think we can all agree that this is an interesting time in our
nation’s history on several fronts. This past weekend I was in
Portland, Oregon speaking at a friend’s church. While praying in
my hotel one morning I came across these verses in Psalms:
Many are asking, “Who can show us any good?”
Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord.
You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain
and new wine abound.
will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord make me
dwell in safety.
Many people, even Christians, are living in fear because of the
economy, the markets, and all the pessimism we hear from the
media. Praise the Lord we are God’s children and in His secure
arms we can sleep in peace!
am so blessed that, in spite of these challenging economic
times, God continues to bless Eternity Minded Ministries. As we
see the resources come in for our upcoming ministry in Rwanda, I
want to thank you for your faithful prayers and support. The
Lord knows that it is our desire to share His salvation to the
world by helping others in need.
Just recently I had someone ask me about the humanitarian work
we will be doing in Rwanda this November. As you probably know,
we want to provide a minimum of 4,000 pairs of reading glasses
and give medical insurance to a minimum of 7,000 people. This
person asked why the insurance was so important and if it was
really going to accomplish that much.
At the risk of sounding like I am changing subject matter, let
me explain one huge benefit of the insurance that the pastors of
Rwanda have asked us to help with. Do you remember the story of
the unmerciful servant that Jesus told in Matthew 18:21-35?
Jesus tells of a man who was forgiven a great debt; yet
afterwards he would not forgive a small debt that was owed to
him. As the story goes, when the man who had forgiven the great
debt found out that his debtor would not forgive another of a
small debt, he had him thrown into prison. That prison is known
as a debtor’s prison.
Our country utilized debtor’s prisons until about 1833 when the
federal government did away with them. In this modern era it
seems strange to us that a person could be put in prison because
he owed money. People as famous as Charles Goodyear and Robert
Morris, who signed the Declaration of Independence and financed
much of the Revolutionary War, found themselves in debtor’s
prison for a period of time.
Today in many places in the world, people still go to prison for
owing money. I have personally spoken in many prisons such as
this in Africa. In Burundi, Africa where I spoke to hundreds of
inmates, there were murderers incarcerated with those who could
not pay their medical bills.
This brings us back to the insurance. For only two dollars per
person, or less than a cup of coffee, we can provide insurance
for medical services in Rwamagana, Rwanda for an entire year.
That’s less than 17 cents per month! This means that for one
year an individual can get medical evaluations and treatments as
well as emergency services for almost no cost. This also allows
people the luxury of getting ailments treated that they have put
off because of a lack of funds.
This insurance will keep them out of debtor’s prison! Many
people in Rwanda have medical emergencies just like we do and
they are rushed to the hospital. When they have no insurance
they are responsible for the entire bill and if they cannot pay
it, they are put in prison. My friend, this happens all the
time. The insurance that we want to provide has the potential of
keeping 7,000 people out of prison. Believe me, you would not
want to be in one of those prisons.
am so grateful for the many people who have given generously for
the gift of glasses. Now I want to stress giving the gift of
medical care for these needy people in Rwanda. Personally, I
cannot imagine life without medical insurance. This is such a
worthy and affordable project that my family and I will also be
contributing towards this great need.
As we read a moment ago, many are asking, “Who can show us any
good?” I can joyfully proclaim that the Lord is showing us much
good! He is so faithful and we are thrilled to be serving Him in
Rwanda in November. Thank you for standing with us, even in
these tight times, so that we can help others in need. Our
economic strain here in the States pales in comparison to the
situation we are dealing with in Rwanda! Please help if you can
and may the Lord bless you and build your faith.
With Eternity in Mind,