Buy A Field From Prison

There is much to report. The photo to the left is taken from a slave fort in Shamah, Ghana. It was one of the largest forts in the west of Africa built to hold imprisoned slaves waiting to be shipped off to Portugal during the slave trade. Walking through the castle and seeing the conditions in which these victims were held captive was horrific and sobering. The victory was in the ability to preach the liberating gospel of Jesus Christ to the coastal town full of poor fisherman on the steps of this slave castle. We set up shop for the evening and did set after set of song, mime, and preaching. Never have I seen a crowd so enraptured by the production. They were screaming at Satan and cheering for Christ as we acted out the salvation message. It was a beautiful means of redemption where such an atrocity had taken place.

This is just a picture of what occurred in Ghana as a group of us went on a two and half week missions trip there. Whether the captivities were physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual, it was a privilege to be able to be used by God to proclaim a new hope, and for some, a renewed hope of a life with God.

Shortly after our return, a group of sixteen ladies headed up to the women's conference in Dover Plains, NY. The theme of the conference was "Good News From A Far Country". One of the main speakers, Gwen, gave a short word and testimony about her time in Ghana that I have been ruminating on since she spoke. Her portion was from Jeremiah 32 and the story of Jeremiah buying the field. We often hear about the principle of buying a field to get the treasure as described in the parable of the hidden treasure (Matthew 13:44). However, I had never seen Jeremiah 32 the way she portrayed it until last Saturday. Not only did Jeremiah buy a field, but, he bought the field from prison during impending captivity. Why, she asked, would anyone consider buying a field, when their present condition is prison and the future is only getting bleaker? But, nonetheless, from prison, Jeremiah 32:8 says, "Please buy my field that is in Anathoth, which is in the country of Benjamin; for the right of inheritance is yours, and the redemption yours; buy it for yourself."... and in verse 15 it says, "For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: 'Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land.'" The key is that often we will find ourselves in some kind of prison. We struggle through life. I can't remember the last time my life was rosy all around nor do I look for the day on earth that it ever will be. It is not promised to me. However, buying the field, and in Gwen's case, buying the foreign field of Ghana during this missions trip, was the right of her inheritance, and the right of her redemption regardless of the personal prison she was in. Incredible. Ghana is the richer for it, and so is Gwen.

 

 

 

 

 

Gleaning from these words, we mustn't stop our forward vision. The gospel takes preeminence and it is our right and our inheritance to participate in this manner regardless of the personal prisons we are experiencing. In it, we find much redemption. We are gearing up for another Valentine's Day holiday. If you remember, last year we gave out beautifully decorated heart cookies with a tag on it that said, "Nobody loves you like God loves you" with the gospel on the back. This year, we will do the same, except that our efforts will be focused on the town of York, PA. The new church plant is scheduled to kick off in the next couple of weeks (please pray that we find the right location). The second semester of Maryland Bible College of York is already in full swing and has expanded since last semester. There is a lot going on. We are excited and privileged to be a part of it. Thanks for all of your prayers and support.