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Heading Southeast from Southland Camp

Praising God for a Safe Trip, & Adjusting to
the First of Many Probable Changes of Plans
[Monday, 10:30am]

Dear Friends,
Again, in the extended entry portion of this post (click “Continue reading” below), or on the new “what’s new?” page of the Morning Star Relief & Hospitality Ministry website (globalgracemissions.org), you can read the latest news about our efforts.

Mon. 9/5, 10am
YES: Change of plan!

  By God’s grace, Pastor and Mark (as they shall hereafter be referred to) were able to stay alert and drive straight through the night to Southland Christian Camp, where they met with pastors Guy Altizer (retired pastor of Calvary Baptist in Simpsonville, SC) and Carl Herbster (pastor of Tri-City Ministries in Blue Springs, MO) and missionary pilot Earl Malpass. Todd Sasek of Southland’s staff is in one of the hardest-hit areas right now: Hattiesburg, MS (about an hour north of Gulfport [click to see map]). They have some desperate needs that the men can help with, so Pastor just called from the tarmack, where they are loading up a Cessna 206 with all the stuff that Morning Star and other Rockford area churches have contributed so far. Pastor Altizer and Pastor Herbster will fly with Mr. Malpass to Hattiesburg, and Pastor and Mark will leave at the same time (less than an hour) to drive there with generators that have been purchased. It’s a 2-hour flight and a 5-hour or so drive into a no-cellphone zone for the most part; contact will be limited, so they are planning rendezvous carefully and praying for wisdom. After dropping off the generators, Pastor and Mark hope to head to Lafayette, LA, and arrive late tonight or early tomorrow morning. There is still a possibility of flying to the small town in Texas and/or sending aid to them some other way. Another couple families have expressed interest (from the UP in Michigan) in “adopting” some refugees), and we are excited about what the Lord’s doing to provide transportation and opportunities.

And again, please stay tuned, and please pass the word.

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