Yesterday, Jimmy Draper and his entourage surveyed the Hurricane Katrina damage along the gulf coast of Mississippi. Dr. Draper serves as president of Lifeway Christian Resources, the publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. He stopped by our church and I had the pleasure of sharing with him a little of what God has done through Lakeshore Baptist Church over the 11 years I’ve been pastor and what we feel God will continue to do in the wake of this devastating storm. Dr. Draper wanted us to know that Lifeway pledges a strong commitment to help us rebuild and continue working for the cause of Christ.
I pointed out the strewn remains of our buildings as we stood on the cement slab. I showed him the mud splattered pulpit we drug out of the woods. I was humbled to have Dr. Draper wrap his arm around me as we stood in the shadow of a cross constructed out of the floor beams of our demolished building and have him pray for me and God’s continued ministry in Lakeshore.
We have been blessed by Lifeway over the years, especially through Sunday School and Vacation Bible School material. Lifeway also sells pews, pre-fabricated baptisteries, and other furnishings. They will provide a wonderful resource as we rebuild our buildings to minister and proclaim the gospel of God’s sovereign grace to even more people than before.