Dear readers of my blog. My last post wasn’t mine, in fact, it was Karen who wrote on my behalf because I was to busy to sit down for several days getting hurricane relief organized and sent to The Panhandle and things went really fast once I started calling pastors, ministers, and business people for help. I realized I had a lot of friends out there! My phone was on fire, and so were my friends!
Pastor Bobby Williams from Freedom Tour in Winter Haven, was already in Panama City with the first two loads of food and water and planning his way back again with another load. Pastor Daniel McGehee from Rural Revival America was already working on his load but was not sure where to take it. When I called pastor Ron Johnson from One Church, Orlando, his youth pastor Kile Riggs was already collecting stuff but did not know where to bring it. James Watson from Real Life, Clermont, immediately volunteered to bring a truckload of water and rented another truck for me with a trailer, I had personally not even thought of how to bring the relief up there yet. All was so preplanned. God had already spoken to several people and things went fast, real fast. My friend Mark Lewis and his wife Fonda from Laserweld, Houston Inc, Texas were on their way to Florida to preach in Powerhouse Church but canceled their air tickets and instead filled their big RV with nine generators and supplies. They left their RV for coworkers use at the staging ground in Mexico Beach. Several pastors donated money for generators and gasoline so that we as a group could buy generators where they were cheap and available around the states. Together we hauled more than 30!
Wednesday we all met with our loads in Pt. St. Joe and started distributing. There was quite a bit of chaos and it was easy to feel the pain in the people. Everybody knew somebody that had lost all. Our contact was a sweet elderly lady called Kay, she knew everybody around and through her, we got started on the ground. As we were unloading I heard shouts from inside the staging hall and soon they send for pastor Bobby Williams while I continued unloading with my crew in what felt like 100 degrees. It got more and louder inside and I decided to go in to see what was going on. Sure enough, it was pastor Daniel McGehee again, you leave him out of sight for two minutes and he starts a revival in the grocery store, at the gas station or at the staging area in the catastrophe zone. He is so Jesus wild that he will preach wherever there are people.
My brothers in Christ were there, praying for the relief workers for salvation, healing, deliverance, and people were on the ground knocked out in the Spirit. I had to see that for myself and stood in the back watching these two men of God bringing Jesus Christ into this hopeless situation. A guy next to me said that “He could sure use a healing too because his back had been in pain for many years”… I prayed for him and he was healed on the spot!
Somebody had to do the hard work unloading the trailer so I went out again but was cut off by this lady in the door who asked me to speak to her ear, ” I have been deaf on that ear for many years”, she said. She pulled her hearing aid out of the other ear and asked me to speak one more time. She responded immediately. ” I can hear much better on that ear as well, I think God sent you guys here”, she said with tears running down her cheeks.
When I finally came out to the trailer a man came up to me. “Are you all doing revival meetings in the area?” he asked because he wanted to come with his whole family. “Are you serious?”, I asked and he said loud and clear ” Yes”. I realized right there that people were so grateful to be alive after that horrible hurricane and many had been praying while hiding for God to protect them and he did.
This week Pastors Daniel McGehee and Bobby William’s are starting revival meetings in the middle of that whole chaos of destruction and I believe many will come to Christ. That day in the middle of the destruction many people got saved, healed and delivered. It took a hurricane in their lives to chase them into the hands of Our Loving Father. Over the past week, many more loads of provisions kept coming in and yesterday our contact called us and said that they had enough water and food. Now they need supplies for those that cannot live in their houses and are staying on beaches so we will continue to help them bring in outdoor equipment, cooking gear, and blankets, chainsaws etc.
The good news is that the basic physical needs in the area, so now we can start to care for the Spiritual needs – bringing the Good News to the victims of Hurricane Michael.
Check out this greeting from Pastor Wanda from Lighthouse Pentecostal Ministries.
Words can be hard to find in times like this! Praise God for folks like you who have gone above and beyond to help our communities that have been affected by hurricane Michael! “Thank You” does not seem adequate to tell you what your help and support has meant to us up here in the Panhandle of Florida! We pray for God to bless each of you – a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over! Pastor Wanda, Lighthouse Pentecostal Ministries