At night my soul longs for Thee, indeed, my spirit within me seeks Thee diligently; for when the earth experiences Thy judgments the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness. (Is. 26:9)
Sept 2, 2005
The thought occurred to me that August 28, 2004 was the day we finished the Walk Across America. We made that walk to say that judgment was coming to America if we didn't repent, but that God wants to have mercy. Precisely one year ago we cut a swath right across America and everybody in our path heard. Judgment came exactly one year later in a ‘little' hurricane called Katrina.
Earlier today, we had two flat tires on the RV and had to go to Jackson to get them fixed. With the scriptures on it, the RV is a traveling billboard pointing to God. It was incredibly expensive to bring it down here. Gas cost $362. There was a black couple with a baby sitting in Firestone talking about how the government wasn't doing anything and they should be taking care of things. I told them, “We're here to stand for King Jesus and to do what we can to help. Do you need something?” They said they needed some things, so we said we would take them to The High Place when the tires were fixed. The Firestone guys fixed our tires for free after hearing our story.
We took them to The High Place and talked to them about Jesus all the way there. They stayed for a couple of hours. We fed them and gave them some things they needed. Their names are Berna Dee Brown and Tommy Lee Brown. They've been married 22 years. Berna had an abortion when she was young. She saved her daughter from doing the same thing, that's why they have the baby, their grandchild. Berna said, “I had an abortion, but I had no choice.” I told her, “Berna, I want you to know that you did have a choice.” We talked about the abortion for some time and about the Gospel. Finally I asked her,”If you died right now where would you go?”
“I'd go to hell,” she said.
I assured her, “Jesus doesn't want you to go there. He wants to forgive you “
Tommy said, “When I heard you say that, I got tears in my heart and now I've got tears in my eyes.” .These were two very different people that we brought back to the Firestone store. This is what I'm talking about when I say there are things the government can't accomplish, that only the church can – and must!
I couldn't find our folks. Finally I found Curtis Fenison and Coach Daubenmire at a vacant store in Mendenhall. They had the sound system going (we need more sound systems here to get out the meesage of Jesus.). What a sight! Inmates were passing out all this wonderful fresh bread and freshly baked pastries that Coach had brought down. Sister Katy from Bill Shanks church was playing the violin, police were directing people on to the lot to get stuff, even the mayor was there! One of our folks had told a police officer that we were going to pass out food and water and the whole scenario had just unfolded from there. I started preaching and said, “Look at what's happening! If you want to know if God loves you, here's the answer.” I said, “Look, these are prisoners opening your car doors and they're giving you something, they're not taking from you! Only God could orchestrate something like this! He's telling you ‘People just turn to Me.'”
The Lord just kept giving me the words to say and this turned into the most incredible evangelistic crusade I'm ever been involved in, and believe me, I've been involved in a lot in my life. The police were so grateful we were there. The Mayor watched and listened. He came over with tears in his eyes. They knew what they had just witnessed was a Gospel thing done in the name of Jesus.
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” Matthew 5:16.
We needed gas in our vehicles. The line at the gas station was 3 ½ hours long. The mayor said, “You need gas?” We said, “Yes sir, we have four vehicles.” He said, “I'm going to call the Shell station and have them put you in. They did, and what a blessing!