March, 2015 Newsletter

XL Project/ Love Them To Life
March Newsletter

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners.  Isaiah 61:1

The ministry to which God has called us is truly that of binding up the brokenhearted, proclaiming liberty to captives, and freedom to prisoners. We do that through counseling individuals and couples, speaking at churches, and being available wherever He opens up the opportunities. We are seeing lives transformed as they begin to understand the message of Galatians 2:20. Recently a young woman was referred to me (Cherri) because she was shattered after finding out that her husband was addicted to pornography. She shared with me that she “felt dirty” and had no idea how to relate to her husband anymore. In the process of the conversation, I realized that she had never accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and was able to lead her through that process.  It was exciting to help her realize that in God’s eyes she was a princess, daughter of the Most High, and not dirty at all, no matter what her husband had done. Another woman came to us in pain from being abandoned by her husband.  Because she had made some wrong choices in dealing with the pain, she felt as if God had rejected her and saw her as unworthy of His love.  She had been raised in the “doing in order to be” legalistic atmosphere and was desperate to find her acceptance in God’s grace.  It was an amazing time of breaking the bonds of “trying harder” and teaching her to trust Jesus to live His life through her.  We talk with so many people who feel that they were saved by grace but need to live by legalism (rules, trying harder, working to be spiritual). These people are often feeling defeated, that they can never do enough to make God like them.  Feelings of shame and inadequacy often drive people into some sort of addiction, not only to drugs and alcohol but also to other forms of addiction such as shopping, eating, video games, etc. Finding the truth of the unconditional love of God is the first step in breaking the bonds of those addictions.

 Joe giving his "Wreckage to Redemption" testimony at Crest Community Church in Wildwood Crest, NJ.


Joe giving his “Wreckage to Redemption” testimony at Crest Community Church in Wildwood Crest, NJ.

Joe has been asked to go back to Guatemala  May 2-8th to teach addiction recovery to local pastors as well as being available to counsel. This is an exciting opportunity to return to Guatemala as he continues sharing Christ as liberator and bondage breaker of addiction.  There are costs involved in this trip that are above and beyond our monthly support.  Please pray about joining us in this outreach to Central America, where the need is so great.  Alcoholism and drug addiction are rampant and are destroying lives in frightening numbers. Please also pray that God will keep Joe healthy as he travels.

We are considering publishing the Love Them To Life curriculum in book form rather than the more cumbersome binder form. The printing costs will ultimately be less expensive than the binder and copying costs; however, there are some upfront costs for software in order to get the manuscript into proper form as well as the actual printing costs.  We are praying for God’s provision for this project so that the curriculum can reach mothers in a more professional and cost-effective manner.

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Many thanks to my daughter Ali Pavuk for designing the front cover of the curriculum. Please pray that God will provide the funding to go forward with this project.

We plan to attend the Network 220 national convention April 24-26 in Bristow, VA.

Donations toward our support may be sent now to our mailing address or can be given online here. All donations are tax deductible.

Our mailing address is:
31A Yorktowne Pkwy, Whiting, NJ 08759
Our Email address is lovethemtolife@gmail.com or cherri.raws@gmail.com.

Thank you!

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