Unequally yoked and foreign missions

Unequally yoked and foreign missions

“Making Disciples of Jesus Christ” is the mantra of the denomination of church my family attends. With the recent signing with Muslim Aid, special collections and a part of the apportionments collected from local churches each year and sent to those who decide whence the funds goes, is placed into the hands of Muslims. With R. Randy Day, leader of that ministry quoted as saying, “There’s no proselytizing when we respond to tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, and all those things.” “This is open to all kinds of religious groups, so we hope others come and join us, too -- Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu.” While secular humanitarian aid may be perfectly acceptable, on the front of it, this partnership seems to violate the Scriptures by being ‘unequally yoked.” Through a gift to One Great Hour of Sharing, you can give a person in need a drink, but cannot give her the thirst-quenching gift of everlasting life through Jesus Christ.


A new friend of mine, Sue Eckert, has written a lovely book about their experiences living, teaching, and learning amongst the Fulani people of Niger Republic, which I have just read and want to share with you. Mamane’s Journey - An African Muslim Youth Learns of Christ is a short story, which Sue prays, “God will use to revive interest and commitment in long-term missions through more fervent prayer, more deliberate resource-sharing, and more consideration to long-term service for young and old.” If you are interested in purchasing the book, go to www.masterdesign.org/eckert.html

We recently returned from a two-week driving vacation out West. Pulling into the driveway, the van odometer clicked up 4012 miles. Far too many miles sitting in a vehicle. Our primary purpose was to visit friends who had moved out west. So after delivering a whole beef to a customer in Omaha, we headed on to Buffalo, WY to see Terrill and Tanya Knifong, then on to Ronan, MT to stay with John, Crystal, Chase, Nathan, and Autumn Walkup. They had moved to the area south of Flathead Lake in January to start their organic egg business and to grow and sell organic alfalfa hay. Whilst there we took a turn through National Bison Range and Glacier National Park. Anyone with a fear of heights, as I have, will have some difficulty with that one. Then we pointed south and became guests of Jim, Dawn, and Cavan Gerrish. They are doing well, keeping extremely business, but gave us a $100 tour of their area. May, ID area is sparsely populated and with the full moon and no annoying security lights in the valley, we could see for miles in all directions from their back porch, enjoying each other’s company sipping an iced wine. Life is good to be shared with excellent friends.


Yellowstone Park and Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha rounded out our return home.


Now that we have returned from vacation, it is back to mob grazing. Now there are about 305,000 lbs of stock shifting twice a day. Allen is guessing as to the acreage given each day to about 1 acre per day or ½ acre each 12-hour shift, so that puts us about 610,000 lb/acre. However, this is not set in stone. One must visually assess how much is grazed and how much is trampled when deciding the quantity to allot for the next shift. To be a grazier, one must be flexible!

Posted: 2007-08-15

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