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Christian Concourse
Newsletter of the Month

April 2015

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

 

We are delighted to say, "Hello!" again to each of you who read this letter monthly. Recently, we received a message from Canada that we want to pass on to you, our supporters:

 

"I am the Coordinator for Spiritual Care for three Residential Care Facilities in Canada. I found your website searching for information regarding the best care and practice in Resident Care from a Christian perspective. I came across your wonderful website and often visit to learn from your work. Thank you kindly for allowing me the privilege to learn! I am very interested in your free offer of Favorite Hymns of Grace and CD, it would be such a blessing to have these resources for my 398 Residents. I often struggle to find hymn books and music for my services. It would be such a blessing for me! Thank you kindly for your consideration, I look forward to hearing from you."

 

We have responded to this request with a mailing of hymn booklets and CDs. Over the years we have communicated with several hundred such staff and Christian ministers in long-term care settings. We can only imagine how many anonymous online researchers have benefited from our website. Additionally, we are honored and humbled to count many thousands of nursing home residents all over the world who have been blessed by our materials which are effective instruments for the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. By the kind generosity of our supporters, we are grateful to be able to say that all of our expenses for the development, production and distribution of our resources are covered. Thank you. Praise the Lord!

 

This brings to mind how often we overlook the blessing that many chaplains and activities staff of care facilities are to their residents. For years we have worked under the guidance of activity directors in numerous facilities in the Hampton Roads area. Often we have seen first-hand the sacrificial labor of love and the dedication to the needs of others that activity directors and activity assistants bring to work every day, year after year. In our 20+ years of participation with Hampton Roads Activity Professionals Association we have been given the privilege to get to know personally their vivacious, energetic enthusiasm for the job of helping the elderly and the infirm. If you volunteer in a nursing home, it would be great if sometime you might thank the staff members for choosing to give of themselves as professionals in a very trying field of employment.

 

Grateful for the opportunity, we continue to support the indigenous ministry of Peter Onyango in Kenya, Africa: he bears 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. Living so far away from their poverty it is easy for us in the United States 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! Current events involving murderous terrorism directed against Christians in Kenya underline how important our support is to believers in that part of the world. 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.

Onyango 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. They retain a reduced rate of only 4% of the donations for Peter to cover their expenses (a very reasonable amount in our opinion). For more info call us at (757)714-3133. On Peter's behalf we thank you for your consideration.

 

Thank each of you again for your friendship and your kind assistance and prayers – God answers prayer!

 

Love in Christ,

Jerry and Dar

Jerry and Dar Johnson

 

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