March NewsPosted on March 24th, 2015.
The pews of the little church were full of worshippers that Sunday morning in Eldorado Arkansas 59 years ago. The dust in the sunbeams streaming through windows held my attention until my daddy stood at the pulpit to begin his sermon. He had a powerful command of his audience when he spoke. I was spellbound as he read these words.
“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?? Matthew 16:26
First Assembly in Eldorado was a one of the first visits we made when we returned to the States for furlough from West Africa where my parents were missionaries. .
As a little girl, I didn’t fully understand daddy’s passion but I was captured by his heart. My earliest memories were times I saw him weep for the people of Africa.
He painted riveting descriptions that morning of recent scenes of supernatural interventions and marvelous salvations we had experienced the past three years living in West Africa. Dots began to connect as I thought about gaining the whole world yet losing my soul. My young heart slowly grasped the reason my parents had dedicated their lives to take the Gospel to those who had not heard about Jesus. Tears welled up as he spoke and a feeling invaded the crevices of my heart that opened my eyes that God had a plan for my life.
He closed his Bible and stepped down to the well-worn alter. A holy hush hovered over the congregation. I had never felt anything like this “Presence” before. I thought my heart would burst. Daddy stood waiting for people to respond. In the silence I trembled as I stood to be first one to walk down the center isle that morning to consecrate my life to be used by God. I was forever branded with God’s passion for people. I was 11 years old.
…. for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.” – Isaiah 25:1 b
Fifty-nine years have passed since that Sunday morning in Eldorado. Today, Joel is in Arusha and stands before the dormitory that you have made possible with your finances, prayers and love for God. We are in awe of what God has done through African Moons.
found this room filled with the only available mattresses for them to have until we complete the furnishing project.
There are warnings that churches may be attacked Easter Sunday in this part of the world. These students are already on the front lines. Thru God’s prophetic word and His Holy Spirit, God is sounding an alarm. He is looking for those with the character of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego … strong in faith and willing to pay the price to reach just one more lost soul.
You prayers, monthly support and furnishing project donations are vital to the continuation of the opportunities to see men and women, boys and girls find the hope of Life through Christ Jesus our soon coming King.
Tanzania for Jesus!
Joel and Sally Vann