Saturday, March 03, 2007


A free gift

It may suprise you to know that this missionary does not believe in free gifts. If a gift is worth having, it's not free. A rock in the street that you can pick up is free. I have given lots of mosquito repellent out this past month to those in need of much more than a small tube of repellent. Many are suffering with deep family needs, spiritual, emotional and physical needs.

A good gift is never free. I want to thank those who have given, paid the price so that I could be the one to give a gift to those around me.

Salvation itself is not free either. I believe when we promote it as a free gift, we lessen the value of it. When we talk about the price that was paid for our salvation, our converts are more likely to appreciate what they have.

The people know the price of the repellent that I have been handing out, and they have been thankful for it. My prayer is that they learn about another gift that cost much more than a bottle of repellent.

In Him,

Friday, March 02, 2007


The viral fight

The new year has come in lightning fast with an unusual twist, dengue fever. This year there have been over 100,000 cases of dengue fever this year. Some of our own missionaries are suffering with the disease. Last month, I sollisited money to buy and give away repellent to a certain neighborhood that was at high risk for the mosquito borne illness. My church, a family of volunteers, Kris Dixon and his family helped me go door to door giving away repellent, and a tract to those who would take it. These items were free, and we prayed for lots of people in this neighborhood. Our hope was that new outreach groups would be started as a result of the repellent.

Thankfully, the government has asked help from Argentina and the US. People are dying from this disease. Some have gotten it for the first time, lay in a hospital bed and died, according to the newspaper -which is not completely reliable always. At any rate, We trust that there is a God who is bigger than a viral infection. He is ultimately in control over all diseases, and epidemic diseases. In His time, he will take the disease away. For us, this is an opportunity to serve others, and plant seed to start new works in the furture.

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