[1Jo 3:17-18 NKJV] 17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
Dear Church Body,
First off the entire team would like to thank you all for your prayers and tell you not to stop. Things here have been both intense and a blessing at the same time. We hit the ground running beginning on Saturday and have not stopped since. We have gutted houses, help to rebuild the Denham Springs Police station, and spoken and prayed with so many people along the way. Our team comes in every night totally blessed but extremely exhausted from a hard days work. Carol Kusunoki and Donna Pelletier have been meeting with some of the wives whose husbands were killed by the sniper on July 17th. They also spent about 8 hours with the wife of a sheriff’s deputy who was severely injured by the sniper. As a result of talking to her we retested part of our teams to go out and help them to finish demoing their home to prepare it for rebuilding. After being shot by the sniper almost one month later their home was flooded with more than four feet of water. Talk about adding insult to injury. We assured them of God’s love for them and then pitched in to demonstrate that love. Truly the ministry we have been called to here has been on of loving both in word and deed.
One last story:
We met a little boy named Evan today. He is four years old and his father, a Baton Rouge Police officer died a year ago of a massive heart attack. He was only 30 years old. We were at his house and looking at pictures of he and his dad. They looked so much alike that when we remarked at the resemblance little Evan showed us a picture of him and his dad and that same age. They looked identical. I asked Evan, “Is that your daddy?” To which he replied, “no, that’s my best friend.” His mom said, “Evan, that is your daddy,” to which he quietly replied, “no Mom, that’s my best friend.” As I sure you can understand, we have shed a lot of tears this week.
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Pastor Gary Kusunoki
Calvary Chapel of San Juan Capistrano
31612 El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Office Phone: +1(949)443-2572