Here it is finally 2011, a new beginning. Every fiftieth year among the Israelites was known as the year of liberty, or the year of jubilee. The Hebrew word for “jubilee” means “to be jubilant” or “to exult or praise.” The jubilee year was a great leveler in Israelite society. It gave the poor and unfortunate a second chance. It also demonstrated God’s concern for the justice and fairness among His people. During this year any Israelite who had sold himself into slavery to a fellow Israelite to pay off a debt was released from his indebtedness and set free. Land that had been lost from a family since the last jubilee to pay a debt had to be returned to the original owners. May this year of 2011 be a year of jubilee or a year to renew and start fresh a lasting relationship with our Lord.
In our ministry across America we have seen a lot of fruit to our labor. After spending time with family for the holidays, we had opportunities to pick up more support. We had a wonderful privilege to work the food bank ministry of East Mesa Baptist Church of Mesa, AZ. There we seen over three hundred Adults and children receive turkeys and all the trimmings for Christmas dinners. For the children, each received a toy of their choosing. As a result of this labor, we calculated thirty-five souls received Christ as their Lord and Savior! Though there may have been gifts handed out and gifts received but the most important gift was the gift of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. Christ shed His innocent blood on Calvary’s hill so we all can have the remission of our sin. Oh the precious blood of Christ, what a gift!
Please continue to pray as we line up meetings and raise support for the mission field. God has been very good about meeting our needs because of the fervent prayers of His saints.
Serving in His name,
Stephen P Kennedy, PS 46:10