I have been invited to work on evangelism with Pastor Jesse Colburn, Pantano Christian ChurchSierra Vista Campus Pastor, Sierra Vista Arizona. Staten Island is not going to be home for me. I will be sad because there are many that I will truly miss. Staten Island has been an education in many ways and though we have been a part of many wonderful things, my time, our mission time has come to an end.
I ended up with a stroke and a broken back. Hospitalized, I am being repaired and will get teeth and help with 35 years of physical abuse on my body through international mission work.
On the way out the door, I am asking you to bless The Movement Church SI here for their relief work and efforts. We (my church and the mission) would like to bless them for their service and dedication to helping people. If you have time, encourage them and join them. They have done miracles for people and their work for the Lord deserves recognition and reward though it will have to come through the body of Christ. The local news and international news as well think they talk about Jesus too much and they do. They have Jesus on their minds.
Right now the Movement church is rebuilding a worship center and offices. Their Disaster Relief deserves kudos and there should be rewards from the state of New York and city of Staten Island for their relief work in the New Dorp area. The Grace of God through them to our mission and efforts here will not go unrewarded.
Since my daughter / partner / secretary is in Sierra Vista, the mission work will keep going and the girls we help will continue to receive help (phew…) I am happy to go back to Sierra Vista. Of course, it is the invitation to work on a team that tipped the scale.
Please pray for the many organizations we have had the blessing to work with but especially Christian Pentecostal Church and the Pastors, John, Jeremias, Rufina and, of course, Sandy Carlo. Then there was Pastor Joseph Chevere, his right hand, Rudy Ortega and the tremendous help they were with Aaron from China.
Then there is Pastor Steve and his wife Pastor Melissa of the Movement Church, Staten Island. Pastor Al and the office manager, Stephanie, were of great help as were Zara and the other members of The Movement Church SI. There are many fond memories.
Working here with a disk out of alignment in my neck and a broken back was certainly a challenge but it was a great way to meet people and find out what they were really like. Fortunately, my stay in the hospital repaired both and I will get new teeth as well as get the insurance and SSI as well as the VA benefits I have finally applied for.
The pain of working in and through Hurricane Sandy is almost over. I may get a knew knee and, sigh…, so many problems over the years, corrected but we will see what God is going to do.
Thanks God, thanks Staten Island, turn the page on the book of life.