Friends of Utange Newsletter, November 2020

What a motley crew of Six! Some of our Casuarina boys from left to right: Kadenge, Toby, Nicholas, Right, Dickson and Dennis  actually made a great crew earlier this month. Donning their masks they ventured into the village with us in the Casuarina mini bus to distribute maize flour to the orphans on the feeding [...]

By |2020-11-30T19:08:59+00:00November 30th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Thanksgiving Afterglow Continuing in the afterglow of Thanksgiving are thoughts from Sarah Young’s, “Jesus Calling:” Thankfulness takes the sting out of adversity. That is why I have instructed you to give thanks for everything. There is an element of mystery in this transaction:  You give Me thanks (regardless of your feelings), and I give you [...]

By |2020-11-29T12:40:09+00:00November 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Do I Belong to Jesus? The Giving season is always a challenge for me. It is an opportunity to check in and examine my faith. When I preach to you about your commitment to the Lord, the Lord also squeezes more of me: to be more generous financially, to engage in more conversations about Him [...]

By |2020-11-18T21:27:07+00:00November 12th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Giving a Peanut - Buying the Peanut Farm I remember two different prayers: “Lord I want to make $ 1 million dollars before I die.” Then there was another prayer: “Lord may I give $1 million dollars away before I die.” In His book, “The Blessed Life,” Robert Morris states, “When God does a work [...]

By |2020-11-18T21:14:21+00:00November 5th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Angels Watching Over Me A woman attended a beach party in California. The Barbeque wasn’t ready yet, so she decided to go for a swim by herself in the ocean. That turned out to be a dangerous idea.  She swam out too far and was suddenly caught in a powerful undertow. Though she swam with [...]

By |2020-10-28T15:33:16+00:00October 28th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Joy in All Situations Jim Denison tells about the time when J.S. Bach returned from a year-long concert tour he discovered that his wife and child had died. He wrote in his diary that day, “Dear Lord, take not my joy from me.” Imagine thinking of joy at such a time.  But Bach was right, [...]

By |2020-10-22T15:48:14+00:00October 22nd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Holy Spirit & Gentleness One of the fruits of the Spirit is gentleness. Aristotle gave the word its classic definition: “the man who is always angry at the right time and never at the wrong time. Someone who controls their emotions, no matter the circumstances.” Plato illustrated gentleness as “the power to soothe and calm, [...]

By |2020-10-13T18:59:47+00:00October 13th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Spiritual Gifts Assessment

Open your eyes and hearts to serving Jesus in the gifts that He has given you. Take this Spiritual Gifts Assessment: https://spiritualgiftstest.com/ Whether you have never taken a Spiritual Gifts Assessment before or if it's just been awhile, listen for where God's calling may be on your life. The Assessment is free and takes just a [...]

By |2020-10-11T14:18:21+00:00October 11th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Patience is a Spiritual Fruit

The National Sales Executives Association has discovered that 48% of all salespersons make one call, then give up on the prospective buyer. 25% quit after the second call; 12% call three times them quit. 10% keep calling until they succeed, and 80% of all new sales are made after the fifth call to the same [...]

By |2020-10-08T22:06:04+00:00October 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Spirit Gifts for His Purposes

William Borden was heir to the Borden Diary fortune, but he abandoned immeasurable wealth to serve God as a foreign missionary.  Tragically, before reaching his destination he contracted meningitis and died. Among his possessions was found this scribbled note summarizing his life’s passion: No reserve, no retreat, no regrets. His story and motto captured the [...]

By |2020-10-01T21:38:29+00:00October 1st, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments