15 years ago, I woke up in my home 40 miles from the Pentagon near Washington, DC. Almost 3 months earlier, my wife, Sandy, gave birth to our 11th child, Tabitha. Our oldest daughter, Rachel, had just returned from a year on the mission field in Brazil. We were integrating a couple of "new normals" into our very large and active family. I got a call from a friend notifying me of the attack in New York at the World Trade Center. I, along with my family, the United States of America and the world watched in disbelief as person after person perished in this horrific terrorist attack on our soil.
Being the head of a disaster relief ministry, my phone began ringing from people telling me that Christ In Action needed to get to New York and help the people there. I felt God telling me differently. I heard Him in my spirit saying, "The Pentagon is your 'Jerusalem.' The Pentagon is in your backyard." We began making phone calls and ended up on the south parking lot of the Pentagon. We cooked and served over 55,000 meals to the recovery workers at the Pentagon. Two of my daughters, Bethany and Melody, ages 17 & 15, respectively, were in charge of the breakfast meal. They needed to have 5,000 breakfasts cooked and ready to serve by 7:00 AM. I was personally appointed to "counsel" the workers that were tasked with bringing out body parts from the rubble. I was blessed to share my personal testimony and the plan of Salvation through Jesus with the entire Joint Chiefs of Staff, with countless U.S. Congressmen, U.S. Senators, and dignitaries from around the world.
Following our time at the Pentagon, we were asked to transfer our ministry and equipment to Ground Zero in New York City. We worked in Lower Manhattan until 3 days before Christmas. We served another 45,000 meals and ministered hope through Jesus to hundreds of first responders and recovery workers. My two daughters, Bethany and Deborah, ages 17 & 13, respectively, were part of the core team to cook and serve these meals. I counseled countless people who were there watching others jump from the towering inferno to their death. We prayed with so many people to receive Jesus as their Savior and make Him Lord of their life. Police officers, fire fighters and so many more came to know Christ!