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MEDIA FOCUS NEWSLETTER April 1, 2009
P.O. Box 618, Duarte, CA. 91010
Telephone: 626-482-7140 or 562-907-9119 E-mail: chaplain@media-focus.org

Two thousand years ago, Jesus said, “And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matthew 24: 6-8)

One doesn’t need to watch the news very long to realize we are in a time of sorrows for many people. There is sadness, struggles, strife, and suffering all around us.

Yesterday evening, Patty and I made a hospital call on a dear sister and her family suffering from a long history of health issues. She has surgery today.

Last Saturday, we had lunch with the president of a production company struggling with financial difficulties and relationship upheavals. The meeting was emotional, lasting into the afternoon as we shared and counseled.

Monday, I took a brother for breakfast who had a seizure from heart problems and he can’t go to work or drive for a month. This has caused strife with his boss who is talking of laying him off.

Last Christmas, a time of celebration and joy, we found a pervading sense of sorrow and sadness. Most we talked with were thankful just to have a roof over their heads and food on the table. We got word last night of a woman and her three children getting evicted from their home.

We have also heard of churches and ministries cutting back programs and laying off staff as the economic crisis is affecting more and more peoples ability to give. I ran across a survey that projected more than 100,000 non-profits closing down by the end of 2009. Many of those will no doubt be ministries.

Which brings us to the future. The future for all of us, and the future of Media Focus. As I study the Bible, I see two things the Lord constantly calls on His followers to do. He tells us to WAIT on Him and Trust Him. Both can be extremely difficult when the pressure of the world weighs in on our lives like a wrecking bar!
“ I’m waiting Lord and everything is falling apart. You aren’t saying anything and when I thought it couldn’t get worse-it has! Do You even hear me? Do you know where I am and what’s happening to me?”
We wait some more and still His silent. Now our trust is tested. Will we panic?

What the Lord has placed on our hearts is, that He will take care of His own with strength, wisdom, protection and provision. We have gone through trials so He can equip us to now help those hurting around us. God has grown and prepared many of us for this moment. Hearts are searching and open. The harvest is ready. God has not uncalled us in this ministry into the Media, rather, we have the call, the vision, and the anointing to continue reaching out to thin the Media Mission Field. In these troubled times know that our Lord is ever faithful and is ALWAYS WITH US! But we must hold the line and not run ahead of His directing. Wait on Him.
Now the hard part. Can you truly say,” I will TRUST HIM NO MATTER WHAT!” Because Christ died for us, and He rose from the dead—we have the victory. Let us walk in that truth!

In closing, we want you to know how much we love and appreciate each of you. We truly are grateful to our Father for those who have supported the ministry of Media Focus with their prayers and gifts. We know some of you gave sacrificially, and others increased the amounts of your contributions to help us keep going. Thank You!

In our hearts, Patty and I do not believe the Lord wants us to be one of the 100,000 that goes under but, we need your help. For us to continue, we really need you to rally around us in prayer. That is a gift most precious as we know for certain prayer over the years has uplifted us and carried us along in this outreach to the media.

Next, we ask you to seek God’s will about helping us with your support. Will you pray about helping us with your support? The Lord will show you, and He won’t ask you to give what you don’t have, but what you do have. For some it will be a monthly amount, which is foundational funds we can count on. For others, it may be larger amounts given periodically through the year. These gifts provide special boosts to carry us along. God may ask some of you to increase what you are giving to Media Focus, and others to decide to take part where you never have before, or perhaps it has been a long time.

However God speaks to you, we praise Him for what he is going to do. Thank you for your sensitivity to His voice, and for standing with us to keep this ministry alive.

Our love and prayers in Christ,

John and Patty
Chaplain of Media Focus

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