Hello to all,
First, thanks to everyone who had a hand in organizing and participating in Saturdays collection of supplies and funds for God's Pit Crew and the Oklahoma relief effort! This was a great tag-team effort by multiple folks from multiple agencies including the Galax Fire Department, Cornerstone Community Church, Consolidated Glass & Mirror and Walmart of Galax. Each agency had an important part to play as did each individual who volunteered on Saturday or behind the scenes. But ultimately, God gets ALL the glory! This event simply showcased Gods love through the hands and feet of a ton of volunteers as well as hundreds of caring citizens who donated one complete tractor/trailer full of goods and just short of $7000.00 in funds for the victims of the Oklahoma tornado tragedy!
Thanks to God's Pit Crew for allowing us to partner with them in assisting in a tangible way across the country. Each agency represented is accustomed to making a local impact in our community, but working with God's Pit Crew allows us to extend our reach.
Let me share with you a few stories of the day. The morning started a little cold and blustery, but we quickly warmed up with work when a lady pulled up with a full pickup truck load of bottled water donated by Asplund Tree Trimmers and Walmart of Wytheville. She left Wytheville at 7:00am to drop off the water. Shortly after, we had a church from Fries give a check for $500.00. A local business wrote a check for $300.00. Two individuals wrote large checks, one for $500.00 and one for $700.00! Amazing! One Sunday School Class had been saving money for some time and decided this was what they would use their money for. They brought a Ziploc bag with $82.92 in it raised by little kids with big hearts. Speaking of little kids, one brought in money they had been saving for the beach. Another young person got one of our 'needs sheets' we were handing out at the door and went inside Walmart. He returned with a buggie of needed items, then proceeded to open his wallet and give the rest of the money he had! Many many kids walked up and helped 'fill the fire boot' with piggy bank savings. Some people were not able to give as much as others, but their generosity was not outdone. I had several individuals walk up and say they just didn't have anything to give, but would give what they had. Then they handed me $1.00. We made sure we shared that God would bless that $1.00 in a mighty way! These are just a few of the stories of the day.
The purpose of the day was to bless the people of Oklahoma with help. Collectively as a nation, our hearts broke and every individual I know wanted to grab a sledgehammer and head to Plaza Towers Elementary. However, in the process of trying to bless those in Oklahoma, WE received the true blessings! WE were simply audience to the amazing Grace and Love of Jesus Christ! Firemen don't cry too often. Saturday was an exception.
Galax Fire Department
PO Box 147
Galax, VA 24333
Although I have heard so much about you through Brian Sumner, i have to admit you seemed a little too good to be true. What a pleasant surprise I had today. I don’t know of many companies where the employees mirror their company, their leadership and their ministry quite like God’s Pit Crew. When I finished with the Greene County efforts today and thought back over the past 24 hours, I’m literally overcome by emotions. Not only did you supply such a great need for Greene County, but your driver was nothing short of a miracle. He not only found us in the far reaches of the county, but moved from one location to another, only to have to move to yet a third location. Not one word other than “Let’s get this to the people in need”. THEN upon arriving at the Free Will Baptist Family Center, the new command post behind the guarded areas, the overseer, James Kilgore, was amazed that he could get the rig into that area. He said "it was amazing he could get in and they couldn’t get the ice truck back here.” Upon hearing that, the truck was unhooked and off he went to get the ice truck and brought it back! Over and Above is such an understatement but honestly I can’t think of words to describe God’s Pit Crew. I pray that our ministry shows the love of Christ as well as I saw Christ today.
Talking to Mr. Kilgore, he wanted me to let you know the Gatorade and Sobe was much appreciated. He said everyone was bringing water, but to have something with vitamins and minerals needed was a God send. He wanted me to thank you and all that was involved in the delivery. He said he could use a truckload of it. I wish I could have gotten more pictures but we were so busy loading trucks, carrying things to cars, helping people out, that time just passed by so quickly. There was another lady snapping pictures and she said she would send them to me so I will forward those as well.
THANK YOU....so inadequate...but know you have BLESSED a community today.
Director of Business Development
88.3fm Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol TN/VA
93.7fm Greeneville, TN
96.1fm Marion, VA
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From: Shawn Davis
Sent: Saturday, January 15, 2011 11:11 AM
Subject: Haiti is more important than Disney
I heard on Joy F.M. the project about building houses in Haiti late last night. (1/14/2011)
The Lord started burdening my heart for this project and the people of Haiti. I have a beautiful wife Rebecca and two precious little girls Savanna 8 and Sophia 3– there dream is to go to Disney world –Well I’ve finally saved a enough money to take them to Disney world and booked the trip for late March 2011.But the Lord has other plans for this money-and that is to give it to the people of Haiti- a group of people that can give me nothing in return-that’s God’s way of giving. I have not told my family as of yet- but I know that canceling the trip to Disney and giving to Haiti through Gods Pit Crew –(of whom I’ve never heard of until last night) is what the Lord would have me to do. I tried to call Joy fm office this morning which is Saturday the 15th could not reach any one – so I found you guys on the internet. If you could contact me back and let me know where to send the money (two-thousand dollars) since the dead line is past. Sorry I just heard last night
Pastor Shawn Davis
Laurel Hill Baptist Church