Monday, February 22, 2010

Armor of God Update

I just returned from Muscle Shoals, Alabama and while one of my intentions was to attend a conference with a couple from my church, there would be work to be done with Ten-Four Ministries as well.

A few weeks ago, myself and the President of our Board of Directors, Josh Rutledge, travelled to Richardson, Texas to their police agency and picked up 60+ ballistic vests, tactical vests and equipment for the Armor of God Project. In order to save money, whenever we can avoid shipping costs, we do and a 4 hour drive to Richardson was a great time of fellowship with my Brother in Christ and fellow laborer. We want to thank the Richardson Police Department (see photo above) for their committment to providing this much needed equipment.

So with the planned conference trip, we took most of the equipment from Texas to our distribution center, located just a few miles from the conference. We met up with Muscle Shoals Lt. Clint Reck (see above photo) on our arrival and what would be a wonderful week began.

The current distribution center of ballistic vests has grown dramatically since my last visit in July 2009. Clint and Ray Mahan have done a great job with this ministry of Ten-Four Ministries.

As you can see from the map above, in just nine months, the Armor of God Project has reached law enforcement in need of ballistic vests in 40 states and 3 countries. All of this with very limited funding and no advertising. God has certainly been good to us as we have had a front seat view of His Work.

I am continually amazed by the quality of equipment we receive. Clint is holding (above) a tactical vest worth over $1600. We recently received over a dozen of these vests that will be going to a SWAT Team that had requested some if we received any....Did I mention how great God is. We will now have the opportunity to meet officers we would not normally have met, give them the vests and share with them the Good News of Jesus Christ.

We finished up our week in Muscle Shoals by filming some informational videos on the project which we will be distributing soon and upon leaving we had the opportunity to drive to Sardis, Mississippi and met with Renee Ward and her husband (see above photo), the pastor of St. Matthew's Missionary Baptist Church. We met them just before the Sunday service and listened as Renee spoke of a horrible incident that occurred in the city she works in as the City Clerk. You can see our interview together here. We were able to personally deliver eight vests to Renee and her husband is partnering with us to deliver the vests to the officers and present the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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