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I was so thrilled that
the Lord opened the door to minister in New York December 16-24.
I had expected to work mainly at Mt. Sinai hospital and part time in
the evenings with the Billy Graham Prayer Center as a counselor.
When I called Chaplain Florence Sunday
Ministry in New
York December 2001
The following is
from Dr. David Hocking:
excerpt of newsletter (weekly)
Subject: 'WHAT HAPPENED ON SEPT. 11TH?'
Scripture: Isaiah 25:1-5, 8-9
1. The PREDICTIONS of possible terror attacks in our
country became a reality! Psalm 91
2. The PROMINENCE of the World Trade Center and its symbol of economic
achievement was destroyed in one day! Job 31:24-28 'If I have made gold my
hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence; If I rejoiced
because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had gotten much; If I beheld
the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness; and my heart hath
been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand: This also were
an iniquity to be punished by the Judge; for I should have denied the God that
3. The PENTAGON as a symbol of our military superiority revealed it is
vulnerable to attack! Psalm 20:7 'Some trust in chariots, and some in horses:
but we will remember the Name of the LORD our God.'
4. The PRIORITIES of government and media shifted immediately to the war on
terrorism! Romans 13:3-4
5. Our POLITICS were set aside temporarily in the interest of national unity!
Philippians 3:20 'For our conversation (politics) is in heaven: from whence also
we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.'
6. The PAIN of thousands became our national concern and burden! Job 2:12-13
'And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up
their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust
upon their heads toward heaven. So they sat down with him upon the ground seven
days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him; for they saw that his
grief was very great.'
7. The PLACE of our civil servants was elevated in our minds and hearts! Romans
13:6-7 'For this cause pay ye tribute also; For they are God's ministers,
attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues:
tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor
to whom honor.' Titus 3:1-2 'Put them in mind to be subject to principalities
and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, to speak evil
of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.'
8. Our PATRIOTISM was restored through this tragedy! Proverbs 14:34
'Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.'
9. The PLAN for Homeland Security was given immediate attention! I Thessalonians
5:3 'For when they shall say, Peace and safety, then sudden destruction
cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not
10. The PROBLEMS of our economy became more pronounced! Luke 12:15 'Take heed,
and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of
the things which he possesseth.' read also I Timothy 6:5-11
11. The PRAYERS of a nation were given importance once again! II Chronicles
7:14 'If my people, which are called by My Name, shall humble themselves, and
pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from
heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.' read also II
12. Our PERCEPTIONS of the Islamic religion and its agenda for the world became
our serious concern! Psalm 83:3-5 'They have taken crafty counsel against Thy
people, and consulted against Thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us
cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in
remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent; they are
confederate against Thee.'
13. The PEACE in the Middle East became more difficult and dangerous!
Ezekiel 13:10 'Because they have seduced My people, saying, Peace; and there was
no peace' v. 16 'the prophets of Israel which prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and
which see visions of peace for her, and there is no peace, saith the Lord God.'
14. The PRESSURE for world unity, cooperation, and control has increased
dramatically! Genesis 11:4-9; Revelation 13:4-9, 16-17
15. The PROLIFERATION of weapons of mass destruction has accelerated! II
Corinthians 10:4 - 'For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty
through God to the pulling down of strong holds.'
16. The PURSUIT of religious unity and tolerance that ignores doctrinal
differences is rising at an alarming rate! I Timothy 4:1-2; II Timothy 4:5; II
Peter 2:1-3; I John 2:22-26; 4:1-6; II John 7-11
17. The PROPHECIES of the Bible became issues of major interest
Luke 21:25-26; II Peter 1:19-21
18. The POSITION of Israel in the prophetic plan of God has been attacked by
Christians who accept 'replacement theology.' Jeremiah 31:36-37; Romans 11:2
19. The PERSUASION of believers in the return of the Messiah has become
stronger than ever! Philippians 3:20-21; Titus 2:13
20. The PROMISES of God have not changed! Isaiah 46:9-11; 55:10-11; Matthew
I was so
thrilled that the Lord opened the door to minister in New
York December 16-24. I had expected to work mainly at Mt.
Sinai hospital and part time in the evenings with the Billy
Graham Prayer Center as a counselor. When I called Chaplain
Florence Sunday, she had dislocated her knee and could not
meet with me until Tuesday afternoon and the Rabbi was out
of town until Thursday. I reported for orientation at
Harvest Christian Fellowship Monday morning. There were 300
volunteers most came from Calvary Chapel churches and came
in a group. There were five of us, without groups, so we
became a group. We were given our assignments each
morning. Some to work at Ground Zero, some to Nino's
Restaurant, some to Saint Joseph's, some to Saint Paul's,
some to the Salvation Army, some for street evangelism, some
to the fire stations, and some to the Lamb's store. There
was also work to be done at Harvest, receiving and labeling
literature, preparing the room for orientation and other
meetings and preparing framed lithographs for fire
stations. Lithographs was my groups assignment on Monday.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and some Sunday I did get to work
in the hospital briefly. I went to a two hour prayer
meeting at the Billy Graham Prayer Center but did no
counseling there. The Lord used me to minister to the
chaplains at Mt. Sinai and provide them some long term help
from others and a lot of literature. There are three pages
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|We were delayed
two hours due to rain.
||I stayed at the
YMCA on 63rd near the SW corner of Central Park
|On my way to
Harvest each morning I would go down Central Park South which
becomes 8th St. to Broadway then left on 46th St., about a
3/4 mile walk.
||A closer view of the statue on
|The main dispatch
center for the Billy Graham Prayer Center is at Harvest
Christian Fellowship on 56th near Carnegie Hall.
||This is the view
from the church up towards Carnegie Hall.
|Believe it or not,
this is the front door to the church which also serves as a
dance studio during the week.
hall on the third floor was our meeting place for orientation,
worship, devotions, and deployment.
|The church was so
gracious and hospitable to the 300 volunteers that came to
help the week of Dec. 17-24. Bagels, cream cheese, orange
juice and coffee served daily at 10:00 a.m.
||Most people came
in groups of ten or more, mainly Calvary Chapel churches. I
and four others came alone, so we became a group. Our first
assignment was to work at Harvest to mat and frame lithographs
for 150 fire stations in Manhattan. Two of my team members
were Patrick on the left, who is a V.A. chaplain from South
Dakota. Diana is a jail chaplain in Arizona. Raul on the
right is on staff at the church, giving instructions, setting
up sound and refreshments were among his many
|Here are my other
two team members, Camille, and her granddaughter, Nicole from
Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Camille's son, and Nicole's dad's
name is Dana, so I was instantly adopted into their family.
our team got on the subway to deliver lithographs to two fire
stations. At the first the fireman in charge accepted the
wrapped gift and thanked us. The second station invited us in
for a long visit and pictures.
|There is a ladder
company and an engine company in each station.
||The whole team
from left to right: Camille, Dana, Diana, Patrick and Nicole.
|This station had
lost nine men on September 11. The families are very close.
The Captain who died was promoted postmortem as he had already
earned the promotion. The roster for that day is permanently
||Coming back from
the fire stations Monday night, I got lost in Central Park but
found some beautiful trees.
|The Lamb's Store
at the Lamb's Theater Manhattan Nazarene Church on 44th St.
offered free Christmas shopping for laid off and displaced
workers. My team and I worked here four days. After
shopping they could enjoy punch and cookies and a warm fire.
Then go upstairs for counseling, Bibles, tracts, and Christian
||Since I speak
Spanish and many of those seeking aid did, I sat at the front
desk taking people's name address, and phone number, and
inquiring about the number of children and adults they would
shop for and giving them a number. Another volunteer would
then help them shop, and another would pack their bags from an
inventory in the basement.
|The Lambs Theater
built in 1904 continues to show off-Broadway plays
||This is some of
the literature given out from Harvest Christian Fellowship.
All of it is stamped by staff or volunteers with stickers for
both the Prayer Center and Harvest.
|The first of
couple of days the weather was mild then it cooled off and
||If you look close
you will find a black poodle in this mans bag on the subway.