This past week I had the joy of traveling to Washington D.C. with 3 brothers in life who each serve in our ministry. It was wonderful to watch these 3 men who come from diverse backgrounds come together with me to advance the cause of the least at our capital. I was struck by the WWII memorial and a quote that said “we did not come to conquer but to liberate.” That resonated with my heart as soldiers came from across the country to advance the cause of justice and freedom around the world! When there is a war and you are called to fight you don’t have time to argue about non-essentials. You realize your lives depend on your trusting God and each other to advance the mission.
Marvelously the 4 of us, were from different churches from Methodist to Pentecostal, different areas of the city, different ages (me being the oldest), different races, and different educational backgrounds but together in Christ with a common cause to bring liberation to those in the war zones in the heart of our city. To see a Pastor of a mega church in South Dallas, who possesses a fervor for doctors in our medical clinics, mentors men through our training, provides school supplies for kids and wholeheartedly supports the ministry take 2 days of his schedule to use his influence on Capitol Hill to help the least was humbling. I will forever be indebted to Pastor Bryan Carter and the amazing congregation of Concord Missionary Baptist Church.
It is equally a joy to see the owner of a large Machine Tool & Die company, who hosts our Machine Shop Skills training class in his company, has hired 5 of our graduates, and hosts a weekly Bible Study come with us to show his burden for the least and use his influence to help us get grants for employment training and the opportunity to exponentially invest in more lives. Chris Tedford is a true kingdom focused business man. He tells me all the time, that when I lead Bible Study I should just think of his company as my church. It is Chris who helped me realize that businesses are not just locations for economic development, educational and employment training sites, and places to make a living but could also be used as a place of worship on the weekends and help avoid the costs of a church building. I am humbled by this man of God.
Lastly but not least, Clifton Reese a man from the inner city who calls me Daddy. He is the essence of all that we are about. A man in the inner city, separated from his wife and children, and dealing drugs. Through the grace of God, Clifton got his GED, connected with a mentor – my son Michael, and went on and followed his Brother in Faith Roderick Yarbrough and graduated from our optical lab technician training. Clifton now works at the Eye Clinic, reconciled with his wife, and we are currently building a home for him with Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity in the very neighborhood where he used to sell drugs. Praise God that his testimony spoke volumes to the Faith-Based Office of the White House. Faith in Jesus truly does transform lives.
These three men are a beautiful example that when we all keep our eyes on Jesus and our mission to transform souls and society for Christ we will realize that we are in a spiritual war that demands we die to self and separate ourselves from the things of the world. We must stand under the united banner of the cross to liberate, through the good news, those who are hurting and the least of the land. We praise God that we are now at 83 people of the BridgeBuilders 300. If interested in praying for our complete healing and giving $100 a month to support this work of God you can donate through our website at http://www.hisbridgebuilders.org or by contacting Mary Anderwald at 214-377-1551.
Medically we are 15 days away from our first CT scan to measure the effectiveness of our believing prayers and the Tarceva to shrink the two tumors. I am expectant of miracles! There are some new potential medical opportunities that I will inform you of in the next several weeks. We are the still collecting data but I will keep you posted. I am humbled by God’s goodness to entrust me with cancer to prayerfully bring glory to His name and advance the Gospel. You are gift from Heaven to me, my family, and my ministry.