March 2010 Update

Friends,

Karen – Karen has had her six month follow up oncology consult…All of her scans and tests are clear!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We praise our awesome Father!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Doha, Qatar – In February, Karen and I had the great privilege to fly down to Doha for 10 days of ministry. A former member of our church in Milan is now stationed there. It’s an astonishing place…You can feel the money…There is new construction at every turn. They have about 6 huge sky-scrappers up with very low occupancy but there are about 6 more huge ones under construction…It makes no sense, but it doesn’t have to when you have mountains of cash.

There is a great international church there called Grace Fellowship with about 400 in attendance. They’ve not been given government approval to have a full time pastor so they occasionally bring in someone like us. They meet in a huge villa and have three services each Friday…They worship on Friday because Sunday is a work day in the Muslim world. I preached 6 times on consecutive Fridays, helped with a Bible study, did some counseling and performed a baptism. Karen spoke to the women’s group and also did some counseling.

While there, I heard from two different sources what you would never hear in the western media. With great excitement, a Jordanian man shared with me how God is at work in the Muslim world…He told me there is a quiet awakening going on…He told me how God is using the Internet to spread the Gospel and to reveal the deception of Islam…It’s very effective for the simple reason that former Muslim’s, who have genuinely come to Christ, are the ones doing it…It gave me goose-bumps to listen to this brother!

It’s illegal to proselytize in Qatar and if caught, you’re deported…It didn’t stop Karen for sharing the truth about Jesus Christ with our tour guide in the mosque we visited. How can you not love her? I reminded the church there that they were not in Doha just for a pay-check, but that they were there on God’s errand…I challenged them not to waste their time in this Muslim mission field being careful…God has never redeemed His people to live careful lives!

The Church – While we are smaller in numbers than we’ve been in past years, the Lord has really been blessing with a genuine spirit of worship. We have a wonderful group of young adults in the church right now who are really hungry for the things of God…It’s so much fun to watch them falling more in love with Jesus…Several have talked with us about going into the ministry…Awesome!

Building – The building we’ve been praying about for a year or so now looks like a real possibility, although one never really knows in Italy. The allure is to get a visible toe hold in our area of Milano for the Biblical Gospel…This building is primarily an investment in long term Italian ministry.  Please be in prayer about this with us…It will be a huge step of faith for us…More on this later.

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