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Sept. 27, Update OSA Hurricane Relief Effort


The update to this update is that Gib has loaded the RV and is on his way to Merryville, Louisiana today, September 28, 2005. He has contacted the Police Department and they are eagerly anticipating his arrival. Rusty is on his way from Texas. We talked with Coach Dave Daubenmire (Ohio Minutemen) and he is diverting two tractor trailers of food toward this small forgotten area. Faye, the kids, and I will be driving through to Merryville this weekend. God's Church is coming to the rescue.

We have a wonderful family from Wichita, Stan and Ellen Hacker, who are loading up their trailer to make their “missionary trip” to Merryville. The OSA folks in Wichita are rallying to the challenge and are gathering food as we speak. The generosity of the folks from OSA and their friends has been absolutely incredible. Your “can do” attitude makes things possible that others only dream of. Your faith in Christ and love for your neighbor is an example to all.

“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16.

~Flip

Sept. 27, Update OSA Hurricane Relief Effort
By Rusty Thomas

Dear Champion of the Lord and the Preborn,

The Lord richly bless you!  Through the efforts of Colleen from KBDE 89.9 FM, our local AFR radio station, we have been able to track down some of the most hard hit and vulnerable places ill-affected by Rita.  I made several phone calls today and found out that the small rural areas along the Texas and LA. border are the ones that really need the help now.  It appears that many elderly and infirmed that fled from Katrina to these "cities of refuge" are the ones that were impacted by Rita.  These folks have endured a double portion of woe and trouble. 

I just talked with Flip about their plight and he said, "Rusty we can do the easy thing or the hard thing."  The easy way was to take the supplies we have and just drop them off in Kenner, LA. and go about our business.  Or we can go the hard way which is the right thing and take these supplies to those who need it most.  By God's grace that is what we intend to do.

These poor souls are in need of ice, water, medical supplies (Oxygen, Glucose, and Insulin) food, and toiletry items.  Our good friend Gib who managed our Walk Across America last year is on the ground in Florence, MS. He has packed up our OSA RV with some supplies and will head toward these devastated areas tomorrow.

As soon as I wake up, I'm going to see what kind of supplies I can raise here in Waco and meet Gib there prayerfully by tomorrow night.  Please pray for us and this relief effort.  Pray that men's hearts soften and turn to the Lord and that we will be able to minister the Gospel of the Kingdom by supplying the practical needs as well as meeting the spiritual needs.

  If you are in the Waco area or for that matter even some other place and would like to help in some way, please contact me tomorrow on my cell phone, (254) 715-3134.  Time is of the essence and quite frankly, I don't even know yet how I will transport the supplies that I will try and raise tomorrow.  All I know is "Here Am I, Send Me" and that we can do all things through Christ who strengthen us.

  IN KING JESUS' SERVICE,

  Rusty