God is our Refuge – Hurricane Florence Update

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be removed,
and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled,
though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
Psalm 46:1-3

The last several days have the nation focused on the east coast and specifically North Carolina. The impending arrival of Hurricane Florence had officials attempting to make wise decisions and residents scrambling to prepare for the unknown. Here at Siloam we made plans for the potential high winds and heavy rains then waited for the storm to arrive.

The reality is this – the only one who knew what would (or wouldn’t) happen with this storm was God Himself. He knows all things and controls all things and with a storm of this magnitude we (like always) were completely in His hands.

We are thankful to report that the storm has now come and gone and we have come through relatively unscathed. We have some minor issues with gravel and standing water, but generally speaking no more damage than a normal downpour might create.

We appreciate your prayers and the many messages and phone calls we have already received checking on the Siloam staff, residents, and property. We are thankful to our Father above who has chosen to preserve us through this storm and we praise Him for being our refuge through yet another storm.

To God be the Glory,

Michael Gay
Director, Operations & Marketing

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Encouraged by the Hand of God

There is no better place to be than in the hands of our heavenly Father doing the work He has called us to do. But if we are honest with ourselves, even the best of God’s servants get discouraged and we are no different. We have been laboring intensely this summer on the Anniversary House along with work teams and other volunteers, but we had reached a point where we needed contractors to do some of the specialty work we were not equipped to do. We’ve spent several hours making phone calls and scheduling contractors to complete some of that work and then last Thursday we realized we had spent all of the allocated money for the project. It was like a wet blanket had been thrown over a tiny flame and we wondered what we should do. In thinking about our human reaction to this situation, my mind was called back to the stories shared by George Muller regarding his work with orphans. At one point in time he had a great need and he recorded this in his journal:

“I was rather cast down last evening and this morning about the matter, questioning whether I ought to be engaged in this way, and was led to ask the Lord to give me some further encouragement.”

That is exactly where we were at as a staff. But George Muller’s next words describe the next few days for us as well, “Soon after we were sent…” We had one of those “soon after” moments ourselves. Here’s the whole story.

The Lord has blessed us with several vehicle donations in the last several months and just last week we were able to meet the needs of one of the missionaries here at Siloam by giving him one of the donated cars. That was on Wednesday. On Thursday we realized we needed to move forward on the house but had exhausted the current funds. But, the Lord had already burdened the heart of a dear saint who mailed a check at the end of last week and it arrived on Monday. Not only was it a check, it was a significant check, one that will allow us to get several of the specialty projects completed and get us very close to finishing the house. Needless to say, we greatly rejoiced as a staff for God’s miraculous provision. Less than 24 hours later the next contractor on the list called and said his schedule opened up and he could start the next stage that day rather than waiting nearly two more weeks to begin.

Was any of this a coincidence? Not to our God! He was preparing all of these circumstances for just the right time so that we might experience His faithfulness and increase our faith in Him. George Muller wrote this about his motive for prayer:

“I desire that all the children of God, who may read these details, may thereby be led to increased and more simple confidence in God for everything which they may need under any circumstances, and that these many answers to prayer may encourage them to pray.”

And this is our prayer as well. As God’s children are moved to be a part of our ministry, we want to share with you what God has done so that you, too, may increase in your faith and trust Him to meet your needs. To God be the glory!

In His Service,

Michael

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Take Time To Praise and Pray

A time to praise!

We praise the Lord that last Friday, August 12, 2011, we were able to purchase the 7.13 acres that we will use as Camp Glory. This property is truly an answer to prayer in more ways than one.

The Board of Directors, in their long range planning, looked at purchasing additional property that would become available, because we are landlocked. The property has a well and septic that could be used for a three bedroom home, and several outbuildings. There is also a driveway the full length of the property, which we can connect to Siloam at both ends with very little effort. The owner had an old trailer removed from the property prior to the closing. It also has a small spring fed pond. Had we not purchased this, the owner had another buyer waiting, as we were given first right of refusal.

We are excited as the property will be of great use to us, giving us room to expand. Currently, all of the space available for septic use has been filled.

The owner allowed us to extend the time to raise the funds twice, but only if we felt that we could raise the funds. Last Tuesday, we had $29,500 toward the $73,000, which included closing costs. Siloam had a friend and supporter of the ministry that offered to lend us the difference while we continue to raise the rest that is needed.

We are calling this “Camp Glory” in memory of our former board member, Tom DeYoung, who would always respond to Siloam’s blessings and challenges with the phrase, “Well, glory!” This will also give us a place for our volunteers to stay. We have been contacted by several RV groups who will come if we have the hookups.

Thank you for praying for us. We look forward to God’s blessings in our service to Him. We want our God to get all of the glory for this!

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Dad’s Country Store

is a great help to the residents of Siloam Missionary Homes, providing grocery and other items free of charge to the missionaries. Our missionary families stop there every day. This morning, I walked into the store and noticed that the shelves had several bare spots. I thought, “Lord, we really need some things here” (but not macaroni and cheese, green beans or corn!). God, of course, already knew the need, and about an hour later, I looked out of the window of the Family Center to see that a pastor had arrived in his church van with – that’s right – a cargo of canned goods, cereal, paper products and other things we needed.

How many times God has sent His blessings to SMH through His people responding to His leading. We praise Him and thank those who show us His love in so many practical ways.

— by Milton Wilder, SMH Pastor Missionary Care

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From the “Killing Field” to the “Mission Field”

This week, Joyce and I had the wonderful opportunity to visit with Scott and Naran Hollinger, missionaries with Trans World Radio (TWR) in Cary, N.C. It was our first visit to TWR and it was exciting to see how they are taking the gospel around the world.

Trips like these help remind us of the importance of Siloam Missionary Homes and of the tremendous need to provide homes for missionaries. God has a reason for all things and uses different circumstances to bring people together to reach the world for Him. When a missionary family arrives here, we never know what they have gone through. The reason for our visit to TWR was to get to know the Hollinger’s for this week’s radio show.

Scott met Naran in Guam, where he was serving as a single missionary with TWR. She had come to Guam with her sister, both of them having been from the “killing fields” of Cambodia. During this week’s radio show, the Hollingers will share how God took two single people from two totally different walks of life and brought them together to serve as missionaries. I must say this was a true eye-opener for me! I need to pray more that ever, that God will raise up more missionaries to share the gospel. Naran told us that she had never heard about Jesus or about the Bible until she left Cambodia. A missionary in Guam shared the Gospel with her and that is how she came to Christ.

It broke my heart to hear her talk about the lack of the Gospel throughout the world and it reminded me of the millions of souls that die every day without ever even hearing the name of “Jesus!” We must not delay in sending forth missionaries.

This is a program that we pray will challenge every believer to reach the world for Jesus Christ. You will not want to miss it – Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

Larry George, President

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Happy New Year!

“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”

Happy New Year everyone! I pray each of you had a wonderful Christmas. I praise the Lord for His birthday and the freedom we have in America to share this with family and friends. It was a great time with my children and our grandchildren. My sister, Linda, surprised us by coming in from Missouri with her husband, Dan. As is tradition, we started Christmas Eve with dinner at my mom’s house, and ended the evening at our home. Between the two, every year we meet in the Chapel for a Christmas Eve service with the missionary families. We sang and read the Christmas story – we had a wonderful time! The prayer chapel seats 34 people, and this year, it was overflowing!

I want to thank all off the churches and our partners in ministry for the outpouring of gifts and food for all of the missionary families that live here. What a blessing it has been! God is soooo good!

As we rejoice over the blessing of our Savior’s birth, and thank Him for yet another year of ministry, I look forward with anticipation to 2009. I praise the Lord for opening up our new radio program, “A Place We Call Home.” You can hear us locally on Truth Radio, am 830 each Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. It is also on several other stations across North Carolina as well as on the web at truthbroadcasing.com. I believe that the Lord is giving us a way to share the heart of missions to more people. This coming Saturday, January 3rd, Mike and Abbey will be joining us.

As I reflect over 2008, it has been a blessing to know that over 100 people have called Siloam “home” this year. These families have represented 17 different countries. I am so thankful to the Lord for providing every need.

The Bible gives me great comfort as we move into the New Year. Like you, I read the newspaper and watch TV. Funds are tight and we must rely daily on the Lord to provide. Not just for the needs of our families, but for the ministry. Even as I write, I am concerned that we can end the year in the black. But, Siloam Missionary Homes belongs to the Lord. And, God is Faithful! The Word of God tells us in Matthew 19:26, “But Jesus beheld them and said to them, with men this is impossible; but with God, all things are possible.” What a blessing and wonderful promise!

Please pray with  us:  

  • as we minister to the missionary families
  • for our new family moving in on Thursday
  • for Siloam’s radio program – that God will provide sponsors
  • for our meetings and conferences for 2009
  • for our staff
  • for our new budget
  • for the completion of Papa’s Workshop
  • for the Wilder’s monthly support
  • for all of the missionary families that live here and those who will come in 2009

Our prayer for you in 2009 is that God will give you opportunity to share Jesus every day. I pray that God will bless each of you with good health. God is able, if we are willing. I covet your prayers for me and my family and the staff.

May the Lord bless you and protect you as we partner to reach the world for Christ.

Larry George, President

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Let it snow…a time to reflect

Brrr….Last week I was talking to my brother in Michigan and he was telling me about all of the snow he was getting. Here in North Carolina, we have been enjoying warm weather. I remember as a youngster, the snowy days of winter. I had a paper route and sometimes the snow was so deep that I had to walk my route. About supper time, in the distance I could see the lights of home. I would walk in the back door and peel off the icy scarf from around my face and go warm myself in front of the wood stove. Mom always had a hot meal ready for me.

I say all of this to remember that I believe that God provides many ways for us to stop and reflect. At times, it is the weather, other times it could be a visitor or circumstance. This morning during my time with the Lord, I stopped to reflect on the reason for Christmas. I thanked Him for sending His Son, Jesus, to be Salvation for me. I encourage you, my friend, to take time today to reflect on what Christmas means to you.

“Unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Joyce and I and the rest of our staff  wish each of you a Very Merry Christmas!

I would also like to mention that God has provided a way for us to share again on the radio on December 27th at 3:30 p.m. Truth Radio, am 830. You can also catch us on the web at www.truthradio.comWe are praying that this will be another way for us to get the message out. The program will be called “A Place Missionaries Call Home.” The producers of the show believe that this will be a great program about Siloam Missionary Homes and the families that come here to stay. Of course, like all media, radio is expensive. This is something that only God can do, since we need sponsors for the program. We will  be interviewing missionaries and sharing about the lives of missionaries and our staff. We see the potential of reaching a listening audience of over 20-50,000 people. Please pray for Joyce and I as we host this program. We want God to be the “hero” and receive the glory. This is a “live” talk show, so make sure to call in with your comments!

We love all of you! Merry Christmas!

Larry & Joyce

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Happy Thanksgiving!

The turkey is thawing in the refrigerator. Joyce has been cleaning house and preparing for Thanksgiving at our house. On Thursday, many of my family members will be here to celebrate Thanksgiving with us.

I praise the Lord for this past year. We have so much to be thankful for. I have been sick for the past several weeks and Joyce and I have been speaking in a lot of churches. I am grateful that we both well today!

Last Thursday, we celebrated Thanksgiving here with all of the missionary families and were so blessed to have Wake Chapel Christian Church join us. What a wonderful time of rejoicing together. The church group brought food for all of the families and provided special music and ate with us. Thank you, Church!

Sunday night we attended Freedom Baptist Church in Goldsboro and they weighed down my truck with food for all of us here at Siloam. We also praise the Lord for the socks Tony Kiser brought for all of the families. It is always great to have new socks! Yesterday, Harold and Patsy McBane surprised us by bringing crates of sweet potatoes. We have so much to be thankful for! It’s not even Christmas yet!!!

I would like to ask that you pray for all of the families here as they travel over the holidays. It has been such a blessing to see the price of gas fall. This has really helped all of us. We would like to thank you for your faithfulness in supporting us both financially and with your prayers. God is good and praise Him for you!

Our prayer is that you and your family have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving. Pray for our country and our men and women that are serving overseas – both in the military and for the Lord. May God always receive all the honor and glory as we reach the world for Jesus Christ through missionary housing.

 Rejoicing with Thanksgiving in our hearts!

Larry, Joyce and Siloam staff

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Please Hurry Up and Wait!

To my praying Brothers & Sisters,

 Has the TV gotten you down and discouraged? The economy? Your retirement? Well, I have good news for you! I know Someone who can help and has the means. His name is Jesus! The other day, I was talking to one of my friends on the phone and he said, “Right now, because of the economy, we have a wonderful opportunity to help one another, to share who Jesus is. It’s resting in Him.” But, it is hard to rest, isn’t it?

I remember as a youngster, we raised chickens at home. I would watch the hens sit patiently on their nest for the eggs to hatch. After a couple of weeks, my mom would gently reach under the hen and take one of the eggs and examine it. She would check the egg for a small hole. This would indicate that the chick was trying to get out. One morning, while feeding the chickens, I head a peeping sound. I turned to see a small chick sticking her head out from under its mother’s wings. After a while, the chicken would leave her nest for water. I quickly inspected the rest of the eggs. A baby chick was working hard trying to peck its way out. My mother scolded me and told me to put the egg back. “If you keep handling them, the chick inside will die.” I was not very patient and wanted to help the baby chick out. So, I came back later and started to pick away at the shell. Of course, the baby died. It was not ready to be born. The pecking of the shell was God’s way of making the chick stronger and preparing it for the world.

The words “patience, endurance, and perseverance” are mentioned no less than six times in James 5:7-12. Patience is the quality that the Apostle Paul continually stressed as a requirement for a holy life.

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely and may your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.”

Please pray for us, that I can rest in Him, and that I don’t allow the cares of the world to take away my focus. Pray that we can encourage the missionary families here. Remember, in the end, WE WIN!

“Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss. I charge you by the Lord that this epistle is read to all the holy brethren. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.” II Thess. 5:23-28

Praying for you today,

Your brother in Christ, Larry George

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News From Siloam

 

Dear Friends of Siloam,

 

    Greetings, in the wonderful name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

     We praise the Lord for a great mission trip to Brazil.  Joyce and I, along with Pastor Kevin and his son Kendal and friend Dalton from Riverside Baptist Church, went with us. Joyce grew up there as a missionary kid, so it was going home for her. Even though we have not visited Brazil in eight years, her Portuguese came back rather quickly. While there, she broke a tooth and had to go to a dentist. She remembered what it was like as a child and really did not know what to expect. However, she was pleasantly surprised to see how modern the office was. We had a wonderful time with John and Rebecca Hawkins, missionaries in Manaus. It was good to visit the mission school where Joyce attended grade school and high school. Back here in the states Mike worked diligently as director of the day to day operations. I appreciated so much friends and board members working together. This made our trip much more enjoyable.

 

    It is hard to believe that school has started. Many of the missionary families have been getting their children settled in school or have started home schooling. Mike and Abbey have been adjusting to school for Macie. She is attending Burlington Christian this year and is going all day. This has been harder on her momma then on Macie.

 

    Milton and Betty Wilder, our associate missionaries, have moved in. It is good to have Pastor Milton meeting with the men in the mornings for prayer. Betty is spending time this week with her sisters.

 

    Henry Hagood keeps the yards and the homes looking great. He even talked his wife, Linda, into coming and help paint. We do thank the Lord for all the workers here, their dedication to Siloam Missionary Homes and the missionary families. Please continue to pray that we can be an encouragement to all the missionary families.

 

    I would like to express our heart felt thanks for your sacrificial support to Siloam Missionary Homes. We realize the economy is tight and daily seek the Lord for his provision. Thank you too for praying for us.

 

    May the Lord continue to bless each you  as we serve the Lord together through missionary housing.

 

Because of Christ,

Larry George

President

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