Mercy SED-LCMS Disaster Recovery Thank You
Dear Pastor Wayne Puls and members of Hope Lutheran Church,
Greetings in the name of our Savior, Who in His love, prepares good works for us to walk in!
Last week I had the privilege of leading the team of willing servants gathered in Jacksonville, NC. I was truly touched by the dedication and sacrificial service I witnessed by the members of Hope who travelled more than two hours each way to assist those affected by hurricane Florence. St. Paul wrote:
“The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” Galatians 5:6b
That’s what I observed in my brief time among you: faith active in love – a love evident in kind and humble acts of service but also in the hugs and prayers offered for those who lost so much. You were and continue to be the evidence of God’s presence in the midst of tragedy and a sign of His undying love, an invitation to experience the incomparable love we have experienced in His Son. In my last conversations with Robin, a believer without a church home, she spoke of how she is getting closer to inviting herself to joining her neighbor who worships regularly. It was a personal highlight to be present with you as the work on her home was finished for now, having begun back in April.
As Paul prepared the people of Corinth for the gift he was to receive from them for those suffering from a famine in Jerusalem he reminded them of a deeper impact their gift would have on the believers:
“This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:12-15
May the Holy Spirit refresh you and give you a sense of fulfillment and joy as you reflect on the work He accomplished through you in Jacksonville. I look forward to serving with all of you in the future.
With joy and hope in Jesus, God’s Light for our dark world,
Pastor Ed Grant