An 11 year old slave, finds Jesus and then his mother before she dies

Samuel and Hannah

“The story of Hannah and her son Samuel has a modern counterpart in Adjai Samuel Crowther and his mother. Adjai, eleven years old, was seized by slavers near his village in West Africa about 1820. The terrified boy was thrown in a crowded slave pen, then chained aboard a slave ship. He suffered untold panic and pain until the ship was captured by a British steamer. Adjai was rescued and placed under the care of missionaries at Sierra Leone. There he was enrolled in school and heard of the Lord Jesus Christ. A benevolent clergyman, Samuel Crowther, financed his education. Adjai was baptized at age 16, and he took the name of his benefactor: Adjai Samuel Crowther.

By and by, Samuel, as he was called, traveled to England to further his studies. His keen mind quickly grasped languages and academics, as well as practical skills such as carpentry. When he returned as a minister to Africa, he settled near the Niger River, married, preached, began a boarding school for African children, and worked ceaselessly for the gospel.

Years passed, and one day Samuel was preaching at Freetown, not far from the spot of his kidnapping. In the corner of his eye, he saw an old woman, bowed and depressed. She appeared to have borne a heavy sorrow. As he talked with her, she opened her heart, telling him of her hard life and of the loss of all her children. “But the worst of all,” she wailed, “was losing my little boy Adjai.”

Samuel gazed into her eyes and recognized his own mother. Under his tender ministry, she shortly afterward became a Christian herself, and at her baptism she, too, took a Christian name. She chose Hannah—the mother of Samuel, the man of God."

I read this during my quiet time.

1 Samuel 1:1-11

Read why I told our Staff they looked "sweat-stained and soot-streaked"

In a recent Staff meeting I shared this account from Don McCullough's "Waking from the American Dream":

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During World War-II, England needed to increase its production of coal. Winston Churchill called together labor leaders to enlist their support. At the end of his presentation, he asked them to picture in their minds a parade which he knew would be held in Piccadilly Circus after the war. First, he said, would come the sailors who had kept the vital sea lanes open. Then would come the soldiers who had come home from Dunkirk and then gone on to defeat Rommel in Africa. Then would come the pilots who had driven the Luftwaffe from the sky.

Last, of all, he said, would come a long line of sweat-stained, soot-streaked men in miner’s caps. Someone would cry from the crowd, “And where were you during the critical days of our struggle?”

And from ten thousand throats would come the answer, “We were deep in the earth with our faces to the coal.”

I told our Staff at World Wide New Testament Baptist Missions that they work deep in the earth with their faces to the coal for the cause of the Great Commission. Most days they are unseen. They have a passion for their labors during the "critical days of our struggle."

When you pray for your missionaries, please mention the staff at World Wide New Testament Baptist Missions, and other mission agencies, whose faces are "deep in the earth" for the Soul Effort in which we are engaged.

There are many tasks you will do for the Lord. Most of them will be "deep in the earth" with your faces to the coal. God sees where you are and knows what you are doing. 

Keep at it until the battle is over and a crown is received to cast at His feet. 

Does your Missionary have this tool? They need it!

Have you ever heard a missionary speak about the deputation process? They might say, “We make thousands of calls, to speak to hundreds of preachers and their assistants, to schedule scores of meetings, so we can drive a hundred thousand miles, so we can leave for the place God called us.”

To some, the process sounds hard, difficult, and filled with disappointment.

You’re right, It can be.

There are no shortcuts to deputation.

Deputation is like running a marathon. You do not just wake up one morning and run 26.2 miles. You need training, practice and a journal to keep track of your progress. In marathons and missions, what you do not measure you cannot improve.

There are no shortcuts to running a marathon. In missions, there are no shortcuts either.

The missionary needs the same three things a marathon runner needs. A missionary needs training, practice, and a journal to measure their progress.

On Friday, I saw software made for missionaries. This software, places the three tools in their hands to complete the  marathon called Deputation. The software, helps missionaries locate churches, connect with pastors, and track their progress on deputation.

If you know a missionary, they need this tool. If you’re a Pastor, your missionary needs this tool. If you are a missionary, you need this tool.

Think about it this way. If your calendar, your map, your things to do list, and your monthly financial statement of missionary support were put into a blender, the smoothie you would get is this software.

A lifetime license for this software is $60. The price after the deadline is $137. (See the link below to pre-register for this pricing.)

You pay nothing now. You are under no obligation. You can run this marathon without the training, practice and the personal journalling this software provides. But, why not get the tool you need to do the job with efficiency?

This vital tool is available on any Internet enabled device. I used it with success on my phone, tablet, and computer.

One more thing, this is a great tool for missionaries. Tell them I sent you.


National Cupcake Day

It's National Cupcake Day. What's your favorite flavor and icing? This is a tongue-in-cheek Post 

  National Cupcake Day

National Cupcake Day

This day is a reminder of the need for culinary separation amongst cupcake eaters.

There are three Cupcake Tribes.

  •  Cupcake Liberals: eat cupcakes made from anywhere and never use utensils.
  • Cupcake Conservatives: eat only homemade cupcakes with personally sourced and natural ingredients. They only eat cupcakes with a fork. If they milled their own flour they are purists. If they buy their flour only from Whole Foods they are left of center conservatives.
  • Cupcake Pragmatists: will buy cupcakes from anyone anywhere. This includes buying from a vending machine and convenience stores. They choose utensils based on the moment. They do not practice culinary separation at any level.

 Basic tenets:

  1. The flavor of icing is not a cause for separation - its all icing. The more icing, the merrier.
  2. Whether or not you use utensils to eat cupcakes is cause for separation.
  3. With whom you eat cupcakes is just as important as how you eat your cupcakes.
  4. You must reject the universal kitchen view. True cupcake people understand we are local kitchen only.

Practicing primary, secondary, and tertiary culinary separation is vital.

If you eat cupcakes with culinary liberals and pragmatists, I cannot eat cupcakes with you. I must separate from you.


Enjoy a cupcake today. 🙂

If you take this post seriously, umm, don't.

If you do take the Post seriously, I'll still eat a cupcake with you, but only with a fork and on a Food Freedom Day  

 P.S: Any similarity to anything real is coincidental and unintentional.

Has A Post-Christian America Rediscovered its Moral Compass?

 Photo by  Garrett Sears  on  Unsplash

Photo by Garrett Sears on Unsplash

Has A Post-Christian America rediscovered its moral compass?

The recent landslide of exposures, resignations, and coming forth of the "formerly silent majority of the abused" makes me wonder, has America rediscovered its moral compass? 

I do not think so. 

Make no mistake any dose of moral awareness is welcome in a culture that exchanged truth and wrong for moral relativism. 

Former Fox News Host, Gretchen Carlson, taught America to believe the victims who spoke the truth. Those who chose silence, because of possible shame, Gretchen Carlson helped them find their voice. I think Gretchen Carlson broke open the wall allowing women to discover courage and find the strength to speak against abusers and their abuses. Her recent book, "Be Fierce" gave a platform for women to be heard and believed. 

When it comes to any abuse, there is no context where that behavior is acceptable. Real people get hurt when perpetrators swell with pride and abuse others with words and deeds. 

No person may be exempt:

  • If the abuser led our nation, a state, or political district, they must be held accountable. 
  • If the abuser is one who read us the news, they must be held accountable. 
  • If the abuser stood in our pulpits or taught or led a church ministry, they must be held accountable. 
  • If they taught or led in a college or our schools, they must be held accountable. 
  • If they led a missions agency or were a missionary, they must be held accountable. 
  • If they are a relative, they must be held accountable. 
  • There is no excuse for abuse. 

If a corporate or religious culture protects the abuser, it is reprehensible. If the same entities ignore the victim, it is wicked and inexcusable. 

If someone makes an accusation which is demonstrably false, it is wrong and should be held accountable. [edited to add and “should be held accountable”]

If you or you know any who can use the hashtag #MeToo, please help by listening without judgment when the abused want to speak. Express they are safe, and you believe them when they share the truth. Then assist them in prosecuting the perpetrators.

I fear, the culture I know best, the church culture fosters an environment where abuse occurs by those who serve from the pulpit to the parking lots. I challenge all spiritual and secular leaders to put policies in place which prevents abuse. 

I believe:

  • Abuse of any kind is wrong. 
  • Abuse is a crime against God. 
  • Abuse is a sin. 
  • Abuse is often criminal. 
  • We must prosecute abuse.
  • There is no excuse for abuse. 
  • Has America found it's moral compass? No. 

This is a time to give help to victims. We must provide a safe space to those who speak the truth. It is the time to do what the Christian community should do well, lead and listen with grace. 

The only moral compass for any people is the word of God.