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The Lord Says Pray Believing.

Let’s pray believing that He will raise up additional workers for His harvest field.  The Lord Jesus said, “Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest” (Matthew:9:38, nasb).

He has asked us to take the Gospel into all the world.  Workers are needed to do this, so let us trust God for additional workers, not only for each of our local fields and personal ministries, but to continue to move forward in faith in other cities and villages of the countries we are working in.

Let us not be content with just our Jerusalem, but remember Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the country we are working and throughout the world.

Southern Cooking and Street Children

 

My wife Margaret is one of the best cooks in the world.  She can cook Chinese, Thai, Filipino, Scandinavian, Mexican, Southern, Cajun, or whatever.  Recently we had a light Southern meal of slices of cold ham, black-eyed peas, sliced onions, fresh tomatoes (from a friend’s garden), fresh corn bread, and butter milk.  It was so good it brought tears to my eyes.  My mind flooded with memories of being raised in Texas in a poor home with a mother and grandfather.  Every Saturday as a treat, Mom splurged on my grandfather and me with freshly cooked beans, onions, tomatoes, corn bread, and butter milk.

As we enjoy food so much, however, it was good to remember that many people throughout the world never can sit down to a delicious meal with family members.

Many of these are among the 100 million street children and 150 million orphans of the world.  In Malawi a delicious meal can be served to a poor family, orphan, or underprivileged child for only 40¢.  In the Philippines a meal of a freshly boiled egg, small carton of milk, and a small loaf of bread is 48¢.  So as you and I enjoy our black-eyed peas, corn bread, and fresh tomatoes, let us remember the poor of the world as we minister the compassionate care of Christ to them.

Let me encourage you with the following, “Who is among you that fears the Lord, that obeys the voice of His servant, that walks in darkness and has no light?  Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God” (Isaiah 50:10, nasb).

So much to do, so little time, ability, money, and personnel

It is easy to talk about the impossibility of meeting the needs of the world.  How can we possibly reach the 150 million orphans and 100 million street children of the world with the Gospel and compassionate care?

A great preacher Charles Spurgeon said over 100 years ago, “Don’t let the immensity of the task deter you, but let it drive you to do something about it for the glory of God!”

So, what should we do?  Nothing?  Something? It would be more comfortable to do nothing, but God will be glorified if we did something in His Name!

Selling all Possessions but Nobody Buys

 

When our son Robby was about 10 years of age and daughter Julie was seven, we were on a one-year unplanned furlough in the United States from the Philippines. We lived in a home that was graciously provided to us during our stay in the Seattle area.

On one occasion, I came home from the ACTION office greatly concerned after hearing that our ministry partner in the Philippines did not have adequate funds to pay salaries for their 100 plus Filipino staff that month.

We had no personal funds to assist, so our evening meal was very sad as we prayed for our friends in the Philippines. These were dear friends in ministry that even Robby and Julie, as young children, knew and loved.

Suddenly one of them said, “Daddy, we don’t have any money, but we have our clothes and things. Why don’t we just sell everything we have and send the money to help them?”

The house we were staying in was located on a busy street and an excellent place to have a garage sale, so the next day (which was a Saturday) we did just that. We put everything we owned (except for a few clothes) out in the drive way with the purpose of selling to help our brothers and sisters in the Philippines.

It was an exciting day, especially for our children in obeying the Lord and caring for others in need.

However, the day went by with many people looking at few personal items, but nobody bought anything! The people would leave, laughing under their breath. We did sell one item (what, I cannot recall) for only 25¢!

In those days, whenever I worried, I would suffer from migraine headaches and I was getting a big one worrying about my friends who needed finances in the Philippines. I was also embarrassment that we could not even give our personal items away.

Since we were not selling anything, I sent Robby and Julie out to play with their friends. After a while, Julie came running back screaming, “Daddy, Daddy… Robby is lying in the middle of the road with blood all over.”

I could see a crowd gathering around Robby about two blocks away and quickly drove to where he lay. A little elderly lady had put her purse under his head for a pillow and covered his mouth with a handkerchief which was covered in blood.

I thanked the woman, picked Robby up, put him in the car, and drove to the hospital; even then, worrying about how I was going to pay the bill for the stitches that he would need for his lip which was torn open from one side to the other from the bicycle accident.

The emergency room was full of people that day, but Robby was quickly seen and the Doctor very skillfully sewed his mouth back together, leaving only a small scar which could have been much worse.

The next morning when we woke Robby, we could not believe what we saw! It looked like someone had taken a big stick and beat him. His lip, mouth, cheeks, and eyes were all swollen and black and blue. However, Robby said that he was not in pain and still wanted to go to church.

We arrived at the small church that we had been working with, and as we entered, there were gasps from everyone as they saw Robby! We quickly informed them that we had not beaten him.

During the service I was very discouraged and worried. In the beginning of the message, however, the pastor said he had a very important announcement. He stated that the church was totally broke, and as of that day, there was nothing in the bank account.

 

He went on to say that the Board of Elders had met the previous night and decided to take the few dollars that were left in the account and write a check for a missionary family. The desire of the church was to start fresh and fully trust God for all the church needed and to begin with a “zero” balance.

Here we were as a missionary family with nothing, concerned about our Filipino brothers and sisters in Christ with nothing, and now in a church with nothing.

At the end of the service, the pastor approached me and said, “By the way Doug, the Elders wanted this check of the balance of all we had in the bank yesterday to go to you!” When he handed me the check, I thanked him, thinking that it was probably only $10 or $20.

To my surprise, the check was large and exactly the amount needed to cover the salary of our partners in ministry in the Philippines!

This was a great encouragement to Margaret and me in our faith and walk with God. This was also a tremendous testimony of God’s care for His people and even in the lives of my little son and daughter. We can trust Him, whether or not we sell all our worldly possessions for only 25¢, have an accident with blood all over, or attend a church which has nothing!

Let me encourage you with the following, “O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; for His lovingkindness is everlasting” (1 Chronicles16:34,nasb).

God cares for His own and He provides.

As I was remembering and writing this story to encourage you, I wondered what I did with that 25¢?

 

Quit Complaining and Get to It! (A Tribute to Bill Clark, “A Man of God”)

Bill Clark was operated on for prostate cancer in 1993. For a man of action this time of recuperation has not been easy for him. Yet in his limitations, pain and discomfort he sought to understand God’s purposes and to praise Him for the opportunity to experience sickness for the Glory of God!

I went through surgery for colon cancer one week after Bill’s surgery. While in the hospital and for days upon returning home, he would phone me to challenge and comfort:

“Hey Doug, are you encouraged in God?

Isn’t it wonderful we can suffer pain for the Lord!

Read 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Doug; it’s great! “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

This suffering for Jesus is the pits, but we need to do it for His glory. Praise God that He would love and use the likes of us!

Hey friend, this cancer business is some way to march to Zion isn’t it?

I first met “Uncle Bill” the summer of 1964. He was director of Island Lake Bible Camp north of Bremerton, Washington. I was working for the summer for Northwest Independent Church Extension (NICE) in eastern Washington. The director, Rev. Henry Boyd, hearing of a serious lack of counselors at Island Lake, sent me to help even though I knew nothing about Christian camps or children.

I arrived the second day of a junior boys camp and was “chewed out” by Bill for being late. He immediately put me in charge of a cabin of 30 wild boys as the only counselor!

“Mr. Clark, I can’t do this. I’ve never worked as a counselor before.” He answered, “What do you mean you can’t? You have to! You’re here and there is no one else – so quit complaining and get to it!

It seemed like a rough start but it was the beginning of a wonderful summer of working with and learning from a gifted, hard-working, loud, but faithful man of God.

Bill and Pat (his gifted, saintly wife) met with the staff and counselors daily to pray with, teach and to try to improve our ministry. Bill dealt with us hard (but compassionately) if needed. He wouldn’t let us be lazy, give up, or take our responsibility lightly. The camp was for reaching boys and girls for Christ not for fooling around. As a result hundreds of children and young people, ages 9 to 18, trusted Christ through the influence and leadership of Bill and Patl

“Clark,” as Pat called him, was the only one I ever saw who could read from the King James Version Daily Light, explain it and keep the attention of a large group of junior, junior high or high school campers; and he seemed to always do it “extemporaneously” Many times I secretly prayed to be able to preach, teach and challenge like Uncle Bill. He had been to college, but not Bible school. He was in his late 30’s when he really committed his life to Christ. His seminary training was a life of “hard knocks,” trusting God in tough experiences of ministry.

When I first met Bill that summer of ’64, he was almost 50 but worked and ran circles around all of us younger ones. He and Pat set the pace and we really had to hustle to keep up.

As a student at Prairie Bible Institute, I first heard of missions, but Bill and Pat “exemplified missions.” Each camp had a special missions project and a missionary speaker.  It was at PBI and Island Lake that I began to ask God for the opportunity of serving Him as a missionary.

After seven years of directing Island Lake Bible Camp, Bill and Pat served the Lord in Japan and in Africa. Their lives have always been on the front lines of service for the Lord.

I am not a writer, nor the son of a writer, but I did want to at least “pen a few words” of appreciation to the Lord in honor of Bill, a man who greatly blessed my life and the lives of hundreds of others.

Oliver Cromwell said to his soldiers before battle, “Trust God and keep your powder dry.” I can hear Bill Clark say something similar, “Let’s trust God and get to work for His glory!” Friends, let’s do it, not for the sake of great friends, but for Christ’s sake. Let’s do it, Christian friends. Let’s do it! There is a world to reach with the Good News. “Please, Lord, give the church more men like your servant Bill Clark.”