Thursday

Leroy Stringfield wrote from Prattville, Alabama:

. . . . We’re okay. The tornado his our subdivision about a half mile behind our house. Much devastation! We had no telephone,computer or t.v. from Sunday until this morning. I found a brief message from Landrum on the phone messages. So I’ve already contacted him this morning. Sorry about your close tornado. I remember as a 5 year old child in Kentwood that a deadly tornado in Amite deposited a doctor’s body high into a tree–permanent impression! . . . –Leroy

Bro. Butch Reviere is now home and recovering from the infection. Pray for him. His appetite will be back soon. You can minister to him with cards, calls, and homecooked meals. Please continue to pray for him.

Pray for Mrs. Jeanette Rodus. She’s in North Oaks in Hammond still trying to recover from her recent fall. I know she would appreciate your prayers and other ministry actions.

Mr. Henry Harris is feeling better. He had a good visit with his doctor yesterday. Thank God for Christian friends who check on Mr. Henry and help get him to the doctor when he is unable to drive himself. Please continue to pray for Mr. Henry and “Miss” Emma.

Karen Miller’s brother, Aubrey Perry in Alabama, just received another report on is melanoma condition. It was not good. He will begin nine weeks of a new treatment. Please be in prayer for him and his family. Bro. Joey and Karen will be traveling today to visit with him. Pray for them as they travel.

Wednesday Baptist Press

IMB Worker Dies from Bus Mishap Injuries

Posted on Feb 20, 2008 | by Dea Davidson

BANGKOK, Thailand (BP)

Linda Lipscomb, an International Mission Board worker known for her ability to bridge cultural divides, died Feb. 14 in Bangkok, Thailand, from complications following a bus accident. She was 63.

The former nurse and her husband J.P. Lipscomb were spending their retirement years serving God overseas.

Four weeks before her death, in another part of Asia, Linda stood just inside the door of a bus, preparing to step off and walk to a coffee shop. Without warning, the brakes released and the bus rolled forward, throwing the 115-pound, 4-foot-11-inch woman to the ground. The fall broke her left femur and wrist.

Hours later in a clinic, the red-faced bus driver hunched over in his seat and squeezed his hands as he and a bus company representative waited to see her.

“He needs to lose his job,” the supervisor said to the Lipscombs. “How much money does he need to pay?”

“Nothing. We forgive you,” the Lipscombs said. “We forgive you because God forgave us. Please do not take his job away from him.”

In tears, the driver could not believe they did not want revenge. The police report noted: “Victim forgave bus driver.”

“You fall off a bus and witness to half the city,” J.P. teased his wife.

Linda was medically evacuated to Bangkok the day after the accident.

Her craving for coffee became a joke between her and her nurses. She would laughingly ask J.P. for his when he came into her room with a cup. As her condition worsened and she was placed on a ventilator to assist her breathing, she continued to request coffee. Dipping a finger into his cup, J.P. would place a drop in her mouth.

During the next four weeks complications set in and she took a turn for the worse.

“Linda knew she was dying,” J.P. said. “We never had any respect for death. Death is given too much respect. … The only way you can get to heaven is to die.”

Linda accepted Christ as her Savior at 13. Five years later, she met J.P. at a drive-in. Four weeks later, they were married.

God had called Linda to missions at 16, but she did not go overseas full time until decades later.

The Lipscombs were retirement age and members of James Memorial Baptist Church in Gadsden, Ala., when they responded to a call to serve overseas. They first did medical work in the Philippines, sharing food and water with people while telling them about Jesus.

Over four years, they saw more than 300 Filipinos accept Christ, 39 churches planted and more than 40 pastors trained. Yet that was not enough.

“Send us someplace nobody wants to go,” J.P. said.

A fellow overseas worker had been looking for a couple to take on the challenge of evangelizing an unreached city. The worker knew the search was over when he discovered the Lipscombs, with their straightforward evangelistic presentation and their gray hair — a symbol of age that commands respect in Asia.

“Guys, this is difficult,” the worker told them.

The Lipscombs responded enthusiastically over the prospect of being “in a hard place.”

Every weekday students poured into the Lipscomb home in their new city, crowding around their kitchen table as they studied English. J.P. always emphasized, “We teach from the Bible,” using it as a textbook to start discussions that often led to eternal decisions.

Friends remember Linda swinging her short legs over the back of a friend’s motorbike, heading down the road to eat at a street-side noodle shop or taking a trip to the countryside to visit a student’s family.

“We would get a text message from them: ‘Another member added to the family today,'” said Julie McClendon*, a friend in their area.

The fruit of Linda’s life backed up the advice she gave Julie to be unselfish, embrace every relationship and to keep telling “The Story.”

Being unable to speak the local language didn’t inhibit Linda or J.P. They frequented local markets, businesses and homes. In their southern drawl, they bridged the cultural divide through their dependence on God. Someone asked J.P. what language he and Linda spoke. His answer was “love.”

Friends said it was fitting that Linda died on Valentine’s Day. From her eyes that showed how much she cared to the effort she made to befriend local shopkeepers, she embodied love.

“Her idea was not to sit on the front porch,” McClendon said. “I think many in retirement think, ‘Now it’s my time.’ I don’t think it was about that for her. All of her time would be His, to give it to His service. That is how she lived.”

*Name changed for security reasons. Dea Davidson is a writer for the International Mission Board.

Wednesday – Baptist Press


2-19-08

 

I found these two articles very informative. They enlighten our hearts and minds concerning prayer needs for the Kenyans and the missionaries ministering to them.

 

KENYA–Displaced Kenyans wish for return to normal.

http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27448

 

KENYA–Missionaries open home to displaced Kenyans. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27449

Wednesday’s Devotional

“Decision” Magazine’s

Weekly E-mail Devotional

 

“But when you pray, go into your room,

close the door

and pray to your Father, who is unseen.

Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret,

will reward you.”

Matthew 6:6, NIV

 

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A Word From Billy Graham

 

“Our Lord frequently prayed alone, separating Himself from every earthly distraction. I would strongly urge you to select a room or corner in your home where you can regularly meet alone with God. That quiet, secluded, soul-to-God praying in which you come to the mercy-seat can be your greatest blessing. As we observe the prayer life of Jesus, we notice the earnestness with which He prayed. The New Testament records that in Gethsemane He cried out with a loud voice, that in the intensity of His supplication He fell headlong on the damp ground of the Garden, that He pleaded until His sweat became ‘as it were great drops of blood’ (Luke 22:44, KJV). The Scripture says, ‘Pray without ceasing’ (1 Thessalonians 5:17, KJV). This should be the motto of every follower of Jesus Christ. Never stop praying no matter how dark and hopeless your case may seem.”

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Does Prayer Really Make a Difference?

1. Read Genesis 18:20-32. How did Abraham’s entreaties influence God?
2. According to Matthew 7:7-11, what did Jesus say about our requesting things in prayer?
3. In Mark 11:20-25, Jesus used the fig tree as an illustration of answered prayer. What conditions did He place on our prayers being answered?
4. What does the parable of the widow and the judge in Luke 18:1-8 teach us about prayer?
5. Study James 5:13-18. According to the book of James, what characterizes the person whose prayers are effective? Observe your own life to see that prayer really does make a difference. Record your requests; throughout the days ahead, make note of how God answers your prayers.

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Prayer

Father, teach us to pray as Jesus prayed. Help us to come to You with all things and at all times. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

 

 

Do we really go to God with “all things” or sometimes with only the things we’re having trouble handling ourselves?

Anna Lee

Wednesday

 

“Blessed [be] God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

Who comforteth us in all our tribulation,

that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble,

by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

~2 Corinthians 1:3-4~

Powerful Magnitude 7.5 Earthquake Rocks Western Indonesia; Tsunami Warning Issued (Headline from Fox News this morning) Please pray for the people in this area who may have been affected by the earthquake or the tsunami.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday Evening

Peggy Alford said her brother, Leroy Stringfield, and other family members in Alabama are safe. The tornado hit about half mile from his home. They were inconvenienced with no electricity, phone, etc., but that was minor compared to what happened to many homes in Prattville, Alabama. Thank God for all the lives that were spared in that tornado.

A young man who lives in the East Fort area showed me pictures of damage in his neighborhood. I didn’t know about any damage in that area, just thought it was south of Greensburg and between Arcola and Fluker. Once again, people were very thankful to be spared.