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Apr 04
2012
Rev Robert A. Crutchfield

The First Responders Prayer

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I first wrote this prayer 4 years ago. Since then it has given comfort to countless firefighters, law enforcement officers and other first responders. Best selling author Loree Lough even included it in her novels FROM ASHES TO HONOR and HONOR REDEEMED. It will also be part of the third novel in her FIRST RESPONDERS SERIES.

 

I hope it will also bless many here.

The following article comes from The U.S. Northern Command website. If nothing else it is a good reminder that Hurricane Season is just around the corner, and it's time to get ready !-Rev. Crutchfield

 

By Randy Mitchell March 6, 2012

The following was pposted to my blog late last night. I am including it here in case any of our CEN members can benefit from the same information. -Rev. Crutchfield

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 6, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team has deployed to five locations in four states after recent tornadoes claimed dozens of lives and caused millions of dollars of damage to homes and businesses from the Midwest to the South. Teams of disaster-trained chaplains will minister to the needs of storm survivors in and around the communities of Harrisburg, Ill.; Madison, Ind.; Henryville, Ind.; West Liberty, Ky.; and Charlotte, N.C.

This was originally posted in my blog FAITH THAT INSPIRES ACTION last night. I hope that some of you here will also find it helpful.-Rev. Crutchfield
 
LYNCHBURG, Va., March 3, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Gleaning For The World, a faith-based humanitarian aid organization operated by Thomas Road Baptist Church Ministries, releases the following statement and is available for comment:
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“Gleaning For The World is responding to victims of the devastating storms overnight in the south and midwest. Gleaning is providing bottled water, blankets and emergency supplies. To help the victims, donations may be made online at www.GFTW.org.” — Mike Tilley, Gleaning For The World
Gleaning For The World (GFTW) is a humanitarian aid organization that provides efficient delivery of high quality life-saving supplies to victims of poverty and devastation. Jonathan Falwell is board chairman.
Gleaning For The World was recently named the “Most Efficient Charity” in America by Forbes Magazine and has shipped more than $500 million in supplies over the past 13 years. GFTW is often the first organization on the scene when a natural disaster strikes, providing bottled water and other life-saving supplies. Local churches often work directly with GFTW to serve as host sites and staging locations when natural disasters occur – providing a direct link between the local church and the community-in-need.
GFTW’s unique operations’ model allows it to not only help in times of natural disasters, but also to provide ongoing supplies to victims of poverty throughout the world. In 2011 alone, GFTW provided tens of thousands of pairs of shoes to people without them in Africa, hundreds of thousands of blankets to servicemen and women in the U.S. and tens of thousands of nutritional meals to those facing starvation in under developed countries.
For more information on Gleaning For The World, visit www.GFTW.org.

Recently I experienced two events in back to back days that reminded me how active God is in empowering our ministries. The other day I was in the E.R. at our local hospital. Not being on department business I didn't have my chaplain's uniform on. However as is my practice when in the hospital I did have my Texas Medical Center clergy I.D. badge on. I went to get my wife a soda from the nearby machine. There I met a man and his miserably ill little son about 2 years old. The poor child was feeling so badly that he only wanted two things. 1) for daddy to hold him. 2) a bottle of sprite. The medical staff didn't have objection to the soda. Unfortunately the soda machine was busted. It wouldn't even take the father's money despite several attempts. To make matters worse you could tell english was not the father's native language, so seeking help would have been uncomfortable for him.


I approached and told them that I was looking to get a soda myself. The father explained their plight. I told him that if all that poor child needed to feel better was a bottle of Sprite then he was going to get it one way or another. I knew there was another machine over by the chapel, and cafeteria. The cafeteria I knew was closed until dinner. I showed them where the machine was and we got the sick little boy his Sprite ! I'm nit sure who had the bigger smile the father or the little boy. That simple bottle of soda had become a big stressful, frustrating task to the father of a sick little boy. But God in his heaven had a plan and a man ! He aligned our paths to meet at that soda machine, and the little that had unnecessarily become big went completely away !


The next day I was at my secular job. Nearby I noticed a young man who was wearing a department t-shirt that was from a department that was a good distance away. I went over and asked if he was finding everything he needed. In the course of the conversation I learned that his wife was in our local hospital. The same hospital I had been standing in the day before. I first expressed concern for his wife, and offered my prayers for a complete recovery. Then I mentioned that the chaplain at the hospital was a friend of mine. I called him over to the counter and took out one of my chaplain business cards. I flipped it over and gave him the name and 24 hour direct phone number of the hospital chaplain. You should have seen the relief on his face when I put that card into his waiting hands. Will he ever need it or use it ? Probably not. But his wife was in a hospital in a strange town. But through my simple act God made it clear that he knew what he was going through because he was watching, and had his people in place.