December 2011 Outreach Update
For us at Higher Ground, 2011 finished with quite the fruitful flurry of outreach ministry. We praise God for His amazing faithfulness and often ask ourselves, “Can you believe we get to do this”! Nothing is more fun than seeing people meet Jesus!
Our “Early Bird Thanksgiving Celebration” in Daytona enjoyed a team of 274 volunteers from 65 churches in 21 cities. The 1,000+ burgers, hot dogs, haircuts, backpacks, clothing, shoes, live music, drama, dance, face-painting and the gospel resulted in more than 60 salvations, 9 baptisms and a front page article in Sunday’s Daytona News Journal. To God be all the glory. His love and grace is amazing!
Before we had time to catch our breath, the Lord began speaking to us about “a December to remember”. He wasn’t kidding. His grace rained all month long!
- Dec. 3: HGM brought a team into Tomoka Prison’s Main Unit and witnessed 14 prisoners saved (one of which who was being released within the hour!)
- Dec. 8: We played the movie, “Joshua” in the Tomoka Work Camp.
- Dec. 10: HGM team brought gifts and ministered to about 100 at the Carpenter’s Children’s Home in Leesburg. One little boy received Jesus.
- Dec. 19: HGM brought 40 blankets and a special Christmas service to the Seniors at The Alliance Retirement Home-1 received Jesus and 2 rededicated
- Dec. 22-24: Pastor Gary led 5 services at the Sea Farer’s Ministry in Cocoa and led 13 people to Christ. They all were from foreign countries!
- Dec. 24: Our team led 2 services at Putnam Prison in East Palatka. 200 inmates attended the first service and 250 attended the second service. The prison only holds 480 men and 20 were in lock up! In all, 450 prisoners came to our Christmas services. 80+ men were saved, many in tears. Miraculously we served exactly 450 BK Whoppers! Not, 449 or 451 – But had exactly 450!
- Dec. 30: Pastor Maribel from Honduras rocked Higher Ground Ministries.
- Dec. 31: We brought another 60 BK Whoppers, homemade cookies, coffee and the Good News into Tomoka Prison. 7 prisoners rededicated their lives.
Thank You for your prayers and for sending love gifts as the Lord leads!