ERIC MURPHY UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2017
—40 Years, No, 46. Would You Believe 50?
—More than 400 in Romania
—Camp Monty Continues To Grow
—Launching My Book Soon
40 YEARS, NO, 46. WOULD YOU BELIEVE 50?
Last month I said that I am in my 40th year as a missionary. Forgot to mention three years as a pastor plus three more as a youth pastor. That makes 46 years of ministry. Wait, would you believe 50 years?
My first time speaking to young people was age 17 and I was on television. I kid you not! The living room in my friend’s home was so crowded with teenagers that I leaned against their television set as I spoke. Back in those days TV sets were in consoles as a piece of furniture. Yes, I was “on” television. Somehow I hear your groaning … but, rejoice with me for fifty years of ministry as a speaker.
MORE THAN 400 IN ROMANIA
What a harvest at LIFE Romania where Iulian Avramescu directs our ministry there! More than 400 salvation decisions in ten weeks of youth camp in three locations! Incredible! Big congratulations to Iulian and his team!
CAMP MONTY CONTINUES TO GROW
Jim Compton and Danijel Petkovski report that several salvation decisions were recorded in Montenego at Camp Monty along with quite a few rededication decisions. Pray for their spiritual growth. We do follow-up through our Niksic Youth Center where our team holds Bible studies, discussion groups and meet one-on-one. Exciting times there!
LAUNCHING MY BOOK SOON
Back in July I was scheduled for ankle surgery, but God had a different plan in mind. Stephanie and I needed to help my mother move into assisted living and sell her home. This included selling her furniture and cleaning out her house. I was hobbling around, but God gave me the strength to do a ton of work. During this time the scar tissue between two bone spurs was possibly “torn apart” relieving me of some of my pain. Furthermore, the torn ligaments that the surgeon had planned to re-attach with screws improved. Did God heal me? Whatever happened I assure you that we are praising God for much improvement.
After meeting with the surgeon’s PA it was decided to put the surgery on hold for 90 days. With 30 days of evaluation left it seems that the ankle is about 90% better. It just may be that I will not have to have this surgery after all. If so, whew! The PA told me that the recovery was a minimum of six months and could possibly be longer. It has been a tough, difficult 17 months since I tore ligaments in my ankle in Romania in April 2016. It really slowed me down, but it gave me time to do something special—write my first book.
In fact, O Mighty Warrior is already in print. You can purchase this book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or at the publisher, West Bow Press. Because of the plans for surgery I postponed the launch of this book. With the aforementioned improvement I now plan to launch this book in November. It is chocked full of stories and experiences that God taught me in Hungary, Montenegro, Romania, Costa Rica as well as in the United States. I’ve been there and done that [through God’s help]. Now, it’s time to teach someone to go there and do that.
If you check the Christian bookstores you will find very few books on the theme of mentoring. O Mighty Warrior seeks to fill this vacuum helping young adults prepare and equip themselves to make an impact upon the world. I can hardly wait for you to read this book. You may want to get more than one copy so you can give some to promising young adults who you think have much potential.
Thank you for caring, praying and giving. Without your help, O Mighty Warrior, would never have been possible. I am grateful for your help and encouragement.
God bless you!
Executive Director, Life Impact For Eternity
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