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Joash, “Smite the Ground”
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Joash was told by prophet Elisha to strike the ground with his arrows. He stopped after 3 and was scolded for not being more persistent. I remembered this at each challenge for trip preparation details for Uganda and Congo. Both locations are centers for learning with over 1,500 students. CHALLENGED BY SHORTAGE OF FUNDS I was often tempted to give up but I pressed on often getting the needed funds 5 minutes before the absolute need like for the gasoline fuel to the airport. And like the funds for the airline tickets for the teenage sons who joined our team the last 5 days before departure. Many “arrow beatings” later, we spent 4 days at Bugema university adjusting to the time zone and setting up arrangements for the sanctuary program for theology students, families, and their invites. Sunday we left by some van like vehicle going by roads full of potholes to Congo. Full speed ahead was often only 15 mph. Miraculously a friend helped us get Congo visas in one hr. instead of 72 hours at the embassy in Kampala Friday after Kyle’s tooth was pulled at the dentist. Kyle is stronger now having battled the infection. We PRAY that with God providing the funds SOMEHOW, we will do printing of 1,000 children’s Bible lesson books, buy Bibles and Steps to Christ in Swahili (sp) and hold a series or 2 there then return to Uganda for another series. We PRAY that we get funding needed. Those wanting to help can send to Missions Unlimited, who can get funds available to us either directly depositing or sending to my husband. Their address is on web site: illustratedbible.net on the front page. Be sure to mark it for “Feed My Lambs, Larose McCluskey-Africa”
THANK YOU ALL FOR PRAYING DAILY FOR US
This text comforted me “Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” Lk 1:45
We will go back to Uganda for our final series before departing for home on March 21.
MIRACLE Blessing DETAILS: (takes time to read but it is a great list of evidences of God’s mighty power to get things done on a very small budget. My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches Phil. 4:19)
TEXT: 2 Kings13:18 And he said, “Take the arrows.” And he took [them]. And he said unto the king of Israel, “Smite upon the ground.” And he smote thrice, and stayed.
2 Kings 13:19 And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed [it]: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria [but] thrice.
“The lesson is for all in positions of trust. When God opens the way for the accomplishment of a certain work and gives assurance of success, the chosen instrumentality must do all in his power to bring about the promised result. In proportion to the enthusiasm and perseverance with which the work is carried forward will be the success given. God can work miracles for His people only as they act their part with untiring energy. He calls for men of devotion to His work, men of moral courage, with ardent love for souls, and with a zeal that never flags. Such workers will find no task too arduous, no prospect too hopeless; they will labor on, undaunted, until apparent defeat is turned into glorious victory. Not even prison walls nor the martyr's stake beyond, will cause them to swerve from their purpose of laboring together with God for the upbuilding of His kingdom.” {PK 263.1}
Over and over these words rang in my heart as I went through the “Red Sea” of impossibilities. How hard should I try? At what point should I give up and say, “this is too big for me, it must be a sign it is not God’s will to do this Africa project”? I felt emotionally short of breath after days of struggles getting birth certificates, passports, visa, tickets all in 8 days time for 2 sons. Those last days as we brought the boys home from school we learned Kyle was suffering from a toothache. He was treated with antibiotics and pain killers and charcoal packs. At the same time there was a flurry of help on our new home. God was blessing with help painting, and carpeting. Each morning I was working on the sermon notes.
We had very minimal donations for the project. It was less than all other projects in the past thus testing my faith.
In the story of the sick woman who was healed when she touched the hem of Jesus, the lesson is taught that as we remember and thank Him for past miracles, He is more likely to answer prayer. Recounting what He did in the past and evidences that He wanted this program in Africa, is like grabbing the hem of his garment and expecting Him to act. It is like “beating the arrows”. I made a list of evidences God wanted the Africa mission to happen on January 31. I kept rehearsing these.
1. January 3: God answered my prayer of 6 days with directives to go to Africa before Brazil, and to go the 24th or at least by the 31st of January. Immediate scheduling of ticketing was done in obedience to Him. Dollars came from the last dollars of the gift from a friend in Salem. Just Jenny and Larose were planning to go until words from Kyle expressed desires to go (January 22)
2. January 23:BIRTH CERTIFICATES: Overnight service getting Ian’s birth certificate from 2,000 miles away in Missouri. Tickets were booked for Ian and Kyle. Ian’s went through. There was not enough funds in the account for another ticket. Vital records also could not find evidence of Kyle’s birth.
3. January 24 : Finally, Kyles overnight birth certificate came from Portland.
4. Jan. 25: SCHOOL COOPERATION: The boys were allowed to leave school with a credit plan for work done.
5. January 26: PHOTOS: Passport and visa photos were done. The expenses drained my limited supply. Spokane Passport expert recommended letter from school be done for ID and gave passport phone number for appointment in Seattle to have it made while waiting. This is a service granted only to those traveling in 14 days.
6. Jan 26 night: SCHOOL LETTER: Andrew and Mr. Usher put together a school letter and faxed it into KINKO 24 hr office 25 miles from home. By midnight I had all documents ready. Snow made it difficult to see. I was so exhausted I wanted to give up.
7. YELLOW FEVER IMMUNIZATIONS: It was stated these were required to obtain visa. The cost was 125 dollars each. When we had just been given funds by Ron of 500 for our trip to acquire passports in Seattle, it was hard to spend these funds on immunizations. There was a cost break after we got there rendering it 360 dollars and we had a few to head off to Seattle but not the needed dollars to purchase the 314 dollar passports. In faith I again “beat the arrows”. I had to begin the trip to Seattle without the money needed. Where would it come from? I did not know. I just moved forward in faith. We were able to purchase Ian’s using the final dollars in the mission debit card and together all the children pooled their allowances to acquire Kyle’s passport.
8. January 27: 12 HOUR DRIVE and 4.5 hr wait for PASSPORTS:(Friday) Kyle awakened me. His enthusiasm made me decide to “beat the arrows” one more time. We left 3AM encountering snow in mountain pass, driving a car damaged by a truck. One headlight in the snow storm was not easy. We made it after delays by 10AM. The passport appointment was 10:30. It was such a blessing to have passports made while we waited. We arrived back home by 8pm
9. Jan. 27: VISA: No time left to acquire: Washington DC Uganda embassy was contacted regarding time limit. He offered to fax a letter for us on Monday.
10. January 28: Sabbath REST till after sundown. We went to Kinkos and printed out the angel for the ark top and faxed the visa request to Washington DC. Over Sabbath I had been given just enough funds to do this. We reached home by midnight, exhausted. It was then we discovered the tickets for the boys were cancelled. So I decided to “beat the arrows” another time. That night after Sabbath, by email, I contacted Ambassador Travel and requested tickets next day. He said it was impossible. He was in New Jersey. He was handling phone and email at home over the weekend. He said I must have someone else provide a visa card and he could send to the hotel in Seattle on Tuesday same day as flight. He could not guarantee Fed-ex delivery if snow was in their way. Yet if I was right near the Seattle Airport in a hotel, chances were good of getting the tickets. I was enabled by my husband to have a room there right across from the airport. Reservations were made.
11. January 29: SUNDAY. I was almost ready to give up as I looked at how many hours were left and still no tickets or money for tickets for the boys. I prayed with Diane just before her board meeting. I decided to “beat the arrows” another time. I called different ones and asked for email to be sent urgently asking for prayer. I wanted more people beating the arrows with me. $3,200 was needed to get the tickets. We had only minutes and it would be too late to order. Then I was impressed to call Warren Woodard. He surprised me. He offered his card and number and needs the funds returned when I get back. I needed to raise the funds and replace them but he instructed me to move forward in faith, I was not to worry till I returned. Upon return, I have only 5 days and then I am to go to Brazil. I was told it probably was too late to get tickets, but they would try. I determined to “beat the arrows” again. I felt my faith stretching.
12. Sunday night the snow came down so bad there was 3 inches accumulation very quickly. Again my courage was tested. How could I get through those mountains again? The drive is not easy. On my knees I said, “God, if it just the same to you to put Your snow blankets out after we go, I’d appreciate it. Can/would You warm things up a bit and melt the snow all the way to Seattle?
13. Monday January 30: WAITING/PACKING, & “beating arrows”: I started to pack up and felt silly for I did not have any evidence of visa or tickets yet. How could I work so hard to get all packed if I was not going? Then I remembered the arrows. I determinedly kept packing as though I was a rich king’s daughter. The snow was challenging and discouraging. We prayed for it to melt. A strong wind came up and by morning the three inches of snow melted and roads were clear. Doug Cameron reported of the closed mountain pass due to avalanches I was to drive through. Then he called stating it was open.
14. January 30: CAR LOADED TO THE GROUND then God provided for fuel: The six inch clearance was now 1 inch and scraped all the way out of our drive. By 6p we were packed and it was dark. Ian loaded the car top carrier. He did a great job. All 7 big bags and 8 carry on bags were in but some weighed 85 pounds. Nester and Pressy said to wait for they had a gift for gas/fuel to get to Seattle. Those 60 dollars were so needed. We even had enough to get something to eat. We sure needed the food because the airlines forgot to put the vegetarian meals on for us. The travel was full speed ahead at 55 to 60 mph. Whenever I would forget and press on at 65, Ian would remind me to slow down so his car top carrier tie down job would hold better. We had very strong side winds. After 200 miles, there was a loud crack noise. I thought it was a rock on the wind shield. One of the ropes snapped. We stopped and he retied it through the windows inside the car. We went slower and made it fine.
15. January 30: LOST YET PERSISTING 2 hrs. TO FIND MOTEL: We were lost in Seattle for the hotel directions said to go North instead of South on I5 By 12:30 we stopped to inquire at the exit 189 because there was no 188. Two kind young men at the service station tried their best to discover where we needed to be. Finally one offered to call on his cell phone. It was even out of the area code of the local phone. JANUARY 31: found hotel. By 2 AM we were at the hotel. We were so thankful for the rest till 7AM when I had to leave to park the car for 50 days.
16. JANUARY 31: TICKETS The boy’s tickets were waiting at the front desk as I departed for parking the car. (2 hrs before we were to leave to airport)
17. JANUARY 31: VISA The embassy in Washington DC had not yet faxed the promised letter. I called and left a message and left to park the car. Jenny handled the subsequent phone calls and faxes from the embassy so many thousands of miles away. The last fax was final by time to go to the airport.
18. JANUARY 31: LOST WHILE PARKING THE CAR –God had a man with cell phone waiting on the corner to help. I got lost a little bit. I was on the next street over at the right house number but wrong street. (225th instead of 224th) I was about 100 feet away was the house I was to find. A man with a county truck was standing there. He answered my prayer. He had a map and a cell phone. Within one minute I was at the right house. Rebecca loaned me 2 suitcases for our overweight baggage and gave me 30 dollars for travel expense. I needed it. For porter fees and excess baggage I had not counted on. The airline changed their regulations from the note on the internet from 70 pound max to 50 pound.
19. VISA LAST MINUTE-LETTER ONLY When Rebecca brought me to the hotel again, Jenny was at the front desk receiving the visa letter. The machine was not printing well. Then the officer called and wished me well and tried to fax again to another machine. It did not go through. I felt I had enough to get the idea and was confident all would go well.
20. PORTER HELP JANUARY 31:We were assisted by a very kind baggage porter “James”, who had lived with an Adventist family while attending college. He knew about the health message and many other things. He had been on many missions giving Bibles. He volunteered this information after having helped us weigh and get the bags all ready to check on. James helped more than any ordinary porter. He told also how he took Bibles into Ukraine. He was thrilled to see Bibles in our luggage.
21. EXCESS BAGGAGE FEES JANUARY 31: The Klm flight managers were very nice. I was grateful that I had the $100 for excess baggage. It is 25 dollars for any bag above 50 pounds and under 70. If it had not been for James, we would have paid more for our excess bags. He knew just what to do.
22. FEB 1: AMSTERDAM COMMUNICATION FOR SOMEONE TO MEET US IN UGANDA: We had a 15 minute card to email out and get the appropriate communication. I had neglected to get phone numbers and did not know how to contact at the end of journey for the help needed. I figured an angel would meet us if Arnold could not get something arranged.
23. FEB 1 : TEMPTATION: Some missionaries wanted us to minister at their mission too. I met a sweet missionary couple headed to Kenya. They told about the Loi tribe. Where a man is required to care for his brother’s wife if the husband dies. They father children but do not support them. Immorality and poverty, and aids bring misery to the children. I wanted to offer my medical services to them and try to get off in Kenya and stay for awhile instead of going on to Uganda. God reminded me that He had sent me to Congo and Uganda. In faith I went forward with no secure destination plans for evening lodging that evening. It tried my faith strongly. From Amsterdam I asked Arnold if he could help arrange someone to meet us or I might expect to see an angel. Tears fell as I boarded the last plane still not knowing what I would do at the Entebbe airport.
TEXTS COMFORT: “Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” Lk 1:45
24. I just kept rehearsing the evidence this work was His request of me and He would arrange and provide.
25. FEB1: VISAS ACQUIRED AT ENTEBBE: Arriving in Uganda airport, I was nervous about getting visas. After each had a form filled in, we easily acquired the visas when paying 120 dollars. What a relief! Praise God.
26. FEB 1: RAINBOW SIGNAL: There was Pastor Livingston waiting with a sign drawing with my name on it that signaled us he was the one to go with to the university. He had arranged a nice adequate sized van. Roads were rough yet finally we arrived by 2AM and were welcomed, fed, given hot water for bathing, and slept getting a good rest. Having depleted all but 8 dollars of our funds, I prayed and asked God to help the ATM machine provide for the transport by land. The agent had told me he had returned the funds taken during the booking and canceling of tickets but when I left, I was overdrawn and could not get any help out of my bank for even cashing a check. I prayed and was relieved to get the needed shillings from the ATM to reach the Bugema university. I drew out 200,000 shillings not even knowing how much that might be. I figure it was about 110 dollars. WOW! It is like the loaves in the hands of Jesus, He multiplies our little we have in our hands
27. . FEB 2: KYLES toothache was taken care of by a dentist trained in Austria. Kyle complained saying the pain was worse and did not eat supper. WE all gathered to pray. We may try the dentist again tomorrow after/during application for visa.
28. FEB 3 CONGO VISA: FRIDAY MORNING. We applied in the morning for Congo visa. Not having funds for flight, we went by van and then by school double cab pickup. The journey was 100 dollars one way. It was very rough roads and would took all day. My painful shoulder and arm was jostled against things for over 12 hours and the pain was intense. I am not relishing the return trip. The university in Congo is in the mountains at 6,000 ft elevation. We are welcomed over the telephone by the brother Baluku Kisunzu at Masindato University. He is president of the Kivu mission. The phone number there is: 243 country code, 998548981
29. WE HAVE NEVER SEEN HIM AS OF YET
30. We are at the Lukanga School seeing hundreds of people in clinic and reaching the area by radio as well as holding meetings for 1000 locally. God is blessing. Pray for us.
LANGUAGE: FRENCH & Swahili

Adventist University of Lukanga
PO box 180
Butembo
Democratic Republic of Congo

North Kivu Mission/ Rwese
BP 45 Butembo
Democratic Republic of Congo
He is brother to the doctor Edward Kisuzu at Bugema university. After Congo, we will return for a couple weeks to do /2021 days in Bugema. Phone in Uganda: 256 country code; 75384744 At Bugema University. There are 1,501 students In Uganda university. Through all this, a song kept going through my mind after I had done all I could to “beat the arrows”.
SONG: ONLY TRUST HIM, only trust Him, only trust Him now, …. (I kept humming this song)
TEXT: During the last flight, I opened my “Daily Light” worship book that is full of scripture verses. This text leaped out at me. I believed the text was just for me. I was able to relax and trust. “Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” Lk 1:45 I knew I would first work in Congo then do Uganda last and board the plane. Thereafter, I would go to Brazil. There was only an opening here to do health talks while another preacher did an evangelistic series.
I remembered the arrows. Sabbath afternoon, a man came who is studying the sanctuary and has a group of others also studying. I am so pleased for their desire to get the full sharing possible. The arrangements are being arranged as I head off to Congo. When I return things should be more in place.
“The lesson is for all in positions of trust. When God opens the way for the accomplishment of a certain work and gives assurance of success, the chosen instrumentality must do all in his power to bring about the promised result. In proportion to the enthusiasm and perseverance with which the work is carried forward will be the success given. God can work miracles for His people only as they act their part with untiring energy. He calls for men of devotion to His work, men of moral courage, with ardent love for souls, and with a zeal that never flags. Such workers will find no task too arduous, no prospect too hopeless; they will labor on, undaunted, until apparent defeat is turned into glorious victory. Not even prison walls nor the martyr's stake beyond, will cause them to swerve from their purpose of laboring together with God for the upbuilding of His kingdom.” {PK 263.1}
Don’t give up praying for your family. Keep beating those arrows. Don’t give up your dream to be a part of the spreading of the gospel. Each penny, each dollar and each 100 dollars are useful in getting Bibles and children’s Bible lessons. Every gift is noticed by God and there is no wasting away of HIS BLESSINGS.

SINCERELY,
Your fellow co-worker “beating the arrows”,
Dr. Rose

01 Mar 2006 by Larose

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