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Yesterday our oldest daughter turned 5!! Lauren is such a blessing to our family, we are so thankful for her life and the joy that she brings to us and others. It is so exciting to see our children grow and mature and we look forward to seeing all that God has in store for her. She’s a world changer for the glory of God! We love you Lauren Joy!!

 

John, Liz, Lauren, Josiah and Carson will all be heading to Fort Wayne, IN for the weekend of October 17th for Redemption ’08. GRN Director Tom Zurowski is speaking at this event. John is the Executive Assistant for the ministry and will be assisting Tom as he ministers that Friday night.

The one night worship gathering will be held at the Memorial Coliseum and will commence at 7pm. This night is sure to be an incredible worship experience in the presence of the Lord. The theme of the conference is Hope, Healing, and Restoration. They will have many annointed men and women there ministering in worship, testimony and challenge. (Liz is especially excited about Ballet Magnificat who will be performing there!) Tom is scheduled to conclude the event with an inspiring message from God that will challenge the thousands in attendance in their walk with God. How exciting!!

If you are going to be in the area, or even if you are not, make plans to come to Redemption ’08! It is going to be a wonderful time in worship to our God.

Contact us for more information including accomodations, directions, etc., or visit Redemption ’08’s website.

See you there!

Congaratulations Tom , Elli, Megan, John, and Jeremiah!!!

This afternoon at 12:14pm. They welcomed Matthew Stephen into the world!

He weighed in at 7 lbs. 2.5 oz. and he is 20 in. long. Elli and Matthew are doing great! Check GRN’s blog for updates and (soon) pictures. God is good!

I don’t know about you but I was not blessed with an automatic positive attitude. It is really something that I have to work hard at. I have been realizing that what I thought was a good attitude was only a good attitude when things were going my way. Ouch. God has graciously been showing me that I am in need of a major attitude adjustment:) If you are like me and struggle with having a positive attitude and outlook on life, be encouraged! There is Hope! Start today! You are always one decision away from change! Attitude is a choice. You and I are the only ones responsible for whether or not we are going to have an awesome day today!

Today is a beautiful day. God is on His throne. He reigns! God thank You for giving us this day and for the opportunity to serve You and other people today. We choose to rejoice today! God You are good!

Attitude by Charles Swindoll

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. Ando so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.”

 

~Liz Follman

Hello everyone! Hope you are all enjoying your summer! I’m writing to ask if you would pray and believe with us for the money we need to purchase Lauren’s school books. We will be starting Lauren in Kindergarten this year. We are so excited and take the privilege of teaching our children at home very seriously. Thank you for praying and believing with us. He is our Provider!

Our family would love to pray for you. Please let us know of any prayer requests you might have. We hope you have a blessed day. Our God reigns!

Last Friday night our son Josiah fell down our stairs and broke his collar bone. Please pray for a quick and complete healing of his body and for us, his parents as we try to keep a very active 3 year old from running, jumping, and falling! Thanks so much!

For a more detailed story of what happened (and pictures) visit Liz’s blog. Have a blessed day!

Last week, we at GRN learned that 46 people were abducted about 6 miles from the Loka Senior Secondary (Christian) School in Sudan where I just was less than a month ago. If you recall, while I was there, soldiers from the government were deployed to our area and surrounding areas because a local chief had just been killed by the LRA (rebel group) and were headed in the Loka direction.

Well, the soldiers are still there, and yet the violence continues. How do you defend yourself from a hidden enemy who stays primarily in the bush? I created a mini video to help bring awareness about just how real this issue is for those who live in that area of Sudan, including those I met on my trip over there… even the kids you see laughing in just the previous post, and the woman, Angela, who speaks in the video.

Check out this video for a glimpse into what life is like for people there, and pray how you might get involved. They need our help. I was moved when I was in Sudan personally listening to Angela share these words. I believe you will be moved too.

Go to http://www.grnconnect.org to get connected with this project.

For Jesus,

John


     Check out a few pictures from my recent trip to Sudan. One of my main tasks was recording video footage for Global Response Network. I am now importing and editing the videos to create movies to help spread awareness and raise support for the Loka Senior Secondary School project. The videos will be broadcasted on the internet, shown at churches and shared with partners of the ministry.

     You can tell I had a blast meeting such wonderful people! I count it a great privilege to do whatever I can to help people in southern Sudan receive a Christian education and rebuild their lives! Check out http://www.grnconnect.org to get connected yourself with the project.

Check out a few more pics…

I am not sure where to start after going on such a life-changing experience. Let me first say thank you to all who have prayed for Tom Zurowski and I and our families. Thank you to those who contacted our wives and kids while we were away – it was greatly appreciated.

We arrived safely home Tuesday night from about 33 hours of flying and waiting for flights. One of the goals that I personally had when I went was to encouraging the believers in Sudan and also to be encouraged myself. Now that I reflect on the trip, I hope that they were encouraged even half as much as our lives were changed through the experience.

The trip included everything from meeting students, teachers, local people, influential governmental leaders concerning the school, watching de-miners remove land mines from the war off of school property while the students learned in classes, hearing reports of a Ugandan rebel group (LRA) killing a chief in a neighboring community and heading in the direction of the school and where we were staying, having soldiers dispatched into our area for safety form these rebels who kill, steal, abduct and rape, making friends with a bat who I shared a tookle (shelter) with, and trying to trust God throughout the whole experience.

I quickly found out where my peace laid: in the comfort and familiarity of what I know here in the US. I realized that when your world is flipped upside down, you discover what is really on the inside of a man. For me is was a lonely, scared, uncomfortable, intimidated little man 🙂 I wasn’t so spiritual as I thought I was. Back here in the US, Liz and the family felt insecurities and fears as well. It is a humbling experience to say goodbye at the airport knowing Dad is going to a volatile place and it may be the last time we see each other. Though each day we live we don’t know what may come no matter where we are, this trip seem to bring out thoughts and feelings we had never experienced.

Though we did not have me go to Sudan for my sake, I believe my family and I were lovingly broken in such a way that will help us to be better lovers of God and people. We have a long way to go, but we thank God for the experience. He held us in His loving hands throughout the trip.

As many of you know, the ministry we are working with (Global Response Network) is rebuilding the second largest school ever built in Southern Sudan. The nation is war-torn and as I experienced to some extent first hand, still is dealing with rebels, broken families, fear, a rebuilding government, and the attempt for a people to stand together and restore their lives. I got to see first hand how GRN is helping to do that.

I took so much video on the trip. That was one of my main tasks for the ministry. I will now have the great opportunity to go through the hours of footage we took to edit the videos and create short “movies” meant to help communicate the scope of the Loka Senior Secondary School Project with people in the States and around the world.

I realized quickly that the school that GRN is rebuilding is a great source of life and hope in the community of Loka and for all of the south of Sudan. I feel so privileged to be able to help the students, teachers, workers and people of Southern Sudan in some small way. Now that I have looked into their eyes, seen their lives, kicked the soccer ball around with them and talked with them, I see with absolute clarity the difference we are making in Sudan.

If you have not done so already, I encourage you to visit GRN’s website at http://www.grnconnect.org where you will see some of the video work that I will be doing and its where you can connect with the Loka Senior Secondary School Project.

Well, thank you once again for your love and support for my family and me. Honestly, my family and I are such rookies in “ministry.” We don’t really know what we are doing at times! Please give us feedback on how we are communicating with you and even how we can pray for you. All we know to do sometimes is keep pushing forward, trying to make a difference for Jesus in the sphere where God gives us influence. I do believe that somehow, we all are making a difference as we live our lives totally sold out to God and His desires.

Stay tuned for pics and stories from the trip and our everyday lives. We hope you are encouraged by them!

Jesus is worthy,

John