Join Kristy Graham On the Ground
with Samaritan's Purse
Kristy Graham, host of On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse podcast, started out early in the morning from Samaritan’s Purse International Headquarters in the mountains of North Carolina. She met up with a team loading relief supplies onto the Samaritan’s Purse DC-8 cargo plane in Greensboro, North Carolina.
After loading the plane, Kristy, along with other medical staff and disaster responders, headed out to the disaster zone in the Bahamas. While on the plane, she talked to Ken Isaacs, who serves as the vice president of programs and government relations for Samaritan’s Purse, about the disaster experiences he has witnessed.
They landed in Nassau, then jumped on the Samaritan’s Purse helicopter to fly to Freeport, Grand Bahama, where the organization set up an Emergency Field Hospital. Kristy was greeted by Dr. Elliott Tenpenny, who serves as the medical director for the Emergency Field Hospital in the Bahamas. She spoke with him about how Hurricane Dorian has affected the country, and he gave her a tour of the tent facility. Certified as a Tier 2 facility, it is equipped with surgeons, physicians, nurses, pharmaceutical staff, and biotech engineers to provide outstanding medical care.
While at the hospital, Kelly Suter, a clinical manager for Samaritan’s Purse, shared how everyone serving is all hands-on deck. To each of them, dedication looks like 18-hour days, working around the clock to set up the Emergency Field Hospital, and eating Meals Ready to Eat (MREs). They are devoted to bringing relief to victims of the Category 5 hurricane.
Kristy had the opportunity to speak with two people who received critical medical care at the Emergency Field Hospital. Troy, a man who helped rescue over 100 people from the flood waters, came in to receive treatment for a badly infected cut on his arm. He even helped his neighbor, who was paralyzed from the waist down, out of the disaster. Dwane, whose son had his appendix removed in surgery, told Kristy the story of how his son’s life was saved. His son felt unbearable pain in his side, and surgeons in the Emergency Field Hospital performed the emergency appendectomy surgery in less than two hours.
Barb Rash, a long-time Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) member, explained to Kristy how God has allowed her the opportunity to serve in many countries, including the Bahamas, Ecuador, and Iraq. She felt God has been preparing her throughout her whole life to serve.
The DART was joined by chaplains from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to help patients and their families with emotional and spiritual care. Kevin, one of the chaplains, shared about their ministry inside the tent hospital. He encouraged patients to talk about their trauma and to put their trust in God.
Kristy reluctantly pulled herself away from the Emergency Field Hospital and traveled to the organization’s base of operations on Marsh Harbour in the Abaco Islands. She was speechless as she witnessed the severity of the wreckage: communities reduced to piles of rubble; brick and concrete buildings completely demolished; and landscapes flattened.
The team on the ground worked tirelessly, unloading and organizing supplies to provide them to hurting families in the worst-affected areas in the Bahamas. Although the team never stopped moving, Kristy talked with Bev Kauffeldt, the DART leader in the country, who spoke only of the goodness of God and His provision. Bev has been with the organization for over 20 years but describes the differences of each disaster.
The work is far from over, but everyone can be a part of it by partnering with our team in prayer.
Storm-battered Bahamas and Carolinas
Hurricane Dorian unleashed a devastating blow to the Bahamas, lashing the islands for 40 straight hours with destructive winds, rain and storm surge. Will you urgently lift up the Bahamians in your prayers? The loss of life and damage to property is catastrophic.
Hurrican Dorian then threatened landfall in the Carolinas. On Wednesday, Sept. 4, a team of Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains deployed to the Bahamas, to comfort and pray with those who have suffered great loss. Many more chaplains are on standby across the southeastern US, read to go and serve at a moment's notice, wherever they are needed. God can use you to bring comfort and peace in Jesus' name as you pray.
Thank you for your urgent prayers on behalf of those in danger.
May God bless you, Franklin Graham, President & CEO, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
"Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast." Psalm 57:1
Praying to the God of Miracles
God is still a God of miracles, even in our modern day. It may not be the miracle of walking on water, but it might be the provision to meet a need, being healed, or an open door for kingdom work that is just as grand and glorious. Angelo Rajadurai, the new Massachusetts state coordinator, and his wife, Danita, have seen God do all three in different seasons in their lives. They are praying for continued favor from the Lord as they step into their new leadership position in their state.
After attending the National Day of Prayer and other prayer events in Rhode Island, God moved in both Angelo and Danita’s hearts. “I felt convicted, that every church should be involved—I was grieved in my heart that many churches didn’t have an event,” Danita said. The conviction of the Holy Spirit moved the Rajadurais into greater obedience as God opened their eyes to a need. In the past two years, the couple has functioned as local coordinators by planning events for the National Day of Prayer for local churches to gather together and pray. Their first year they saw roughly four churches participate and last year the Lord increased their number to eight!
Before Angelo came on board, the Massachusetts state coordinator position was vacant. The other leaders in the area, along with the National Area Leader, Mary Bruce, had been praying for God to raise up a new state coordinator. Just a few weeks after a specific prayer time for a new state leader God brought Angelo’s name to their attention. His new leadership is an answer to prayer, and an open door for more ministry in one of America’s first states! When Angelo heard about the opening, he approached his pastor about it and his pastor encouraged him to take the position - despite Angelo’s misgivings that he was inadequate for the role. He and Danita prayed about the decision, and felt God leading them to rise to the occasion and move through this newly opened door to help mobilize prayer in their state.
Even in the years leading up to their appointment, the Lord was preparing Angelo and paving the way the for him to serve in this ministry position. Three years ago, Angelo went through a season of sickness, where the Lord led he and Danita to devote themselves to prayer and the scriptures in Psalm 119 about praising the Lord in all the days of life. Even as he grew weaker, Angelo proclaimed God’s glory over his life. Six months into their journey in prayer, Angelo fell into a coma while on a business trip in San Francisco. Danita and their eldest son flew from their home outside of Boston all the way to California to be at Angelo’s bedside. While she could have been terrified and distraught, as any wife would understandably be with her husband and breadwinner on the brink of death, Danita was at peace. She shared that she had no fear, no doubts, nothing, because she had saturated her soul with prayer for the past six months. The Lord told Danita that Angelo would not die, and she believed His promise. “The consolation Danita had was the consolation of the power of God, even though doctors had been saying I might not wake up,” Angelo said. By the grace of God, Angelo survived the ordeal, and he remembers Jesus visiting him every night he was in the coma. God is still active in healing both our minds and our bodies! It was not time for the Lord to call Angelo home, because God still had plans to use him on this side of heaven.
The Rajadurais are also familiar with God’s voice of direction. When they were preparing to buy a new house the timing seemed wrong, and all their peers were counseling them not to buy. However, God had different plans. “God said so clearly, ‘This is the house, this is how much you pay’—everything we heard from God,” Angelo said. “Even for physical things, God has clearly led us through prayer.” At the beginning of the year, Danita felt that her prayer life was lacking in some way, so she began asking God to give her a spirit of intercession. At a women’s retreat, she was spending time in prayer and felt the Lord saying “You’ve asked me to give a spirit of intercession, and I will pour it out on you, and My spirit will be made perfect in you, in your weakness.” Since that outpouring of the Holy Spirit, Danita has seen her prayer life grow and deepen, and still hungers for more of the Lord and even greater prayers.
The Rajadurais are a couple united in prayer, journeying alongside each other as they both walk with Christ. They know how to serve together and separately. They have both felt God’s voice calling them to serve the body of Christ through mobilizing prayer, and NDP was the perfect opportunity for the couple to grow their obedience to the Great Commission.
“Massachusetts is where everything in U.S. started, with freedom of religion and liberties. They trusted God with everything, and God is calling us back to do that,” Angelo said.
The Lord has given Angelo a vision to see every church meeting with other churches to pray for their communities in addition to churches gathering on the annual National Day of Prayer. He has already seen positive responses over the past two years contacting churches from all denominations to pray and is expectant of the unity God will bring to Massachusetts in the coming years. “It was amazing to go and find people who are so happy to come and pray. Our job is to bring these people together and pray as a group,” Angelo said. “When you bring a lot of little flames together, it becomes a big fire.” Pray for Angelo and Danita Rajadurai as they submit themselves, their family and their ministry to the Lord -- and pray expectantly for God to ignite prayer and unity throughout the churches in their home state.
“And He said unto me, ‘My grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9
Finding Peace with God
For further information on finding peace with God, please refer to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website: https://billygraham.org
- God loves each one of us and He has a plan for our lives.
- Man is sinful and is seperated from God.
- God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins.
- Would you like to receive God's forgiveness?
"Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and ask for your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ is your Son. I believe that He died for my sins and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Saviour and follow Him as my Lord, from this day forward. Please guide my life and help me to do Your will."
I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Pray for Business/Workplace
I pray that you had a restful and refreshing Labor Day weekend. For many of us, this signals the end of summer; students are back in school, football is back as well as your favorite fall coffee. Labor Day historically marks the beginning of fair wages, working conditions, and hours being set into motion. You were not made to work seven days a week, you must take time to rest your body and brain. Moreover, God calls us to a Sabbath, six days of work and one day of rest.
Every day is a day of worship, and all we do is an act of worship when our motivation is directed to and through God. As a follower of Jesus, we essentially worship God when we work. Any time that you are using the abilities that God has given you and your focus is on being the person He created you to be, you worship. You worship when you view your workplace as an opportunity to live out His commands in the character that glorifies God. You worship with obedience when you refuse to compromise your Biblical values and give your best without needing constant credit or confirmation. You worship when you acknowledge people who, like you, are made in the image of God and see them through God’s heart with Kingdom value.
Jesus modeled the lifestyle that pleases and glorifies the Father. Every day, wherever Jesus went, He prayed, cared, and shared the Kingdom message with the people in His path. Whether on the shore, in a boat, walking through a town or sitting by a well, Jesus made people feel cared for, healed them, or met a need and then talked with them about God and His Kingdom. The places we live, work, learn and play are all places to live out our faith and to love people with the love of Jesus. A fruitful life is not about a salary, but about serving. It is your purpose, not a position; an inheritance in Christ, not the income.
This month I want to encourage you to add 'Business/Workplace' to your prayers. There are many faith-at-work resources, some of my favorite are the iwork4Him radio show and podcasts, Transformational Leadership with Ford Taylor, and Today God is First (TGIF) devotionals with Os Hillman. Check them out online for encouragement for your workday and prayer prompts throughout your day.
Your workday is filled with blessings if you go into work looking for them. No matter where you work, no matter what your title, God looks at your heart and is blessed by your attitude, affection, appreciation, and actions. Do everything unto the Lord!
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24
Serving Him with gladness, Kathy Branzell
About the National Day of Prayer
The National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of the United States of America, evidenced by the Continental Congress’ proclamation in 1775 setting aside a day of prayer. In 1952, Congress established an annual day of prayer and, in 1988, that law was amended, designating the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May.
To learn more about the National Day of Prayer visit www.NationalDayofPrayer.org.
Jesus calls us to prayer
Jesus prayed that His followers would be one as He and the Father are one. We are called to pray and act in unity. Jesus said His followers would be known by our love. He commanded us to “love one another.” We don’t just pray for America to love and be unified as “One Nation under God,” it begins with each of us living a lifestyle of love, obedience, and unity. One act does not equate to a habit or lifestyle, and one day of prayer cannot possibly demonstrate the awe-filled, loving and dependent relationship that we have with Jesus. We must pray and show love every day.
If you struggle to know how to pray for America each day, just begin with one prayer each day. You can pray over a news story, a leader, or one of the seven mountains each day. In case you are not familiar with the “Seven Mountains,” numerous ministries will add or combine them in various ways but NDP includes, Church, Business, Education, Family, Government, Military, and Arts, Entertainment and Media. We will be sharing how you can pray for each of these mountains in specific ways in upcoming articles but for now pick a person, need, or situation you are aware of and ask God to glorify Himself and move to bring His love and will to that person, place, or problem.
Thank you for praying for us and with us.
Kathy, President, National Day of Prayer Task Force