Gary - i meant to also wish you a happy birthday but got carried away in the excitement about your testimony. but it also occurred to me - here in some countries of Asia it is a tradition for the one having the birthday to give gifts to their friends. That is exactly what happened here. YOU gave US all an incredible gift by putting yourself on the line.
They have greatly oppressed me from my youth, but they have not gained the victory over me.
Plowmen have plowed my back and made their furrows long.
But the Lord is righteous; he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked.