It’s hard for me to imagine that Jesus experienced the agony of the Cross and all that led up to it, just to free me to live as I wish, do my own thing, and then one day go to heaven. Oh ok, throw in showing up on Sunday, singing a few songs, and listen to a sermon. Still seems pretty unbalanced to me.
Two thousand years ago the disciples of Jesus, did as had been done by many others before them, (Hebrews 11). They placed their lives in jeopardy to share a message about the power of what happened on that cross and the empty tomb that came three days later. It fact, nothing could shut them up not even the threat of death.
Something has happened over the last two millennia. We have lost our way, the barbarian way Edwin Raphael McManus would say. In his book, “Unleashed, Release The Untamed Faith Within”, McManus says, “Perhaps the tragedy of our time is that such an overwhelming number of us who declare Jesus as Lord have become domesticated—or, if you will, civilized.”
Later he continues, “Christianity has become docile, domesticated, civilized. We have forgotten that there is a kingdom of darkness stealing the hopes and dreams and souls of a humanity without God. It is time to hear the barbarian call, to form a barbarian tribe, and to unleash the barbarian revolt. Let the invasion begin…”
Seem a little radical? I don’t think that the early disciples would think so. I don’t think that the underground persecuted church today would think so.
I want to recommend McManus’ book to you. Mass market editions are available for only $6 and it is a quick read, only 144 pages. I said quick read. I didn’t say easy read, because it will challenge you to look again at your purpose. It will challenge you to find the adventure and risk in your walk with Christ. He will challenge you to join the Barbarian Revolution. I did. I hope you will too!
“Another minister just received a request for assistance from a widow that has just inherited 6 children due to the death of their parents.” These are just two of the stories Pierre Rimorbe shared in his recent report from Dono-Manga, Chad.
Our recently completed orphanage presently houses 41 orphans, but Pierre shares that there are over 100 orphans in the Dono-Manga District. AIDS, a long war with neighboring nations, malnutrition, cholera and other untreated diseases have caused the present crisis of children who roam the streets looking for a hand out to make it another day.
When parents die other family members try to help, but they have so little for their own families they often turn them away. Others, like the 70 year old grandmother mentioned above, try to stretch what little they have and in the process place their own lives at risk.
Children without parents in Dono-Manga…
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The recent heavy flooding in southern Chad has caused our patient flow to go from 1000 people every 4 to 6 weeks to over 250 per day. I have been asked more than once, “How can you treat that many people in the course of a day?” People’s needs are being met by one fulltime nurse, (we do not have a doctor), and one fulltime assistant. Four volunteers have been taught to give immunizations and dispense medications under the watchful eye of our nurse Eloi. Three ladies from the community that have served as midwives in the past have also volunteered their services.
But the short answer is simply these Christians see their work as service to God. They also know without the Jordan Health Center hundreds of these people, the majority of them children, would just die.
As Americans we often complain of our “health care crises” in this…
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Most of us have probably seen a movie, television show or photograph of medical needs being provided in dire circumstances with little to no adequate medical equipment, facilities or staffing. Most of us also have the ability that when the slightest medical need arises for us, we can drive to a medical facility and be seen fairly quickly with the latest technology and methods.
However, the first scenario that we have seen, but never had to experience is a reality for many. We also have the unique opportunity to change this reality for the 1000s that come monthly to The Jordan Health Center.
Although the two person staff is accustomed to the volume that The Jordan Health Center normally receives, an increase of patients due to an unusually heavy rainy season in August and September that caused major flooding has caused severely dehydrated and exhausted patients to travel to The…
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