J. Gordon Duncan

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Recap of the Garner Citizens for Haiti Event

Garner Citizens for Haiti began with a nearly empty Garner Historic Auditorium and the sound of a whipping rain storm in 34 degree weather outside.  For all the effort, planning, practicing, and coordination, it seemed that the event was going to be all hype and no substance.  However, by the time the welcomes were over and the second song was sung, the auditorium filled out nicely.

For a town that is undergoing its own recovery (ConAgra) while fending off further losses (www.savegarnerlibrary.com), the citizens of Garner showed that they can significantly love and serve others who are in need.

After being greeted by Mayor Ronnie Williams, Councilman Ken Marshburn, and Police Chief Brandon Zuidema, the Sovereign King music team led the crowd of over 100 in singing “Everlasting God” and “I Stand Amazed” – both songs calling people to the great hope in an eternal and gracious God.  Then Garner was challenged to understand the need in Haiti.

Stan Wiebe (www.heartsandhandsforhaiti.org) gave a heart breaking account of his on the ground experience when the earthquake occurred.  Rev. Erilus St. Sauveur (http://www.solidrockfirsthaitian.org/) challenged the crowd to consider traveling to Haiti to offer 1st person care and mercy.  Rev. Chuck Killian (www.garnerumc.org) passionately prayed for real, active, and swift relief for the people of Haiti.

Following two more songs by the SK Music Team (“Still” and “How Great is Our God”), I was privileged to lead the crowd in 2 events:  praying and giving.  We had a moment of silent reflection and the lighting of candles to signify the Light of the World, Jesus Christ, entrusting His children with the task of being lights in the world.  The moments of silent reflection and prayer were powerful.  Following this time, we took up an offering to the American Red Cross while watching a powerful video from the folks at www.churcheshelpingchurches.com.

In total, over $1,600 was raised for Haiti relief, but I think even more was accomplished last week.  I think the Town of Garner took another step towards realizing just how much impact they can have in their community and the world.  I and Sovereign King Church were glad to be along for the ride.  Look for an updated page at www.garnercitizensforhaiti.com in the next few days so Garner can continue to contribute to the needs of the people of Haiti.

February 9, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment