Tuesday, May 19 2020
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Matthew 28:19
After I was approached by the directors of Teen Challenge to become their induction center and made a thirty-day mission trip to the Philippines we were ready to begin as Manna Farms and my vision to make disciples was becoming a reality!
If anyone tells you that making disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ is easy, that person has never been involved in it or knows anything about what it entails! I was about to learn for myself what it meant as we took in the first seven ladies into the program. We had three mobile homes for the women's center and I lived in the home at the front of the twenty-acre farm. Now consider, most of the women we received were either former prostitutes, topless dancers, drug addicts, alcoholics, or felons stipulated to us as a condition of their parole.
On day two I looked out my back door and my little Blue Healer, Rodeo was standing there with a dress in his mouth and I knew this was not going to be a good day! Needless to say the whole bunch, all seven walked a mile for a camel! No, actually they walked more than five miles so they could smoke! Anyway, I learned a valuable lesson pertaining to residential ministry, "Stability!"
"Teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28:20
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin