Blessings Come Full Circle

Gordon Robertson shares the story of Gina and Danny who lost there home during Hurricane Isaac, but still found the compassion to volunteer with Operation Blessing to help other storm victims.

“I’ve never been in a hurricane where I was actually in the conditions that I was in this time,” says Gina.

During the worst of hurricane Isaac’s flooding, Gina Hunter and her family fled to safety.  Her husband Danny stayed behind using his boat to rescue more than a dozen neighbors.

“I was getting phone calls of people trapped in their houses,” says Danny. I Knew we had to get to them you know.”

“Danny’s the kind of person that’s gonna help other people, you know, as long as he’s able to,” says Gina.

As the waters receded, Danny and Gina’s home sat in the middle of the road.

“My house floated about two hundred yards up the highway,” says Danny.

“It’s a complete loss really,” says Gina. “There’s really very few things salvageable out of it.

Their home had to be demolished.  But in the midst of their tragedy, Gina’s daughter suggested they follow her stepfather’s example.

“She said, ‘mom, we can sit here and lick our wounds and make ourselves feel worse, or we can go out and find people like ourselves and help whoever we can.’”

While Danny tried to salvage what was left of their belongings, Gina and her daughter volunteered with Operation Blessing. They put tarps on rooftops, gutted houses to prevent mold damage, and served hot meals to first responders and residents from the community.

“We was blessed to be able to help,” says Gina.

Danny and Gina have insurance, and will eventually rebuild their home.  But in the meantime, they had no place to stay.  So Operation Blessing transformed their garage into a small apartment where they can live while they rebuild.

“It just means so much,” says Danny. “It had to take a miracle for God to come and step into my life and do this.”

“We actually have a home that we can come live in and sleep in,” says Gina. “It’s priceless. You can’t put a dollar value on everything Operation Blessing has done for everyone, including myself and my family.”

 

Nigerian Medical Mission

Many of us take for granted a trip to the doctor or a routine medical check-up.  For villagers in rural Nigeria who sometimes live miles from a large town or even a paved road, this may be nearly impossible.  So CBN recently held a 5-day medical mission in 5 neighboring villages in north eastern Nigeria. A total of 3,963 villagers were treated during the medical mission. Out of this number, 12 received general surgeries. 350 of them also received free reading glasses. A woman was delivered of a set of twins by the team of Doctors in the course of the program.  During the outreach, 212 people prayed to receive Christ for the first time.

Scripture: Matthew 25: 34-40 (NKJV)

34 ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

37 Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

The Difficulty of Living for God

Gordon Robertson shares encouragement from the scriptures for Christians who are experiencing difficulty in living for God.

Scriptures referenced:

Romans 14:8 (NIV) “For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord.”

John 5:17 (NIV) “But Jesus answered them, ‘My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.’”

Mark 16:20 (NIV) “And They went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the Word through the accompanying signs. Amen.”