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Our mission is to equip and encourage believers to take a stand for Jesus by reporting and analyzing current events from a Biblical perspective.
Founded on January 18, 2002, The Daily Jot analyzes a news event each day from a Biblical worldview and closes with a Bible verse that suits the situation. Most of the time, the “Jot” aims to encourage Christians to do what Christ commanded--preach the gospel to every creature--or to stand up and occupy by being the salt and light to this dark and dying world.
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The Daily Jot believes that “church” should be modeled after the Acts Church. Its not about buildings, or the latest take on doctrines, or about large staffs and organizations--its about Christ and his gift of salvation. Our mission outreach concept is to go to the unreached, meeting needs in the name of Jesus.
A picture is worth a thousand words--but...
I am sure you have heard the saying that “a picture is worth a thousand words.” No doubt, as a journalist I have seen some things and taken pictures of some events where, indeed, a picture was worth probably more than a thousand words. But pictures do not tell the entire story. A picture does not convey the smell, or the “feel” of the air, or the spiritual condition of a person or an area, or the sense of danger, or the toxicity of an environment or situation. The past few Daily Jots have discussed our mission in Ghana, West Africa. Because I was in places where the internet was difficult to use, I was unable to send some pictures of what we did and where we did it. I am going to try here below...
Picture Number 1 is the members of the church in Busuafise. This church has been part of The Daily Jot outreach in rural communities. Pastor David Ablorah is bi-vocational. His tent making is farming--on three acres. This church has grown some 50% over the past year after being under intense pressure from the local Islamic center. The Muslims visited several times a week with gifts of clothing, food and they even started a “Sunday” Mosque built within walking distance of his village to attract his members. Since we were there last year, one member was lost to the Muslims. Seven Muslims converted to Christianity and attend Pastor Ablorah’s church--Our outreach concept proven.
Picture 2 is the lagoon that the Muslim-majority slum Agbogbloshie is built around. The smoke rising is from children burning the insulation off of computer wires and other electronics to make a few cents a day for food. The fumes are highly toxic and permeate throughout the slum in mixture with the smells of sewage, body odors, food odors, charcoal and more made particularly potent by the extreme heat and humidity. Picture 3 is the “road” we walked about a half a mile into the heart of the slum where the children gather in a small one-room shack they call a “school.” Picture 4 is our combined US and Ghanaian team ministering to the 30+ children cramped into this small unventilated room.
Picture 5 is children responding to our altar call for the salvation decision. They are a mixture of children from Christian and Muslim families. Picture 6 is the children from the previous school and those at another “school” about a quarter-mile deeper into Abgogbloshie. Kim is teaching them about dental hygiene. Picture 7 is Kim being “mobbed” by children and parents (notice the Muslim woman who is grabbing for the bag) as she was handing out toothbrushes and toothpaste. Both during this program and the feeding program Sunday when word got out that we were giving away toothbrushes, toothpaste, and food, we were stormed by the Muslims around the immediate area. Women were dropping off their children. The men were actually “tossing” their kids into the school room so they could get fed or get the food to bring home.
It is difficult to say accurately how many children accepted Yeshua as their savior. From over 130 that we ministered to, probably half raised their hands and prayed during the altar calls. Many, many were Muslim. And we taught the Jesus of the Bible as the son of God, not as the creation of allah. Often during our teaching, Muslim adults would “peak” in, listening to and watching our every word and move. As we were leaving Sunday, the Imam and chief of the slum was so touched with the love we showed the people of Agbogbloshie that he invited us back and even offered land there for us to build a school/community center. This is NOT an invitation to “work together” on common ground. It was an offer for us to establish a presence there as Christians and minister to the community. If this Imam did not approve of our presence, we may not have made it out of the slum the first day.
1 Peter 4:8-10 says, “And above all things have the fervent charity among yourselves: for Charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man has received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of YHVH.” This is what The Daily Jot is doing in West Africa. Our mission is sometimes dangerous, sometimes hazardous. We go where the churches in the area refuse to go. We are doing what we can to train up and encourage those locally to continue the work in our absence. You may be amazed at how the Ghanian team has stepped up and is doing the work, using the very modest tools they have.
I hope that in some small way, my reports on this mission trip have shown you where your prayers and donations are put to good use. Each time we go, there is more to be done. Ongoing support is very important as our team on the ground continues to strive each day not only to just survive, but also to minister in the name of the Lord. Thank you for the hundreds of encouraging emails and the corresponding financial support you are providing for this Daily Jot ministry that is a strange combination of covering current events from a Christian world view and putting our exhortations to action to the very needy and willing in West Africa. Blessings to you.