Thank you!

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. Eph. 3:20

It’s so amazing to see the hand of God working in our lives through Siloam Missionary Homes. Yesterday I was talking to a missionary family to see how they are doing since their arrival. They told me that the past several years had been a very difficult and how wonderful it was here at Siloam Missionary Homes. They asked me to thank everyone who makes it possible for them to have a place for their family to rest.

The wife continued to say that as missionaries they are used to always being the “giver” instead of the “receiver,” so when our staff told them that they could help themselves to the clothing store and Dad’s Country store for food, they were pleasantly surprised. She said, “This place gives us time to rest and prepare once again what God is wanting us to do next.”

Thank you, dear friend, for helping provide this oasis for missionaries. We pray daily that we can be a blessing to them and today I am praying that God will bless you, too, for your part. We are in this partnership together. So whether they come for one day or a year, we desire to help encourage them with food, clothing and housing.

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Your Time Is Important

“See to it, night and day, that you pray for your children. Then you will leave them a great legacy of answers to prayer, which will follow them all the days of their life. Then you may calmly and with a good conscience depart from them, even though you may not leave them a great deal of material wealth.” O. Hallesby

 

In reading the above quote today I am reminded of the God given responsibilities I have to my family as a husband, father and a grandfather. I once heard that a famous evangelist said on his deathbed. “I have traveled the world telling them about the love of God, yet my own children have no interest in the spiritual things of God.” This has been a huge burden to me over the years that I have to be reminded about daily, and that is to be involved in the lives of my children.

 

For years in the secular world before I became a follower of Christ, I could justify my long hours of work, stating that the more money I could make the happier my family would be. Yet that couldn’t be further from the truth. When my oldest daughter, Rachel, graduated from high school we took a vacation to Florida to spend some time away. One night while she and I were walking down the beach, I told her that I wished I could have done more financially for her. It was during her 7th grade year that Joyce and I went full time in ministry and things were pretty tight. In Rachel’s junior year she made all state in ladies’ basketball. “If only I could have bought you the fancy basketball shoes the other kids had, but I couldn’t do it.” Putting her hand in mine she said, “Daddy you gave me everything – you gave me you.”

 

Now that I’m in my 60’s I see many families, especially dads, that have very little time for the family and will one day regret and feel guilty about what they missed. I know you have heard me say this before, but it’s worth repeating. All we have is time. That’s why we have Siloam Missionary Homes. The missionary families need a break. Ministry in serving people is hard and laborsome. The average missionary family will spend the majority of their time on the road once they hit the US. If we cannot help them as a family, not only with housing, but with family time, they will be come another failed statistic. My number one desire is for the family to finish well and that the legacy they leave will make their children and grandchildren happy that dad and mom chose a life as missionaries, not of bitterness and sorrow.

 

We are going into summer, and with that comes a slump of income. I pray that you will take to heart the needs we have of providing “a place missionaries call home” and also a place they can leave refreshed and renewed as a family ready to serve again.

 

Thank you for praying for us today and keep us on your daily prayer list. If you would be interested in helping as a volunteer, we need you. How about as a youth group or class? I pray the Lord will bless you today as you serve the Lord with gladness and spend some time with your family.

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“Let prayer be the key of the morning and the bolt at night.” Philip Henry

Evening and morning and at noon will I pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice.   Psalm 55:17

Dear Praying Friend,

This morning as we gathered together in the library to pray, Pastor Milton brought up the word “compassion,” and asked us what that word meant to us. Immediately, I thought about encouragement. In the day that we live in, it’s “all about me,” not thinking about what we do or say that shows compassion.

A couple of months ago, Joyce and I were going into a store and I noticed a lady that was struggling to keep her cart from rolling away while reaching for her keys to open the trunk. You get the picture. Anyway, we quickly walked over to her and helped her get her packages into her car and I took back her cart. This lady was so appreciative and had a huge smile on her face when we said goodbye. But, isn’t that what we should be doing all the time? Looking for ways to show the same compassion that Jesus did when He was here on the earth? The best example we can be is what people see in us everyday.

We are so excited that the Grady Workman 25th Anniversary House is done and we are moved in. After 20 years of living in the Director’s Home, we moved into this one-story handicap accessible house. Not that I need that – but the day may come. Michael Gay, our Director, and his family are moving into our old house this week.

In October of 2018, the Watson Byrd family donated a 10-acre farm to Siloam. Since we have plans to expand our camping and retreat facilities, this will allow us to move the majority of Camp Glory operation to this new location. This will also enable us to have an extended outreach in our community where we can share how to raise sheep from a “Shepherd’s Prospective.” It will also give our missionary children an opportunity to interact with local children in our community. It’s been amazing to watch the toughest teens melt while talking to a baby lamb.

Plans continue to move forward as we prepare for our summer work teams and would love for you all to be a part of this.

God continues to use Siloam Missionary Homes as place of encouragement and rest for missionary families. We appreciate and love each of you and thank you for your prayers and the ongoing financial support for this ministry. Your heart of compassion is why missionaries have Siloam Missionary Homes as “a place to call home.”

 

Upcoming Event:

Grady Workman 25th Anniversary House Open House

Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 1-4 p.m. with a special dedication at 2 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate God’s provision of this wonderful addition to Siloam’s campus.

929 Quakenbush Rd., Snow Camp, NC

For more information, call 336-376-8200

 

 

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Happy New Year!

I pray that you all had a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year. I am excited about what God is going to do this year. I was challenged to spend a month studying the book of  Philippians as a way of encouraging others and it has encouraged me, even though I haven’t finished my month yet. Our theme this year is found in Philippians 3:13 -14.

“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” What a blessing. We are to look ahead and not look behind.

I want to encourage you to Reach Forward this year and see the wonderful things God has for your life . I want to thank all of you that pray for us on a daily basis and also for your sacrificial giving to Siloam Missionary Homes.

May God bless you and your family as we minister together by reaching forward in 2019. We will soon celebrate 27 years of providing “a place missionaries call home.”

Looking ahead,

Larry George

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Stop & Pray

This morning as I was reading my Bible I came across a quote from Oswald Chambers that I would like to share.

“We have not the remotest conception of what is done 

by our prayers, nor have we the right to try and 

examine and understand it; all we know is that 

Jesus Christ laid all stress on prayer.”

“I do nothing of myself; 

but as my Father hath taught me.”

John 8:28

 

Just a few weeks ago I stood on top of a mountain in a remote village of believers in Northern Thailand. Their life seemed so simple, yet their faith was so strong. The pastor of this small village made lunch for us and as he prayed through an interpreter, he thanked God for the food and for our visit. Never was there a mention of needs but only of thankfulness. As James Neves, the missionary I traveled to Thailand with, and I walked around the village, we discussed plans about their need for a machine to take the shells off of coffee beans. Throughout the conversation, the people shared their thankfulness to God.

As we were heading towards the car and saying our goodbyes, I noticed a lady’s hand-stitched purse and told her how beautiful it was. She said it took her 70 hours to make the purse. As I was walking away, the interpreter told me that the lady wanted to give it to me. I was embarrassed because I only wanted to complement the lady, and didn’t mean for her to think I was asking for it. The interpreter went on to say that this lady would be offended if I       didn’t take it. She didn’t want or expect anything in return.  As I was riding the 2-1/2 hours down the mountain, I was thinking about this woman who had so little – yet it filled her with joy to give what she had. This humble experience helped me realize that we have the Lord Jesus who gave all He had and is so willing to help us and our needs.

This scripture reminds me once again of the Lord’s desire for us to come to Him in prayer and to seek Him for the big things as well as the small things in life.

I pray that today you will be a blessing to those around you.

To God be the Glory,

Larry

 

Anniversary House Update

Income to Date:  $ 92,819.49

Spent to Date:    $ 84,869.54

Money on hand: $ 7,949.95

 

Shell was build by Universal Forest Products and installed by Wakeshma Community Church, Athens Michigan

HVAC Estimate: $8,888.60

Electrical Fixtures furnished by King Electric $ -0-

Electrical wiring estimate  $ 6,218.00

Insulation   $ 4,014.00

Drywall Materials $ 5,555.89

Kitchen Cabinets donated by David Bortz

Interior doors donated by Kevin Langely

French doors and some windows donated by Kevin Langely

Concrete sidewalks and garage floor $ TBD

Vinyl siding       $ TBD

Landscaping     $ TBD

I like the quote I heard a few weeks ago.

“We wait-God Works”

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God is ABLE!

For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown towards His name, in that you have ministered to the saints and do minister. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith inherit the promises.                                                                  Hebrews 6:10-12

God has given a great responsibility to each of us who are followers of Christ – to reach all the nations of the world, and to minister to our brothers and sisters in Christ. I praise the Lord for His blessings on us in spite of who we are.

I wanted to quickly update you on a couple of things that I would like for you to remember. I thank the Lord for answers to prayer and ask you to pray for the ongoing needs and leadership here at Siloam.

Thankfulness

I praise the Lord that yesterday we were able to pay off the line of credit. This has been a real prayer concern and now it’s paid in full.

Thanking the Lord for feeling better. We all have had some kind of cold or flu since Christmas and we are all feeling better.

From April 15 into the first week of May we have meetings scheduled in Indiana and Michigan.

Help us pray

The mortgage to purchase the property that is Camp Glory Farm is under $20,000 for the first time. We are praying that this can be paid for by the middle of next year, Lord willing.

Michael Gay is recovering from surgery and also raising support. Continue to pray for him and his family.

I am leaving for Asia on February 27th and am still having a little concern with fluid behind my ears. They will put a tube in my ear this Friday if it’s not cleared up so I don’t have problems on the plane. Pray as James Neves, Phillip Nation and I travel to see various ministries.

Be encouraged! God is able to do more then we can possibly think or do!

Larry

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Fan the Flame

Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.   2 Tim. 1:6

We praise the Lord that we were able to end 2017 in the black. This has been a tremendous blessing and I wanted to thank all of you for your gifts and prayers.

  • This past year we made huge progress in building the new house
  • Paid down the debt
  • Replaced the decks on Units A, B, and C

We have a busy year planned and Lord willing will continue to “Fan the Flames” of encouragement into the lives of our brothers and sisters in the Lord.

In April, Michael Gay will begin as Director of Operations full time at Siloam Missionary Homes. He and his family will need to raise their support and I would like to encourage you and your church to consider having them come share. I am excited for additional help and this will free me up to travel and share the ministry more.

Update on the 25th Anniversary house 

We need laborers!! The weather has been extremely cold, so we have slowed down some. The roof is on, and the windows and doors are almost done. Doug Forbis will be coming soon to shingle the roof. We still have not run out of money so we will keep going.

Some of our Projects for 2018

  • Finish the Anniversary House
  • Divide the existing conference room in the Family Center into two separate offices.
  • Stain the decks on A,B, C,
  • Repair and stain decks on Units F and G
  • Build a 40 x40 pole  barn down at the shop for equipment storage

GAP Year Internships

We are taking applications for interns. This year we are praying for 10 people to participate in our new GAP Year Program (call or e-mail for more information).

We thank the Lord for you, and the wonderful things He continues to do here. God has opened so many doors and brought many new missionary families.

Joyce and I will be traveling in April to Indiana and Michigan and would love to connect with you. We are praying that the Lord will raise up 5 new churches this year and more monthly support. To met this year’s budget, we need approximately $2,200 additional monthly support. God is able and we look to Him.

God bless all of you as we minister together to provide “a place missionaries call home.”

In his service,

Larry & Joyce George

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25th Anniversary Pig Pic’n – Y’all Come!

In his book, The 8 Steps to Success, Andy Albright made a profound statement that really hits home. He said “Great salespeople have a sense of urgency about what they do because they want their customers to enjoy the benefits of their products immediately. They are driven to succeed as soon as possible, because they realize there is no such thing as a “Practice Life.”  The life you are living now is the real thing – not a warm-up.”

I was thinking about this, this morning as I read Psalms 90:12, “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

Each day when we wake up we are given a special gift. It’s called TIME. Use it wisely. The best gift I can give is sharing my gift of time with the people I love. 

Next Saturday we will be celebrating 25 years of providing homes for missionaries here at Siloam Missionary Homes in Snow Camp. Hundreds of missionaries from around the world have called this place their home. 

Please come join us for a fun packed afternoon here on our campus at 1053 Quakenbush Rd., Snow Camp. We would love to see all of you.

We praise the Lord for your prayers and financial support, your time and effort over the years.  I thank the Lord for the wonderful opportunity and the privilege that He has  allowed Joyce and I and our family to help provide a place for missionaries to call home.

Mark you calendars and come spend a little time celebrating with us next Saturday, September 30th from 4-8 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and a dessert and enjoy the music and food. 

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Can I Count On You To Pray?

For if you remain completely silent, who will pray?

In Esther 4:14, Esther had a choice to make. She chose to step outside her comfort zone and fast and pray for 3 days and nights. In fasting, she and her people went without water and food. She didn’t demand anything of God other than to humble herself before Him by saying, “First I will fast and pray and put this in God’s hands. And if I perish, I perish.”

As believers, we live in hostile territory and there are signs all around us today that Christians are under attack. There comes a time when God’s people dare not be silent.  I believe that the return of Christ is at hand – I see it everywhere I look and I am sure you do, too. God gives us strength to endure the battle if we will call upon Him.

For the past couple of years our staff has been bombarded with sickness and spiritual warfare. We need God’s blood covering every day. Our ministry to missionaries is to encourage them, provide a physical covering (a home, food and clothing) and a spiritual covering (praying for them and with them). Siloam is a place of healing, a place to send forth missionaries refreshed and renewed.

I desperately need your prayers today for Siloam Missionary Homes.

Pray for:

Milton Wilder and his wonderful wife, Betty, minister here at Siloam in Missionary Pastoral Care. This couple is in the battle for their lives. Milton health continues to be serious. He is too weak for much needed surgery and is having a feeding tube put in today. I for one am asking God to heal Milton.

Betty is also having extreme pain in her knees

Joyce and I as I battle Parkinson’s

Rachel hurt her shoulder and is having problems sleeping

Ross goes back and forth to Bible College and works for us part time

Henry has a bad back, and his wife, Linda’s, health

Bob is visiting his ailing mother in Costa Rica

Joan for physical rest

Pat and Wayne and their health

Nancy who broke her foot and is now having shoulder problems

Eric and Joe, Ken, Teri and T, April & Sarah, and our many other volunteers…

Remember what Mordecai said to Queen Esther (4:14). I say to everyone who names the name of Jesus, We need your prayers “for such a time as this”! 

Our prayer chapel here on the campus is open 24/7 and at the front we have created a prayer wall. We are asking you to help us pray around the clock for Milton and Betty and our staff. Please respond that you are praying with us and we will put your name and time of day or night that you will pray on our prayer wall. Many of you have already responded and this has been such a huge encouragement to us.  I am praying that together we can fill the chapel walls with people praying. Call your friends and share this message. I’m praying for over 1,000 names, 1,000 prayers. Can I count on you? It only takes a minute to respond and eternity to know what God has done. To God be the Glory

We cannot choose to remain silent.

Larry

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Silver Bells by Bing Crosby

Silver bells, silver bells, It’s Christmas time in the city

Ring-a-ling, (ring-a-ling) hear them ring (ting-a-ling)

Soon it will be Christmas day.

 

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks dressed in holiday style

In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas

Children laughing, people passing, meeting smile after smile

And on every street corner you hear

Silver bells, (silver bells) silver bells (silver bells), It’s Christmas time in the city

Ring-a-ling, (ring-a-ling) Hear them ring, (hear them ring)

Soon it will be Christmas day.

 

Strings of street lights, even stoplights blinkin’ bright red and green

As the shoppers rush home with their treasures

Hear the snow crunch, see the kids bunch This is Santa’s big day

And above all this bustle you hear

Silver bells…

 

I woke up this morning with the song “silver Bells” on my mind. Actually, I’m humming it right now. The song depicts the way we see Christmas – weeks of shopping, spending time with family and celebrating the birth of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. I read the article below on the web from the History Channel and it reminded me once again that each of us needs to make the time and effort to celebrate Christmas. Let’s look back on the past year as a way of growing and spend the rest of this year and 2017 sharing the blessings we have received with those around us.

From our house to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

May God bless each and everyone,

Larry and Joyce George

According to the History Channel website, during World War I, on and around Christmas Day 1914, the sounds of rifles firing and shells exploding faded in a number of places along the Western Front in favor of holiday celebrations in the trenches and gestures of goodwill between enemies.

Starting on Christmas Eve, many German and British troops sang Christmas carols to each other across the lines, and at certain points the Allied soldiers even heard brass bands joining the Germans in their joyous singing. At the first light of dawn on Christmas Day, some German soldiers emerged from their trenches and approached the Allied lines across no-man’s-land, calling out “Merry Christmas” in their enemies’ native tongues. At first, the Allied soldiers feared it was a trick, but seeing the Germans unarmed they climbed out of their trenches and shook hands with the enemy soldiers. The men exchanged presents of cigarettes and plum puddings and sang carols and songs. There was even a documented case of soldiers from opposing sides playing a good-natured game of soccer. Some soldiers used this short-lived ceasefire for a more somber task: the retrieval of the bodies of fellow combatants who had fallen within the no-man’s land between the lines. The so-called Christmas Truce of 1914 came only five months after the outbreak of war in Europe and was one of the last examples of the outdated notion of chivalry between enemies in warfare.

It was never repeated—future attempts at holiday ceasefires were quashed by officers’ threats of disciplinary action—but it served as heartening proof, however brief, that beneath the brutal clash of weapons, the soldiers’ essential humanity endured.

During World War I, the soldiers on the Western Front did not expect to celebrate on the battlefield, but even a world war could not destroy the Christmas spirit.

 

 

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