Posts tagged ‘thank you’

September 11, 2012

Never Forget

by pastortimfowler

Honoring Victims of 9/11

THANK YOU!!! This goes out to all who serve the public. Military, police, firefighters, medical first responders and anyone else who puts their own well-being on the back burner in times of others needs. This has been happening for years, well before the attacks on 9-11, 11 years ago. People have been serving the public and sacrificing long before this happened and sadly, it took a tragedy like this to have our eyes opened to these daily heroes.
I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news of the first plane that crashed into the World Trade Center building. I was backing out of my driveway when the radio broke the news that an unknown explosion had taken place in NYC and that early reports from witnesses said it was a plane that had crashed into the building. I immediately pulled back into my drive and went in to watch the news, only to turn on the TV in time to see the second plane crash into the second building. It was then that everyone realized that this was not a terrible accident, but was probably something deliberate. As I watched in horror, the third and forth planes crashed and even more lives were lost and I began to pray for my wife who was in Charlotte. I did not know if this was something that was going to happen all across the country or was confined to a region. All I knew is that my wife was in a city with tall buildings and I was scared.
The news continued and I saw the first tower fall. Something inside of me knew that thousands of people were now dead. I began to pray and to cry and as I did, it was not long before the second tower fell and the pain inside grew worse. My only comfort was that I had heard from my wife and that she was okay. But meanwhile, I could only think of those who had died and those who were going to mourn for their loss.
Prior to the towers collapse, I saw footage of police and firefighters and EMS workers running into the burning buildings. I was overwhelmed with pride for their heroic actions. I thought about how many times they must have done that and how many times the lives of those in peril were saved because of their actions. This time, although there were some who made it out and the heroics were not for nothing, many never made out, including those who were going in to rescue the perishing.
Since that tragic day, as often as I can, I say thanks to everyone who serves the public as a first responder or military. If I have the money, I buy their lunch. If I have the time I tell them how much I appreciate everything they do on a daily basis and I shake their hands. I pray for their safety as often I they come to mind in my daily prayer time. I still weep when I hear of one of them loosing their life while trying to save someone else. I get really angry when I hear people who unfairly criticize police, firefighters and EMS as well as the military. Like in every other walk of life, there are those who don’t deserve the honor of the job because of abuse or corruption, but over all, those who work in these jobs are amazing people who deserve nothing but praise and prayers.
So again I say thanks to all who serve in the unselfish and sacrificial ways as public servants and military. Your sacrifices are known by many and appreciated and never forgotten. I pray for your safety and your families and for God’s grace on your lives. 9-11 is a constant reminder of the fact that there is evil in the world, but it is an even greater reminder that Christ’s words are forever true. Matthew 23:11-12
11 The person who is greatest among you will be your servant.
12 Whoever honors himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be honored.

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April 23, 2012

Cuba Update

by pastortimfowler

 

We just got our flight information for our mission trip to Cuba in June. We will be flying out of Miami to Havana and back. This leaves me trying to decide on should I drive or fly to Miami. But at least I know the trip is starting to become more real. I wish that there was a way to express how excited I am to get to go back to Cuba. It is a wonderful place to visit and do ministry.
Since my last blog about this, I have been raising money for the trip. I am trying to raise $2000 and have reached a little over the half way mark. Now that I have to include a trip to Miami in there I am thinking that $2000 is going to cut it close, but I know that money will not hinder me from going. So many people have reached out with donations and helped with fundraisers that I have been blown away by their support. We have already had one car wash and plan on another in a few weeks. My church has been the best at helping to coordinate and work these fundraisers and I am very thankful to them. My associate pastor was also accepted to go on this trip after my last blog so we are splitting the funds from car-washes and the sort. Many of you who read my blogs have given and I am grateful there too.
About 8 years ago I was able to go to Cuba with a friend of mine who has recently died. He loved the Cuban people and went there often leading mission trips. My wife went the year before I did with a group that he led and then the next year I had to go. We both quickly found out why he loved going there. To this day we stay in touch via Facebook with some of the people that we met. I don’t know if I will get to see any of them this time, but I sure hope so. I do believe that I will meet others to whom I will form a bond with and hopefully stay in touch. I can’t wait for my associate pastor to be blown away by this experience. He has a wonderful heart for people and I know he will feel a special tug at his heart for the Cuban people and church.
There is always the element of the unknown when you take a trip like this that leaves you with a bit of anxiety. It is not fear and nothing that I am worried about. My last trip was a blast but did provide several times of wondering how things would work out. My main piece of luggage never made it to Cuba. I spent a week with what I carried on the plane. Luckily, I was smart enough to pack most of what I needed in my carry on. Then we had hiccups with our visas and our flight out of Cuba. Probably the worst part was in Nassau, when we got there at 1am and the airport was closed and we had to find a hotel to stay the night, then find a flight home the next day. But it all worked out to where now it is a great story to tell on this trip down there.
Thanks for the prayers and thanks for the donations. You can still give via our church website, www.thebodylive.com, note Pastor Tim, Cuba trip. I look forward to telling some great stories when I get back and will try to continue to give updates as or if needed before we go.