Dear Friend of FOA,
Philippians 1:9-11 reads in the ESV Bible, “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” This is our prayer for the men who come to us for help. Our program is only eight weeks long with the opportunity to stay longer to be enriched by God’s Word and to allow that Word to penetrate the life so as to have new desires for the Lord Jesus Christ. Some of the men only stay the eight week course while there are others who want to stay up to a year. We developed the year program back in 2007 to give these men an opportunity to grow in their understanding of God’s purpose for them. I ask each one to write me a letter giving their personal testimony of their faith in Christ and the reason they want to attend this second phase which we call the Romans House.
These are the words of one of the men who went there recently. “I’d like to further my knowledge of the Bible and get into the learning of the Word on a more personal level. I’d like to have a better understanding and learn to comprehend what I’m studying better. I want to make sure I am understanding the content better.” Pray for these men attending this phase of our program that the studies they go through will have them better equipped to live the Christian life. C.A. Coates said, “Much ministry is lost upon us as to any practical result, because we are not prepared to be detached from things here, so as to be simply here for Christ. And the preparation for this is to come personally under the influence of the blessed attractiveness of the Lord Jesus. When we sit under His shadow with great delight, everything else becomes so small, and loses its hold upon our hearts.” If only we all could learn to keep Christ foremost in our minds.
Well, it finally dried up enough to plant the garden and then the heavy rains came again. Yes, we had to replant the garden and then the rains came again. I think Aaron is going to have to do some of it over again. A little frustrating but we’ll see what the Lord has in store. The vegetables will probably have to be harvested a little later than normal but let’s pray for a good crop. The Lord’s provision is always sufficient and we trust in Him for the outcome. Much of that provision comes through folks like yourselves who give generously to meet the needs of this ministry and for that I deeply thank you. Keep your focus on Christ each and every day.