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Pray for TLI This Week

Sep. 12, 2016By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio

We have a lot going on this week and would appreciate your prayers. In particular are two things of note:

  • Our board meets this Monday. We have a great board, filled with men of character and wisdom. The board makes decisions that impact the vision and mission of TLI. Pray we make good decisions.
  • We are hosting our first ever benefit banquet. For many who are coming, it is their first introduction to TLI. John Piper and I are speaking along with three people who have been directly impacted by the work of TLI at various sites. This is a time of celebration for what the Lord has done with TLI since 2009.
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John G. Paton: The Fruit of a Father’s Prayers

Aug. 24, 2015By: Evan Burns

John G. Paton was the 19th century Scottish missionary to the New Hebrides.  He suffered much personal loss, ridicule from churches at home, and great discouragement.  The Lord used Paton to mobilize many churches and missionaries to give themselves obediently to the missionary task.  Through his great adversity, he attributed the abiding presence of Jesus as his source of life and strength.  More than any other man, his father’s humble-hearted spirituality indelibly marked Paton’s thirst for God.  Often times, courageous missionary leaders are trained by the warm piety of fathers who walk with God and reflect the light of the Divine Presence.  May our children rise up and say, “He walked with God, why may not I?”

Paton affectionately reflects on his father’s influence:

81rVoh_l3FLThree times daily, generally after each meal, we saw our father retire, and "shut the door;" and we children understood by a sort of spiritual instinct that prayers were being poured out there for us, much like the High Priest within the veil in the Most Holy Place. We occasionally heard the pathetic echoes of a trembling voice, pleading as if for life, and we learned to slip in and out past that door on tiptoe, not to disturb the holy communion. The outside world may not have known, but we knew, where that happy light came from dawning on my father's face. It was a reflection from the Divine Presence of God.

 Never, in temple or cathedral, on mountain or in glen, can I hope to feel that the Lord God is more near, more visibly walking and talking with men, than under that humble cottage roof. Though everything else in my Christian experience were by some unthinkable catastrophe to be swept out of memory, or blotted from my understanding, my soul would wander back to those early scenes, and shut itself up again in that Sanctuary Closet. I can still hear the echoes of those cries to God, pushing back all doubt with the victorious appeal, "He walked with God, why may not I?"

  Somewhere in or about his seventeenth year, my father had passed through a crisis in Christian experience, and from that day he openly and very decidedly followed the Lord Jesus. At this time, he began that blessed custom of Family Prayer, morning and evening, which my father practiced without one single omission till he lay on his death-bed, at seventy-seven years of age. Even to the last day of his life, a portion of Scripture was read, and his voice was heard softly joining in the Psalm and his lips breathed the morning and evening prayer. None of us can remember that any day passed without family devotions. No hurry for market, no rush for business, no arrival of guests, no trouble or sorrow, no joy or excitement, ever prevented at least our kneeling around the family altar, while the High Priest led our prayers to God for himself and his children.

Oh, I can remember those happy Sabbath evenings; no blinds drawn and shutters up, to keep out the sun from us, as some scandalously affirm; but a holy, happy, entirely human day, for a Christian father, mother, and children to spend. There were eleven of us brought up in a house like that; and never one of the eleven, has been heard, or ever will be heard, saying that the Sabbath was dull or wearisome to us. But God help the homes where these things are due by force and not by love! The very discipline through which our father passed us was a kind of religion in itself. If anything really serious required to be punished he retired first to his closet for prayer, and we boys learned to understand that he was laying the whole matter before God; and that was the severest part of the punishment for me to bear! I could have defied any amount of mere penalty, but this spoke to my conscience like a message from God. We loved him all the more, when we saw how much it cost him to punish us. And in truth, he had never very much of that kind of work to do upon any one of all the eleven. We were ruled far more by love than fear. 

“Our Cottage Home: The Fruit of a Father's Prayers”, by John G. Paton

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Sick and Tired of being Sick and Tired

May. 18, 2015By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio


From Hymn Book of The Methodist Episcopal Church published in 1849.


When, O my Saviour, shall it be,
That I no more shall break with thee?
When will this war of passion cease,
And I enjoy a lasting peace?

Now I repent; now sin again:
Now I revive; and now am slain:
Slain with the same malignant dart,
Which, O! too often wounds thy heart.

When, gracious Lord, when shall it be,
That I shall find my all in thee, -
The fulness of thy promise prove,
And feast on thine eternal love? 

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Integrity Has a Price - Part 2

Jan. 27, 2015By: Jeff AtherstoneAuthor Bio

For three days we are featuring posts from Jeff Atherstone and his experience two years ago trying to negotiate land for what is now African Renewal University.

It's the halfway point... just over a week since being asked for the bribe to settle the land dispute and a week left until the trial.

A number of you have been praying with us and are curious about how things are going.

It's been quiet, really quiet. This is normal and if I keep calling the lawyers, seller, judge or409053_6753035_lz anyone else involved I will look like the worried mizungu. Then they will get confident that I will cave in and pay the bribe, so it is true that Philippians 4:6 really works (be anxious for nothing) even for handling corruption.

But I did check in with our lawyers today and received some great news. The seller and judge are showing up to court on March 6 and they are both aware that we will not pay a bribe. This is great news because at least our case will be heard and then ultimately the decision is in the hands of the court.

Personally I feel more at peace about the whole situation than I have at any point in the process (prayer is working!). I'm also excited for the students and staff. I really believe that a strong stand against corruption will be a testimony for the institution and a legacy for the students to follow for years to come.

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Prayer For Your Morning

Nov. 14, 2014By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio

Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly, 

Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision, 

where I live in the depths but see Thee in the heights; 

hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold Thy glory. 

Let me learn by paradox 

that the way down is the way up, 

that to be low is to be high, 

that the broken heart is the healed heart, 

that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit, 

that the repenting soul is the victorious soul, 

that to have nothing is to possess all, 

that to bear the cross is to wear the crown, 

that to give is to receive, 

that the valley is the place of vision. 

Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells, 

and the deeper the wells the brighter Thy stars shine; 

Let me find Thy light in my darkness, 

Thy life in my death,

  Thy joy in my sorrow, 

  Thy grace in my sin, 

  Thy riches in my poverty, 

  Thy glory in my valley.

From Valley of Vision


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