September Newsletter – AOMMinistries
Family comes before Ministry.
It has been said: ‘You can choose your friends, but you cannot choose your family’
As most of you know, Karen’s mom fell last week, and due to her age, osteoporosis and a bad liver, broke her back, and was unable to get up. Her liver has only been operating at 5%, and she has transitioned from hospital, to hospice where she has been in and out of consciousness.
So, we got a call to come immediately.
And two of you responded to this urgent need, and we jumped in the jeep, and viola, three days later, we were at mom’s bedside for a heart to heart. Karen’s sister bravely packed up mom’s two babies, a couple of huge St. Bernard’s, and dad, who is legally blind, and managed to get bring them to her bedside.
Such a precious sight to see mom holding dad’s hand. The love between them strong still, after 61 years of marriage…Wish I had taken a picture, but some things are too precious for camera’s…
Yet, what was given, paid our fuel, a couple meals, and two nights hotel to get us here.
Now, God needs to get us back to Tulsa. Honestly do not want to go yet, with mom in such precarious health, but there is very little we can do at this point. Karen is the youngest of 7 children, and the older siblings are making the decisions.
Frustrating to have so much to give, yet no way to express it…
In any case, there is work to be done. The daily disciplines of prayer, reading, writing, serving, speaking where the Lord opens doors…
The children are doing Epic again, and it is dangerous to allow them to fall behind in their studies.
The month of August, I have been working with a group on the design of a 24 hour praise and worship facility. As soon as we get through the non-disclosure phase, and it becomes public I will show you some of the incredibly neat things that are happening.
If you are able to help us financially this month, we would sure appreciate it, yet all we ask is that you pray and obey, whatever He asks you to do:
John 10:27 (NIV)
27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
For prayer, comments, or to donate online:
Give in faith!
1 Corinthians 9:11 If we have sown [the seed of] spiritual good among you, [is it too] much if we reap from your material benefits?
1 Corinthians 9:14 [On the same principle] the Lord directed that those who publish the good news (the Gospel) should live (get their maintenance) by the Gospel.
Paul goes on to say, that he did not use his position as a minister of the gospel to take up offerings, rather he worked, making tents, to support himself. You might notice here, that Paul was not married, nor did he have children. Family responsibilities take time, and just as you bust a move on your job to provide for your family, I work every bit as hard, doing this, faithful to the Lord in prayer and the ministry of His Word, to you.
I will never charge for this: it my responsibility to God, my calling. Freely I have been given, now, I freely give…
As you give, hear Holy Spirit what to give, and honestly expect God to reward you for your giving.
Matt 10: 41 He who receives and welcomes and accepts a prophet because he is a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward, and he who receives and welcomes and accepts a righteous man because he is a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 42 And whoever gives to one of these little ones [in rank or influence] even a cup of cold water because he is My disciple, surely I declare to you, he shall not lose his reward.
I am a five-fold ministry gift and office – this is my life – I pray, I hear, I write, and wonderful things happen. You have your job description, I have mine – this is mine….
I have ‘see through’ faith for you, in this: Gal 3: 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
I believe I have a responsibility before God to be like Jesus, in every offering I receive. I receive it with thanksgiving, just like Jesus did the little boys lunch.
Then, because I walk and live by faith according to the blessing of Abraham, I believe that God will take your seed sown, and multiply it, according to what the blessing of Abraham promises:
Genesis 22:17 In blessing I will bless you and in multiplying I will multiply your descendants like the stars of the heavens and like the sand on the seashore. And your Seed (Heir) will possess the gate of His enemies
It has been a joy to me, to see the hand of the living God act in the lives of those of you who have supported us this year!
Many have seen tremendous blessing come into your households, and for this we give thanks, and give Jesus all the glory!