But to Minister

My approach was to start and run a cell phone business first, and then use the proceeds to fund the ministry which I had just launched in 2003. Not bad thinking. But this approach was wrong. I got trapped in a cycle of borrowing time and treasure to scale the business, in order to stay solvent (a business is either growing or dying). The business became my obsession and there was no time left for the ministry. I had put the cart before the horse. The ministry began to thrive when I realized that I had to minister (serve) first, locally, no matter how small, and then from this place of ministry, contentedly, seek the Lord on how I can minister to more people. Adopting this approach, God revealed the [...]

Stand

It was heart lifting reading your beautiful emails again. I was encouraged by your testimonies of how good God has been to you. Someone got a writing contract, another had a baby, a broken marriage was restored and there were lots of scholarships and jobs. Yet I also got prayer requests that highlighted the year has not been all that great for everyone. If you are still praying for the Lord to touch you this year, then this piece is for you. Stand.   What Have I Done Wrong? David's crime was that he brought deliverance to Israel. Where the mighty army of Israel had failed to fight and win, a Shepherd boy dared to take God at His word and do exploits. David defeated the Philistines. For this, he [...]

Punjab India 2017 Crusade – Happy Thanksgiving

It's been a few weeks now since I returned from the gospel crusade in India, and I’ve had some time to convalesce. I wasn't physically sick per se, but I was mentally drained and spiritually exhausted. I needed God's refill, and in true fashion, He did not fail. There was a backlog of items on my desk here at the Onyx House that required my attention. Hence, it took me awhile to get back to writing…I'm glad to write to you again.   A Heart Full of Thanks My heart is full. It's full because of the 200+ people who put their trust in Jesus Christ for the first time. It's full because of the woman who experienced God's healing touch, whom I visited and prayed for in the hospital, [...]

A Quiet Faith

Luc, a believer in Haiti, and I had to figure out ourselves quickly. The bus company we wanted to use from Port-au-Prince, Haiti to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (DR) just confirmed they were full, there was no more space for us. Worse still, I didn't have cash with me, at the time, to pay the fare. And my credit cards were not authorized to work in Haiti. I had nothing on me but a quiet faith that God sent me to the DR, and so, He would open that door for His name. This quiet faith has distinguished me thus far in my life. Owing to my long and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, I've watched Him come through on so many occasions, I knew this one could not be [...]

See it, Believe it, Achieve it – Lesson From El Salvador

El Salvador is an abbreviation of the word "El Salvador del mundo" which means "Savior of the world". My Salvadoran host, Adan, a man who drove me around the city for hours, explaining every nook and corner, explained this to me. Adan has a small family and a thriving hotel business. Our discussion centered around the fact that he became successful because he was able to see. He had the opportunity to travel outside of El Salvador when he was younger. This allowed him to see things that were different from what he saw growing up in his country. From that experience, his expectations of what he could achieve started rising. He started believing that he could do more with his life - and he did. He beat all childhood [...]

Dance Beautifully in Your Calling

Growing up, I loved to eat the beautiful dishes that came out of the kitchen, but I didn't like the process through which the dishes came. The experience of cutting bloody meat, the charcoal smoke, etc. Perhaps you too can relate. Yet, sitting in a kitchen, for a time of fellowship in Guatemala City, Guatemala, I experienced something different about this process. Why my host chose this kitchen for the meeting became apparent soon enough. We all sat around the stove, like spectators in an arena, as the alluring aroma of Mayan dishes wafted across the room and then out to the neighborhood. People were exhilarated by the delicious Mayan food in their mouths. It felt almost, like a Pentecostal experience. Arriving in Guatemala City Senora Pu Manning [...]

OneAmerica Cares – Deeply

I recently was privileged to volunteer a few hours at the Children's Theraplay in Carmel, Indiana. A nonprofit rehabilitation clinic that uses Hippotherapy (treatment with the help of a horse) to help improve the quality of life for children with special needs. I and a team from OneAmerica cleaned out an indoor area that was to be used for fundraising, as well as performed some landscaping outside. Some of the children waved at us as they undertook therapy, which was touching. I read that some of these children said their first words or took their first steps there at the Theraplay. Education for Service While I raked leaves at the clinic, I thought about OneAmerica and it's culture of service to the community. This resonated with the motto of my Alma Mater, [...]

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