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GOD' WORK AT GROUND ZERO 2001/2002

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October 15, 2001 

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From the Rubble Rises Hope

With The backdrop of mass destruction and death. Our Mission to NYC to minister to victims of WTC with Billy Graham Prayer Center was exceedingly and abundantly fruitful beyond what we asked.

Countless s were comforted many were prayed for, numerous were encouraged and lives were transformed forever, mine included. Although the enemy meant it for evil God in Christ will make it good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose.. The hope is that seeds have been planted with all that we have made contact with that they come to know Peace with God through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. I had significant time with 25 people during my time in NY , none of which rejected my offer to pray for thema few I have had subsequent contact with since then and relationships have started. Gods power through Christ did supernatural work through me each day I went out to minister. With his agenda in mind and not my own here are some of the miracles that the Lord accomplished with the meetings that I am confident was pre-ordained for us.

*** AS AN ADDED BLESSING I RECEIVED A NITE YESTERDAY FROM A SPANISH LADY WHI I WITNESSED TO ON THE SHUTTLE WHEN I ARRIVED IN NY 10/15. SHE WAS READING A SMALL CATHOLIC BIBLE IN SPANISH.I ASKED IF SHE UNDERSTOOD WHAT SHE WAS READING SHE SAID NOT REALLY. I TOLD HER I WAS RAISED CATHOLIC BUT GOD HAD SHOWN ME THE TRUE WAY OF HIS PLAN OF SALVATION THAT LEFT ME ASSURED OF ETERNAL LIFE. I TLOD HER I WOULD SEND HER A BIBLE OF THE WORD OF GOD WHEN I GOT BACK.

YESTERDAY I RECEIVED A CARD THAT SAID " THANK YOU FOR THE BIBLE IT IS THE MOST WONDERFUL GIFT I HAVE RECEIVED FROM ANYONE IN USTHANK YOU FOR HELPING ME FIND JESUS!!!!!

To God be the glory..Its so wonderful to be used by him to be acceptable in his sight and to be a part of his plan..I cant BUT GOD can.

LORD WILLING I WILL BE RETURNING TO NEW YORK MAY 13, 2002 WITH A TEAM FROM OUR CHURCH TO AGAIN MINISTER ANYONE THAT THE LORD CALLS CONTACT ME..ONLY REQUIREMENT OR SPIRTUAL GIFT IS THAT YOU LOVE THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND SOUL AND LOVE YOUR NEIGHBORS AS YOURSELF..HE WILL EQUIP THE CALLED FOR ALL.

Miracle #1

Each day I was there the power of God worked through me to accomplish mountaintop spiritual experiencesTuesday it was providing a need that Rick Camacho Street Ministry Director had..A donor who wanted to contribute 5% of every contracting job he did to a victim of the bombingI called the VP HR Marriott Hotels who I have done business with in my International hotel search firm..and she was dumbfounded..she just got off the phone with benefits and much to her horror the Director Of Service the Marriott WTC which collapsed and he died had two young children and NO LIFE INSURANCE..God provided..The Joseph Kellar Foundation was created with our donor..Out of the Ruins Hope. I was thrilled God used me.

Miracle #2

Wednesday I was assigned with my team to the Job Fair at Madison Sq Garden where 20000 New Yorkers who were displaced when the WTC collapsed were standing online for jobs for 2000 jobs. The 5 of us were placed at various parts of the huge line to offer solace comfort and listen..the only ID we had was a badge that said" Need to Talk" Need Prayer Call Billy Graham Prayer Center."

I was positioned next to a side entrance and watched the attendant let vehicles in and out he was winsome always was able to calm people down. I approached Scotty and said "These people are getting upset I think I can help get some of them positions in Hotels I recruit for in NY but I cant do it hereHe pointed to the Next gate guarded by NYPD and I was to tell him that I was going to box office gathered up the rest of the team got to the barrier when an Official of the Job Exp. (a young lady ..**** see update) came out to announce they were closing down the exp.next to the officer I said to her I might be able to do these people some good since I was a Recruiter in Hotel Industry and one of my clients may be insidewithout hesitation she told the officer to let my group in that I was with her " She said "Follow me"..she had not asked for any ID and I didnt have any official ID we went through at least 4 armed barricades with her saying they

are with me and they we were standing right in the middle of the Garden ..she said it was too congested to get to the floor so If I wanted my crew could go up and down the lines asking if any of the folks had hotel experience.. With BG Badges on I called out to the line when I mid aged business executive called me over and said I dont have Hotel experience but would you pray for me? In front of a 1000 exec Saul Berkowitz weeping like a baby clung to my arm as I prayed for him right then and there..that healing would come to his mother..that the Lord would open doors for a job and that Saul would come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as his Lord. This meeting was not by chance it was ordained and predestined by God that both of us would be there.

We collected over 100 resume that day which are now being worked on in my office. All of these people would be placed at no fee to my clientsthis mission was my gift to God for all he had done for me.

***** Update Today I received an email from this young lady..further affirmation from God that he pre-ordained each meeting I had. She is a Christianand told me to continue to go with Christ In the World.

Miracle#3 Thursday

It was rush hour in the commercial are of Lower Manhattan a few blocks from Ground Zero..people were everywhere I was waiting for the rest of my team after ministering at Chambers and Greenwich. I looked up and this guy in front of me about 3 people deep away was staring at me..his Yankee Hat was crooked and he looked odd. He came over to me stared at my card stuck out his hand and said Your with Billy Graham thanks for being here its a wonderful organization..He said his name was Phil so we laughed at the coincidence..he said he understood that the ministry teams were from Calvary Chapel from throughout the country. I said no that I wasnt from Calvary and was with a Church in Corona Ca named Evangelical Free Church for 15 years. He became ashen faced pulled out his card and gave it to me. Rev Phil Alessi District Director EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH OF AMERICA..he was on his way to a church planting conference and "got lust" . We prayed and on the basis of God ordaining our meeting he recommended to the conference that a church be planted in lower Manhattan near WTC; I had told him I have never seen people so open to the attributes of God.

That night in ministering to Police..first officer I met in the Lower Bowels of WTC about 2 blocks from Ground Zero..said his name was Ron Cherry and I asked where he was from..he said a little town ON LI I probably never heard of called Medford.

I was stunned I grew up in Medford a town of about 2000 on the Eastern Tip of LI. Knowing that there are 40,000 PD in NY and I was in thel bowels of ground zero near the Hudson River at midnught this truly had to be an act of God there is no other way to explain this coincidence.

Miracle 4

Was to meet my team at ground zero at 6pm ..did know subways at all got off at the wrong stop and then took a wrong turn. First officer I came to I said evening officer I am lost..Young Good Looking Guy Big smile said I really appreciate your group at Billy Graham being here you are a big encouragement..Thank God!

I was dumbfounded and asked him if he was Christian..he said yes for 11 years..Off Justin Garcia..I spent the next two hours with him bought him dinner and he told me how to get other officers to open up to me because they needed to. They take courses on Public Communication and how to stay impersonal so you need to take them out of uniform as quickly as possible. Ask them for specific prayer requests and dont ;leave till you get them. For the next 3 hours I ministered to 7 Officers received personal and intimate details of their lives and was able to pray with two of them one having lost 7 fellow patrolman in the disaster who were friends..was weeping along with me. I was later told that for me to get personal information from Officers without them knowing who you were or with official ID had to be an act of God..they needed comfort God predestined it was me.

Miracle#5

When people would ask me at deployment meetings where were the other s from my church I would tell them they were praying. Our Mission to New York had three components: 1. Was the teaching of the Word of God by our Pastor Hegg that prepared me theologically. 2. My stepping out on Faith "Getting out of the Boat" and 3. The Fervent Prayer of our Congregation which is an important component of our worship and I felt that strength.

I am 53 years old had a gallbladder attack on Monday and have circulatory problems in my legs and feet. The miracle is for 6 Days 10-12 Hours A day I would walk anywhere from 5-10 miles every day in ministeringDuring that time I did not have one ounce of soreness swelling or discomfort..I attribute this miracle to the power and faithfulness of my church praying for my physical well being. Each night I would return home and find an encouraging email from one of them. They are authentic they are faithful they Love the Lord and I am part of their family.

 

After my mountaintop experience Fri night with the NYPD..I knew my work was finished for now. I have been in touch with a few of the officers via emails and the Lord has impressed upon me to return in the Spring with a team. Please continue to pray that revival continue and that the Billy Graham Center be equipped with volunteers that will be an instrument of healing.

**** UPDATE THE SPIRIT OF GOD MOVED IN 4 HEARTS IN OUR CHURCH SERVICE AND THEY WANT TO GO TO NY IN THE SPRING. Great is thy faithfulness oh Lord all mighty!

 

I shared with my Bible Study Group about 5 other miracles that God had engineered through other team members, multiply that times 30 and you can see the wondrous loving hand of God orchestrating these events to bring comfort and healing and hope out of these ruins. I was blessed to be a part of it.

 

Because of HIM,

Phil Presley

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SEPTEMBER 15, 2003....2 Year Anniversary
 
 
 
 
From Michael Glassey, Team Mission NY 2002
 
 
 
WELL,IM HOME !!!! Just a little note to thank you  for all the prayers and thoughts . what an action packed,blessed time it was at ground zero ,and all through new york as we visited and prayed with many of the fire fighters,FDNY, who had lost men.we prayed with many of the NYPD. god had opened so many awesome doors. the first person i met at ground zero was the man,the construction worker who found the "cross"we spent some time together,prayed together,and a friendship was formed..was able to stand and pray with people at ground zero when the 2 beams of light were lit. that was very moving,to be right there,as they were lit.  many many stories and friendships were formed . this trip was very powerful.kinda different  then the first trip. was able to be more "one on one" with people who after 2 years still searching for peace. . thank you all so much for the prayers,and please keep praying for people of new york.they need us ,and they are open to hear about hope,and the love of jesus...

                           michael

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