Evangelism Vision

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We were living a fairly normal life even though we had been married for a year and had two young children, one of which was a baby girl. Yes, I was a single pastor for many years before marrying! I was the pastor of the church I had been serving for about seven years before I met my wife. It was a revitalization project that God had blessed in so many ways. The Church was healthy and growing, so my “work” life was secure. I was praying through whether God was finished with me at this church, which would be positive move. We were well adjusted to married life, and now fairly adjusted to married life with two young children. As you can see things were normal for a pastor and his family until a series of disasters came into our lives.

If you are at all familiar with Florida, you know that hurricanes frequent the state. Some come near where you live, and some avoid you. Oh, and some make a direct hit where you live! Hurricane Frances decided to pay us a visit in Fort Pierce, Florida where we lived. A direct hit from Frances caused some damage to my father-in-law’s home, but substantial damage to the Church. I remember walking into the Worship Center to the sound of water dripping. No, it wasn’t the bathroom sink. Water was dripping from the large hole in the roof. Many church members had damage to their homes, while others escaped the storm by heading north or inland. What were we going to do? We had a Church we could not lead worship in, member with damage who needed physical and spiritual attention, and some members we needed to locate. All Karen and I could do was pray. We asked God for peace in our hearts and for help felt like God had abandoned us, or at least the devil was having his way with us. I discovered hope and help through Jesus when the community came to our aid. About two days after later, I went to the church to begin the clean-up process that we had organized. Upon arrival, I saw numerous cars and trucks in the parking...
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