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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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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Why Do We Need Missionaries? Part 3

Continuing with a third reason we need missionaries, based on Paul’s writing in Romans 1, he says in verses 20-25, “20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man–and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. 24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen” (NKJV).

Paul explains that God has revealed Himself, His “invisible attributes,” His “eternal power” and His divine nature through “the things that are made.” People are “without excuse” regarding knowledge of God because His existence and character “are clearly seen” through what He has created, what we often call “nature.” Creation – the flora and fauna, the animate and the inanimate, the microcosm and macrocosm, the earthly and the heavenly – reveal God the Creator. Despite this fact, Paul says, people “did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened” (Rom 1:21).

This is why we need missionaries. Some think that the many religions of the world, even the ones that worship images “made like corruptible man–and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things” (Rom 1:23), are mankind’s attempt to find God. While people try to make themselves acceptable to God or gods through their own efforts, adherents of these false religions have “exchanged the truth of God for the lie.” Rather than seeking God, they are trying to escape from the true God and worship the creation instead of the Creator (Rom 1:25).

People cannot escape the guilt of sin, but don’t want to give up their sin. Denying God’s truth in the darkness of their hearts, they think they are wise. God says they are fools because they don’t honor Him; they worship false gods and refuse to give up their sins. If they acknowledge the righteous, holy God, then that means they are guilty of the sins in which they continue. They fear having to account to God for their sins in the future.

All people have an inherent need and desire to worship, but also have sinful desires. To fulfill the need to worship, they make gods, idols (meaning anything worshiped other than the true God) they can worship, yet allow them to keep their sins.

Why do we need missionaries? To go to people without Christ, show them the revelation of the true God in Jesus Christ (who said, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” John 14:7-11). Missionaries can help them see the danger to their souls. They can tell people how Christ can free them from slavery to sin and Satan and give them an eternal relationship with the one and only God, whom they can know and worship.

Siloam Missionary Homes is thankful to have a part in providing for the needs of missionaries to help them fulfill their ministry.

H. Milton Wilder
Missionary Pastoral Care

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Latest Donors and Total Financial Contributions to Date – April Update

We would like to thank the following donors that have recently contributed to the Anniversary Project from March 9th to April 26th:

 

  • Apple’s Chapel Christian Church

  • Sean & Sharon Debnam

  • Graham Animal Hospital

  • Ronald & Patricia Somers

  • Michael & Kathy Watson

  • Gail & Kenny Workman

 

With these latest contributions, the current total of financial donations to date is $49,638.49!

Please keep in mind that this amount does not include all of the contributions of resources and supplies for the construction of the home that have been donated.

Thank you to all those who have already given, and for those who continue to give!

 

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Latest Donors and Total Financial Contributions to Date – March Update

We would like to thank the following donors that have recently contributed to the Anniversary Project from January to March 9th:

 

  • Apple’s Chapel Christian Church

  • Braxton Sawmill (sale of lumber from clearing property) – $ 2,438.10

  • Dr. Wayne Moore

  • Workers For Christ SS Class, Apple’s Chapel Church

 

With these latest contributions, the current total of financial donations to date is $49,263.49!

Please keep in mind that this amount does not include all of the contributions of resources and supplies for the construction of the home that have been donated.

Thank you to all those who have already given, and for those who continue to give!

 

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Latest Donors and Total Financial Contributions to Date – January Update

We would like to thank the following donors that have recently contributed to the Anniversary Project in the month of January:

 

  • Calvary Faith Baptist Church

  • Floyd and Anna Barb Miller

 

With these latest contributions, the current total of financial donations to date is $43,800.39.

Please keep in mind that this amount does not include all of the contributions of resources and supplies for the construction of the home that have been donated.

Thank you to all those who have already given, and for those who continue to give!

 

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