As a valued client of BMCFerrell, we have always believed in them, and been honored to represent this great ministry. But….when you go and roll your sleeves up in one of their events, like I did last month, you will be amazed at what God is doing through Steve and Catherine, and their wonderful staff and volunteers.
I was involved in the Ashe County Day of Blessing. Several hundred parents and children lined up for an admission ticket that entitled them to free games, hot dogs, shoes, clothing, and many other fun activities. I have never seen such smiles come on the faces of some of the children who live daily in oppression, poverty, and want.
I met a man and his wife who had two sons of their own, and were caring for a two year old daughter of a neighbor. The little girl was handicapped, and therefore, rejected by her mother. This dear couple was caring for her as if she was their own. However, they had no money, no car, no job, and were told by the utilities company’s their lights, water, and gas would be turned off within a week. These are the kind of people that Steven and Catherine minister to tirelessly. Their mission field is right here in the United States. The Appalachian Mountains are full of children and families like these.
After the beautiful day outside sharing the love of Jesus and the “goods” with people, we had a service in the community center.
There were songs, dramatic and dance presentations, and then Steven shared the Gospel of Hope with the standing room only audience. I would say at least one half of the people received Christ.
At the end of the service, Steven sat in a chair, and asked the children to line up to come up on the stage. One by one, I saw him look each child in the eyes, and tell them they were special, they were beautiful, and that God had a good plan for them. I wept as I saw Steven lay his hands on their heads, and bless each child. This took a long time.
As the people left, they formed a line with their cars and trucks, and drove through an “assembly line” of blessing.
Bags of groceries, toiletries, and various household items were loaded in each vehicle. Now, they didn’t just have a fun day, they had provisions for quite a while.
We have just got to get the message and story of Shelter Rock out, far and wide. Although they have expanded dramatically, they can’t keep up with the need, or with their vision to make a difference. Please go to Shelter Rock. Contact Steven and Catherine, get to know them, and be a part of something awesome that God is doing in the mountains of North Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee.