Main Street Living Media Ministry Update July 2020

IN THE WAKE of the death of George Floyd, we hear many reasons as to what is wrong with our society and how to fix it. Why such hate, racism, and even murder – and not only here in America but all around the world, and throughout all of history? Where is this all coming from? There is no need for speculation here as God’s revealed Word provides the answer: “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.” (Matthew 15:19)  

While there is much that we can do to help make practical and preventive reforms where needed, what is most needed is a change in the attitude of the heart and mind. Again, God’s revealed Word informs us how this transformation takes place – that being as His Holy Spirit works to make our hearts and minds new in relationship to Christ!

Please continue to share information about our LCMS “Main Street Living” media ministry with others. In addition to being broadcast each Sunday morning, you can view all archived programs anytime at www.mainstreetliving.com/north.  

Thank you for your much-needed financial support! Checks may be sent to “Main Street Living NORTH,” 821-5th Ave S, Fargo, ND 58103, or donate by Credit Card or your PayPal account on the website.

God’s blessing in Christ!     -Ken Koehler / MSL North Volunteer Coordinator

Main Street Living North” Programs for July 2020:

July 5:    Rev. Brian Shane, Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND, presents the message: “Yoked to Christ by the Mighty Works of God,” based on Matthew 11:25-30. This Is The Life program is: “The Reluctant Witness.” An angler’s well-planned fishing trip is interrupted when he becomes a witness to crime and struggles with the aftermath.

July 12:   Rev. Matthew Meyer, Beautiful Savior, Callaway, MN, presents the message: “Sowing the Seed In Season,” based on Isaiah 55:10-13. This is The Life program is: “Harriett’s Wedding Day.” The storm precedes the calm when a groom nearly cancels wedding plans due to the fear of the unknown.

July 19:   Rev. Robert Hill, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Wimbledon, ND, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Woodworth, ND, and Our Savior Lutheran Church, Pettibone, ND, presents the message: “The Good Seed,” based on Matthew 13:38. This Is The Life program is: “Tragedy Near a Small Town-Justice or Mercy?” Tragedy in a small town results in a loving father holding a grudge rather than forgiving as our Father has forgiven us.

July 26:   Rev. Ross Fritz, Grace Lutheran Church, Breckenridge, MN, presents the message: The Fantastic Non-Fictional Fable of the Foolish Farmer Who Wouldn’t Whack His Weeds,based on Matthew 13:44-52. This Is The Life program is Spite.” Negative emotions and grudges are destructive, but forgiveness allows people to move forward.

“MAIN STREET LIVING” is a locally-produced TV program that includes a 30-minute worship service led by participating pastors of the Minnesota North and North Dakota Districts of our LCMS, along with a 30-minute Lutheran Hour program (typically This Is The Life, along with occasional church-season specials).  

Programs are broadcast starting at 9:00 am Central time on the following FOX stations:

Fargo-Moorhead:                                KVRR Channel 15.1

            Thief River Falls-Grand Forks           KBRR Channel 10.1

            Jamestown                                          KJRR Channel 7.1

            Pembina                                              KNRR Channel 12.1

Programs are broadcast starting at 10:00 am Central Time / 9:00 am Mountain time on the following WDAY XTRA Channels:

            Fargo-Moorhead                                 WDAY Xtra Channel 6.3

Grand Forks                                        WDAZ Xtra Channel 8.3

            Bismarck/Dickinson                            KBMY Xtra Channel 17.3

            Minot/Williston                                   KMCY Xtra Channel 14.3

Please check your cable and satellite providers for the corresponding channel on your system. MSLN programs are also archived for one year and can be viewed at any time on

www.mainstreetliving.com/north.

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Seven Ways to Help a Friend or Loved One Through a Challenging Time

Mental health is essential to overall health and well-being and mental illnesses can be treated. One in five people, including adults and children, experiences a mental illness in any given year. Those problems can contribute to the onset of more serious long-term conditions such as major depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia.

Approximately one-half of chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14. Unfortunately, long delays—sometimes decades—often occur between the time symptoms first appear and when people get help. These delays lead to problems at home, at work, in school, and in forming relationships.

If someone in your life is going through a challenging time that affects their mental health, Mental Health America, and the mental health professionals at Dakota Family Services, give the following tips for being helpful.

1. Practice active listening. Active listening is diff­erent than just hearing what a person has to say. A good active listener puts everything aside and gives their complete attention to the person who is talking; asks open-ended questions to get more details about the topic being discussed (ex. “And how did that make you feel?”); and takes moments throughout the conversation to summarize what they’ve been told to make sure they understand.

  2. Ask what you can do. It can be tempting to assume what would be helpful to someone who is struggling, but it’s always better to ask them what they need from you. If you ask and get a response like, “nothing, I’m fine,” off­er a few suggestions for things you would be willing to do (without being pushy). For instance, you could off­er to sit with them and watch a movie, cook them a meal, or pick up a few things for them at the store.

  3. Don’t compare. If a friend or loved one is going through a tough situation and they come to you for support, you might feel tempted to tell them about something that happened to you and how you were able to get through it. It’s okay to share about similar experiences, but be careful not to compare, because it can make someone feel like their pain isn’t valid. For instance, if they are telling you about a breakup, don’t mention how you had a much harder divorce. Focus on what you did to cope with feelings of loss or loneliness.

4. Don’t judge. To be genuinely supportive of someone, you need to put your personal opinions and biases aside. They may be struggling because of a mistake they made, or you may think they are overreacting, but you will never know what it is truly like to be that person at this moment, and criticism is not helpful to their recovery.

5. Offer to join them. When someone is going through a time of sadness or uncertainty, their emotions can take over and leave them feeling paralyzed and unable to take care of life’s obligations. Off­ering to go with someone to help them take care of responsibilities like walking the dog, going to the grocery store, or attending doctor appointments can give them a sense of accomplishment and lift their spirits.

  6. Keep your word. If you have off­ered your support to someone, keep your word. When a person is struggling, the last thing they need is to feel abandoned by someone else. If you absolutely can’t honor your promise, make a sincere apology, and find another time, you can do what you said you would.

  7. Know when more serious help is needed. Sometimes the support you can offer won’t be enough. If you or someone you love is struggling with mental health issues, contact Dakota Family Services. Our experienced and compassionate providers are trained to help.


 Dakota Family Services is an outpatient behavioral health clinic founded by Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch with locations in Minot, Bismarck, and Fargo. Our compassionate, practiced experts provide comprehensive psychological and psychiatric services to individuals of all ages, including assessment and evaluation, therapy, medication management, and psychological testing.

For more information, go to DakotaFamilyServices.org or call 1-800-201-6495.

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No Better Story

by Dr. Mike Rodewald, Executive Director, Lutheran Bible Translators

My wife and I visited Liberia in March. This was just before the COVID-19 virus was making its impact known on travel. The purpose was to attend the dedication of yet another New Testament – the Gola language community celebrating the Bible in their hands in their own language for the first time!

The joy of that moment was built upon a string of tragedies. The Gola translation effort began with linguistic work to build a writing system in the late 1960s, but it was a tough tropical context. The first two Lutheran Bible Translator missionary families had to leave due to illness. There was a turnover of local translators.

Another missionary family came and restarted with new translators. Portions of Scripture were published. Then a civil war broke out. And everything came to a stop.

After the war, Father Garry, an elderly Catholic priest who had remained in Liberia through the unrest, insisted (and persisted) that the Gola language community still needed God’s Word in a form they could understand. He asked Lutheran Bible Translators to pick up the translation again. Testing and surveys through the Bible Society determined continued viability for the Gola language. Translation began again. This time, because of technology and previous history, the New Testament was completed in less than four years. It was time to celebrate!

The reader probably can’t help but notice that this New Testament was a long time in the making. Did you notice how many people played a part in the story of this New Testament? And that is how God works. He uses many together that His Word might reach others.

I brought back several copies of the New Testament. We sent one to each of the early missionary families to acknowledge the parts they played so many years ago. A member of one family replied that her father received the Gola New Testament and wept for joy! Two days later, he passed away from leukemia.

  “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Jer 29:11

God uses each of us that His Word might go forth – whether in the jungles of Liberia or here in mid-Missouri. We are serving together in the story of God’s salvation through Jesus. It is a wonderful purpose that God gives us one with a certain future and a certain hope.

The Gola New Testament took more than 40 years start to finish. But even through sickness and war, God was faithful. The future was coming. In March, it arrived in the Gola language community. The Gola people now have hope through Jesus.  

God uses us all in this story – for His purpose. There is no better story.

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Orphan Grain Train sends shipment to Moldova

“On Monday, May 18th, various volunteers at the Orphan Grain Train warehouse in Jamestown, ND, helped load a shipment of clothing, bibles, books and medical supplies which will be sent to Moldova.  Praise the Lord!”

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Main Street Living Media Ministry

HAVE YOU been watching the “This Is The Life” programs along with the MSL Divine Services each Sunday? As our LCMS President Matthew Harrison states during his introduction of these programs, though they were recorded in the 1960s and 70s, the subject matter is still very relevant! I look forward to watching each week’s episode – and often find my emotions welling up as the storyline develops. These critically acclaimed dramas still do a fantastic job of “bringing Christ to the nations”!

  Although many congregations have either started meeting face to face again – or are discussing doing so soon – there are likely those within our viewing area who will still be staying close to home. Therefore, this remains an excellent time to make a list of friends and neighbors to check with whom may not yet know about the TV and internet ministry of MAIN STREET LIVING! In addition to being broadcast each Sunday morning, you can view all archived programs at any time for a year at www.mainstreetliving.com/north. God’s blessing in Christ!    

-Ken Koehler / MSL North Volunteer Coordinator

“Main Street Living North” Programs for June 2020:

June 7th: Rev. Jared Nies, St. John’s Lutheran Church – Corliss, MN, presents the message: “In the beginning, God … Who Is That?” based on Genesis 1:1-2:4a. This Is The Life program is “Give and Take” – A young Christian advertising agency representative navigates a situation with an overly attentive married man.

June 14th: Rev. Craig Fenske, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Grand Forks, ND, presents the message: “What Jesus Sees in Us,” based on Matthew 9:35–10:20. This is The Life program is: “No Tears for Bill” – A widow struggles with her past and upcoming marriage.

June 21st: Rev. Eli Voigt, Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bagley, MN, presents the message: “God of Joy” based on Hebrews 12:2. This Is The Life program is: “Two Weeks to Eternity.”

June 28th: Rev. Thomas Clark, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hankinson, ND & St. John’s Lutheran Church, Belford, ND, presents the message: “The Cost of Peace,” based on Matthew 10:34-42. This Is The Life program is: “The House of Sand.” This classic Fisher Family episode explores the difference between a moral and Christian life.

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Congratulations candidates, vicars

Call Day 2020 was one for the record books. Everything was different, yet still the same. The Word of God was preached, hymns were sung, vicarages and deaconess internships were assigned, pastoral candidates were given their first calls. Each of the two seminaries had their own way of making the virtual service work. Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (CSL), held Call Day on April 28; Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. (CTSFW) held its service one night later. Call Day services have been live-streamed for the past few years, however this year, the pews were not filled. Here you will find not only the men/families coming to the North Dakota District but also the men/families that have ties to the district. If you were unable to watch the services, you may access them at each seminary website:

  • CSL – csl.edu/callday
  • CTSFW – callday.ctsfw.edu

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Main Street Living Media Ministry – May Update

“Coronavirus” andCOVID-19” are likely the two most often heard words during the past month or two! My hope is that you and your loved ones have been and will continue to be spared from this pandemic. Perhaps these times have already or will provide special opportunities to minister to others in the name of Christ!

Also during this time of social distancing, we hope that in addition to your own congregation’s live-streaming and podcasts of worship services, that you’re included the TV and internet ministry of MAIN STREET LIVING TV to hear God’s faith-strengthening word! Please continue to share information about our LCMS “Main Street Living” media ministry with others. In addition to being broadcast each Sunday morning, you can view all archived programs anytime at www.mainstreetliving.com – then click on the link under the picture identified as “North (Fargo)”. God’s blessings in Christ!

Thank you for your much-needed financial support! Checks may be sent to “Main Street Living NORTH”, 821-5th Ave S, Fargo, ND 58103, or donate by Credit Card or your PayPal account on the website. God’s blessing in Christ!

Main Street Living North” Programs for May 2020:

May 3: Rev. Chris Waldvogel, Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND, presents the message: “Our Suffering Shepherd” based on 1 Peter 2:18-25. This Is The Life program is “The Big Little Lie”. Curiosity and a little “white lie” results in very serious unintended developments for the Fisher family.

May 10: Rev. Andrew Ratcliffe, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Perham, MN, presents the message: “A Life of Worship” based on 1 Peter 2:2-10. This is the Life program is: “To the End of Time”. A physicist working on nuclear weapon development is confronted with the reality of the weapon, the utility of radiation, and the blessing of Christian hope.

May 17: Rev. Matt Tooman, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wahpeton, ND, presents the message: “You Need the Holy Spirit,” based on John 14:15-21. This Is The Life program is: “A Face from the Past”. A man struggles to come to terms with the memory and feelings of guilt with his estranged father.

May 24: Rev. Jim Meyer (CRM), St. John’s Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, MN, presents the message: “Are You In?” based on John 17:1-11. This Is The Life program is: “Love is Not Enough”. A young couple struggles mightily with the decision to marry, exploring is what truly is important.

May 31: Rev. Allen Kramp, Trinity Lutheran Church, Hope, ND, and St. John Lutheran Church, Hillsboro, ND, presents the message: “Rejoice in the Spirit of God’s outpouring in Jesus!” based on Acts 2:1-21. This Is The Life program is: “A Different Way”. In this Fisher Family episode, Cousin Stanley visits and creates a difficult situation with a neighbor.

“MAIN STREET LIVING” is a locally-produced TV program that includes a 30-minute worship service led by participating pastors of the Minnesota North and North Dakota Districts of our LCMS, along with a 30-minute Lutheran Hour program (normally This Is The Life, along with occasional church-season specials).  Programs are broadcast at 9:00 am Central time on the following FOX stations: KVRR Fargo-Moorhead Channel 15.1, KBRR Thief River Falls-Grand Forks Channel 10.1, KJRR Jamestown Channel 7.1, KNRR Pembina Channel 12.1, AND at 10:00 am Central (9:00 am Mountain) on the following WDAY & affiliate Xtra Channels: WDAY Xtra Channel 6.3 Fargo-Moorhead, WDAZ Xtra Channel 8.3 Grand Forks, KBMY Xtra Channel 17.3 Bismarck/Dickinson, and KMCY Xtra Channel 14.3 Minot/Williston – as well as the cable and satellite systems carrying these stations. (For a list of cable & satellite stations and their channel assignments in your area, please contact your church office.) MSLN programs are also archived and can be viewed at any time on www.mainstreetliving.com then click on “North (Fargo)”.

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Almost overnight, COVID-19 has radically changed life as we know it . . . across the nation, worldwide, and now, here at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch.

But one thing hasn’t changed:  the need for a very special place where vulnerable children can find healing, hope, and shelter from the storms of life.

First, please know we’re praying that you and your loved ones are safe.  Our kids know that you make their treatment and education possible.  They’re truly grateful.

Most important for you to know is that we’ve had to temporarily close our Ranch Thrift Stores, and we don’t know when they will reopen. These stores provide us with up to $1 million in funding for our children each year.  We don’t know how we will recoup that.

We, like you and everyone else, are taking it one day at a time.  Our first priority, of course, is the safety and well-being of our awesome children.  We’re also concerned about protecting our hardworking staff.

Thankfully, we’re continuing to provide services.  Our campuses are open, school is in session (thanks to a special exemption by the Governor), and our children are receiving the care they need.  Still, the changes in their routine only add to the anxiety they live with every day. 

Just imagine you’re a child who has experienced great trauma, failure in the classroom, even mental illness. With little control over what happened in the past, you now have to face something called a “global pandemic.” 

They’re scared — for themselves, but also for those they love.  Many have asked our spiritual life team to pray for their families. The unknown just further fuels their fears;  It’s heart-wrenching to see them go through this.

Our job is to provide the best care possible; we will do that. Our job is to provide the best care possible; we will do that, no matter what. But we need you to stand with us now more than ever.

I realize you have your own financial hurdles.  If money is tight, I ask only that you pray for us.  But if you have the resources to help close the gap caused by the Thrift Store closings, your help would be such a blessing.  I hope you’ll make a special gift, above and beyond your already generous support.

Your partnership will help ensure health, safety, and ongoing treatment for the kids you care so much about during this very difficult time.

Whatever you decide to do, the most important thing you can do is pray for our children, for our team of caring professionals, and for an end to this pandemic.   We are praying for you.

In His Love, Joy Ryan, President/CEO – Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Donate online at DakotaRanch.org/Donate or mail your donation to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, P.O. Box 5007, Minot, ND 58703.

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Main Street Living Media Ministry – April 2020

YOU AND I HAVE the most crucial message in the world! That message is that our Creator God loves us so much that He left the splendor of heaven to come down to earth and redeem His fallen creation, including each person reading this article, and every person watching any an episode of MAIN STREET LIVING! This He did through the life, suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus, God the Son – the benefits of which are received freely by grace through faith! May we always take this to heart and share it – and especially during this special season of Lent!

Please continue to share information about our LCMS Main Street Living media ministry with others. In addition to being broadcast each Sunday morning, you can view all archived programs anytime at www.mainstreetliving.com/north 

Thank you for your much-needed financial support! Checks may be sent to “Main Street Living NORTH,” 821-5th Ave S, Fargo, ND 58103, or donate by Credit Card or your PayPal account on the website. God’s blessing in Christ!

“Main Street Living North” Programs for April 2020:

Apr 5: Special Palm Sunday Program:  The documentary “The Holy Land-The Eternal Rock Tour” is a one-hour tour of the Holy Land. It will air for the entire hour, replacing both the regular MSLN worship service and the This is the Life program.  

Apr 12: Rev. R. Dale Meyer, President of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, will present the Easter Sunday message. The Lutheran Hour Ministries animated program “Easter Is” will replace the regular This Is The Life program today.

Apr 19: Rev. Clark Jahnke, St. Andrew Lutheran Church, West Fargo, ND, presents the message: “Recognizing Jesus,” based on Luke 24:13-35. The Lutheran Hour Ministries animated program, “3 Days,” will replace the regular “This Is The Life” program today.

Apr 26: Rev. Kirk Lee, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Parkers Prairie, MN, presents the message: “That You May Believe,” based on John 20:19-31. The “This Is The Life” program is: “Miracle in Chinatown.”                         

“MAIN STREET LIVING” is a locally-produced TV program that includes a 30-minute worship service led by participating pastors of the Minnesota North and North Dakota Districts of our LCMS, along with a 30-minute Lutheran Hour program (usually This Is The Life, along with occasional church-season specials).  Programs are broadcast at 9:00 am Central time on the following FOX stations: KVRR Fargo-Moorhead Channel 15.1, KBRR Thief River Falls-Grand Forks Channel 10.1, KJRR Jamestown Channel 7.1, KNRR Pembina Channel 12.1, AND at 10:00 am Central (9:00 am Mountain) on the following WDAY & affiliate Xtra Channels: WDAY Xtra Channel 6.3 Fargo-Moorhead, WDAZ Xtra Channel 8.3 Grand Forks, KBMY Xtra Channel 17.3 Bismarck/Dickinson, and KMCY Xtra Channel 14.3 Minot/Williston – as well as the cable and satellite systems carrying these stations. (For a list of cable & satellite stations and their channel assignments in your area, please contact your church office.) MSLN programs are also archived and can be viewed at any time on www.mainstreetliving.com then click on “North (Fargo).”

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Main Street Living Media Ministry – March 2020 Update

AS I WRITE this article on February 10th, the Coronavirus epidemic continues to capture the headlines, the recent wide fires in Australia are still somewhat fresh in our minds, and the nightly news is a constant reminder that we are indeed living in a fallen, broken world. In the last two weeks, I’ve attended the funerals of two younger friends who have been struggling with health problems for years. And on March 5th, I too will be undergoing surgery for prostate cancer, for which your prayers will be greatly appreciated. Indeed, as we read in Romans 8:22: “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” I Corinthians 15:57  (-Ken Koehler, Volunteer Coordinator for Main Street Living North)

Special programming for the Easter Season begins on Palm Sunday, April 5.  Palm Sunday will be a one hour tour of the Holy Land.  The documentary “The Holy Land-The Eternal Rock Tour” will air for the entire hour replacing the This is the Life segment and the local worship service.  The documentary shows the locations where many Biblical events occurred.  Easter Sunday, Rev. Dr. Dale Meyer will deliver a special Easter message. Rev. Meyer is President of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.  Mark your calendars for these two special services.  If you are attending services at the time the program airs, you can see these presentations on the website, www.mainstreetliving.com, until Friday of the week following the broadcast.

“Main Street Living North” Programs for March 2020:

March 1: Rev. Adam Harvala, St. Andrew Lutheran Church, West Fargo, ND, presents the message: “Sweet Merciful Relief,” based on Psalm 32:1-7. “This Is The Life” program is: “Man Adrift,” a Fisher Family episode that discusses the relationship of faith and works.

March 8: Rev. Jacob Wagner, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Vergas, MN, presents the message: “Change?!?!?!,” based on Gen. 12:1-9, Rom. 4:1-8, 13-17, John 3:1-17. “This Is The Life” program: “Time Out for Bill.” What is proper when Christians face adversity?

March 15: Rev. Robin Fish Sr., Immanuel Lutheran Church of Bartlett Township (Verndale), MN, presents the message: “True Blessedness,” based on Luke 11:14-28. “This Is The Life” program is: “A Gift for Grandpa.” Freddie goes to great lengths to get a gift for Grandpa Fisher and learns valuable lessons along the way.

March 22: Rev. Steve Schulz, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND, presents the message: “Blinded by the Light,” based on John 9:1-14. “This Is The Life” program: “Boy on the Fence.” Young Tom is faced with a dilemma as he chooses new friends when his family moves to the city.

March 29: Rev. Kevin Mann, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Henning, MN, presents the message: “Life from Death,” based on John 11:1-53. “This Is The Life” program: “The Sin of Roy Baxter” deals with a man who is overcome with guilt, after making a decision that goes terribly bad.

“MAIN STREET LIVING” is a locally-produced TV program that includes a 30-minute worship service led by participating pastors of the Minnesota North and North Dakota Districts of our LCMS, along with a 30-minute Lutheran Hour program (normally “This Is The Life,” along with occasional church-season specials). MSLN programs are also archived and can be viewed at any time on www.mainstreetliving.com then click on “North (Fargo)”.

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Mercy in Action – February 29, 2020

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Disaster Response in Rural and Small-Town Areas

Greetings! My name is Pastor Jim Daub, and I serve St. Paul Lutheran Church in Havelock, North Carolina. I have had the joy of being the pastor here for almost 18 years. On Sept. 13, 2018, our city was hit with the major brunt of Hurricane Florence. It was absolutely amazing to see the power that is in a hurricane. We sustained almost 36 hours of downpouring rain, and steady wind speeds of about 50–60 miles per hour, with gusts upwards of 100 miles per hour. Our community has about 20,000 residents, and a major air station for the United States Marine Corps. However, we are the only LCMS church within an hour in either direction. 

We truly became an island unto ourselves. Many of the roads were either washed out, flooded, or had power lines and trees across them. It was a great challenge for people to get basic necessities, as well as items to help clean and muck out their homes. Many people did not think to have these supplies on hand because Hurricane Florence had been downgraded from a Category 5 storm to a Category 1. The problem for many was that they did not heed the warning and became complacent in the days leading up to the storm. That complacency ended up hurting many people.

We were very blessed to become an unofficial distribution center for supplies for our community at that time. It began with a load of 1/3 of the supplies from an Orphan Gran Train truck that was being loaded in St. Louis while we were in the midst of the storm. In addition to distributing the supplies from Orphan Grain Trian, I had the opportunity to work very closely with a county commissioner who called me each day to say what items he had available and to see how much of it our church family would be willing to accept to hand out to others. We didn’t have major resources to begin with, being such a small parish, but the Lord was able to use us in a very mighty way.

I look forward to the opportunity to share with you more of my experiences of being in the parsonage during the storm, how we were able to share the love of Jesus with others, and what things we learned to do and not to do in the event of another storm that might hit our coastal area. I invite you to join the webinar live on Feb. 13, or listen to the archived recording.

Contributed by Rev. Jim Daub, pastor, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Havelock, N.C.

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