The Light of the Scriptures Shines Into the Dark

When you think of evangelism around the world, it’s tempting to conclude that there are no more real “dark” places to reach. With internet, radio, television and more, could it be possible that some part of the world has been isolated so much that the gospel has no inroad?

What you see in the pictures is a containers worth of Scriptures going to a place where the light of the gospel is greatly needed. Details of their destination and distribution must remain general for the safety and continued smuggling of Scriptures to their final destination. Please pray for their safety and the safety of the smugglers as they will begin to be shipped in a few days!

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Hurricane Michael-How to Help Today

Hurricane Michael

This is a message from Brother Deem, our director.  I have copied and pasted just as he received it.  We will be making several trips down to the hardest hit areas with food, water, and more.  Please pray and call if you desire to help.  502-264-7763. 

“Just received this from Bro. Jenkins who we work with in Cleveland, OH.

THE FOLLOWING ARE DAILY REPORTS OF CHRIS CARTER IN THE MICHAEL IMPACT AREA.
PLEASE READ AND PRAY

My name is Chris Carter. I am a member of Hillsdale Baptist in Tampa and a retired 1SG from the special operations community. I understand you need someone in the panhandle to provide a site rep and eyes/ears. I can be on the road from here as early as tonight.

Road conditions are relatively good. Although some power lines, telephone poles and debris can be found in the roads, they can be easily navigated during daylight. The best road to enter panama city is Hwy 77 S. From either I-10 or State Road 20. THERE IS A DUSK TO DAWN CURFEW for all disaster areas.

Traffic into the area is very heavy in the morning hours and very heavy leaving in the evenings due to the hundreds of power company rigs. Some traffic lights have been restored, most have not, and only the most busy intersections are guided by traffic cops….use caution when approaching intersections as i have seen numerous accidents.

I visited four churches today and met with staff members of three. None of them has yet to complete a full check of their members because so many evacuated.

Central Baptist, Pastor Bruce Barton, 424 E Baldwin. Church is insured and has paid crews to do the work. Immediate needs are food and water. Secondary need is tree and debris removal (not hauled away, just moved to roadside). Plan is to initially store all delivery items to this church, and the other three will have access.

Grace Baptist, Pastor Mike Jones, Hgwy 77 one block south of E Baldwin (500 yds fm Central Baptist). Met with assistant pastor, Derrick. Needs are the same as Central Baptist.

Lighthouse Baptist, Pastor Bob Dailey, 3321 E 15th St. That number is to another person’s phone. The pastor uses verizon and that service us down in the area. AT&T appears to have the fewesr issues. Same needs as other churches, but the pastor had additional inquiries–they have a well with a 3 phase electrical pump, but did not know if it can be used with their genair. If someone can do that for them or provide them with a pump they can use, they would have unlimited water for showers and washing dishes and clothes(if hillsdale delivers appliances). They have a small distribution center set up outside their church, handing out small amounts of water and cereal that various people and orgs gave donated. Lighthouse is in a poorer part of town and sheltered many local families during the storm. Many remain there because their homes are unlivable but the pastor wants to get them out of the church because he was told that if fema finds then there they will be considered sheltered and lose priority for temp housing. He also expressed a need for Styrofoam cups for hot drinks, paper plates, and plastic shopping bags to more easily prepare food for faster delivery

Victory Baptist, Pastor Steve Perrine. 11th Ave, about 1 mile west of Hgwy 77. I do not have contact info for anyone at this church, and no one was there when I visited. Pastors Barton and Dailey know the pastor….

Hillsdale will have truck delivering food and water some time tomorrow. That trip will also bring 5 bodies with chainsaws.

Another need is gas and fuel cans.

I drove 1.5 hours west in search of food, water, and supplies only to find fema and red cross had already bought out all the open stores.

No need to worry about gas…could not find any cans for sale. My thought was to purchase those and let churches assign members to getting gas

Fast food places are up and running from 0800 until 1600 in panama city beach and within 8 miles of panama city. Anyone coming here within the next few days should plan on sleeping in their vehicle (as i am) or driving at least an hour outside if town to find available lodging. The good news is that temps have dropped to high 50s at night
The greatest need exists in the small towns north and east of panama city. In my search for food yesterday I spoke to some of those communities…they feel forgotten but they also expected to be. If the intent is to extend support beyond panama city, I need assistance in identifying churches in places like Vernon and Blountstown…draw a line on a map between those two and the need will exist from that line southward. If we can find churches in that area, I can visit them.”

Hurricane Florence Help!

Hurricane Florence Slams Into Coast Of Carolinas

In times of crisis, “Love thy neighbor” slips on shoes and goes to work.  DirectLine Ministry is currently involved in helping with relief efforts in North Carolina.  Please read the following note from Paul Deem and go to the website provided for more details.  Your help is needed and appreciated!

Dear Christians Friends,

We will be helping those churches affected by Hurricane Florence. Our warehouse in Statesboro, GA will serve as a collection point. This will last over several weeks and possible months due to all the flooding. There is a list of Disaster Relief items needed on our web site:www.directlineministry.com. Funds are always needed for transportation. Scriptures will be delivered to the churches along with the Disaster Relief items. People often turn to the Lord for salvation in time of hardship. Please let us know if you plan to help.

For God’s Glory,

Paul & Debbie Deem

Directline Ministry