Newsletter, April 2012

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Dear Friends, the following is a snippet from a novel based on a true story. Before Justin was two years old, their second son Jonathan was born; within a few months they moved from Crailsheim, Germany to Goppingen. Jonathan was very sick – he’d had pneumonia twice in his first year of life, and so many ear infections and bouts of tonsillitis that you couldn’t keep count. He was very frail. Colleen spent her time day and night walking the floor with a crying baby, up and down three flights of stairs to wash the clothes and back and forth to the doctors. She was exhausted and coming unraveled. At two years old, Justin was full of energy and into everything, climbing up on counters, getting a butcher knife to cut an apple, locking Colleen out when she went down to the basement to use the washing machine, then sitting in the window and laughing. The assignment to Goppingen had placed Zack as the officer in charge of paying the whole 4th Armored Division. Their work had been scheduled to go on to computers and the crew had been cut to a third, but the computers were not working. Zack and his small staff were working 12 to 14 hours a day, seven days a week and still 3,000 men a month were not getting their pay checks on time. Zack had his problems and Colleen had hers and they were unable to help one another. She was worried Jonathan would die and she didn’t know what to do about it. Lack of sleep, loss of weight and worry took its toll on Colleen. Zack’s superior officer had a habit of calling meetings at lunch and dinner, which was the only time Colleen was sure to see Zack. When you don’t know what to do about a real problem, you often strike out at something else. In her frustration, Colleen called the captain and told him if he did not stop calling his meetings at lunch and dinner, he would receive a deluge of congressional letters. She knew that to get something done you wrote your congressman. The captain responded, “Oh.” That’s all. At that moment Zack walked into the living room and said, “What did you do?” What the captain lacked in words Zack made up for. He said he was not going to have a wife like that and maybe Colleen should go back to the States. Without having lunch, he stomped out to apologize to the captain. Colleen did not know if Zack would ship her back to the States but she did not want to leave; she wanted more of Zack, not less. She knew if she went back to the states, she would take all her problems with her. With her world falling apart she went into the bedroom and fell on her knees. She did not even know what she said, but she felt a tremendous weight lifted from her shoulders and she knew someone heard. It was impressed upon her that she would find her answer in the Bible. She picked up a Bible that Zack had brought home one day, saying, “Every family should have a Bible.” Colleen began reading it like any other book – from front to back. It was awful - she did not know a Thee from a Thou. Bloody war after bloody war - it did not make any sense to her. Finally she flipped over to Proverbs and found something she could understand. She stayed a long time in Proverbs. One day she flipped over to the New Testament and read that Jesus Christ died for her sins. They beat him and nailed him on a cross. She did not like what she read, it made her feel bad. She did not want someone to have to die for her. She did not understand what it meant. No one came and told her what she needed to know. She did not really understand what sin was. She had not killed anyone, stolen anything, in fact she had a whole list of things she had not done, but she kept reading and found, “If you say you have not sinned you call God a liar.” Oh! She did not want to do that. Reading on, she found “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” The more she read the more she realized she had measured her life against other people and you can always find others worse than yourself. She realized the measuring stick is not other people but Jesus, and she knew in no way did she measure up to Jesus. Somewhere in this search she believed in what Jesus had done for her. She did not know what had happened to her, but she began to change from the inside; she had a peace and a joy that she had never before experienced. She read in the Bible, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain rise up and fall into the sea and it will do it.” She decided to ask God for a day off for Zack and his men who were working 12-14 hours a day. Within a few days President Kennedy was assassinated, they got three days off and Colleen thought she was guilty of killing the President of the United States. She was afraid to pray for several weeks, fearful she might pray the wrong thing. There was much she had to learn about this God of the universe, but one thing she did realize--He was mighty powerful and He had entered her life in a personal way. (Not to leave you in suspense, Jonathan lived). ~~~ Praise & Prayer ~~~ I have a speaking engagement in Brentwood, CA. April 4th. Please pray that people will be blessed. Pray that people’s hearts will be touch by the love of Jesus as the program air around the world. Pray for the finances. Amazingly we are able to do this ministry on about $3,000 a month, however this time of the year contribution get low and we run short about $1,000 a month. If the Lord would have you contribute, we would be grateful. ~~~ The radio program airs - KCBC 770-AM at 5:45 a.m. & 8 p.m. Mon-Fri, 5p.m. on Sat, and 10:30 a.m. Sun. in Calif. ~~~ KFNX-1100 Tues. 8:30 p.m. in Phoenix, AZ. ~~~ World Harvest Radio Sat. & Sun ~~~North America, Europe, Russia, Africa, Middle East, India, China, N.& S. Korea/Japan, Australia, The South Pacific. ~~~ Check the schedule at whr.org. ~~~ The TV program can be seen on WVCY-TV 30 Milwaukee. ~~~ If you are unable to hear the radio broadcast where you live, but you do have the Internet, you can listen on KCBC at the airing times. ~~~ All contributions are tax deductible~~~ In His bonds, Norma Bonds