Letters from Ghana
current time in Tarkwa, Ghana is:
Letters & photos and quotes from his
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If you would like to
learn more about the work of Shield of Faith Mission
International, or if you would like to contribute to Timothy's
financial support, please use this address, specifying: Timothy Spurling - Ghana,
Shield of Faith Mission
P.O. Box 144
Bend, Oregon 97709-0144
the least of these...
Helping a helpless man... see the way.
into all the world...
Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is
given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye
therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in
the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all
things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I
am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.
following verses have been my prayer for Timothy as he began his
life as a full-time missionary.
therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ
Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among
many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall
be able to teach others also. Thou therefore endure
hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man
that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life;
that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned,
except he strive lawfully.
"For the eyes of the Lord are over
the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers:
but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of
that which is good? But and if ye suffer for
righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of
their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify
the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give
an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the
hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a
good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you,
as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse
your good conversation in Christ.
1Peter 3.12 - 16
no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the
believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in
faith, in purity. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to
exhortation, to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is in
thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of
the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things;
give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to
all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine;
continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save
thyself, and them that hear thee.
The greatest gift the Lord
has given his mother is to have a son
willing to, as
Jim Elliot said, give up what he cannot keep
to gain what he cannot lose. Praise the Lord.
So Send I You
So send I you to labor
To serve unpaid, unloved, unsought,
To bear rebuke, to suffer scorn and
So send I you to toil for Me alone.
So send I you to bind the bruised and
O'er wand'ring souls to work, to weep,
To bear the burdens of a world aweary-
So send I you to suffer for My sake.
So send I you - to loneliness and
With heart a-hungering for the loved and
Forsaking home and kindred, friend and
So send I you - to know My love alone.
So send I you - to leave your life’s
To die to dear desire, self-will resign,
To labor long and love where men revile
So send I you - to lose your life in
So send I you to hearts made hard by
To eyes made blind because they will not
To spend, tho' it be blood, to spend and
So send I you to taste of Calvary.
*After many years, Miss Clarkson added
to the hymn, writing verses that
reflected the trials, and the joys, of
God’s call on the lives of his children.
As she matured she recognized that she
was sent out to minister to others, not
in isolation, but in triumph.
So send I you - by grace made strong to
O'er hosts of Hell, o'er darkness,
death, and sin,
My name to bear, and in that name to
So send I you, My victory to win.
So send I you - to take to souls in
The word or truth that sets the captive
To break the bonds of sin, to loose
So send I you, to bring the lost to Me.
So send I you - My strength to know in
My joy in grief, My perfect peace in
To prove My pow'r, My grace, My promised
So send I you, eternal fruit to gain.
So send I you - to bear My Cross with
And then one day with joy to lay it
To hear My Voice, "Well done, My
faithful servant -
Come share My throne, my kingdom and My
"As the Father hath sent Me..... so send
E. Margaret Clarkson - words
John W. Peterson - music
James Lucas has a blog - which, I'm sure
he will update when he has the opportunity! ;o)
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