Pause and Reflect January 2017

Firestorm

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace, as you believe in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13) Only God can bring joy and hope from the ashes.

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One of the cites where we worked. All the sites we were assigned to were burned to the ground.

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The building used for a distribution center. 0ver 700 people daily have accessed this place for food and basic needs.

November 2016 in Gatlinburg, TN 14 lives were lost. Thousands of homes were reduced to ashes or uninhabited due to smoke damage. Hundreds of other buildings; motels and business were destroyed. The fire that turned into a raging unpredictable inferno was allegedly started by a couple of troubled teenagers.

 

I met a lady who “lost everything I owned” including her two cats. She had moved from Louisiana where she lived through Katrina. She was hurt and angry. One of our team members listened and prayed for her.

I met a man whose home was burned to the ground. He’s an impressionist and gave us a 5-minute “show” of some of his talent. His attitude was an inspiration. He will be challenged to rebuild due to insurance and the high cost.

I met a couple who barely made it off the mountain before there home was burned to the ground. In haste they went back to the front door to rescue their dog but the wife left her purse. Life is more important than stuff.

These and hundreds of other tragedies caused by this event provide opportunity to minister to peoples physical, emotional and spiritual needs. We are encouraged how many of the local residents have expressed their appreciation for the goodness and grace of God. We can pray for this community. Families lost their loved ones. Some lost their homes. Others lost their livelihoods.

We had a great time visiting our family in Michigan over the holidays. We celebrated our oldest (9) and youngest (5) grandchild’s birthday. (Both were born near Christmas). We enjoyed staying with Priscilla’s dad who will be 89 in May. His advise; “You got to keep moving”. This is very true not only in a physical sense but in our work we do sharing the love of Jesus to a needy world around us.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace, as you believe in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13) Only God can bring joy and hope from the ashes.

November 2016 in Gatlinburg, TN 14 lives were lost. Thousands of homes were reduced to ashes or uninhabited due to smoke damage. Hundreds of other buildings; motels and business were destroyed. The fire that turned into a raging unpredictable inferno was allegedly started by a couple of troubled teenagers

A team from our church was blessed to have the opportunity to help clean up. Trees destroyed or damaged were cut down. Debris from the burned down homes were pulled to the road for pickup and disposal.

I met a lady who “lost everything I owned” including her two cats. She had moved from Louisiana where she lived through Katrina. She was hurt and angry. One of our team members listened and prayed for her.

I met a man whose home was burned to the ground. He’s an impressionist and gave us a 5-minute “show” of some of his talent. His attitude was an inspiration. He will be challenged to rebuild due to insurance and the high cost.

I met a couple who barely made it off the mountain before there home was burned to the ground. In haste they went back to the front door to rescue their dog but the wife left her purse. Life is more important than stuff.

These and hundreds of other tragedies caused by this event provide opportunity to minister to peoples physical, emotional and spiritual needs. We are encouraged how many of the local residents have expressed their appreciation for the goodness and grace of God. We can pray for this community. Families lost their loved ones. Some lost their homes. Others lost their livelihoods.

Family Time

We had a great time visiting our family in Michigan over the holidays. We celebrated our oldest (9) and youngest (5) grandchild’s birthday. (Both were born near Christmas). We enjoyed staying with Priscilla’s dad who will be 89 in May. His advise; “You got to keep moving”. This is very true not only in a physical sense but in our work we do sharing the love of Jesus to a needy world around us.

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Pause and Reflect November 2016

It is amazing to see how God puts a plan together in exactly the right time and in the best way possible to benefit His Kingdom.

God blessed our ministry and multiplied the blessing to Woodland Thrift, a ministry of Set Free Church. Here’s how.

Perfect Timing

woodland-thrift-signGreatDeals4u exists as an online “thrift store” to benefit Mobile Mission Ministry. Several generous donors have given us great items to sell. When sold they donate some, most or all the proceeds to our work. Actually, I’ve not been able to keep up with the massive volume of donations. SO, several months ago I scheduled a 3-day Sale to reduce inventory.

We had everything in place for the Nov 3-5 sale except a venue. With less than a month until the sale, God provided a venue through Set Free Church. They minister to the homeless in their community. They had secured a building to start a thrift store in a very popular area of Nashville. We partnered with Set Free utilizing their building before the grand opening. And we donated the inventory that did not sell. They will open on Saturday Nov 19th, at 10am, sooner than planned because their store is well stocked. The store address is 943 Woodland St., Nashville, TN.

Check out some of the items they’ve displayed on fb: Woodland Thrift

Men in Crisis

Please continue to pray for those I’m working with on a daily basis; men sometimes in a state of one crisis after another. Remember Tim, Steven, Tom, and Ronnie. Pray for Rickey, a young man, 20 is about to become a dad for the first time. Added to this, he was shot in an ambush designed to steal his truck and equipment. Pray Rickey depends on our Lord to manage this trauma.

Family Time

Also, remember Priscilla and I as we travel to visit family in South Carolina for Thanksgiving and in Michigan for Christmas. I hope you have a Thanksgiving full of thankfulness and a Christmas full of hope and peace.

Coming soon

I’ve compiled a personal journal book designed to encourage you in your reading and meditating on God’s Word. “Pause and Reflect; Biblical Selections” will be available on Amazon December 1st. Proceeds will benefit the work of Mobile Mission Ministry.

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