A Jesus Story waiting to be told
Many of you have been following the news of flooding in southern Louisiana. For most of us, the stories of the people that are affected are just that, stories. They are faces of people you will never know with stories you will never share. But we wanted to introduce you to one family that shares a common story with those of us who have grown up in or are connected to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Broussard family (Roger and Cheryl Broussard, their three children: Michelle Broussard Raborn, Christie Broussard Creighton, and Roger Lee Broussard, and 6 grandkids,) from Prairieville, Louisiana are long time members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and are graduates of Bass Memorial Academy, a Seventh-day Adventist High School in Purvis Mississippi
Last weeks flooding has destroyed all four of their homes and possessions, as well as rental properties they used for their livelihood. Their homes were positioned on high ground so they had no flood insurance, and due to some technicalities, only one of the homes qualifies for Federal Disaster Relief from FEMA. All four families have lost pretty much everything they own.
Several members of our Adventist community drove down to Prairieville over the weekend to help where they can and can testify to the complete devastation of these precious families.
The Broussards' stories are heart breaking, but their courage and faith in God is unwavering. With typical Louisiana fortitude, they don't ask for help or assistance--They just do what needs doing.
They're not asking for our help, but we feel like God is calling us to help. The Canton Adventist Church believes deeply in helping to tell Jesus Stories in the lives of people we come in contact with. This year alone we have been able to provide a car to someone who needed transportation, we provided housing to someone who didn’t have a place to live, and we provided bail money to a young adult who made a mistake. Those were Jesus stories being told in the lives of people who have needs. And now there is another Jesus Story waiting to be told in the lives of the Broussard Family.
We are inviting you to donate to our Louisiana Flood Relief fund and we will ensure that 100% of your donated funds go directly to help those such as the Broussards who have been affected by this tragedy!
You can give to this project by clicking following this link below
You will be invited to create an account on AdventistGiving.org. Select LA Flood Victims.
If you would like a tax deductible receipt be sure to fill out your address on the “view/change account details” in the upper left corner.
Thank you for helping to tell a new Jesus Story
A Simple Faith Jesus Story
Mariamma has a simple faith. She believes that when Jesus promises that “anything you ask in my name will be given you” (John 14), he means what he says. It’s a simple faith. She also believes in prayer. Constant, 24/7 prayer. And she prays for everything. She prays for the rooms she cleans as part of her job as a custodian at a long term care facility. She prays for the residence of each room. She prays for the staff that run the facility. She also prays for the people she walks by on her commute to work. She prays for the cars that pass her by. She prays for the light poles and airplanes and the road crews she sees on her way to work. And those are a lot of people, planes, and cars, because for the last year she has walked 8 miles one way to work, through the notorious Atlanta area traffic. When her car broke down last year, she didn’t have the money to fix it and no way of replacing it. So she walked and she prayed and she tapped into her simple faith that believed that if she prayed and if she had faith, that God was going to work things out. She never complained, she didn’t ask anyone for help, she didn’t expect God to drop a car out of the clear blue sky. But she had faith.
Dolly Nielsen, a therapist at the facility Mariamma worked at, and a member of the Canton Adventist Church, met Mariamma through their shared belief in the power of prayer. A friendship was formed and Dolly began to volunteer to drive Mariamma home when she was able. A burden was placed on Dolly’s heart to try to do something to help. She knew she couldn’t do it alone, so she reached out to her home church, a community that tries to join Jesus in telling new stories in people’s lives. The Canton Adventist Church family rallied together to raise money to tell a new Jesus story in the life of Mariamma.
That is how, Mariamma showed up to work one day, and in her words “three angels appeared” to tell a new story. A car was presented to her, along with gas cards and money for insurance. When she was told she had a new car, her first reaction was to fall to her knees, bury her face in her hands and cry “thank you daddy, thank you Jesus!” It’s the power of simple prayers and a simple faith. It’s what He uses to tell Jesus stories!
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