Rescue Mission


Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:

Acts 13:51 (NLT)
So they shook the dust from their feet as a sign of rejection and went to the town of Iconium.

On August 30, 2005 Coast Guard Lieutenant Iain McConnell was ordered to fly his H46 helicopter to New Orleans and to keep that machine flying around the clock for what would turn out to be a heroic rescue effort. None of his crew were prepared for what they were about to see. They were ahead of every news crew in the nation. The entire city of New Orleans was under water. On their first three missions that day they saved 89 people, three dogs and two cats. On the fourth mission, despite twelve different flights to New Orleans, he and his crew were able to save no one. None! They all refused to board the helicopter. Instead they told the Coast Guard to bring them food and water. Yet they were warned that this extremely dangerous. The waters were not going to go away soon. Sadly, many of those people perished because of their refusal to be rescued. This sad story about the Coast Guard helicopter in many ways mirrors the tragic reality of the scores of people who reject Christ on a daily basis. As we do our best to minister the love of Christ to people we must remember that it is not our job to get them to respond, but rather to do our best to deliver the message of the Gospel to them. Whether they accept or reject it is between them and the Holy Spirit. We should never take it personally and become discouraged. Instead we should continue to depend on the Holy Spirit to do the work of the Great Commission.

In Christ,
Pastor Mark


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