The other day I received some pictures from Haiti that made me think to the stories I had read of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. It was June 2nd 1953 and the press reported the event in many ways, including the following:
‘The ceremony at Westminster was one of pomp and pageantry, and the characteristically poised Elizabeth delivered in a solemn and clear voice the coronation oath that bound her to the service of the people of Great Britain and the British Commonwealth. In the procession through the streets of London that followed, Elizabeth and her husband were joined by representatives from the more than 40 member states of the Commonwealth, including heads of state, sultans, and prime ministers. British troops like the Yeomen of the Guard were joined by a great variety of Commonwealth troops, including police from the Solomon Islands, Malaysians in white uniforms and green sarongs, Pakistanis in puggaree headdresses, Canadian Mounties, and New Zealanders and Australians in wide-brimmed hats. After the parade, Elizabeth stood with her family on the Buckingham Palace balcony and waved to the crowd as jet planes of the Royal Air Force flew across the Mall in tight formation.’
However, there was a special presentation made to the Queen during the Ceremony and I share from the Ceremony: ‘the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland presented her with a Bible? ‘Our gracious Queen,’ said the Archbishop. ‘To keep your Majesty ever mindful of the Law and Gospel of God as the Rule for the whole life and government of Christian Princes, we present you with this Book, the most valuable thing that this world affords.’ Then the Moderator added ‘Here is wisdom, this is the royal law, these are the lively oracles of God.’
Note the words that were used when the Bible was given to the Queen, ‘the most valuable thing that this world affords.’ That is how the Bible was viewed. How days have changed!
Now, I began by saying “I received pictures from Haiti and they made me think about the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth,’ and you may ask why? If you look at the picture below you will have the answer.
During the year we as a Mission seek to meet the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of the children. This we do with the help and support of donors and we know and believe that the great gift we can give is the book that was described as ‘the most valuable thing that this world affords.’ The Bible is our guide for living and through it and in it, not only do we find the truth of God, but we meet the Saviour!
In closing, think about their words from Queen Elizabeth:
Dr. Sam Martin
‘CEOs who grow their charities QUIT SERVING KIDS and START SERVING DONORS. Successful leaders re-purpose existing resources to create a healthy-flow of cash that ensure they reach and exceed goal’s’
Honestly when I read these words on an email from a Fund Raising company I was shocked and upset, but before I comment, let me add the rest of the email: ‘In 1927, Henry Ford foresaw the end of the "Model T" and implemented a "change management plan" that led to the successful introduction of the "Model A." He began by shutting down factory lines for 5 months, laid off 60,000 workers and invested the necessary time and money to retool his infrastructure (at cost of $250,000,000 in today's dollars.) Like Ford, nonprofit CEOs need the freedom to implement strategic shutdowns that allow them to restructure in ways that make all their dreams come true.’ One was also invited to view a 5 minute video, which I did for – 2 mins!
As a Mission we value our donors! In fact we have a little saying, ‘it is not enough to keep our donors happy, we must keep them delighted!’ We know without their support, generosity and prayers we could not do what we do, bring hope, health and healing to needy children. We know we need more donors but to stop ‘serving kids?’ The whole thrust of the article and video was to convince us that the needy, the poor, children are not our customers, donors are! The reason why this is so? ‘The poor, the needy ain’t got no money.’ (quote from video).
Perhaps I am misunderstanding the article, maybe I am too simple minded. Maybe I am too focused on the example and teaching of Jesus! Maybe I see ‘helping children’ as a ministry not a business. Consider the following scripture:
Jesus said, ‘The poor you will always have with you…’ And he was quoting Deuteronomy 15 v 11, ‘For the poor will never cease to be in the land; therefore I command you, saying, You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land.'
Daily I thank God for the men and women, the families, Churches, Clubs and the like, who are ‘Our Donors.’ They are special, but I do not believe they are to be used simply as a source of dollars. I believe they are people who have a heart for God and a heart for helping people who are less fortunate. (some of course would not profess to be Christians, but they have a real and genuine desire to help others. They have within them the spirit of caring and sharing!)
We will never “Quit serving kids and start serving donors” Rather we will with God’s help, continue by faith to serve kids and to help kind and caring people to serve with us!
Dr. Sam Martin
A Tribute to a ‘Man of God, a Faithful servant of Jesus Christ, and Secretary to the Board of AOJ, a real friend, Mr. Ford Quinlan.’
It was pouring of rain, it was late, and it was cold to say the least and I was sitting in my car waiting for help. I was on my way home from Wal-Mart when the car came to a sudden halt. The car is old, and I had heard strange noises but this was a shocker. My son-in-law drove over, we stood in the rain trying to figure it out and we all got soaked to the skin. We decided the best would be to tow it to a repair shop. My son-in-law went back home to find a row rope.
As I sat freezing in the car, my Son called and when I answered, he sounded a wee bit upset and said, “Dad have you heard anything about Ford?” Ford was a friend, a faithful brother. He was on the pastoral staff of a Pentecostal Church in Oshawa. My son then read the following from the Church’s WEB site:
‘It is with unspeakable shock and sadness that we want to let you know that our husband, father, grandad, brother, uncle, pastor, and friend, Ford Quinlan, died suddenly this morning. (May 3, 2017)
I could not believe what I just heard. Then later when I got home, there was a message from the family. I tried to encourage the family and decided I would attend their Church on Sunday morning and I am glad I did. During the service which was a real blessing to me and I am sure everyone in attendance, I heard the Senior Pastor say:
‘We have over 67 years of knowing Ford as an extremely kind, sacrificially generous, radically hospitable, faithfully loyal, hilariously outgoing, unwaveringly hard-working, always persevering, fully committed follower of Jesus Christ.’
Later that day I attended the visitation at the Church, and down one aisle were many photograph/displays, letters and the like. One which said, ‘Missions – Guatemala,’ and as I looked at the photographs, my mind went back to 1998, that is when we met I believe for the first time.
His Church was sending what I believe was their first Mission Team and it was an honor for me to facilitate that on behalf of the Mission, to serve in Guatemala. The Team was a blessing, and was blessed, and so began Ford’s involvement with The Arms of Jesus Children’s Mission. He was supportive at every turn with the encouragement of his family. He became a Board member, and then secretary to the Board and he served well. Indeed he hosted our last Board meeting at His Church, and was due to lead a Team to Guatemala, but shared a month or so ago he did not think he would be able to because of health issues, but would do his best to help the Team and to make sure the Outreach would continue.
As a the founder of the Mission, I thank God for Ford, as a friend and fellow Pastor, I thank God for Ford and his faithful service to the Lord and His people, and I know today our staff not only in Canada, but in Haiti and Guatemala are praying for Ford’s dear wife and family. Like his Church family we pay tribute to this special man, Ford Quinlan, who truly, in the words of His Senior Pastor was:
‘an extremely kind, sacrificially generous, radically hospitable, faithfully loyal, hilariously outgoing, unwaveringly hard-working, always persevering, fully committed follower of Jesus Christ.’
May I invite you to give thanks to God for the life and service of Ford Quinlan, and to pray for his wife and family!
Dr. Sam Martin
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” John Bunyan
Today I came across a site that listed 364 quotes about helping others and there was certainly much to think about but, surely our source of inspiration is the Word of God, the Bible! Daily as I face the challenges of helping poor children, I turn to the scriptures and in this week’s Blog, I want to let the scriptures speak. Please read, listen and open your heart to what God says and then pray: ‘Lord Use me!’
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.
He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’
Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.
And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”
Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.
Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? ...Scriptures: Stephen Smith. Publication date: Apr 30, 2017. Publisher: OpenBible.info.
Dr. Sam Martin
During the year it is an honor for us as a Mission to facilitate and receive ‘Mission Teams’ for service in Guatemala. These Teams come from across North America and give themselves sacrificially to serve from 7 to 14 days and give themselves to ‘Evangelism, Construction, Teaching, Food Distribution, Medical Outreaches and so much more. Truly they bless the people of Guatemala and we thank God for each and every Team.
However, we are increasingly aware of the impact on Team Members, the blessing they receive from our Staff, and the People we serve and I thought it would be good just to share a few testimonies from Team Members, trusting they will be an inspiration to you.
A Pastor wrote: ‘The effect of this Mission experience had on my personal and spiritual life was to focus more attention on people. I often become overly concerned for the organizational work that I loose time with people. In Guatemala, my focus was entirely upon the team, leaders, teachers, volunteers, children and wider community. As for future interest in Mission, I am very committed to supporting and encouraging His Church to give, pray and go’
A Team member wrote: ‘This trip has brought me so much closer to God. Preparing for this Mission Trip brought me back to God after years of turning my back on Him. Seeing what we have in comparison to what the people in Guatemala have, has me more thankful to God for my life and I just want to be closer to Him, and to serve Him with all my heart.’
A Young man wrote: ‘This Mission had a great effect on my life. To be able to experience such a part of the world and come back to our own world and see it with new eyes. Everyone should have to take a trip like this.’
A Lady wrote: ‘This was an amazing experience from the beginning. From the moment we arrived at the School to the very last day, I loved every minute of it and feel so very blessed to have been part of it.’
Other comments included: ‘I left a large part of my heart in Guatemala; I want to go back ever year. I was so humbled by the experience. I learned to speak the name of the Lord more clearly.’
We could fill a book, even a library with testimonies and we humbly thank God for those who take the time and make the sacrifices necessary to be part of a Mission Team and to join us in what God is doing!
Why not join a Mission team?