Hurricane Ian, day 9…


Our last day at FBC Venice. They filled up again…
Norm had a ministry appointment in the morning, we packed up that afternoon and headed south to Ft Myers…
Our new home church…
My new place…
Cool wrap on this trailer…
Our new dining hall is a tent…
Mostly AZDR at this table!!!

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭7‬ ‭

Hurricane Ian, day 8…


Therefore David blessed the LORD in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: “Blessed are you, O LORD, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.”

1Chronicles 29: 10-13

We voted!!!
Norm and her fowl…
Kudos to a team from South Carolina, they pulled this giant stump out of the way so this very nice 82 year old lady can get her well flowing again…
Swampland! Thinking this might be a bargain…
This kitty has good taste in trucks.
This little guy is Chico…
Norm and this horse fell in love with each other. I had to do her job because this gal really took a shine to her. We have had some great animal experiences here in Venice…
My room is full again as they have ramped this site back up…

Hurricane Ian, day 7…


Sunday school is always a good way to start your worship…
This church has a pipe organ. We were told that Billy Graham preached his very first sermon in this building!!!
A win for the good guys!!!
FBC Venice Florida…
We took some R&R today and headed to the beach. Last time we were at the Gulf of Mexico was 2017, in the panhandle.
Norm and her feathered friends…
The best part of the beach is when you close your eyes and listen to the sound of the water…
One night I dreamed a dream. I was walking along the beach with my Lord. Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, one belonging to me and one to my Lord.
When the last scene of my life shot before me I looked back at the footprints in the sand. There was only one set of footprints. I realized that this was at the lowest and saddest times of my life. This always bothered me and I questioned the Lord about my dilemma.
“Lord, You told me when I decided to follow You, You would walk and talk with me all the way. But I’m aware that during the most troublesome times of my life there is only one set of footprints. I just don’t understand why, when I need You most, You leave me.”
He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you, never, ever, during your trials and testings. When you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” Gal. 3:28

Hurricane Ian, day 6…


My room is pretty empty as my five other mates left this morning…
This has been our work station since last Sunday. Phone calls in the morning and paperwork in the evening. In between many wonderful people, many sad stories and many prayers…
After encountering Clyde the Gopher Turtle yesterday, it was another animal day. This is Marty, a rescue dog. She likes me…
Not sure what this thing is, but he sure had Norm on edge…
Yikes!!!
The homeowner told us the hurricane blew his potted plant from the ground to the roof…
We had dinner out at a local BBQ place and a nice couple bought our dinner and never told us. Thank you both for such a nice treat…

“I thank God that when the Rapture takes place, every believer is going out. And we won’t be going on the basis of merit. All of us will be leaving because of the grace of God. He saves us by grace; He keeps us by grace; He will take us out of this world by grace; and when we have been there for ten million years, it will be by the grace of God.” Dr. J Vernon McGee.

Hurricane Ian, day 5…


Giving the love of God to Miss Charlene…
Norm preparing our lunch in the Publix’s parking lot. We sat on the curb in the shade and enjoyed…
These next series of photos are from North Port, a town south of Venice…
Sandbags are normally used on tile roofs…
Norm wanted to wait and see how this scrapper dude was going to get that metal out of the tree? We didn’t…
I think this fella was named Clyde…

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
‭‭John‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬-‭17‬ ‭

Heard this today- “If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.”

Hurricane Ian, day 4…


There are a lot of trees in Florida
Hello Chaplain…
“Sons of arthritis- ibuprofen chapter”
Notice the list of that tree in the background…

“For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord (Matt. 23:39)”

An update on our ministry work, 35 assessments, 27 Chaplain contacts and prayers, 37 hours invested. 13 different states represented, guessing around 100 volunteers for Christ…Thanks for your prayers…

Hurricane Ian, day 3…


This is how you park when your teammate drags you from job to job, and schedules appointments back to back with no time to answer the call of nature. After looking back, I thought maybe I should have put the hazard lights on…
Norm in the jungle. Venice has some really unique trees…

“Then the Lord asked him, “What is that in your hand?” “A shepherd’s staff,” Moses replied. “Throw it down on the ground,” the Lord told him. So Moses threw down the staff, and it turned into a snake! Moses jumped back.”
‭‭Exodus‬ ‭4‬:‭2‬-‭3‬ ‭NLT

Our devotional this morning, the White Hat (the man in charge) asked how many times do you hold something dead in your hand? We hold dead things in our hands for too long. Throw it down and God will make it come alive, bring a dead man to life. Throw it down…

Hurricane Ian, day 2…


Mobile homes took the worst of the storm..
Norm and a homeowner looking for gators in the pond across the road…
The roof was torn apart in this home. Big job…
We are packed to the gills now, standing room only inside the dining hall…

“I wanted to say thank you for reaching out to me and for all you guys are doing for this community. I cannot imagine how many people have been reached for Christ, and have seen a glimpse of his love because of people like you and your husband. Sometimes it takes a hurricane to wake us up to the love of God.”

The above statement came from a homeowner that we couldn’t help. This gives us strength…

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light “ (1 Pet. 2:9)

That’s us, “holy nation” the church. If you are a believer, a child of the living God, the Lord Jesus YOU are THE church…

On the Job…


Wonder which sleep area is Norm’s???
All of theses people love the Lord…

“Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many (Matt. 20:28).”

Every Christian should memorize this verse, keep it close to your heart. When the opportunity comes to witness, you can tell why Jesus came into this world and what His mission was…

Venice Florida…


Our welcome to central Florida was gridlock for miles and miles on I75…
Two nice looking rigs…
Venice Florida sunset. This area is a sea of gold shirts. More than twelve states are on site, well over a 100 men and women wanting to serve the Lord…

“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible (Matt. 19:26).”

Anybody, regardless of who you are- can have salvation if you recognize that you have nothing to offer to God, come with empty hands, come to Him as beggar. Come like that and He can save you. With God all things are possible…