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Just a Quick Update

Happy Sunday! I hope this has been a good day for you. I’ve been surprisingly productive today! Late last week I accidentally published my ‘Recommended Resources’ page with nothing on it. If you saw that, I’m so sorry! Time got away from me and I didn’t update it before the scheduled post date. However, today I updated it with several ministries that mean a lot to me.

World Vision is the first one on the list. I’ve been a World Vision Child Ambassador for about 5 years now. I’m one of those people who try to encourage you to sponsor a child! The first child I sponsored was a boy who was born the exact day as my grandson. I want that young man to have the best life possible. Just like his counterpart here. It’s fun to watch these boys a world apart grow up!

Anthem of Hope is next. That is a ministry run by Jarrid Wilson and his wife Juli. Jarrid is a pastor at a church in Southern California and struggled with depression and anxiety for years. He started this ministry to shed light on mental health in the Christian community and provide resources for those suffering. Since I’ve had these same issues for as long as I can remember, this ministry is a sweet blessing to me.

Next up is Nabeel Qureshi’s website. Nabeel was a special man who’s book changed my life. You’ll read more about that here in the coming week or so. Nabeel was raised Muslim and converted to Christianity while in college. His book “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus” is coming out in a 3rd edition next week. I’ll be doing a blog post about that on Friday as part of a ‘blog tour’. Nabeel passed away in September of 2017 from stomach cancer.

The Immigration Project is exactly what it sounds like. It was started by Rondell Trevino in response to our current immigration crisis in this country. Jesus says to care for immigrants. I can’t say we’re doing a great job of that right now…

The last two links are a couple ministries at the church where I’ve been a member for 16 years. The first is Value Life. This is a ministry to women in crisis pregnancies. There is NOTHING these women need that this ministry doesn’t provide. Including love and care. It’s amazing and wonderful. The last is the Community Outreach Ministry. The members of our church do some incredible things to help ‘the least of these’ in Columbus Ohio. Including tutoring in the schools and cleaning up the schools themselves. It’s a blessing. God must smile at that!

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to check these out. I’ll add more, and books as well, as I blog more. Have a blessed rest of your Sunday!

Oh–if you can think of a resource you think would be good to share here, leave a comment! I’ll take a look and might just add it as well!

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A Tribute to Nabeel

I’ve read a lot of tributes to Nabeel in the past few days. Most from people who knew him personally, but some from people who, like me, had never met him but felt a great loss with his passing. Nabeel wrote some books that touched my life. Nabeel touched my heart.

I’m not sure those of us who were raised in church can fully appreciate all that Nabeel went through and all he gave up to follow Jesus. I was thinking the other day about this. Do we realize that Jesus is the pearl of great price? Would you sell all you had to have him? Nabeel basically did. Millions of people have. But what have you given up? What are you willing to give up? What’s he worth to you?

These questions were brought home to me after reading Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus.

Nabeel knew what he would lose. It took him years of searching and studying to be sure of what he was doing. God was working in him all that time in the best way. The Nabeel way. He loved to learn. He loved to research and investigate. He needed to prove things for himself. God knows us all so well. He knows how to woo each one of us to himself.

God also knew how Nabeel felt about his family. He loved his parents and sister more than anything. Would you give up your family if you’re called to do so? I can’t even imagine. I sure hope I would. The pain involved would be so great.

God called Nabeel to suffer for him. He calls us all to, really. Nabeel started his walk with God in pain from losing his family. (Happily, and by God’s grace, Nabeel and his family reconciled and they spent a lot of time with him in the past year.) He ended his earthly walk in pain as well. In between there was the constant pain from Muslims who bad mouthed him and/or threatened him. He stood strong to his final breath.

I guess it’s been about 3 years since I learned who Nabeel Qureshi was. I read his first book and was so blessed by it. I followed him on Facebook and Twitter. I was on the book launch teams for his last 2 books. I was stunned and cried when he told us about his diagnosis. I watched all the video updates. It’s amazing to me how generous and selfless he was. He did videos from all over the place through every phase of treatment. I learned so much about God and His goodness and mercy just from those videos. He shared Jesus till the end.

I feel like I knew him. I do know this-he’s my brother and I’ll see him in Heaven one day.

Well done, Nabeel. You’ll be so missed.