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Tel Beit Shean


Beit She’an’s location has often been strategically significant, as it sits at the junction of the Jordan River Valley and the Jezreel Valley, essentially controlling access from the interior to the coast, as well as from Jerusalem to the Galilee.

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Travel to Israel December 29, 2012

Preparing for a two week international trip can be very taxing. In addition to making sure you have enough shirts, socks, pants, AND UNDERWEAR, you need to check thhe weather report for the place you’re traveling to as well as the cities where you will be changing planes.

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Fall prayer and fasting


Today begins our 21 day prayer and fasting until 6pm daily. Stay hydrated with water and fruit juices.

As you go through the day remember to pray for wisdom and guidance; for protection and provision. I’ll be praying for for you- please pray for me. I love you. PT

Days 4-7 – West Africa Journey

Sunday morning we took a ride out to the farm in Akrokerri. The trip took only about 25 minutes. we picked up some materials from a storeroom in town and went out to the farm.

ICCF partnered with a parent in Obuasi in 2008 to purchase some land and seedlings. As a micro economics project, revenues coming from the farm will ultimately be used to support future educational projects.

The land was greatly overgrown with tall weeds. The weeds need to be cut constantly or they take over. Rising above the 6ft weeds were the orange trees we planted 4 1/2 years ago. They were loaded with oranges. There have been several fires during the dry seasons; the most recent in 2011 burn over 17 acres including about 5 that were planted. Mr. Mensah would try to replant as soon as possible but the young trees require a lot of attention and protection from insects and nutria.

Despite, these setbacks, we still have nearly 15 acres of trees planted. Some of the younger trees were so loaded that branches were breaking under the weight. Happy and sad at the same time. happy to see the growth, sad that we were in a battle with the weeds that they seem to be winning.

We bought a bush hog 2 years ago which they are still learning how to use (in under developed countries, the grass is not cut with motor powered devices but with a machete, called a cutlass, here). When the grass gets too high, the bush hog is less effective at weed control.

I help to cut a swath for us to walk through and check the trees. We sampled some of the fruit. They are coming along very nicely. The crop will be ripe and ready for harvest between late August and early October. We’re looking forward to see how that goes.

We need to take on a couple of workers to keep the weeds and insects in check. At present, we have estimated another 2 years of investment before the farm reaches a break even point.


I took an early bus back to Accra. The previous trip had several changes. One of the parents told me about a bus that would take me directly back. Four and a half hours later, back in Accra. One of our sons, Enoch, picked me up. We ran a few errands and back to my home away from home, the Pentagon Inn. I had dinner with Sister Gladys and Gloria at the house. Gloria was returning to the U. S. later that night.


Caught up on a little paperwork and phone calls before lunch with Sister Gladys and Abigail at the house. My hotel is about a mile down the road past the US Embassy from their home. Sis. Gladys invited me over for lunch. I shared some oranges from Obuasi with her. She was really impressed because she lived on a farm in times past and knows the amount of work it takes to run. As always we prayed. More errands. Found a battery for my other cell phone, only cost about $16. Go figure. Back to the hotel. Getting packed for tomorrow.


Got up about 8 am, cleaned up, dressed up and packed up. 30 minute ride to the airport and got checked in. Flight left on time at 1:00PM arrived in Monrovia at 3PM. Bishop Conto and 2 of his pastors came to greet me. What a joy after 2 years to return to Liberia, America’s first colony. I checked in to the Atlantis Guest house on the Atlantic ocean and had pizza with my hosts in a restaurant overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. I have seen the Atlantic from North America before but I was mesmerized by the breaking waves as they kept rolling in on the Africa side. Even as I am in my room, I can still hear the breakers dashing. Imagine, our hurricanes that threaten us from the Gulf of Mexico frequently have their beginning on this side of the Atlantic. Just a random thought.

Tomorrow, a city tour and my first meeting with the pastors.

Praise God for safe travel and the family of God.


Day 3 – West Africa Journey

Isaiah 26:3

New King James Version (NKJV)

3 You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.

My day started on an Air-conditioned motor coach heading for Obuasi. I took a different route than normal because the heavy rains of the past few months (their rainy season) has left the main road in great disrepair with long delays. I transferred to a TroTro (It’s a van where people get on and get off at various points on the route. I unfortunately had to make two changes on the way; each time with my two suitcases. The trips were each about 1 1/2 – 2hours in duration. You get to know people very well when you are almost sitting on their laps. LOL

All told, the trip took about the same time as my other route and I didn’t have to transfer to another station to change buses and wait in a line for 30 minutes. Change is a good thing, right? I intentionally didn’t eat anything before leaving. Drinking only from the 2 liter bottle of water I always carry with me. Even after 12 years traveling to West Africa – I DON’T DRINK THE WATER. A ghanaian proverb says, “The African germ is friendly to the African”. I choose not to “tempt the Lord” on this one, for sure. I had to go to the cellular carrier’s office in Obuasi. For some reason, whatever was suppose to happen with activation didn’t happen. It’s working now.

Derrick, one of our parents who has also become a friend, met me and welcomed me to Obuasi. Dinner, a walk to get a new adapter – the one I brought from home died, a little reading, TV, then bed. It’s been a long day. Looking forward to being greeted by some others tomorrow. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.


Day 2 – West African Journey

Me fe Ghana. That means I love Ghana in Twi, one of Ghana’s primary languages. The flight across the ocean seemed to pass so fast. 10 1/2 hours came and went. I told you, they gave the baby food and entertainment and he was gone. LOL

Last night’s dinner was a chicken breast and rice with all kinds of vegetables and a little Couscous ( look kind of like grits). Very tasty. Watched 2 movies I hadn’t seen yet. The people around me knew that I was really enjoying myself. i especially like the part on A Joyful Noise when Latifah and Dollie were fighting in the restaurant. I’m glad that stuff like that doesn’t really happen with church folks (sic). I digress —

Arrived in Accra on time, 10:30 AM. I was met at the airport by Sister Gladys niece, my sister Joyce, along with her daughter, Miriam and son, Enoch. I have watched the two of them grow up to be fine young people with great hope for their futures. They’re both in college. How proud I am. After dropping my bags at the Pentagon Inn, my Accra home away from home, Enoch accompanied me to exchange dollars for Ghana cedis (approximately 1.9 GHS to 1 USD). I went to purchase a sim card so that I would have a Ghana number while I’m here and make it easier for me to stay in touch with the folks in this region. I never roam on my T mobile phone overseas; talk about go home broke with a whopping bill awaiting. that is not a fitting end to a great trip – just trust me on that one.

I found out after the office was closed that they hadn’t activated my chip. So I have this local phone and phone number that I CAN’T USE right now. Sorry. It will be taken care of some time over the next 2 days. I leave in the morning for Obuasi. There’s an actual gold mine in the mountain at Obuasi. It’s an important place because most of the young people we have sent to school live there. I have also developed wonderful relationships with their parents. Ain’t God good. Just outside of Obuasi is a town mostly known for the Teacher’s College located there, but it’s also the location of the farm we planted as a micro-enonomics project for the community. The orange trees should be well matured now, the palms ready to be tapped for their oil, plantain is also growing on the 50 acre tract we acquired some years ago. Last time I was here Mr. Mensah, our primary contact, had cultivated only about 20 acres.

Fire and nutria (which they call grass cutters here) wreaked havoc on some of the trees when they were younger. We purchased a powered bushhog to help keep those little varmints out and help the trees to grow. I am really looking forward to seeing the progress. I talk to some of kids on the phone Facebook and Skype from time to time. It will be nice to sit down and hear from them as well.

The ride by bus can take upwards of 5-6 hours. I’m getting myself psyched for it. You learn how to appreciate interstate highways and streets that don’t have potholes as large as a bus when you travel on some of these roads. Keep us in your prayers and maybe one day soon you might consider a first hand look at the Mission field. Love to you all.


Day 1 – The West Africa Journey begins

I’m at JFK airport in New York waiting to board the plane to Accra, Ghana. Just sharing with another passenger who has had a rather difficult day. After listening to her laments, I shared how as late as last night, I was unsure if my passport would arrive in time this morning from the Liberian Embassy for me to catch my 10:45 AM flight. An interesting thing happened, as i was doing everything I could to effect a positive result. God simply reminded me that it’s all in His hands anyway. At the end of the day – I realize that I’m not in charge of much that relates to my being: it’s all in His hands. I missed the drycleaner yesterday; I didn’t get to the bank; waiting on the passport. WAITING TO EXHALE. LOL. God reminded me that this trip to Ghana and Liberia is His idea and that I must trust Him completely. Once I surrendured my need for control, the peace of God engulfed me and I just did what I could. He had already taken care of all the problems. My flight to New York was on time and pleasant. I caught a nap for a little while: not much sleep last night and angst had taken their toll. I awoke refreshed 20 minutes later and had an enjoyable conversation with the mother of a early twenties college student who loves Jesus but may be a little self righteous. She was so appreciative that I shared with her God’s answer to those who want to send everybody to Hell who doesn’t do life as they would – “For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through Him (and us for that matter) might be saved.”, John 3:17. It starts with love and continues with STOP JUDGING.

Well I’m about to get on my 10 1/2 hour flight. I feel like a little baby – give me food, entertain me for a minute (the movie or the personal entertainment center in front of me), then I’ll be ready to go to sleep and not bother anyone. When the morning comes, I’ll be practicing Twi (a Ghanaian dailect I’ve been learning). See old friends and hopefully make new friends of the Kingdom.

I love it when a plan just comes together. Keep me in your prayers.

De ye (pronounced day yay) looses translated sleep tight, see ya later or whatever for that moment.



Day 40 – Living With Purpose

Living on purpose is the only way to really live!

 “For David … served the purpose of God in his own generation.” Acts 13:36 (NASB)

In the Upper Room, as Jesus was concluding his last day of ministry with his disciples, he washed their feet as an example and said, “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”  John 13:17 (NIV)  Once you know what God wants you to do, the blessing comes in actually doing it.

You may wonder, “What about God’s will for my job or marriage or where I’m supposed to live or go to school?”   Honestly, these are secondary issues in your life, and there may be multiple possibilities that would all be in God’s will for you. What matters most is that you fulfill God’s eternal purposes regardless of where you live or work or whom you marry.  Those decisions should support your purposes.  Focus on God’s purposes for your life, not your plans, since that’s what will last forever.

It’s easy to drift away from what matters most and slowly get off course.  To prevent this, you should develop a purpose statement for your life and then review it regularly.

Imagine what it is going to be like one day, with all of us standing before the throne of God presenting our lives in deep gratitude and praise to Christ. Together we will say, “Worthy, Oh Master! Yes, our God! Take the glory! the honor! the power! You created it all; It was created because you wanted it!”   Revelation 4:11 (Msg)

We will praise him for his plan and live for his purposes forever!

Pastor Tilton

Day 39 – Balancing Your life

Blessed are the balanced; they shall outlast everyone!

“Don’t let the errors of evil people lead you down the wrong path and make you lose your balance.” 2 Peter 3:17 (CEV)

One of the events in the summer Olympics is the pentathlon. It is composed of five events.  The pentathlete’s goal is to succeed in all five areas, not just one or two.  Your life is a pentathlon of five purposes, which you must keep in balance. These purposes were practiced by the first Christians in Acts 2, explained by Paul in Ephesians 4, and modeled by Jesus in John 17, but they are summarized in the Great Commandment and the Great Commission of Jesus.

These two statements sum up God’s five purposes for your life:

1.  “Love God with all your heart”: You were planned for God’s pleasure, so your purpose is to love God through worship.

2.  “Love your neighbor as yourself”: You were shaped for serving, so your purpose is to show love for others through ministry.

3.  “Go and make disciples”: You were made for a mission, so your purpose is to share God’s message through evangelism.

4.  “baptize them into …”: You were formed for God’s family, so your purpose is to identify with his church through fellowship.

5.  “teach them to do all things …”: You were created to become like Christ, so your purpose is to grow to maturity through discipleship.

A great commitment to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission will make you a great Christian.

Pastor Tilton

Day 38 – Becoming a World-Class Christian

The Great Commission is your commission!

“Jesus said to his followers, ‘Go everywhere in the world, and tell the Good News to everyone.’” Mark 16:15 (NCV)

You have a choice to make. You will be either a world-class Christian or a worldly Christian.

Worldly Christians look to God primarily for personal fulfillment.  They are saved, but self-centered. They love to attend concerts and enrichment seminars, but you would never find them at a missions conference because they aren’t interested.  Their prayers focus on their own needs, blessings, and happiness. They want to use God for their purposes instead of being used for his purposes.

In contrast, world-class Christians know they were saved to serve and made for a mission. They are eager to receive a personal assignment and excited about the privilege of being used by God.  World-class Christians are the only fully alive people on the planet. Their joy, confidence, and enthusiasm are contagious because they know they’re making a difference. They wake up each morning expecting God to work through them in fresh ways.

Which type of Christian do you want to be?  If you want to be like Jesus, you must have a heart for the whole world.  You can’t be satisfied with just your family and friends coming to Christ. There are over 6 billion people on earth, and Jesus wants all his lost children found.

The Great Commission is your commission, and doing your part is the secret to living a life of significance.

Pastor Tilton