Chris and I are still enjoying life in Key West.
We are both plugging away at our studies. I hope to be finished with my certification as a Christian Counselor by the end of the month, then on to Phase II to get certified in dealing with addictions and depression.
Martin is ministering to inmates in Ghana, and praying fervently, as am I, for God to bring him and his boys (Mark 12 and Abraham 14) here to Key West. God has me busy here, so it looks like I will not be going to Africa to minister and help with the orphanage hands-on until next year. You can get updates on the orphanage here.
I have been busy with the ministry and working with fundraising so I can continue with the work that God has set before me—the orphanage in Ghana, this magazine, and personal ministry with women from all walks of life here in Key West.
Just the other day, I met a woman at a beach who was sitting amongst her companions, most of whom were homeless and un-bathed. We spoke of the homeless situation in Key West, the fact that she had just lost her husband to AIDS, and her concern that she too would soon be homeless. She said to me, “We need you here, Key West needs you,” referring to me being a minister of the Gospel.
Her friend added, “Key West is the devil’s playground.”
I informed them that a couple months back I had declared war on the devil and his doings here in Key West and I am not backing down! I handed them an unopened bag of plantain chips that I had on me, and told them I would try to come back soon. (I am believing God for a vehicle so I can get around more easily.)
Does Key West need another Bible thumper telling all the sinners of their sin? No, I think not. Key West needs people who, like Jesus did, show the love of God, without judgment, to those who so obviously need it. They know their sins and weaknesses, what they need to know is the forgiveness and strength that Christ brings to those who love Him. And how else to show them Christ, but to love them unconditionally.
Yes, I have declared war on the devil here in Key West, and the best way to fight the enemy is by loving those whom he seeks to destroy.
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” Romans 12:21.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” John 13:34-35.