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Long-distance Praying

Tonight I had a unique pastoral experience. I was able to minister Christian love and express pastoral care to a woman in a Rita-destroyed town in Southern Louisiana. A person I did not know asked me if I could give her a call. She had just arrived at her home for the first time after Rita visited. The roof was caved in. Many precious things were destroyed. Alone, overwhelmed, and her adult children spread out all over the map, this dear woman was crying when she answered the phone. I think my God-given assignment for tonight was to talk to her, to let her know that she had friends that she had never dreamed of, and to draw her mind to the hope-giving truths of Scripture, a source of solace for all those of us who love God.

She told me that she had driven around town that day. It took longer than normal, she said, because she had to stop and thank every soldier she saw. That’s a refreshingly different perspective than one might get from the media: Broken people, ruined people, grieving people, but thankful people. Nonetheless, tears flow. Mine flowed as I talked with her.

She had no pastor to call her. But today God providentially ordered events in the most unusual way and I found myself being pastor for her. In the past few days I have ministered to precious people in a different world. Twice in the last few days, I’ve prayed over the phone. Twice the lonely person at the other end of the line muffled sobs. Twice I verbalized the cry of suffering listeners. Twice my own soul cried out to God on behalf of the aching person at the other end of the line. Twice I knew that God had transmitted comfort through the phone lines.

John Wesley said that the world was his parish. And he didn’t even have long distance service!

Fleeing Rita!

[[Urgent update / prayer requests from our contacts in Lafayette, Louisiana]]

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Presence Matters

When Mark and I were visiting the Katrina-affected areas, we learned one very important lesson: presence matters.

Almost everybody we talked to told us that what they needed was the physical presence of people to help them clean-up, build, counsel, comfort, and recover. Some pastors told us that they had more money and supplies than they could possibly manage without more help. Everybody we met–whether in restaurants, motels, churches, sports arenas, or gas stations–emphatically thanked us.

We also learned that the news was not representing the situation very well (DUH!). Evacuees were grateful for help. Many are moving. But most, just like you and I would be, are wanting to hang around, to go back and survey the damage themselves, to salvage what little they can, and to get closure before they make a move.

Therefore, while we are staying in touch with the several families and individuals that are interested in our hospitality, we are also going to send several teams down to the region to help in the long and arduous work of clean-up and re-building.

Particularly when our missionaries to the area, Jeremy and Anouk Scott, arrive down South, we will be working closely with them and the local BMM pastor Roger Price and BMM logistics coordinator Ray Mitchell in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Our first team consists of six men who will, Lord willing, leave Thursday afternoon, drive through the night, work all day Friday and Saturday, and return on Sunday. This first team will take advantage of the excellent outreach and organization of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church (Mobile, Alabama), which has a strategy for ministering to two badly destroyed towns. It will work on whatever is assigned to them. CFBC will house the teams that come down and provide food. On the CFBC website, we, along with another good church from Rockford, Illinois, are listed among several churches taking advantage of their hospitality. To see the area where our team will be working, look at the amazing slideshow provided on that site.

Our ministry will be organizing other trips to other parts of the region and we will be more than happy to share information with any church who would like to serve similarly. If we can help anyone, please let us know (sos@globalgracemissions.org).

Another letter from Roger Price

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A brief update on our Katrina ministry

A committed group of believers here at Morning Star Baptist Church have been working night and day, seizing the open door that God has prepared for us by Katrina. Even now, Jeremy and Anouk Scott are steadily advancing on there way to a wide open mission field in Lafayette, Louisiana. As servants of our church to the region, they will be working with missionary Roger Price and under the leadership of the BMM logistics coordinator, Ray Mitchell, for what Roger Price has called “Katrina Response.”

“I am very excited about Jeremy and Anouk Scott. I have talked with them several times on the phone. They come highly reccommended, they are experienced, and I can’t wait to see how God will use them here.”~ Ray Mitchell

Also, please note the following letter from Roger Price:

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People on the Ground

Jeremy and Anouk Scott have decided to represent us for up to four months in Lafayette, LA, working in close conjunction with the BMM team that is already established down there. This gifted couple will work under the missionary team, Roger Price and Ray Mitchell, helping in the multitudinous tasks that accumulate when something this big happens. The Scotts will also serve as a liaison between needy ministries in Katrina-affected areas and our church. We, in turn, hope to connect interested churches with ministry opportunities in the region. This will involve reconstruction work and one-on-one evangelistic/counseling opportunities and so forth. One of my goals for Jeremy is to be our eyes and ears on the ground, searching out the best venues of service for fundamental churches. So many have experienced the frustration of not knowing exactly where to go except to get lost in a huge conglomerate of projects primarily governed by a narrow agenda. We have a number of teams primed and ready to go get their hands dirty. Other churches are equally prepared. Scotts will help direct traffic.

I love this couple. Jeremy was with me at Memorial, for the start up of MSBC, and we bonded together with the same convictions and passion about ministry. His wife, Anouk, served with Jennie and me for several years. We greatly appreciated Anouk’s ministry.

Jeremy and Anouk have just recently concluded a happy tenure at Cornerstone Church in Warwick, RI. Jeremy resigned just recently in order to rejoin Morning Star Baptist Church. Everybody in our church is delighted about this move, but we are all equally delighted to be able to share our beloved people with a cause that we believe is designed by God. We were counting the days until his return among us, now we will just have to extend that count by about four months.

God has already wonderfully provided. Cornerstone Church, the church where Scotts have ministered for the last few years, is generously supporting this project. The Scotts have also been provided with an RV and financial support is starting to trickle in. The Scotts will need more financial aid during their four-month tenure in Louisiana. Please consider supporting this couple.


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“A Storm of Opportunity”

Once again, the what’s new” section of the ministry website has been updated, this time with a link to a message on demonstrating Christlike “stranger love” during Christ-appointed crises….

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