God: the door is wide open in nursing home ministry. There is an army of faithful, humble servants of Christ whom He has called and inspired to brighten the facility near them. They contact us from all over the country. Often we feel like the disciple Andrew, and quake at the overwhelming needs. But we can be encouraged. For the past twenty years, by His grace, we have been able to fill every request for care center ministry materials that He has sent us. Let each of us just bring our small talent and limited resources to God and give them to Him to multiply supernaturally for the sake of His Kingdom! When we are weak, He proves Himself strong. All Glory to God!!! And thanks again for being willing to help.

 

In the Love of Christ,

 

Jerry and Dar

Jerry and Dar Johnson

 

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