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By Bill and Irene Ridgeway

It was the height of the depression and Emily Ridgeway was unsure how she would feed one more child. Yet, her prayer was strong: ” Lord, may this baby be the answer to my prayer, that one of my eight children would serve You.” Years later, the answer to that prayer seemed to fade away, as Billy stood in the juvenile court, facing a third and final offense before being sentenced.

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If it Wasn’t for the Lighthouse

It was the height of the depression and Emily Ridgeway was unsure how she would feed one more child. Yet, her prayer was strong: ” Lord, may this baby be the answer to my prayer, that one of my eight children would serve You.” Years later, the answer to that prayer seemed to fade away, as Billy stood in the juvenile court, facing a third and final offense before being sentenced.

Emily clung to the promise of Jeremiah 29:11L “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

“Give him one more chance, your Honor.” A police sergeant, led by God to intervene, stood up for Bill that day. He had now way of knowing that plans God had for him…traveling jungle paths in the Amazon, hiking up mountains and cobble stone streets in the high Andes and taking God’s Word to the coastal villages in Ecuador, with the important message that “Jesus Saves!”.

As a young man, ready to serve wherever God led him, Bill chose his life verse: “No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier” (2 Timothy 2:4).

Includes a 16-page full color insert.

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