March 2023: CLANDESTINE OPERATIONS TO SLAY DRAGONS
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The second part of this newsletter deals with dragons. Around February or March of last year, I started to have severe pain in my body. I was in Russia and Afghanistan in January and February, but after I returned, I noticed I could not sleep at night. I was rolling over 20 to 30 times a night in bed and could not get comfortable. I began to feel like the nerves in my back were being torn apart. The easiest way to explain this is to imagine as if a person were being skinned alive but at a much lower level of pain. I went to the doctor and was prescribed a mild pain medication, and about half an hour later, I was shocked at the level of relief I got. Now I know that when I share with people about my health, they always become concerned. I appreciate their concern, but I am under several doctors’ care, and one is a believer. But the pain is so severe, and I probably have been dealing with it for a long time and just lived with it until it was no longer possible. Needless
to say, I have been to many doctors and have had many tests, and according to the tests, I am extremely healthy. But they have not been able to figure out what is wrong with me or the cause of my pain, and nerve-blocking medications have had
no effect. Personally, I believe this just may be spiritual warfare. I have prayed and do feel the Lord has told me it will pass in time, but this has been going on for a year, so I would ask for your prayers. I have a good friend whose daughter has had severe pain since she was a little girl. She has many problems with her spine and has even had a couple of discs fused, but she is still in incredible pain. He shared with me that she is in a constant state of despairing of life. She vomits
several times a day because of pain. I asked him if she would agree to speak with me, and he thought she would not, but she did agree. Far Reaching Ministries (FRM) has been able to help purchase a bed that helps with her condition and provides for her to have massage therapy. She has been able to sleep more at night, but her pain is still extreme. And the doctors have not been sensitive to this woman’s problems. I am hoping to find a strong Christian doctor willing to speak with this young lady and me to see if we can find her some relief. If you are receiving this newsletter and are a doctor or know of a strongly believing doctor that would be willing to help, please contact our office, and I will get back with you. I have been fortunate to have some people in the medical field that are trying to help. But my main concern is for this young woman. What she really needs is a doctor who prays and cares.
I know that in every newsletter, we detail the violent places in the world we are serving in. In Ukraine, many women and young girls have watched as their fathers and husbands went off to war. Then the women and young girls were forced to flee their country, but wicked men abducted them and sold them into the sex trade. What a terrible thing to experience, not knowing if you will ever see your loved one again, and the people who should be showing love and compassion are wolves. Often these people, after they have used a woman to the point that her body no longer functions, give her an overdose of drugs and drop her along the highway or in the woods, never to be found. The first time we went into Ukraine, Brent (who oversees our Afghanistan operation) was at a train station when he saw a mother looking bewildered with her children. He went up to her and asked her if she had fled Ukraine. When she responded yes, he just opened his wallet and gave her everything he had. The mother just broke down in tears because she had encountered a follower of the Messiah and not a wolf. I want everyone that reads our newsletters to know that everywhere we go, we share Christ–this is our
main calling. But many Christians misunderstand the term, ‘turn the other cheek.’ I heard a pastor say that if a man breaks into your house and decides to rape your wife, you will have to decide what you are going to do, believing that turning the other cheek means that you are to allow others to abuse you, or your wife is a wrong interpretation. This is a very foolish response; you should absolutely protect your wife. Turning the other cheek means taking an offense for the Gospel, which means to be willing to be insulted or endure some small injustice for Christ’s name. But it never means allowing others to rape and murder women and children. Unfortunately, we are as in the days of Sodom when perverse people believe that they should be able to abuse women and children.
The Bible says if you are faithful in small things God will give you greater things. And I believe this is what has been happening with FRM; the Lord is calling us to protect. He has seen our faithfulness in the past and given us greater responsibility to care for and protect those that do not have the ability to protect themselves. Today, I spoke with Gabriel, who oversees our ministry in Latin America, and he told us about some of the children in the orphanage. One little girl, who is nine, said that her father would have five to six men every night come in and pay to watch her shower, then afterward, each man would have his way with her. She said it was so painful that she would often pass out. But after the man finished with her, she would be revived, and the process would start all over again. She would pray that she would not wake up or die. When the Bible speaks of Satan as the great dragon, I believe this is the perfect example of what the dragon would do.
Another child said her mother would sell her to about five men every night. Then the mother decided to start selling her younger sister, and she begged her mother to let her sleep with the men instead of her five-year-old sister. It is incredible to me that a child would be willing to suffer so much to save her younger sister. If this does not exemplify no greater love does man have than this that he lay down his life for a friend, I do not know what does. Unfortunately, the mother chose to sell her five-year old sister too. Once again, I know for some of you that this is offensive that we are sharing this. If you fall into this group, I can tell you that you are in sin and need to ask the Lord to help you to care. The Bible tells us that we are to care for them as if it were us who were experiencing this trauma. How people turn a blind eye to such violence against children is unconscionable. People need to understand that we care for these children and are willing to lay down our lives to protect them. These two little girls each have their own bed, but they sleep with each other at night for comfort and love. The children have told us how happy they are to be in a place where they are protected. What is most difficult is that parents are selling their children to abusers, and by the time we get them, they are in terrible physical condition. But when the children have recovered, the parents try to get them back to sell them again. Luke and I have talked about this, and we are going to protect the children. We will not allow these children to be returned to a life of terror and abuse. When the laws of men are corrupt, we need to understand that we are to follow a higher law which is God’s law. Luke and I have discussed this extensively, and I told him I would do whatever was required to protect these children.
Psalm 82:3 says,
Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.
Proverbs 31:9 says,
Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the right of the poor and needy.
We are still raising the sponsors that are needed to ensure the safety and well-being of the children. We have had a great start, but by the time you receive this newsletter, we will probably be short by at least 100 sponsors. Brothers and sisters, we have to know that we have 200 sponsors signed up on a monthly basis for $75 a month. We cannot play with these kids’ safety. See, these 25 children are worth about $1,000,000 in revenue, and the criminals who exploit them want them back. We will be storing a small war chest, so if the economy does have a real setback, these children will not be returned because of a lack of foresight. Right now, we have 25 children in our home, ages 0 to 6 years, and others are waiting until we can get the proper paperwork to ensure safety.
Four of the children need reconstructive surgery immediately, including the three-year-old with damage so severe she needs the surgery to be able to urinate properly. And as I write this newsletter, we are carrying out a rescue operation today to get eight children. This is a clandestine operation, and the children we will rescue are being held by Dragons.
My heart towards these children is to be able to say, honey, you lay your head down and sleep and dream the dreams that a child is supposed to dream. No one is going to hurt you tonight–not on my watch. These people who prey on children are dragons. And at FRM, we know that dragons need to be destroyed.