Ken & Barb Larson Endorse The Joshua Fund
Ken & Barb Larson are a couple who serve as volunteer board members with The Joshua Fund.
They believe in the work of The Joshua Fund so much that they wanted to share why giving to the nonprofit is so important to them. Additionally, they review why it is the best organization to give to if you are interested in investing in Christian ministry to Israel and the Middle East.
Carl: I want to introduce you to a couple right now, Ken and Barbara Larson who are great friends of The Joshua Fund. Ken is the founder of Slumberland Furniture, a leading furnishings retailer with 130 stores in 12 states. Ken is passionate about Christian ministry and giving back to the community. Barbara has led Bible studies for four decades. In addition, she has served as the head of women's ministry as a deacon and with various youth groups in their church. And I just wanted Ken and Barbara to come up and share with you a little of their heart as to why they're standing with The Joshua Fund. Ken and Barbara.
Ken: Thank you, Carl. Privileged to be here. And sometimes we're referred to as Barbie and Ken. But it is a privilege to tell you that we have served on The Joshua Fund board. We're in our third three-year term. And one of the things, excuse me, you may not know about The Joshua Fund is that we serve as couples. So it brings a new and fresh dimension to how we make decisions, how we pray together. And it's been a thrill for Barbara and I to serve together.
Barbara: As Carl said, I've led Bible studies for a lot of years. And I just love it. I love women. I love to see lives transformed, and as Sisi and Lynn talked, I just, my heart just resonated with what we can do to impact women's lives, and then impact families, and the world. Years ago, I did a Bible study. And I know you'll all know it. It's Henry Blackaby, "Experiencing God." And one of his premises is that God is at work all around us. And he invites us to join him. And then Joel last night said, "You'll never know when you open an email "or receive a message, and it will change your lives." Well, that kinda happened to us. We were introduced to a man down in Florida where we live part-time. His name is Tom Yancey. Tom Yancey introduced us to Joel Rosenberg and to Josh McDowell. Through those two people, our lives have been changed. Our ministry has started. And we have had the privilege of serving on The Joshua Fund board. And our hearts resonate with all the testimonies and the ministries that The Joshua Fund is involved in.
Ken: You probably can tell, we love Israel. We love the Jewish people. We love being here. We love those that are Arab believers. And it's been a real thrill to see how effective The Joshua Fund has been in serving so many. You've heard the stories today. We can't add much more than saying that, but we would tell you this. That we honestly believe that investing in The Joshua Fund is the most impactful way that you can influence the country of Israel and the neighboring countries of any that we've found. So we encourage you to take the challenge seriously and begin to support, if you're not already, The Joshua Fund. It is truly ministering to those people and increasing the Kingdom of God. Thank you very much.