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Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Blood of the Martyrs . . .
A Moment with Your Pastor - In Memoriam: Dr. Tom  Little
Dear Congregation,
I write with a heart both over joyed with the love of God displayed in the gospel, and deeply saddened by news you will find in the links below.

Last Sunday I preached on the lamp that was brought (Mark 4:21)  - - that is Jesus Christ, who has come into the world to save sinners - - and how this lamp was to shine, not being placed under a basket or under a bed.  Dear servants of the cross, Dr. Tom Little and Libby Little, associated with the First Presbyterian Church (PCA) of Schenectady have been reflectors of Christ's light for decades with a medical ministry caring for eyes in dangerous parts of the world like Afghanistan.  We rejoice at their faithfulness. Mrs. Libby Little shared their ministry here at RRPC on a Saturday morning one time with Mrs. Claudia Bell dressing up in traditional Afghan Burkha to show how covered up the women are there.

Now we learn that Tom Little has been murdered by the Taliban, returning from one of his medical ministry trips.  Great is his reward in heaven. (Matthew 5:12).  We mourn his passing. (See details on links pasted at bottom from Mr. Clint West)

Mat 5:10  Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
Mat 5:11  "Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 
Mat 5:12  Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. 
Mat 5:13  "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. 
Mat 5:14  "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 

About two years ago, Lois and I mourned the passing of Rev. and Mrs. Arif and Kathy Khan who were murdered in Pakistan because of their Christian convcitions.  Arif and Kathy had encouraged me and Lois in our younger, beginning years of ministry.  Now ones close to you have paid the martyr's price for the sake of Christ.

We are called to keep the light of Jesus uncovered in the world in which we live.  When we do that, we are "the light of the world" reflecting his light which has already come into our world through the incarnation in space and time 2000 years ago.  I call you to shine as Tom Little shined in Afghanistan.

As I have walked through the West End of Queensbury - -  the state streets that we so merrily whiz by when going down Luzerne or Corinth Roads toward Route 87  - - as I have visited scores of homes, and have been welcomed into just a few - -I have been amazed at not just the poverty, but
also the darkness of these streets.  Jesus is needed here.   The light is needed here.  I could give examples, but I shall refrain.

Most of the nineteen registrants for the soccer camp come from the West End.  Please pray for next year's Soccer Camp Directors, Dr. and Mrs. Eric and Lynn Piesnikowski, Deacon Mark Beilstein, Elder Kirk Phillips, Mr. Stu Guinther, and Miss Kelsey Beilstein who will be coaching.  I am directing, an acquaintance in Christ is Head Coach, and Mrs. Lois Suffern and Mrs. Melissa Beilstein are serving refreshments.  Chris De Young is serving supper on Monday at 5:30 p.m., Please pray that we would uncover the lamp and shine for Jesus.

We probably won't be murdered.  Let us be grateful that we can serve him.  Let us be as passionate about shining for Jesus here as Tom Little was in Afghanistan.

Pastor Ned


Hello again Pastor Ned.
I am sending you the websites for the latest news on Tom and Libby Little.
Please see the following websites:

http://www.timesunion.com/living/article/Aid-giver-feared-slain-606756.php

and 

http://www.emaxhealth.com/1506/christian-medical-missionaries-attacked-and-killed-afghanistan

and

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38604010/ns/world_news-south_and_central_asia/

The Lord Jesus Christ Bless the Libby family and comfort them in their time of sorrow.
God bless you Pastor Ned.
God bless your wife Lois, and your children, Kate, Rachel, Johanna, and John.
Clint

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