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God is SO good and how He USES things for His outcome that we would never dream of! emoticon

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Thanks, Gaye! Yes, Lennon knows it was God that directed his call to Gerald. After all, he just made up some numbers and called it. He didn't get our number from some kind of list or phone book. That was God!

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This is SO exciting! It was no accident that he got Gerald that call...God's activities can still give me goosebumps sometimes! Blessings to Lennon and you and Gerald!

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Yes, God is really working in Lennon's life! Gerald asked him how far away his job will be and he said 5 miles. So when asked how he would get to work he said he had a bicycle that he could ride to get there. He is supposed to start a week from Monday. Please pray that this will be his step into the plan that God has to provide for his needs and that he will be a good employee. Gerald, being a former Postmaster, has stressed to him the importance of being there every day, on time and doing whatever he is asked to do with joy!

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This is great information...I'm so glad he has you and G. to talk to! Will keep praying for him also

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Fantastic. To God be the glory!!!

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Thanks, Gaye. He's still very needy. He calls pretty often, still needing money, but Gerald has talked to a couple of pastors in his area of Jamaica and has encouraged Lennon to go to church, not just for help, but for his spiritual needs and the pastors have both said that if he will come to them they will see if they can help with his need for food as well. He has been going to church so he's on the right track now!

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This is SO exciting, Avanell! Thanks for sharing with us and keeping up with him....Such a blessing he has become..to all of us...seeing what the Lord does when least expected! emoticon

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Lennon had a job interview today. He said he had to take 3 tests and he passed them all. They offered him a part-time job! Praise the Lord! He was a little disappointed that it wasn't a full-time job but I told him that's lots better than no job at all! Yes, he said!

Thank you for your prayers for Lennon. Please keep them going. He still has a lot of needs.

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Thank you Judi!

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I am praying for Lennon as well. God bless him. Judi

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Thank you, Gaye and John! We appreciate your prayers!

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Avanell, John and I are agreeing with you in prayer for Lennon also! God will receive all the Glory for this young man. emoticon

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Thank you, Karen!

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Praying Avanell!

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Update: Lennon called tonight. He actually called once on Saturday and I spoke with him briefly but Gerald wasn't here and he really wanted to speak with him so he called back tonight.

We had gathered some scriptures together to give him some assurance of his salvation and to encourage him that God would supply his needs. Gerald talked with him again about what Jesus had purchased for him on the cross and that he, through his prayer of salvation, has become a new creation in Christ Jesus. Then he shared with him that Philippians 4:19 says that God would supply his needs. And I finished by praying with him that verse in Philippians and that just as he had called us, not knowing who he was going to talk to, that God knew who he was calling and that he needed to talk to Gerald, that God would also supply his needs for a job, money to live, a home and all the other needs that he might have. He so graciously received my prayer and agreed with me, very politely thanking me for praying for him and ending the call through saying "God bless you" to me.

My heart is humbled and heavy for Lennon. It's like a child that you know is in a foreign country and you can't get to him to help him. Please pray for him. Before I took the phone to pray with him, Gerald asked him about his family and he told him that his father was killed in a car accident when he was 9 and his mother died at age 48 from cancer. He has no siblings. He is alone in this world. He went to church again yesterday. He said he has a Bible and he wrote the scriptures down that Gerald gave him so he could read them for himself. He stays in a room in someone else's house that has no electricity. He has to use candles for lighting.

We are still trying to get in touch with a church affiliation in Jamaica that can help him. Gerald talked with an Assembly of God district superintendent over Latin America today. He said we do not have a missionary in Jamaica but he told Gerald to email him Lennon's information and he will get in touch with his affiliates in Jamaica to see if they can help. We haven't heard anything more back from the Corporate office for the Assembly of God in Kingston. Please pray that we can locate someone in Lennon's area to help him in whatever way they can.

Thanks, friends! Your prayers mean so much to this young man!

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Amen, Gaye! I agree! Thanks for your comment!

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I think we all have done this...I KNOW we get SO many calls, political, etc. and if I let myself I could become VERY judgmental but I think we ALL learned a lesson from this! I know I did and I shall never view it the same way again!

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I've come face to face with this myself, Judi! And what I've decided is that desperate people do desperate things for survival.

Thank you for your comment!

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Wow!!! This account has really convicted me of something I need to pray about. I have a very dear friend who has been scammed and I am afraid this has made me a very judgmental about the people who do this sort of thing. I am afraid, I automatically see the evil in that situation and never gave a thought to the opportunity to present Jesus to them. Thank you for this wonderful testimony. I need to do some soul searching. I have never been personally approached but I hope that if I ever am, I have learned a lesson from Gerald. Thank you so much. Judi

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Yes, it is! God's certainly done a work in this situation!

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How cool, AVANELL!

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We hear from him pretty often now, Lois. He called again today but Gerald wasn't here to talk to him. He told me he just wanted to say "hi" to Gerald.

Thank you!

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Truly, truly awesome, My husband shed tears just now Avanell, as I read to him how your husband took the time to love a scammer and lead him to Christ. God bless your husband and may God use this new child of God to reach out to many in his country.

Oh How I wish we could help this man somehow.
I will pray though for sure.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.
Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
John 14:6 Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the pow
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That is so wonderful to hear! emoticon

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Praise God! It is so wonderful to see Him working in the different ways He does! Thanks for the updates, Avanell...they are truly appreciated!

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Beautiful to hear! Thanks for updating us! Praise Jesus! emoticon

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Lennon called Gerald tonight. He, once again, wanted to thank Gerald for helping him. He is so appreciative! He said he went to church Sunday and told everyone about what had happened to him.

How blessed we are that God has brought to our hearts a new love for the people in Jamaica. Gerald has an app on his phone called "tuned in radio" and he pulled up a Jamaican Christian radio station on it last night as we were traveling home. We heard some great praise and worship musicians praising Jesus through Jamaican expression last night as well as some strong preaching on the "Word in faith and power", as the title was of one of the segments of ministry. The flavor of the musical expression was partly Jamaican and the rest just if it was music from the USA. Jesus was the center of all that we heard from that station and the announcer was very encouraging in speaking into people's lives about how God is working and that nothing is impossible for Him to do for you. He is the way-maker!

If you can get "tuned in radio" on your iphone or computer the Jamaican station is Love 101FM.



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Amen! emoticon Thanks, Gaye!

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So true, Karen...it's ALL up to Him! It's the Holy Spirit that does the work!

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I know it's a legitimate concern. But let's just keep him in prayer. God can do anything and meet any need. God is faithful.

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Avanell, definitely keep us posted on anything you hear! Again, God Bless Gerald...he planted a seed for sure!

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Thanks, Joan. I must say that we both became more aware snd understanding of the conditions that these people like him are under and why they do the things they do. We are heavy hearted in thinking about what he will do once the funds tbat we have provided are depleted.

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What an inspiring story Avanell. This was definitely of God. Gerald is commended for following through with Lennan. Like you, I would have hung up on him. I have had this type of thing happen to me and I won't fall for it. God bless Gerald for listening to God's voice.

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I agree! :)

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This is more of the kind of story we all need to hear MORE often...the world had gotten so "off" and this did all our hearts tood! Yep, Gerald needs some high fives!

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I told Avanell how much Gerald inspired ME! While I'm not mean, I admit I don't always take that kind of time with telemarketer type calls. I do hope though that if the Lord wanted me to minister to someone, I would hear and obey!

Avanell, please give Gerald a 'high-five' from me! :)

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Gerald bought him a money pack card so he could get some food last night and talked to him again. He talked to him some more about Lord and he told Gerald that he knew God was real because he had called ssomeone that he didn't even know with the intention of getting money through a scam and that person helped him just because he was in need. He asked Gerald to pray for him before he hung up. He was so grateful. He said he hadn't made any more scam calls and wouldn't do that anymore. The AG office in Jamaica is going to contact him and see if they can help him.

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This story is a definite lesson for me. God can use ANY situation, after all if He can send us out on the streets to speak with the "street people" and into the horrid areas of the sex slave industry to reach people, why wouldn't He bring them TO US!!!

Thanks for the great lesson, Avanell, and God Bless Gerald for being on the ball at the time!

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Wow! I probably would have just hung up on him.

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It sure is! that is definitely a God-moment!

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Yes, it is quite awesome! Thanks, everyone! When asked how he got our phone number he said he didn't get it from anywhere. He made up the number and called it. The call came in to our phone. I see that as God ordained!



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That's a wonderful story. Thank God for Gerald allowing to use him like that. I know that I would not have been that "useful" to God. That's a sobering realization. I'm praying for me to be aware of circumstances that I can be used. I'll be praying for this new believer.

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Wow, Avie, talk about a hidden impact?

What a great story of having a heart of compassion to share with us.

Your husband certainly is being used of Jesus to lead a lost soul to the love and compassion to Jesus.

He will never be the same again.

I also stand in agreement with you in prayer that Holy Spirit will send others for the wheat that is ripe for the picking of salvation of Jesus in the name of Jesus.

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Avanell, I am rejoicing with you for this precious soul, and joining my prayers and faith with yours in agreement for everything to go well! emoticon

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A couple of days ago we received a phone call. My husband answered and spoke with the gentleman. This man had good news for us! We had just won 2.5 million dollars and UPS was on their way with it but we had to hurry and wire him $3,500 to pay the taxes on it before UPS could deliver it. Gerald played along with him for a while and then confronted him about being a SCAMMER! He seemed to be surprised when Gerald told him that he really DID care for him and understood that he might be in a dire situation but that scamming was not the way to get a person to help him. The man was from Jamaica and he began to tell my husband about the horrid living conditions in his home country. And how we, as Americans, only see the tourist part of Jamaica, but that it is a horrible place to have to live. Gerald told him that God loved him and had purchased his salvation and had a good plan for his life. This man gave Gerald his real name, as he had begun the conversation with a fictitious one, and told him that he was hungry and couldn't get a job and needed help. He had been in prison for 15 years on a framed charge, entering prison at age 14 having been convicted of shooting his girlfriend. Another man later was caught and confessed to the crime but Lennon spent 15 years of his life incarcerated for a crime he didn't commit. Gerald continued to talk with him about the Lord and how He would provide for his every need if he would place his trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord. After about 30 minutes of conversation I heard my husband ask him if he would like for him to pray with him to receive Jesus into his heart and Lennon said "yes".

Gerald led Lennon to the Lord that morning and now we are working with the Assemblies of God in Kingston, Jamaica, to see if we can get Lennon some help. He called back again today. He had had only a piece of melon when Gerald talked with him this afternoon. Our hearts are broken for Lennon and all those others out there who resort to illegal activities to survive! I pray that God will make a difference in Lennon's life and use him to bring many of his fellow countrymen to Jesus.

I was glad that Gerald answered the phone that day. I probably wouldn't have been as patient to get past the scam to the heart of a person who was lost and without hope in this world. That's where people are without Jesus. But my husband had a tender heart towards this one. He just didn't feel that he should turn away from him.

Please join us in praying for Lennon and all those others that are hurting and lost! God loves them just as much as He loves you and me!

Father, I thank You for giving Jesus to die for each one of us. I pray tonight for those who don't know Your love, Your mercy, Your grace and forgiveness. I pray that You will place people in their path that will be able to share with them how much You love them and that You desire a personal relationship with them. Father, touch by Your Spirit those who are lost and without hope in this world. Bring them to salvation! Let this day be the day of salvation for all those who are like Lennon, living in poverty and doing whatever is necessary to survive. Father, touch their hearts with Your love, with Your forgiveness and bring them to the saving knowledge of Jesus.

Father, I pray for Lennon, that You will help him connect with the Assembly of God personnel who have agreed to talk with him and see if they can help him. I pray that he will be receptive to working with them to better his life and those of his family and friends. Father, use this situation to bring many souls to salvation. I pray that You will intervene as only You can in the hearts and lives of these people. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

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