Disaster Relief Report
Posted on December 8, 2020 8:00 AM by Larry Randolph
The Inspirations Quartet recorded a song some 20 years ago called, "I have more to go to heaven for today than I did yesterday." As a result of the assessment ministry trip in Pensacola, Fla., my friend Ken Dillard and I participated in September 27th through October 3rd, 2020, I would say, we have more reason to go to heaven today than we did on September 26th.
What a blessing it was to see the Holy Spirit draw five souls to Himself. Hearing people pray to God to forgive their sins and save their soul is indescribable joy. To think that we will meet these folks on the other side as Paul suggests is special. Christians that we were able to counsel with was heartwarming.
The biggest disappointment was an 84 year-old lady that didn't know Jesus. When given the opportunity to accept Him, she couldn't bring herself to do so, even though she admitted she needed to. One neighborhood we were assigned to assess just had the feel of Satan's possession. You could literally feel it driving down the street. That's when it was so comforting to know many of you were praying. Thank you.
One of the highlights happened when we went to Whataburger for lunch. A lady got in line behind us in the order line. Overcoming my shyness I struck up a conversation. She had picked up a van load of eighth graders at her local Catholic Church and was getting them lunch before she returned to work. I offered to share a tool I use as a chaplain, which I referred to as the HOTLINE to heaven. That got her attention and after getting the students settled she came to our table to see it. I explained the official name is the Evangecube. During my presentation she told me she is a Catholic. As I continued my presentation her demeanor and facial expression radically changed. When asked if she'd like to accept Jesus, she answered yes with a degree of enthusiasm. After she made her profession of faith, l gave her a New Testament with everything I'd shared detailed in the first seven pages. Ken told her she could lead her family members and friends to Christ using those first seven pages. She said, "I promise you, I'm going to share this with all these kids." So, does that mean we planted a church within St Paul's Church where she attends? I'm thinking we may be church planters and don't know it, after all it is the IN THING.
Our host Church Hillcrest Baptist Church in Pensacola, prior to Covid, had an average attendance of about 2,400. I was honored when asked to do an introductory training session on evangelism using the Evangecube. Even though they are a large church, they are apparently open to and seeking different strategies to win people to Christ. Please take a moment and thank God for Hillcrest as they continue to host Disaster Relief teams helping with storm recovery.
--Larry Randolph serves Ohio Baptist's Disaster Relief efforts as Chaplain and disaster assessor.