Mark Dickerson, Community and Family Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church in Midland, shares this encouraging update:
I just wanted to say “thank you” again and give you another update on what God has been doing in our community since the May flooding. I don’t think words can ever express our gratitude for all that has been done and will continue to be done to help in Midland.
While our nation and the world continue to experience fear, uncertainty, and unrest, we also continue to see God’s provision and blessing for flooded families in the mid-Michigan area. Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief provided an incredible service to our community by serving people in Jesus’ name and by sharing the gospel with every home that was helped. By the time they wrapped up their deployment, 50 individuals made a profession of salvation by faith in Jesus. Since S.P. moved out, we have had the privilege of seeing 6 more salvation decisions as God continues to work in people’s lives! Fellow believers from all over Michigan and the United States were a part of this bountiful harvest!
We have also had several families who were flooded visit a Sunday morning worship service over the past few weeks. Praise the Lord! Discipleship classes will be taking place in August so that these new believers have a specific time and plan to help them grow in their faith.
While the clean up process has wrapped up, the rebuilding process is going strong. We have had the privilege of delivering over 1,200 sheets of donated drywall to homes all throughout the area. Individual and group volunteers have helped install water heaters, electrical panels, wiring, drywall, insulation, windows, and doors in several homes. There are a few homes that are almost back to “normal,” while many others are at various stages of rebuilding.
We praise the Lord that FEMA has stepped in and helped many families, however there are many others who were not helped and have been denied coverage by their insurance. Through the generous donations from so many of our sister churches, we have been able to offer dozens of financial grants to assist families that are really struggling. These grants have continued to open doors for ministry and prayer with hurting families, some who are rebuilding from the ground up. Praise the Lord for the sacrificial giving that has led to ongoing ministry and gospel opportunities. We never imagined a mission field of this nature with the neighbors all around us. God continues to use the financial and material gifts to meet needs and open hearts to Truth.
Pastor Dickerson Shares: We still have a need for skilled workers in the rebuilding stages for many homes. We also still have a list of people who need help with building materials or financial assistance. God has provided abundantly and we know He will continue to meet these needs.
Thank you again for all you have done to partner with us and network the body of Christ with mid-Michigan!
You may use one of the following options to share financial gifts. Please designate your gift as “Midland Flood Ministry.”
Checks may also be sent to the MARBC with the designation, “Midland Flood Ministry.”
Calvary Baptist Church in Midland encourages us to consider these specific prayer requests as they continue to minister to their flood stricken community:
More than anything, we still ask for prayer for our community. It will still be another month or two before some families can begin living in their homes again.
* Please pray for hope to replace despair.
* Please pray for love to replace anger.
* Please pray for endurance to replace quitting.
* Above all, please continue to pray for the gospel to be shared with boldness and for new believers to be grounded in their faith.