December 2008

Christmas 2008

Dear Friend,

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace,
goodwill toward men. Luke 2:14 NKJV

So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest-time, if we do not give up. So then whenever we have the opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith. Gal. 6:9-10 NKJV

It's been a historic year for Advocates. If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, then the enclosed cross-piece, 17-picture photo-story is worth at least 17,000 words as it

  • describes Advocates' vision, mission and L-O-R-D strategy;
  • identifies the 7 Global Task Forces with each continent having an oversight role of a strategic issue facing all believers globally;
  • shows the 23-member Global Council from 21 nations and the 9 key global and regional leaders.

Our cross-piece photo-story represents the men and women who seek to be peacemakers in a world of conflict. It serves as our Christmas greeting, New Year's challenge, Easter message and a celebration of the global network informally linking 30,000 advocates in 150 nations through six regional networks.

The cross-piece is not just the Mother, but the Grandmother, of the missionary prayer cards many have on display on the fridge or family bulletin boards. The beauty of Advocates' cross-piece is that you can flip it over every few weeks so it never gets old!

Thank you for enabling us through your gifts and prayers to do the impossible. The Global Convocation commitment meant an incredible 120% increase in our 2008 budget over 2007. It was a huge step of faith in a wobbly economy and uncertain world. Some donors shifted gifts from general operations to the Convocation. This was expected. We enter December with 85% of the combined budgets paid. Thank you! Praise God!

It took a decade to build the six regional "armies". Thanks to the Convocation, each now has a Global Task Force to oversee in 2009 and beyond, while...

Living in His-Story,
Sam Ericsson
Founder & President


SAM'S HEALTH UPDATE

It's been more than nine years since I discovered my massive bladder cancer. My doctor gave me little hope of survival with his best offer of chemo, radiation, drugs and surgery. We've been on the alternative track with some occasional "harvesting" surgeries. Recently we discovered that there is some new growth and the doctor recommends surgery in January.

A recent x-ray of my chest showed no return of the lung cancer we discovered in 2003. Thank you, LORD!

I have no doubt that the stress from the Convocation took its toll. Even with "the best staff money can't buy" taking the lead, a Global Council carrying the load, and the CLS team assisting, raising funds for general operations and the Convocation was my task.

I am redoubling my lifestyle approach to winning my battle with cancer. I'm cleaning up my act, getting the rest I need and increasing my exercise. See Where Is God When You Have Cancer?" on our website at www.advocatesinternational.org.

Bobby remains an "80" on a 1-10 scale -- on her worst day! Her patience with my hectic pace qualifies her for sainthood -- while she's alive! Thanksgiving Day was our 38th Engagement Anniversary! What a wonderful life! and wife!!!!!

On behalf of our family, our Board of Directors, the Global Council and our Staff, we wish all of you a Joyous Christmas Season and a meaningful 2009.

Let us not grow weary in doing what is right.

Let us continue bearing witness of the Prince of Peace in a wobbly world!


EMAIL FROM DAWID S. BORNMAN FROM MOROCCO, NORTH AFRICA AND
RESPONSE FROM SAM ERICSSON

Dear Dawid,

Grace and peace! I am in Sao Paolo, Brazil with Gilberto and his group for one week.

THANK YOU for your wonderful message about the Convocation. I want to share with all those who gave their time and treasure to make it possible.

Today I am going to speak to 200 lawyers and tomorrow to 200 federal judges. Friday, December 5th is Justice Day in Brazil and I will be speaking in a 1000-seat auditorium at a University.

When I think of Morocco, I see your face while ...

Living in His-Story,

Samuel Ericsson

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From: "SAAC"

Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2008 16:09:11 -0500

To: Sam Ericsson<sericsson@advocatesinternational.org>

Mr. Sam Ericsson
President and CEO
Advocates International
8001 Braddock Road, Suite 300
Springfield, VA22151-2110 U.S.A.

Dear Mr. Sam,

I want to make use of this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful and amazing privilege I have had to attend the 5th Global Convocation of Advocates International.

As this was my first ever convocation of this nature, I was amazed to be among so many learned individuals whom is living out their Godly purpose, making a difference in their workplaces assigned to them by our Heavenly Father. To me, the practise of law (God's way) is the one of the highest callings on earth as this is the place where God's will meet man at his most vulnerable state.

What a privilege to experience the humbleness that was portrayed throughout the conference. What an experience to listen to and be inspired by the humble pioneers who are the living and practicing God's living Word in a workplace where there normally is no place for the Bread of Life.

Your passion for encouraging everyone to live honest humble lives at the example of the "Good Samaritan Award" will be my inspiration for a long time. I was astonished by the way you explain things. Not everyone has such a gift. The lesson of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10 has been my life's motto and was enlightened again during my time at the convocation. The individual seminars blessed me tremendously as I was encouraged to become more and more like Jesus for all we daily rub shoulders with in our work back in North Africa.

I also want to express my deepest thanks and appreciation for the funds you have made available for me to be part of the convocation. It would not have been possible in any other way. I want to assure you that I will be a good steward of the investment made and that we will continue to pray for your work so that God's glory and His Kingdom can come on earth.

As we pursue our tasks, may we be continually reminded that "God will make a way, even when there seems to be no way!"

Thank you for your encouragement.

May God give you His peace that surpasses all understanding and may He keep your heart and mind through Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:7)

Greetings in the Name of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour.

Dawid S. Bornman
Morocco, North Africa