February 2007
Jack Shaw Ministries International*
A Tribute to a Founding Member

Personal Message from Jack
February marks the birth month of one of our ministry's Founding Members, Johnny Cash. Please take a moment to read a little about his relationship to our mission.

This month also means Valentine's Day and thoughts of love. The greatest example of love is the story of God giving His son Jesus to die for the sins of this world. (as stated in John 3:16)

And now it's our turn, "By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us, we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethern. (IJohn 3:16)

Thank you to all who contributed their prayers and financial support toward the "Dalton vehicle Fund" to help us provide reliable, safe transportation for Fred Dalton and his family in Kenya. We found a vehicle, currently used by a missionary who has been called to another part of Africa. We continue to need another $10,000 to complete the purchase and are trusting God that His people will continue to help us reach that goal.

"That thy way may be known upon earth, Thy saving health among all nations." (Ps 67:2)

One of our ministries missions is the completion of the Grace Christian Mission Hospital in Nakuru, Kenya. We believe that this facility will have a positive impact on the spiritual and physical health of the Kenyan people.

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Johnny Cash - Feb. 26, 1932 / Sept. 12, 2003
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“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” (Col 1:13-14)

As his birthday nears, I am more aware that he is gone, but memories live on in the hearts and minds of those of us that knew him and loved him, as well as with his millions of fans around the world.

John and I were friends and as close as brothers for well over twenty years. Early in our friendship, John asked me to call him every day, which I did for many years. Our conversations would envelop a variety of subjects, but always, we'd talk about the Bible. We'd discuss perhaps one of its champions or heroes of faith, the deeper meaning of a certain scripture or unique passage, or a certain verse that might seem to have our very names imbedded in it, etc. We would just fellowship in the Word.

For many years I was very privileged to travel the world with John and June, their family, and others who were part of the 18-member group that comprised ‘The Johnny Cash Show’. Being an ordained minister, John and June had asked me lead a Bible study before each show. They were always there, as were others who wanted to attend as well. I also ministered and prayed with those from the audience who, through John’s invitation given just before the finale of Gospel songs, would come down to an area near the stage where I would be positioned, to talk with me at each show’s close. While it may not have been the traditional ‘altar call’, it was a call to the ‘altar’. Many came. Many prayed and accepted Christ. Many had questions about God and His Word. Many expressed desperate needs that I just knew would never have been mentioned in any other setting. All, by God’s grace, I believe were helped. Those moments seemed so sacred and the Holy Spirit’s presence so very real.

God Used Johnny's Struggles
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“He is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” (Acts 9: 15-16)

John has been called a ‘tortured genius', he truly was both: one of the brightest individuals I've ever met, and, relentlessly pursued by the, ‘wolves of the night’ (Psalm 91:1 -–MSG). It is well known that John’s life, from his youth, was filled with struggles, but he also showed up at the feet of God quite often to deal with them. One of the results, I believe, is that God, in His infinite wisdom and unique purpose, used those very struggles, to engender within him empathy with the lost and the hurting. He seemed to have a restless ‘need’ to help the down-and-outers, those locked behind bars and walls, or bound in chains of sin, addictions and darkness.

No less was his passion for helping the spiritually down-and-out, living in life’s fringe areas, estranged from God; ‘outcasts’, wanderers, who might never knowingly seek God, or even darken a church door, without, ‘something’, with which they might identify, or, perhaps someone, who might make knowing God and serving Him, ‘Acceptable’. I believe that for much of John’s life, and especially in the final years of his touring and recording, for many he was that ‘someone.’ As a result, from Perth Australia to the purple spiked hair dens of Europe to Carnegie Hall, many ‘untouchables’ were touched, many ‘outcasts’ were brought into the fold, and many of life’s ‘prisoners’ were set free. And, amazingly, beyond his passing, it seems that his ‘anointing’ and the fruits thereof have remained and even continued to grow.

God Calls Everyone!
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"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you” (Jeremiah 1: 5)

The ‘calling’ on the life of Johnny Cash was certainly unique. But God’s calling for each of us is just as unique and purposeful. Naturally, everyone’s mission is not played out on a world stage, but our lives and how we live them is important to God, to us, and to those around us. God created each one of us for a unique purpose that only we can fulfill. Our willingness to bring our failures, our successes, and everything in between, and report for duty at His feet on a daily basis will have a unique impact on this world, and the effects will inevitably overflow into the next one.

It seems that John often aimed at doing the right thing, but often missed the bull’s eye, and many times might have missed the whole side of the barn. We too will at times miss the mark, just as all before us have. When that happens, remember that God is not so much concerned with where you hit the target, as to where you were aiming. So don’t be surprised if at times you might sense His presence, peeking over your shoulder, hoping to see that your sights are properly set.

If John could speak to us from Heaven right now I’m convinced that, in his own words of course, his comments would epitomize a poem that I remember seeing in my Aunt Helen’s living room as a child: “Only one life, twill soon be past; Only what’s done for Christ will last.” Yes, I believe that John would tell us to set our sights on eternal values, pursue God’s will, and look beyond the accolades and honors of this world that so quickly fade in the light of eternity.

“And I heard a voice in the heavens above me saying, ‘Write this down: At last the time has come for his witnesses to enter into their full reward. Yes, says the Spirit, they are blest indeed, for now they shall rest from all their toils and trials; for their good deeds follow them to heaven!’ '' (Revelation 14:13)

Kenya's Need is Great!
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We are still seeking funding for the remaining $10,000 toward the "Dalton Vehicle Fund". Your Dollars will be applied toward the purchase of the needed FWD vehicle, with amounts received above the vehicle cost being applied toward construction of the ‘Nehemiah' walls. Any amounts received whether less or more than $1,000, will be deeply appreciated and likewise be applied as stated. [NOTE: Your gifts are tax deductible. A JSMI receipt will be mailed to you.]

JSMI is an Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability member

"Blessed if he who considers the poor; the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. the LORD will preserve him and keep him alive. And he will be blessed on the earth; You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies." (Ps 41:1-2)

Jack Shaw Ministries-ECFA Member
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Jack Shaw Ministries, Inc. has been a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability since 1989.

The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability is comprised of over 1,200 charitable, religious, and educational organizations that are qualified for tax- exempt, nonprofit status. ECFA’s steadfast purpose is to enunciate, maintain, and manifest a code of financial accountability, ethics, and reporting which is consistent with enlightened and responsible Christian faith and practice.

Charisma Magazine Interviews Jack Shaw
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Jack talks about the ministry's Grace Christian Mission Hospital project in Kenya and much more in this month's Charisma magazine.

*JSMI is a part of Jack Shaw Ministries, Inc.
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Thank you in advance for joining with us in taking this exciting and very important first step in establishing a multifunctional medical and educational complex that will touch the health and lives of the hurting and underprivileged in Kenya for many, many years to come.

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