The Making of a Leader (7 of 11) by Dave Gustavsen

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The Making of a Leader (7 of 11)
Series: 1 Timothy - Vintage Church
Dave Gustavsen
1 Timothy 4:6-16

There's a missionary who lives in Port-au-Prince; his name is Troy Livesay. This is a picture of him with his wife, and the caption on his blog says, ''We never actually look like this.'' And he's been sending updates from his neighborhood ever since the earthquake hit. Let me just read you a few lines from his blog…

''When the quake hit it took many seconds to even process what was happening. The house was rocking back and forth in a way that I cannot even begin to describe. It felt fake. It felt like a movie. Things were crashing all over the house. It felt like the world was ending. I do not know why my house stands and my children all lie sleeping in their beds right now. It defies logic and my babies were spared while thousands of others were not.'' And he has a few of his own biological kids, and he's adopted several Haitian kids.

And then here are a few of his Twitter updates:

''People are out in the streets trying to sleep, pulling people out of the buildings that fell, standing in the middle of the road looking shocked-many walking around covered in dust and debris.''

''We saw a few bodies that had been pulled out of the rubble laying dead in the sidewalk…many others injured.''

And then he said this: ''Church groups are singing throughout the city all through the night in prayer. It is a beautiful sound in the middle of a horrible tragedy.''

Isn't that a poignant picture? And I'm so thankful that God has people like that on the ground there. I'm so thankful for the relief workers-I mean, those guys are a rare breed of people.

And I was thinking about how those workers must feel at the end of the day. I'm sure there's a lot of shock; I'm sure there's a lot of sadness and grief. But I would guess that they also have this strong sense that they're using their time well. They're pouring themselves out for something that really matters ...


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