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Below is obituary for Pastor J. B. Jordan. Many of you probably knew him over the years. He was a great friend to missionaries.  Rev. J.B. Jordan, age 76 of Cumming, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2008.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe & Bessie Jordan and great grandchild, Brandalyn Mobley. 

Rev. Jordan was a licensed and ordained minister for 50 years and pastored Victory Baptist Church for 20 years, True Way Baptist Church for 2 years and other Baptist churches.  Survivors include:  wife of 53 years, Paula “Hunkie” Jordan of Cumming; son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Kim Jordan of Woodstock; daughters and sons-in-law, Vickie and Hal Rey and Kathy and Daniel Samples all of Cumming; brother and sister-in-law, Dennis and Janice Jordan of Franklin, GA; sisters, Videra Bone of Mableton and Bobbie Nell Alexander of Dallas; sister and brother-in-law, Darlene and Glenn Townsend of Powder Springs; 2 grandchildren, Christi & Brian Mobley of Duluth and Caleb Samples of Cumming; a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 5, 2008 at 11:00 am at Cumming Baptist Church with Rev. Fred Howard and Rev. Daniel Samples officiating. 

Interment will follow in Sawnee View Memorial Gardens.  Visitation will be on Thursday, January 3, 2008 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Friday, January 4, 2008, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory, Cumming, Georgia will be in charge of arrangements 

Vision Baptist Church is praying for the Jordan family. 


Vision Baptist Church will be hosting Evangelist Lou Rossi and we are asking you to be praying that God will work greatly in our lives and church.  Keep up with more info as we get closer to the day by checking in on Vision News.

Reading the following article made me think of what is going on with our missionaries around the world.  I hope you will bear in mind what your missioanries are doing around the world.  The same amount of support is no longer the same amount of support. Every church is going to need to step it up to help our men get through these hard times.  Let us never forget the men who are on the front lines

 

Dollar’s Fall Is Felt Around The Globe

Weakening U.S. Currency Harms Overseas Markets

Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, December 24, 2007; Page A01 

The sharp decline of the U.S. dollar since 2000 is affecting a broad swath of the world’s population, with its drop on global markets being blamed at least in part for misfortunes as diverse as labor strikes in the Middle East, lost jobs in Europe and the end of an era of globe-trotting rich Americans.

It marks a shift for Americans in the global economy. In times of strength, a mightier dollar allowed Americans to feed their insatiable appetite for foreign goods at cheap prices while providing Yankees abroad with virtually unrivaled economic clout. But now, as the United States struggles to fend off a recession, observers say the less lofty dollar is having both a tangible and intangible diminishing effect.”The dollar was the dominant force in world economics for 100 years — we had no competition,” said C. Fred Bergsten, an American economist and director of the Washington-based Peterson Institute for International Economics. “There was no other economy close to the size of the United States. But all that is now changing.”The dollar is down more than 40 percent against the euro over the past seven years, taking a particularly sharp drop last month. Despite a bit of a rebound in recent weeks, the dollar is still off nearly 12 percent since Jan. 11, when it hit its peak for 2007.

For now, that drop is allowing the U.S. economy to reap rewards. American products have become exceedingly competitive, boosting exports ranging from Caterpillar tractors to Boeing jumbo jets that are now relative blue-light specials in the global marketplace. Using the same logic of chasing cheaper local production costs that has driven many U.S. factories to China, a few iconic European companies, including Airbus, are set to shift some manufacturing lines to the United States.

But for untold millions worldwide, the weak dollar has emerged as a troubling dark spot. Take Ngengi Mungai, a Nairobi coffee exporter trapped between the weaker dollar and the rapidly appreciating Kenyan shilling — which gained as much as 12 percent against the dollar this year amid an export-driven economic surge across much of Africa. His coffee sales overseas, as with the bulk of global commodities, are priced in weaker dollars. But he must then convert them into stronger shillings to cover his local costs for local labor, materials, even the clothes on his back. It has cut sharply into his annual income.”Basically,” Mungai said, “it’s bad.”It has left many wondering whether the dollar has lost its bling for good. Even rapper Jay-Z dissed the dollar in his recent video, “Blue Magic.” In scenes celebrating the excess of wealth in Manhattan’s shimmering glass canyons, the cameras cut repeatedly not to images of $100 bills — but of crisp, 500 euro notes.Though still the primary choice for global reserves and commodities, some countries have begun to diversify their dollar holdings, while a nascent push is afoot to re-price some commodities in currencies other than the dollar. In May, Kuwait dropped its currency peg to the dollar and other oil-rich Gulf states have threatened to follow. Perhaps most telling: In recent months, the euro surpassed the dollar as the currency with the largest global circulation.In very real terms, it has forced Americans to rethink their lust for foreign goods. Sales of luxury, British-made Jaguars and Land Rovers, for instance, are declining in the United States because of the weak dollar, while fewer North American tourists — a 10 percent drop in the third quarter of 2007 compared with the same period last year — treated themselves to trips to England.The chink in the dollar’s armor has dealt a blow to American pride — at least to the kind of pride that comes with buying power.Nowhere is that more visible than with Americans overseas. “It’s changed our lifestyle,” said Lauren Amlani, 48, who moved to Paris from California with her husband and young son in March 2006. “A meal with pizza and drinks for the three of us comes to over $75. That’s ridiculous!”

The following comes from an email sent out by project North Africa and Aaron. I want to encourage all of you to get your copy of this book as soon as possible. I have already ordered mine and paid for it over paypal.

One Church-planting team’s first year of minsitry to Muslims
My wife Jillian and I, along with our coworkers Cesar and Mariet Copa from Arequipa, Peru have kept a journal of our experiences over the last year since we arrived in Morocco. This book is unique because it is written from a man AND a woman’s perspective as we ministered to Muslims together.

If you would like your your family and/or your church to know how to better pray for our missions…
If you would like to know what it is like to live and ministry in a Muslim country…
If you would like to know how to witness to the Muslims that you know…
If you know anyone going to minister in Muslim country…

Buy One, GIVE One Free!

For every book YOU buy, we will GIVE a book to a college student. The future of missions lies in the hands of the young people who are preparing themselves in our colleges. Will they consider going to a Muslim country?

It’s up to you!

All profits from the book will go directly into the church planting efforts of Project North Africa!

Order online at our website: www.projectna.com or by mail:
Project North Africa
PO Box 519
Braselton, GA 30517
Checks made payable to “Project North Africa” for $14.95 for the book and $3 for shipping.

Special pricing available for churches or individuals requesting 5 or more books.

This would be the book for you!

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I just got the following in an email from John Pearson.  Interesting data: 

The only authorized Christian publisher in China is celebrating a milestone on Saturday as the 50 millionth Bible rolls off the presses, according to a report in the Times of London.

Click here for more from the Times of London.

Demand for the Bible is soaring in officially-atheist China, at a time when meteoric economic growth is testing the country’s allegiance to Communist doctrine, the Times of London reports. Now, the demand in China for Bibles is such that Amity Printing, a joint venture between Chinese Christian charity and the United Bible Societies, a Protestant organization, can barely keep pace.

Early next year it will move into a new, much larger factory on the edge of the eastern city of Nanjing to become the world’s single-biggest producer of Bibles.

“This platform has been built as a blessing to the nation. It will print Bibles for China for as long as it takes to do it,” said New Zealander Peter Dean, of the United Bible Societies.

In careful adherence to China’s laws that prohibit evangelizing, the Bible is not on sale in mainstream Chinese bookshops but through a distribution system managed by the official church, such as stalls set up for people attending morning service, according to the Times of London report. Hey if you live in the area I hope you will visit Vision Baptist Church for our Christmas on the Northside.  You can also keep up to date with what we are doing by checking out Vision News. 

“I had one most touching proof of a deacon’s loving self-sacrifice and generosity. During a very serious illness, I had an unaccountable fit of anxiety about money matters. There was no real ground for apprehension, for my dear wife and I were scrupulously careful to “owe no man anything,” and there was no pecuniary liability in connection with the
Lord’s work under my charge which need have caused me the slightest perplexity. I had fallen into one of those curious mental conditions that are often the result of extreme pain and weakness, in which the mind seems to lay hold of some impalpable object, and will not let it go. One of the brethren came to see me while I was in that sad state, and after trying in vain to comfort me, he said, “Well, good bye, sir, I’ll see what I can do.” He went straight home, and before very long he came back to me bringing all the stocks and shares and deeds and available funds that he had. Putting them down on the bed where I was lying in great agony, he said, “There, my dear Pastor, I owe everything I have in the world to you, and you are quite welcome to all I possess. Take whatever you need, and do not have another moment’s anxiety.” Of course, as soon as I got better, I returned to my dear friend all that he had brought to me under’ such singular circumstances. Even if I had needed it, I could not have taken a penny of it, for it seemed to me very much as the water from the well of Bethlehem must have appeared to David. Happily, I did not require any part of the amount so freely placed at my disposal, but I could never forget the great kindness of the brother who was. willing to give all that he had in order to allay the groundless fears of his sorely-afflicted minister.” from his autobiography 2 page 72

There are lessons we can learn–one that I am working on is getting out of debt.  He owed no one anything and that had to be a relief.  Another thing to be learned is that God gives us in our churches great men and women who are such a blessing to us.  We need to be careful to so give to our people that they will feel this great love.

It is not to be expected but to be earned.

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I am often kidded about my enthusiasm for blogging and so as I read this quote from Spurgeon I thought that it might give you that extra nudge to start recording what you are learning also:”Beloved, when you and I have seen or heard anything which God has revealed to us, let us go and write it, make it known by some other means.  God has not put the treasure into the earthen vessel merely for the vessel’s own sake, but that the treasure may afterwards be poured our from it, that others may thereby be enriched.  You have not been privileged to see, merely to make glad your eyes, and to charm your soul; you have been permitted to see in order that you may make others see, that you may go forth and report what the Lord has allowed you to perceive.  John no sooner became the seer of Patmos than he heard a voice that said to him, ‘Write’.   He could not speak to others, for he was on an island where he was exiled from his fellows, but he could write, and he did; and, often, he who writes addresses a larger audience than the man who merely uses his tongue.   It is a happy thing when the tongue is aided by the pen of a ready writer, and so gets a wider sphere, and a more permanent influence than if it merely uttered certain sounds, and the words died away when the ear had heard them.”  Vision News
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I am working on a special series of posts on a blog that I call the Church Planting Discussion.  The material is tremendous due to the fact that it is what William Carey and his team drew up to better reach the people of India.  I want you to invite you to read them and start following that discussion.  Feel free to make comments:Post 1, 23456789.  Yes you did hear and get started late. Vision News
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Some of the excuses Christians throw at their responsibility to reach a world lost and going to hell.

 

1) “But I’m not called.”

You don’t know how many people I’ve met who have said to me “I agree that more people need to go to the mission field, but I’ve never heard God tell me to go.”

Well, the truth is that God has already told you to go in His Word. In fact, He commands you to go… “Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.” ( Mark 16:15) That’s right… YOU ARE CALLED!

In fact, if you don’t go, you need a specific calling from God to stay home. Has God definitely told you not to “go” somewhere outside your country to preach the Gospel? If He hasn’t, then you’d better start praying WHERE to go, instead of IF you should go – for again, you’re already called!

2) “But God needs people to stay here to be a witness to those lost in America. There’s enough need right here!”

It is true that God has called some people to stay right where they are to be witnesses for Jesus in their daily lives and professions. But again, God is merciful and just. Since America has only about 5% of the world’s population, then only about 5% of the believers would really be called to stay in this country as a witness ( that’s only about 1 out of 20) while the rest of us should go into the parts of the world where there are almost 0% believers. (In Albania, for instance, there are only “a handful” of known believers in the whole country of 2.7 million people – less than 1/2 of 1/1000th percent!!)

3) “But God needs people to stay home and financially support those ministries and missionaries who are already all over the world. In fact, my church is already supporting some missionaries with my tithes and offerings.”

You should never have to worry about there not being enough Christians staying home to support missionaries! There will always be enough people around who will not answer the call to go – who will stay home and gladly just send a check (instead of themselves) to reach to lost. After all, nothing is easier to give than money (except nothing!).

This does not mean that everyone who stays home is selfish and disobedient. As I’ve already said, there are some who know they are definitely called to stay, and they are doing exactly what God would have them do here, while they greatly support other ministries. I’m just saying that there will always be plenty of people around to financially support the pitifully few who answer the call and obey God.

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 A family of a certain neighborhood was in dire need.  This need  was discussed,  and it  was decided  to meet  at the church  at  a  certain  hour  and  pray  about the matter.  Everyone  present offered an urgent  prayer for the relief of the  family and  were preparing  to leave  when a wagon loaded with groceries  stopped at the door  of the church.  A lad  shouted, “Folks,  here’s my  dad’s prayer  for that family,”

-Mrs. Paul Evans

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