Huge prayer need.

Greetings all. Evidently winter blues aren’t going away for most in NAmerica, but in NAfrica we have reached our absolutely favorite weather of the year. It’s been good for our souls.

Regarding the Newsletter, let me go back and see what happened. A handful of ppl are telling us they never received it ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿคจ. Let me check on that๐Ÿ‘โœŠ.

HUGE PRAYER NEED๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ

We have always tried to be transparent with you, even at the risk of sometimes sharing things that are quite risky to us (in life or business).

Perhaps this puts us in a vulnerable place, but we don’t choose to do it any other way.

As a quick update, Old World Timber has had some really good months. We have actually had some of our best months this first quarter of the year. However, one good quarter does not a business make or break.

That being said, we still need divine help to assist our long and hard work hours. We subscribe to the theology of business that this company is the Lords and we need Him and His grace as much as we need a clear business plan, a healthy team and a strong work ethic.

This week we are looking to close 2-3 huge deals that could once again help transform the future trajectory of OWT and its local and global impact.

One such deal is with Menards (a Home Depot of sorts). We have been working on a proposal for Manards for a few months and the final answer comes this week. We aren’t saying we should be favored above others because we are believers, however we do ask for you to pray for the Lords favor upon us none-the-less.

We are working extremely hard. We are withstanding tons of obstacles to succeed in a competitive industry. At the same time we refuse to go about it without the Lord’s guidance, wisdom and favor. It’s such a hard balance. We are convinced the Lord is creator and caretaker of both the sacred and secular. He desires us to blend these two worlds in a way that honors Him. It isn’t easy. And we can’t do it alone.

Our prayer is that Menards and these two other deals would work in our favor. But not our will, but His will be done.

Will you pray๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ?

The meetings happen at the of this week.

You have prayed so many other times and for that we are thankful. Yet once again we are in need of your supernatural prayers.

For Him and for His glory!

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Check your junk.

What we are wanting to communicate is that we just sent out our latest newsletter.

In our test email it went to our “promotions” section of gmail. Just an FYI. It might be in your junk email.

Getting a newsletter out leaves us feeling like this guy at Old World Timber after he made his production quota:

Love you guys. We’d love feedback on the newsletter as always.

He has risen. Two weeks after Easter and it’s still true!!

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Partners in crime.

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Just sent the list…

Hey friends-

Just sent out the list of names. If you had asked for the list but don’t find the email please let us know.

For all who follow, we know you pray and care.

Mucho love.

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Fruit by the numbers.

I recognize that most often when we discuss what God is doing here we stay very general and some could argue we write in hyperbole.

In order to give you a real clear understanding of the massiveness of the HS activity that we are witnessing let me give you some numbers. Then we’ll invite more of you to consider receiving the actual list of real names we are responsible for.

Take a quick glance at this silly graph that I worked on for a couple hours๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜†. There are 104 people represented. I have broken them down into 3 categories to simplify the math (there is suppose to be a cross in the middle of the graph, but photoshop was acting up or something).

Out of the 103 names that I have been given over the last year and a half 55 of them are active. Active could mean they have become a believer and are meeting with me weekly and even sharing with their friends, or meeting with me once or twice a month while still discovering who He is. But this group represents all the guys that I at least have regular contact with. 55. It’s quite a load. I’m not completely alone. I have a few partners that have come side by side, but it’s still quite a task. Just setting up meetings is tiresome, very tiresome. Then to pour into these guys and open the Word and invest in each person can bring a level of fatigue that is uncommon. It is not hyperbole or overspiritualism to truly admit that without the power of God and prayers there is simply no way it happens. The level of joy is divine, no question. But the fatigue is real also.

Then 43 of the names I have been given are not responding. This list is compromised of people who have given us their name, phone number, and perhaps Facebook account, but they are no longer responsive. Many of these guys have met once or twice, received a Book and made steps towards faith. Others have never met us once. But this category represents guys that are no longer responding to calls, texts or Facebook messages. We certainly should keep praying for them because every couple months different ones of the “not responding” guys comes back around. In a few cases they return to tell us they have already begun to believe or are ready to believe and join a community. So we continue to pray and we continue to call or text or IM them infrequently with the hope they come around again.

The 6 MIA-Unknown guys have all made significant advances towards faith, but then it’s like they disappeared. Two in particular were about to be dunked, and from the weekend the dunking was supposed to happen till now we have not heard from them. Their phones are off. Facebook accounts closed. It’s hard and sad to think about.

A couple reasons why this list is uniquely significant:

1) instead of just praying in general for Arabs or for this region or country, we have the unique ability to know actually names of individuals to lift up who are seeking the Lord on one level or another. What an opportunity to have over 100 people to pray for by name.

2) the other thing to keep in mind is that I am just one of about 30-40 people who have a list like this. That’s right. There are that many people here growing in faith. Some guys and gals have double the amount of names, some have less. The point is, we have a way to comprehend the real magnitude of what is happening.

Who gets excited about this?

Who would like to receive the list of names by email?

Isn’t God truly amazing and true to His Word?

We are all apart of this folks. Aslan is moving all across the earth.

Until everyone has heard!!

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Just gotta tell you this good news.

I know, I know. You’re thinking, ๐Ÿ˜ “um you don’t update for a week or two and then all these blogs all of a suddenโ‰๏ธ”

So, yes. That is correct ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸคŸ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ when it rains it storms and so forth.

Let me just say all this in short form because I also have to get back to selling wood.

Last Thursday there was my new Egyptian comrade, my two other American comrades, myself and a new guy who has just been coming to learn about the Way for about 3 weeks. He chose to spend his 20th bday coming to ๐Ÿ’’ for the first time ever. He said he wanted to cross into his 20’s coming and praying for the first time. Then this last Thursday he prayed to receive The Son. It was so cool. And today I learned that he wants to bring his friend.

Then this morning I met the same Egyptian comrade (let’s call him Magg) for us to talk strategy and to catch up on all that He is doing. He proceeds to show me another new follow up guy of ours wrote him on Facebook to tell him he has decided to follow The Son.

Then while we are talking and celebrating another really good friend of ours (the kid you may have seen in pics with me and Ella at a big b-ball game a few months back) calls and he wants Magg to talk to his mom and pray with her. I proceed to listen to Magg lead our friends mom to the Lord in prayer.

It’s simply crazy. Yes there is lots and lots of work to call and set up mtgs and show these guys His Word. But mostly we just show up and then He shows up and does miracle after miracle.

The heaviest thing of the day was Magg learned from his embassy this morning that he will not be given the papers he has been working hard on to marry a local believer from here. He is very sad. Although all this good news is super encouraging to Magg also. Please pray he gets his marriage documents approved.

Hope this encourages you and hopefully you didn’t get super lost. By all means give us feedback if our story telling is too confusing.

With โค๏ธ and

And

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Video update take 3.

Really I have no idea how this video came to record upside down. But considering these videos take about 40min to download on here I’m gonna leave it.

It’s probably a good representation anyways of my life ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿคซ

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Some books we are reading…

2017 was not a good year for Jenny and I to advance far into our reading list. However this year we have determined to change that!

I’m finally committed to read through the Bible again after not having done so since we moved to NAfrica. I usually get stuck in Leviticus and can’t move on. Who else has reached Leviticus or Numbers and given up before? ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Don’t lie. It’s happened to all of us. I’m currently in Deuteronomy and if I get through the Pentateuch I feel like it’s smooth sailing from there.

I highly highly also recommend the coaching book below. FOR ANYONE. It is quite amazing. And short. Who doesn’t like amazing short books?

This book was recommended to me by CA Post, a friend from back home. I plan to read it soon. Gotta keep a good sabbath. No doubt about it!!

If there are any books you would say are a must for us please let us know.

Maybe even tell us about a book you love and give us the run down or takeaways. That’s would be magical also.

Love you all.

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Sunday Sabbath Sunshine

Good morning, friends!

Most of you aren’t even awake yet and our day is half over!

I hope you wake up excited to go to wherever you go to worship. This was my sanctuary this morning….

Although I miss FAC, PPC, FWC and all the other C acronyms ๐Ÿ™‚ There’s something pretty sweet about worshipping Him alone in this place that is so hungry and needy.

Sunday evenings we attend a group of about sixty people in our same situation. And you should hear these people sing! It’s as if their lives depended on the truth. It blesses my soul every dang time. This morning I’m praying for you to have a new fresh Sunshine Sabbath!

Be blessed! We love you all and Long for the day to be in front of His throne Forever! Then you can meet all my friends ๐Ÿ™‚ you’ll love them.

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In the mean time…

Here are some cool pics and videos of olive wood that has finally made it through the press that we exported from here last year:

A recent coffee table-

Our latest version of olive wood cutting boards-

A live edge olive wood dining table-

Olive wood cookie tops waiting for a home-

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