The testimonies of our partners still blow me away. David Wilkerson wrote a book called Triumph over Tragedy. This book contained stories about constituents/partners that suffered major tragedies and yet remained victorious in their faith. The following story could have easily been included in that book.
A month ago, I had lunch with the evangelist Nicky Cruz, and we had the joy of leading our waitress to Jesus. In turn, she asked if we would pray for her coworker, a woman with pancreatic cancer. We gladly prayed for the sick woman, laying hands on her as Scripture instructs, and immediately she felt dizzy and had to sit down.
Why are you so passionate in helping the poor?
Their answers were all similar in nature. “I knew what it was like growing up poor.” “I wasn’t as poor; however, I know the feeling and understand what it was like to go hungry.” ”Love for the children.” This was the standard reply I received from many of the volunteers.
"There is swearing, deception, murder, stealing and adultery, they employ violence so that bloodshed follows bloodshed. Therefore the land mourns and everyone who lives in it languishes" (Hosea 4:2-3a).
Hurricane Irma affected at least 1,200 Clay County Florida homes with at least 300 people marooned by the rising floodwaters. The Springs Church Jacksonville, along with support from World Challenge, reached out to its community to minister not only spiritually but practically as well. Two semi-trucks with supplies including diapers, water, food and cleaning supplies were given to those in need.
The incredible charity we are witnessing as people come together in the wake of hurricane Harvey’s devastation is praiseworthy. Citizen heroes are performing unbelievable feats of selflessness to save lives, and keep people safe.
Hurricane Harvey, the largest rainfall event in US history, has dumped nearly 25 trillion gallons of rain, 19 trillion on Texas. This is enough rain to cover the entire United States nearly 1/2 inch deep. To think of it another way, if the Mississippi River were emptying into Houston, it would take 18 days for it to equal the volume of rain left behind by Hurricane Harvey. It may take weeks to drain and years for the people there to rebuild.
Rescuing and Sheltering “Toss-aways” Worldwide
Imagine yourself a young boy with a severe physical disability. Your parents make it clear they don’t want you. Eventually, your mother sells you to passing gypsies for a pitiful price.
So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. (1 Corinthians 3:7)