First Baptist Church of Clanton, AL
Operation Safety 91 is in Clanton, AL for several days making presentations beginning tonight with the First Baptist Church of Clanton. If you remember, Last July, we were here for the U.S. Corps of Chaplains National Convention, at which time we met a young 15 year old named Mason, who worked at a restaurant where we ate. Seeing the OS91 logo on our shirts, Mason asked us about it and this meeting led to our partnership with this very unusual student. We hope you will take a moment and revisit this inspiring story posted in July: http://operationsafety91.blogspot.com/2011/11/what-one-youth-can-do-this-story-is.html
Brother Josh and Youth ChoirIt didn't end there and we are now back here in Clanton where we had the honor of being welcomed into Mason's Church, First Baptist of Clanton, http://www.clantonfirstbaptist.org/ where Ed preached at the Service and introduced the congregation to Operation Safety 91. We were warmly welcomed by Brother Josh, Youth Ministry Leader, who plays guitar with the Youth Choir during the Service.
Mason introduces Ed and brings him up to speak
After a beautiful time of worship led by the Youth, Mason did a wonderful job of introducing Ed, sharing with the Congregation how we met last July, and then brought him up to speak.
Ed talking about the Psalm 91 card for RespondersSharing a bit of our history, Ed introduced the Congregation to Operation Safety 91 and its mission to honor and protect America's Protectors and then preached on Romans 13: 4-7, where Responders, particularly Police and Military, are called "Ministers of God" three times. Ed urged the people to thank Responders for their service, for they risk they assume to protect, rescue and defend us. Ed and Mary both shared some testimonies of the miraculous protection of Psalm 91 and Mary led the Congregation praying Psalm 91 from the card they each received.
Mason and his mom and brotherWe finally had to joy to meet Mason's mother and younger brother, who attended the service.
Youth Pastor, Brother Josh and his wife, Christy with Ed
Mason and Ed
Mary and Mason
Stay tuned for more tomorrow as we visit Mason's school: Chilton County High School and do a presentation there at a school Assembly. "What One Youth Can Do" will have several more posts!