It’s hard to explain, but I have a passion to see the Word of God placed in the hands of poor Chinese living in rural China. I believe God’s Word changes the world…period. We could give them food with our money, but after they eat it, then it’s gone. We could use our money to provide them the stuff that we think is important in America…like the latest fashions (my goodness they need clothes!), the latest technology, our love for entertainment, or some of our religious views (they had that and God got rid of it). No…the Bible is God’s Word and it’s sharper than any two-edged sword and it never, no never returns void. In other words, it produces, it convicts, it changes, and it will always be TRUTH. I’m begging you, as friends, soon to be friends, heck, I don’t care if you don’t like me….but please give to buy Bibles for people in this world.
Here’s my latest attempt to convey my thoughts and heart…it’s a short video with The Blind Boys of Alabama with Willie Nelson singing an old time song. For more information on our next trip please see our website at Friend Church. http://www.friendchurch.com
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For 3 weeks Friend Church has been collecting, packing, and sending relief supplies to tornado torn Alabama. We have focused on areas that have been overlooked, unknown, or left wanting. Our 2nd delivery was to Hackleburg, a place literally wiped out by the category 5 funnels. Upon arrival, we talked to Tom, our driver, about the conditions and he was crying over the devastation that he found and quickly had to get off the phone because he was getting sick.
I have been greatly encouraged as a pastor by my friends at Friend Church. Folks have stepped up and bought the much needed items to be donated. They have spread the word at their places of work, in their neighborhoods, and among their circle of friends. The stuff just keeps coming. Last Sunday, a new lady to our church caught me as I walked out and said, “God spoke to my heart today, and I want to challenge you. I will give $250 and if 5 more people give $250, then I will make my gift an even $500.” We put it out there and sure enough it was matched. Then someone else gave $250, and today we received several more checks.
You can still help. We are receiving goods today (Friday the 13th from 12-5pm). Also, we need plenty of folks to come help pack the truck at 7AM tomorrow (Saturday the 14th). We will have hot coffee at 6:45AM. It will take an hour or less to pack it, then we will pray for the driver and supplies, and then we will thank God for what He has done through our little effort. Thanks again to the friends of Friend Church and to the friends of God.
Our truck arrived in Dora, Alabama at 9:15pm, Sunday evening. Tom our volunteer truck driver did an excellent job in getting the 8,000 lbs of supplies there in timely fashion. Everything was offloaded and today, Michelle, our point person in the northwest part of the state went out delivering the water and diapers and wipes and flashlights we sent. As she went through Pleasant Grove, a town hit particularly hard, she talked to a rescue worker that had just found a 3 year old boy alive! He was found inside a freezer! The rescue worker asked the boy, “Son, how did you get in that freezer?” The little boy responded, “The man with the wings put me in there.” Something for you to think about….we will send another truck this weekend.
Our annual trip to Jekyll….with our dogs, Racket and Dixie. I thought Led Zeppelin and their song “Blackdog” would be an appropriate song…
This video shows why I go to China and why I want to take people with me and why I believe in buying Bibles for the folks in the rural areas of Asia.