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9/12/05 Hurricane Outreach Update
By Flip Benham with Brenda Spurlock

Tom Raddell went home to Ohio on Saturday, Sept 10, having prepared the way for Pastor Sam Green from Palm Bay, FL. For those of you who don't know, Palm Bay , FL was one of the cities worst hit during last summer's hurricane season in Florida.  Pastor Sam read our challenge to not give money to the Red Cross but to send out missionaries with food and supplies to the rural areas in both Mississippi and Louisiana .  He is on his way to Mississippi this morning. He has 12 missionaries with him and is leading a caravan loaded with supplies.  Our 'Jesus is the Standard' RV is gassed up and waiting for them at the High Place.

Pastor Sam was so excited when he saw the response of the folks in Palm Bay. They were eager to minister to the spiritual as well as the physical needs of people in the hurricane ravaged areas. His church was transformed into a veritable loading dock for food supplies and many other gifts from the people of Palm Bay .  Pastor Sam is seizing the day.  Pray for him and the missionaries; they'll be there for three days.  About the time he's leaving to return home, a United Methodist group from Concord, NC, that Flip hooked up with Pastor Duckworth in Mount Olive , will be bringing in supplies and the gospel. Bill Buell from Fort Worth, TX is taking eight days of vacation time to come down south and serve.  He's bringing his truck filled with supplies.  What motivates these men and women is the Gospel of Christ.

Our very own New Orleans pastor, Bill Shanks, will be in Washington, DC, September 16, as part of a National Clergy Council (NCC) observance of the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Victims of Hurricane Katrina, declared by President Bush. NCC President Rev. Rob Schenck, and Christian Defense Coalition director Rev.Pat Mahoney urged President Bush to declare the day of prayer. Bro. Bill will be joined by ministers from churches across the Northeast that raised money to help New Covenant Fellowship church repair its badly damaged building and provide aid to its community. Checks will be presented to him at the event.