Newton and Marlene Maina founded JosiahJude International Ministries in September of 2016 to answer God’s call to reach non-believers, mobilize believing professionals, and make a lasting spiritual investment in the lives of young children.
The premise is bound by four major biblical themes: (1) The Passover (2) Spiritual reformation (3) Contending earnestly for the faith and (4) Attending to the FIRST things on God’s list
Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) is one of the most important festivals on the Jewish calendar. The significance is to commemorate the deliverance of the Children of Israel out of bondage from Egypt. In the same way the blood of a lamb had to be applied on the doorposts of the houses of each Hebrew for the angel of death to pass over, and not strike—the blood of our beloved Messiah (Jesus Christ) is still actively seeking to provide a covering for any who desire to be liberated from bondage.
According to the Centers for Disease (CDC)’s Leading Causes of Death Report in 2016: Suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34 … Each day in our nation there are an average of over 5,400 suicide attempts by young people grades 7-12.
JosiahJude is an answer to the hopelessness drowning a generation filled with promise.
How will we answer?
- By emulating the exemplary life of Josiah, the great grandson of King David: Who brought the angel of death to a standstill, by actualizing a spiritual reformation on behalf of all of Israel. The king himself (Josiah) rolled up his sleeves (destroyed, smashed, pulled down) ALL that was vile, turning the nation’s heart as well as his own, wholeheartedly back to the God of Israel! This is the work we are prepared by God’s grace to do. Josiah was only 8 years old when he became king. We can start early.
- We will apply Jude’s admonition (the half-brother of Jesus), who was compelled to urge the church to earnestly contend for the faith that was once and for all entrusted to God’s holy people. “Any dead thing can go with the stream, only a living thing can go against it.” (G.K. Chesterton) A passive faith won’t do. Contending may call for a struggle, opposition, resisting—but whatever the cost, we must return to God and fearlessly employ every available (gift, talent, strength, skill, virtue) Christ has entrusted to the church to stem the tide seeking to wipe out society’s most valuable asset—the next generation.
- The church is at church every opportunity it gets—and rightfully so! The church needs renewal, and much needed strengthening to be empowered to fulfill its primary mission. But the places where we work and do business are the joyful intersections where our faith must come to work without ever overlooking or neglecting the first things God has explicitly spelled out as F I R S T things. Our ministry will mobilize the believing church to do good outside the four walls—to attend to matters pertaining to orphans, widows, lending our souls to the hungry, breaking bonds of wickedness, and all that weighs heavily upon the heart of our most gracious God.
Our dream is to soon build ~A Home of a Most Holy Faith~ in the Buford, Georgia area, where together, as God’s people we can find a sacred place: To build our lives. To build our families. And to build the kingdom of God!
“Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the LORD. (Haggai 1:8)