Saturday, April 19, 2008

And a few pictures from Jonathan's actual birthday--Annie and I brought daddy lunch at RTS and we enjoyed a picnic on the swing by the lake.  Fortunately, we didn't encounter any gators...

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Happy 29th Birthday Jonathan!

April 18, 2008, was Jonathan David's 29th birthday.  Though only the last birthday of his twenties, already he has accomplished so much.  I feel so blessed to have as my husband and best friend one of the strongest, most compassionate, loving, gently, servant-hearted people I know.  He loves the Lord deeply.  He is an amazing father to our daughter and a delight to his wife.  He is a faithful friend and wonderful son/son-in-law, brother, etc.  To know him is to love him.  Below are some photos of our Home Group celebrating Jonathan's birthday  on Monday night with Japanese curry, Boston Cream Pie and a big, singing card...

Happy Birthday Jonathan

Our Little Chubster...

Praise the Lord, our little girl is gaining weight!  Annie was recently diagnosed with oral motor problems that inhibit her from getting the food she needs during breast feeding.  Although it broke my heart, we've had to switch to formula in a premature end to one of the most amazing experiences in bonding I've ever known.  Nonetheless, it is amazing to see how even good things can become idols and I was putting my desire to breast feed Annie before her good health.  Now she is happily and steadily gaining weight.  Some might even say she's, "chubby."  Here is a picture of Annie in her little jungle gym.  She loves to bat at the toys...specifically the elephant.

Monday, April 07, 2008

A Daring Question

Someone asked me this weekend if there is any point in ministry to Muslims.  The assumption was that they are a lost people anyhow, their hearts are so hardened to the gospel, and it is better for the Church to spend her resources and time in places where there is great evidence of Holy Spirit's work.  Why bother with Muslims?   

Below is a show aired weekly throughout the Middle East and North Africa.  The host is a former Muslim and most of his guests are as well.  This helps us remember that the Lord IS calling his people from among the Muslims as well.  He will build his Kingdom throughout the world and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.  

Here is an example of what happens at a typical broadcast.  I am told the most recent broadcast had 120 million viewers and 80 people called in saying they converted to Christianity...all in a 90 minute program.