We are glad to report good progress both in reading and fund-raising. Those who are reading, alone, have brought in $120. Another $300 has come from the international family. We thank God and all who have given. But we are still far from our target of $2,000 for DOVE Missions. We trust for strong support this week!
Readings today focused on the era of kings along with the writings of the prophets. One thing became so clear. The saying “everything rises and falls on leadership” was certainly true for the children of Israel! Godly king = godly nation. Wicked king = wickedness in the land and punishment from God. They certainly had their share of the latter.
We were awed by how the prophecy in Isaiah 19 about what was to come in Egypt (Africa) is so accurately descriptive of the calamities that have plagued this continent:
- civil wars and tribal clashes (vs. 2)
- poverty and despair (vs. 3)
- witchcraft and consulting the dead (vs. 3)
- dictatorship and exploitation (vs. 4)
- drought, devastation of resources and famine (vs. 6-8)
- low wages; no reward for labor (vs. 9-10)
- foolish leaders (vs 11-13)
- drunkenness (vs. 14)
After all that and more, the promise of “In that day” comes so powerfully. The people of Egypt will cry out to the Lord and worship him. “There will be an altar to the Lord in the heart of Egypt; He will rescue them” (Is. 19:19,20). PRAISE GOD!
This scripture constitutes a word that we have been given repeatedly about the vision for a Prayer Center for DOVE Africa in Nairobi. Although in the Read-a-Thon we usually keep reading without any breaks, after this chapter we took time to pray and proclaim the revelation of this promise. “The Lord Almighty will bless them” (19:25). So be it!
A good motto for any business: “Profits and earnings will be set apart for the Lord… profits will go to those who live before the Lord” (Isaiah 23:18).