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 some of the mission trips and other opportunities to go places because of the embarrassment that goes along with this ailment as well as having to be somewhere at all times with rest rooms just in case I had an episode. I’ve prayed for healing for years and have not had any relief and was wondering why I felt a call on my life to do a “work” for God but felt I couldn’t fulfill whatever He wanted me to do because of my illness.
I have been feeling the calling to do disaster relief work as well as helping local people and churches on a volunteer basis and continue my secular job to offset the income upon return of a disaster relief mission trip to Mississippi which was hit by Hurricane Katrina. In the past year I have read books and met with church leadership including my pastor Mark Schrade at Metro Church here in Birmingham, AL in trying to fulfill the calling on my life. Just before the tornadoes hit Alabama 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 fulfill this calling as well as finances to support it. This was the beginning of Refuel Ministries.
This past summer 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). He is an internal medicine specialist. Within a week he found that I have been misdiagnosed for the past 20 years and my illness is 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 with and knew instantly this was a part of God’s plan for my life. Through donations and personal purchases I now have purchased one of the 75 gallon pots to cook with (it will feed 1400 people) and am using a temporary trailer loaned to me until I can purchase the trailer that will eventually become my “portable kitchen” in which I will use to serve people in crisis as well as local churches and other non-profit organizations.
I felt I needed a ministry credential to help me get into places many people never get access to so that I may be able to minister to the hurting and pursued becoming 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.
Though I have 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 in the past year 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 watch the calendar on this web site to see what opportunities for ministry we have in the future. Thanks and have a blessed day and please keep this ministry as well as myself in your prayers.
In God’s Hands,