Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

July 19, 2013

Bibles for Fourth of July donations set new record

The Cumberland Times-News printed a letter request for “More Bibles being sought for American troops in Afghanistan” in its July 1 edition.

As the area representative for Revival Fires Ministry in Branson, Mo,, I set a goal of 500 Bibles for $2,000, by the Fourth of July. The first responder presented a check for $1,000 for half the goal on July 2.

From there on, first responders (consistent givers) and many new responders acted. By July 4, $1,802 was received from the Tri-State area (Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia). On July 9, the total month to date recorded $2,520 for 630 Bibles and $520 over the goal.

Then a special friend contacted me July 11 and presented me with $1,000 in $5 and $1 bills that he had been saving for this critical need for those fighting for liberty and freedom in Afghanistan.

He also advised me that his goal was to repeat that offering by December and he would have provided 500 Bibles for “We support our troops!” battle cry from RFM.

I presented this “miracle”evidence to the Times-News Editor and staff in response to their publicizing this ongoing effort since 2004, and stated that Dr. Cecil Todd, founder of RFM said “No other area in the United States has supported this effort to supply Pentagon chaplains-approved Bibles for our troops.”

The Tri-State area and those patriots supporting Bibles for our troops are to be commended and should be very proud of this outstanding July 4 effort.

It is my desire and hope that the wire services picks up this movement in Western Maryland, northern West Virginia and eastern Pennsylvania, as a notice that patriotism is alive in this area, in a wonderful way.

Following the second $1,000 contribution in one period, we received $5,800 for a grand total of $4,100, which purchased 1,025 Bibles from this area.

Cumberland topped the giving in numbers as 16 responded. Melvin United Methodist Church Missions, Olivers Grove UMC, and Grace UMC Women in Midland responded again.

Two new churches, Potter’s House Church in Ridgeley, W.Va., and Trinity Assembly of God in Midlothian, joined in the effort to provide 25,000 Bibles for the 68,000 American men and women serving in Afghanistan, as requested by Col. James J. Puchy, chaplain, ret. executive director, Armed Services Ministry.

Of the 42 individual and church contributors, gifts were received from Bel Air, Ellerslie, Frostburg, Westernport, Corriganville, Md.; and Eglon and Keyser, W.Va.

Three star members of our WWII’s Greatest Generation, answered the call, Ted Clark, Clifton Loar and Roy Pepper.   The Tri-State area has now contributed $36,236 to purchase 9,059 Bibles to the effort by Revival Fires Ministry.

Billy Graham’s E.A. Decision magazine is receiving this news release that they might use it in “The war on God’s word, military assault” published in the July/August 2013 edition.

Jimmie Flanagan

LaVale

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