I have suffered most of my life with a severe case of IBS also known as spastic colon. I have always been involved in different ministries in my local church especially in the youth department. Having this illness has caused me to hold back on many opportunities I would have loved to participate in. I prayed for healing for years and had not had any relief and was wondering why I felt a call on my life to do a “work” for God but wasn’t able to fulfill what He wanted me to do because of my illness.
I felt the calling to do disaster relief work, as well as helping local churches, on a volunteer basis and continue my secular job to offset the income. Upon return of a disaster relief trip to Mississippi, which was hit by Hurricane Katrina, I felt strongly that this was what God was calling me to do. I read books and met with my pastor Mark Schrade at Metro Church here in Birmingham, AL to begin fulfilling the call on my life. Just before the tornadoes hit Alabama in 2011 I made an official announcement that I felt this to be my calling and I needed God’s help in my health to be able to accomplish this ministry, as well as finances to support it. This was the beginning of Refuel Ministries.
The summer of 2011 I was suffering great pain on a daily basis and after many years changed doctors to a friend of mine I met at a Christian retreat called Tres Dias. Dr. Tim Real is an internal medicine specialist. Within a week he found that I had been misdiagnosed for the past 20 years and my illness was Celiac Disease which means I am gluten intolerant and that the IBS was a side effect of Celiac Disease. I received the diagnosis the week before the tornadoes hit Alabama in 2011 which complicated my relief work because of my diet limitations but I worked through it and ran chain saws for weeks helping cut trees off houses and praying with many people along the way. After changing my diet and learning my limitations I am now completely medicine free and healthier than I have been in many years. (God is Good!)
I met a group of men from a church in Sylacauga (The Sanctuary) and helped cook for approximately 5000 one night in Pleasant Grove and learned of the equipment they used to cook and knew instantly this was a part of God’s plan for my life. Through donations and personal purchases I now have one of the 80 gal and 20 gal pots. (80 gal feeds 1400 people and the 20 gal feeds 200) I have purchased a trailer that allows me to be portable and also serves as a place to sleep when needed.
I felt I needed a ministry credential to help me get into places many people never get access to that would allow me to minister to the hurting. I became a Chaplain credentialed through the Church of God based in Cleveland, TN. I received my credentials in June 2011. I have been attending continuing education and in March, 2012 I received my C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) certification as a chaplain through Homeland Security which places me on a first call list when there is a disaster of any kind in my area. I also became a Federation of Firefighters Chaplain in 2016.
Though I had felt a calling in my life for many years I believe God’s timing proved to me that He has a plan and it will fall into place when He is ready and not on my timing. God has put people in my life that have been an integral part of fulfilling God’s calling in my life and has released financial resources I never thought possible. Refuel Ministries is Incorporated and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.
I look forward to seeing what God has in store in my life as well as Refuel Ministries.
This ministry is run strictly on donations and 100% of all donations will go toward furthering God’s Kingdom and fufilling His great commission. Feel free to contact me any time for information and keep up with our travels here as well as Facebook.
In God’s Hands,