Lord, Bring The Rain

March 29, 2008

Dealing with health challenges over the last several weeks has given me new opportunities to trust the Father. There was a time when WHY would have been my question, especially when from my prespective there is so much that needs to be done for Arewa Aid and our work with the Blake family in northern Nigeria. But now I see these times as an opportunity to focus on Him, to “stand still” as it were and, see the Father. It is easy to be so busy doing His will, that we can miss seeing Him in the process. The following video has a similar lesson. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


The Need For Seed

March 13, 2008


Maiduguri Nigerian is about to enter the rainy season. A period of plenty of water followed by up to nine months of drought. Thanks to the skills of drip irrigation and the new well just drilled at the farm crops can now be grown year round. The skills to do this are being taught to the poorest of this region. This wonderful opportunity to show the Love of Christ to the Islamic population has created a tremendous NEED FOR SEED!

If you would like to help meet this need here are a few ways you can help:

  • Set up a seed donation box at your congregation/Bible Class/Place of work/School and start collecting garden seeds of all types.
  • Children love a challenge. Let them be creative and allow them to share their ideas about seed collection, and then help them follow through.
  • Talk to your local store about a matching gift of seed. For example: for (x) number of seed packs purchased, the store owner would donate a pack of seed. Local stores love these promotions that bring people in and increase their store traffic.
  • Don’t forget to spread the word at your office or place of work. Who knows where the domino effect might lead.

If you will ship the seed to us, we will be responsible for shipping it to Nigeria.

So mail your seed to 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075

Got questions? email me at rabboniblog@yahoo.com

Here is a list of seed that we need:

Sweet Corn
Green Beans
Green Peas
Bulb Onions
Green Pepper
Red Pepper
Chili Pepper
Brussel Sprouts
Collard Greens
Turnip Greens
Honey Dew Melon

Please pray for the Lord of the harvest to be glorified as we plant these seeds of faith.


The Picture Says It All

February 22, 2008


Only two have offered to die for you and me. Jesus for our soul, and the American Soldier for our freedom.


The Shack

February 19, 2008


I am deeply indebted to Tommy at Believing Thomas Blog for his recommendation of “The Shack”.  I have never been a big fan of novels, but this one is special in so many ways. I just finished reading it this morning, and I am totally in awe. Stop what you are doing and order this book!

Eugene Peterson is comparing it to John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress”. I think he may be right. I have recommended it to our Life Group as a possible text for our future studies together.

While you will not see scripture quoted, you will see scripture applied and God in three persons may just become more real to you than ever before. And you may just be given a peak into the answer to the question that we have all ask at one time or another…Why…? Some will no doubt want to debate its doctrinal accuracy, as if they had all the answers themselves, so read it for what it is…a novel. A novel that might just change your life.



Gone Home

February 14, 2008

Today one of our Shepherds when home and now enjoys the presence of the Great Shepherd. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sandra and the children.  Pat was a great man with a great heart. He will be greatly missed.



If We Are The Body…

February 13, 2008

You Still There?

February 12, 2008


Again I find myself apologizing for another long silence and absence from the blogging world. I have been totally absorbed in getting our new promotional material ready for the two year campaign we kicked off in January. (If you would like a copy of our new brochure and the details of what we are doing, drop me a note at, rabboniblog@yahoo.com ,and I will put one in the mail for you).

Not only is writing time at a premium, but reading the blogs that I really enjoy has almost been non-existent. As I look at my plate I don’t know that allot will change in the near future, but wanted you to now that I am still here, doing well and just very busy with Arewa Aid. If you would like to have up-to-date information on the day to day happenings with Arewa Aid and the Blakes, be sure to read Brad and Jen’s Blog. Here is the link http://arewaaidblog.blogspot.com/, and it is also listed on the side bar.