The last few weeks have been filled with travel, construction, meetings and open doors.
Patty and I travelled to Alabama to visit Karl and Gladys Volz, who run our Center just outside of Fort Rucker in Daleville. We were overwhelmed by the work they have done there. The started the center in Daleville in 2000, after years of fruitful ministry in Aniston, AL at Fort McClellan. The 1,300 mile round trip was worth every mile and we consider ourselves blessed to call this wonderful couple our ministry partners.
Recently I have been able to have several meetings and make contact with many ministers and chaplains in the Jacksonville area. Chaplain Dwight at Camp Johnson and I had a three hour breakfast and tour of our facilities. We look forward to working with him to provide the very young Marines at Camp Johnson with wholesome alternatives to the “night life” that pervades in our town. Pray for us, the opportunity to help establish a new Bible study on the base is a real possibility. I also met Chaplain Brandon from MCAS New River at a local church and hope to connect with him in the next few weeks.
Last week I had my first opportunity to attend a preachers meeting since moving to Jacksonville and it was a blessing. A young pastor of a nearby church plant preached and the dozen pastors attending were very encouraging. I pray this turns into opportunities to present the ministry and gain some more ministry partners in our local area.
Also, though I cannot tell you too much right now, there is a real opportunity to help a ministry to Marines with PTSD. The fledgling ministry is out of a local church and attempts to help Marines cope with post combat stress through teaching them carpentry skills. I have a few projects at The Center that I know they could help us with. Wouldn’t it be awesome of God to allow two ministries reaching Marines to help each other out? They provide us with necessary repairs and upgrades, while we provide them with the opportunity to not just do carpentry, but do it for other Marines? Once we get all the details hammered out, I will be sure to update you and provide pictures!
My May Newsletter to our supporters detailed some needs we have at The Center for repairs and upgrades. I would like to share them with everyone who reads this blog and ask that if you can help, let us know. We want to provide not just a home away from home for Marines, but a top-notch, the best we can provide home! Our carpet is threadbare, we need new computers and software, especially for accounting, office productivity and graphics production. One of the ‘lesser’ requests is near and dear to my heart: fishing tackle. I believe much effective discipleship can be accomplished if I can provide tackle and gear to take the Marines on the base fishing on the weekends.
Here is the needs list:
NEW 12’ Dining Room Table – $1,800
Computers and Software – $5,000
Outside Shed for storage – $2,000
New Carpet- $1,500
Fishing Tackle/Rods/etc.- $500
Kitchen Counters/Cabinets- $750
Any help you can provide is appreciated greatly. You can send it by check to:
P.O. Box 246
Jacksonville, NC 28541
Or you can click the “Donate” button at the top of our webpage (The link is in the sidebar- click our logo to go to our web page).
Finally, we have created an Amazon Smile account. If you use the link on our Facebook page (its in the sidebar too) or click here: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-0988248 You can shop Amazon.com like you always do, without spending any more, and Amazon will give back to our Ministry .5% of your total purchase price. I know it’s not much, but if your shopping anyway… buy the stuff you would buy normally, and automatically add a little bit of support for Military Evangelism. How nice is that?
Thanks again for all you do in supporting Military Evangelism. Next week I’ll have some stories from one of our men who attended Fleet Week in NYC, and some pictures of recent events at The Center.
‘Till Jesus Returns,