Jack Shaw Ministries International*
STEPS AND STOPS

Our Mission to Kenya

You may help our work in Kenya by mailing your contributions to Jack Shaw Ministries International at P.O. Box 5250, Johnstown, PA 15904

"Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor! The Lord rescues them when they are in trouble. The Lord protects them and keeps them alive. He gives them prosperity in the land and rescues them from their enemies." - (Psalm 41:1-2 --NIV)

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In honor of Johnny Cash's birthday on February 26, 1932, I would like to share one of John's favorite quotes. "If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room."

All of us at JSMI miss John and are grateful for his friendship and fellowship.

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You may also contact us with your prayer requests or to make a credit card contribution via telephone Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM EST at 814.269.3377 or 800.537.1714

Free Book & CD

For a limited time, JSMI is offering your choice of a free copy of "From Darkness to Light", my personal testimony book, or a collection of Gospel Songs on CD with every contribution or pledge of $30.00 to the ministry. For a contribution of $50.00 or more, you will automatically receive BOTH the book and the CD.

"From Darkness to Light" will help readers understand more about JSMI, its mission, and its message.

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Feel free to contact me personally here.

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Temptation usually comes in through a door that's deliberately been left open. - Unknown

You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where you thoughts take you. - James Lane Allen

The kind of faith God values seems to develop best when everything fuzzes over, when God stays silent, when the fog rolls in. - Phillip Yancey

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. - Benjamin Franklin

A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimension. - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

There are two types of people-those who come into a room and say, 'Well, here I am!' and those who come in and say, 'Ah, there you are.' - Frederick L Collins

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul. - John Muir

Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes. - Benjamin Disraeli

STEPS AND STOPS

"Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday." (Psalm 37: 5)

The story is told of an itinerant preacher who is traveling by horseback late one evening to a distant and unfamiliar Sunday morning venue. He feels a certain calm this quiet October evening while moving slowly under a breathtaking star-studded and moonlit sky. With soft 'thuds' echoing from his horses' hoofs, the preacher is praying and softly humming.

Then as he begins to mentally brush-up his message for the next morning, the horse suddenly trips, groans, and abruptly falters, throwing the minister forward and onto the cold, hard ground. As he sits up, he reaches up and feels a lump beginning to swell on his forehead. Then standing, he begins brushing the dirt and dust off of his clothing, and notices the reason for this tragedy, the horse had stepped into a gopher hole and injured itself. It became sadly apparent that his companion would not be able to continue the journey.

The minister removes his saddlebags, takes out a blanket and begins to prepare somewhat for the long night ahead. While doing so he finds himself questioning God, "How could You let this happen? Why didn't You do something to stop it? Now I'm not going to be there to deliver the message that You gave me; doesn't that matter to You?"

Having comforted his horse as best he could, he finally settled down to a restless and nearly sleepless night. He awoke at the first hint of dawn. As he sat up and began to rub his eyes, he winced as he felt the stinging pain of the lump on his forehead. He turned and checked and was gratified to see that his horse seemed better.

As he stood and looked in the direction of where his horse would have taken him had it not been for the 'accident', he was shocked at what he saw. Just 100 yards ahead was a sheer drop off. He cautiously approached it and peeked over the edge and was aghast. He was looking at a cliff face of at least 200 feet in depth with a large pile of rocks at its base. He quickly began to praise and thank God as he realized that had his horse not stepped into that gopher hole, both of them would have suffered a gruesome and tragic death.

The 2008 adventure has just begun. Let us remember as we journey onward; God is in our 'stops' as well as He is in our 'steps'. Luke 1:37

"The steps [and 'stops'] of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand." (Psalm 37:20) - [emphasis added]


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You may contribute to JSMI by mailing your contributions to Jack Shaw Ministries International at P.O. Box 5250, Johnstown, PA 15904

"Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor! The Lord rescues them when they are in trouble. The Lord protects them and keeps them alive. He gives them prosperity in the land and rescues them from their enemies." (Psalm 41:1-2 -- NIV)

You may also contact us with your prayer requests or to make a credit card contribution via telephone Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM EST at 814.269.3377 or 800.537.1714

JSMI Video - Visit Kenya
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Author's Note:
URGENT: KENYA UPDATE!
Construction of the Grace Christian Mission Hospital wall has been delayed, but the need remains immediate!

Unrest following the recent national elections in Kenya has caused a temporary delay in the start of construction that was scheduled for this month.

We ask you to join with our prayer team in praying for everyone who is caught up in the unrest and for a swift, peaceful end to the post-election violence.

The news reports from Kenya are helping bring the world's attention to this impoverished area in which JSMI has focused its ministry for many years.

Free Book & Gospel Songs CD!
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For a limited time, with every contribution or pledge to the ministry of $30.00 you will automatically receive your choice of a free book or a CD of Gospel songs. For a $50.00 or greater gift, you will receive BOTH the book and the CD.

Jack Shaw Ministries International is offering a free copy of "From Darkness to Light", Reverend Jack Shaw's personal testimony book. With a foreword written by Johnny Cash, "From Darkness to Light" gives insight into Jack, his ministry, and its mission.

Also included is a collection of Gospel Songs by Jack Shaw produced in Nashville by Grammy winner, John Carter Cash.

Click here to make your contribution of $30.00, $50.00, or more and to automatically receive your free gifts.
JSMI & Estate Planning
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Our goal to bring spiritual renewal and better health to the Kenyan people is a long term commitment. The construction and ongoing staffing of the Grace Christian Mission Hospital requires continuous funding. Please think of JSMI and our work in Kenya during your Estate Planning.
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 Charisma magazine.
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.


*JSMI is a part of Jack Shaw Ministries, Inc.
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Your Help is Appreciated
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.

*JSMI is a part of Jack Shaw Ministries, Inc.

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