I type this on my phone from the back of a van piloted and filled with friends from Pennsylvania. We just figured out that there is a good chance that we might not have cell service. I will try to keep these posts coming as best I can. Nothing to tremendous to report at the moment. This simply has been a day of safe travel (so far).
The one thing I am always astounded by is how God provides after we take a step of faith. If you have donated to this adventure already or planning to, I praise God for you letting Him act through you.
BTW... 5 of you out there have committed to donating blood. How about some more of you out there. Comment down below when you plan on doing so.
I'm in the process of wrapping up the last minute details before I embark tomorrow, where I will meet up with a friend who runs a disaster relief team out of central PA. In doing so, I was checking out how other people are helping out. Donating Blood is an urgent need that you can handle right where you are (it also happens to be something I do regularly).
It hardly takes any time at all, it doesn't hurt, and it makes a significant impact from the comfort of laying down on a couch (which I know we all have more than enough experience doing).
I am hoping that 20 of you out there somewhere will commit to donate blood somewhere near you. Can you do that? Can you overcome your own fears even for 20 minutes to help 3 people you probably will never know? Find the next blood drive nearest you: http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood
BTW: Donating "double reds" = smaller needle, less wooziness (if any), and twice the saving power.
Please pray for my travels tomorrow, if you would. Also, please be praying for the team I will be traveling with. Also be praying that other volunteers will make themselves known and can round out the numbers of our team (we are a few members short). Know that we haven't been assigned just yet, but it is only a matter of time before we get the call.
Just a quick post to say that I am currently 95% certain that I will be headed out to help those in need, as the Spirit leads, starting on Wednesday morning. I will be traveling fast and light, eager to lend a hand. I may stay in one state, I might travel to a few and (at this point) I am not sure how long I will stay out there helping (5 days - 2 weeks???). You can keep up with my efforts right here over the next several days. I will be sure to post pictures and a few words as internet access allows.
I will be posting several prayer requests here when I can. Your prayers are most desired, so check back often. Let me know that you are praying by posting a comment down below. It will bring me great encouragement to know that I have the prayer support of those out there who read this.
For tonight (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday), please be praying for me that above all else I can be a minister of the gospel in this time of need. May my words, as well as my actions, speak volumes. May I have the opportunity to testify to God's power and healing hand amidst all the destruction and devastation. May I have the opportunity to gently turn people to Him during this time that may have made them emotionally raw and open. May the gospel have a mighty impact on those I meet on my travels.
PS... if you are able to read this and know of an area that needs help, feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I will see what I can do to get there to lend a hand.
Serving through love and laughter is a great way to live.