Saturday, March 17, 2018

“All I Asked for Was a Shovel”

Susan Stone pictured at right with Samaritan's Purse volunteers who worked at her home.

Then God sent a whole team of His soldiers.

Tammy: I recently witnessed God stepping into a situation and taking total control. I was helping a friend, Susan Stone, tear out flooring in her house that had been damaged by a flood. After working for several hours, we hadn’t made as much progress as we had hoped. We needed a shovel that we didn’t have, so I walked down to a neighbor’s house to borrow one.

There was a group of about 15 people on this porch wearing orange shirts that said “Samaritan’s Purse.” I was familiar with the group because I’ve packed Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes and donated money toward chickens for families in developing countries. When I saw them, I thought it was nice that they were praying with people.

I asked the neighbor for a shovel and went to the shed to get it. When I came out, one of the men from the group asked if I lived in the area. I explained that I was just helping a friend. He then asked if I would like for his whole group to come help us. I explained that I didn’t have any tools for that many people.

“No problem,” he said. “We have a U-Haul full of tools.”

All I asked for was a shovel, but my great God sent a whole team of His soldiers! By 4:00 p.m., the entire house was stripped and gutted to the framing, and the waste had been hauled to the road. The next day, they returned to spray for mold. All these people were volunteers, on their own time and their own dime. I thank God for Samaritan’s Purse and all who have donated to the ministry.

Susan: In God we have everything, and with God in our hearts we become complete. I saw His workers first hand. I burst into tears when they drove into our yard. When they came, it was a total surprise—it was a God thing. As the flood debris and clutter was removed from my house I thought of how we should also remove the debris and clutter from our hearts.

Today I saw how infinite and abundantly accessible God is through ministries like Samaritan’s Purse, friends, and family. It is impossible for any of us to have a need that God can’t meet. After all, He created us and everything that is in this world. With all the turmoil, trials, and temptations in this world, there are still many servants.

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Steve: I can understand your thinking, but my own life has led me to the conclusion that you are in error. I have come to the conclusion that God allows these things to happen to give humankind the opportunity to do good in the world. If we lived in a perfect world, without strife, conflict, or disaster, there would be no opportunity to rise to the occasion and help. The thinking should not be, “what has God done for me” but rather what I have done to show my worth for all that I have been given, what have I… Read more »

Praying for you, Steve! He’s there and He loves you!

Steve Bucy, there are at least 2 things you don’t understand. 1. He is not only ‘my God,’ but yours as well, whether you like it or not. He is in control of your life, He knows the number of hairs on your head, and the date of your death. And one day “every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.” And your tongue will be included. And 2. God has a plan for every event on earth, including floods. He has the “big picture’ in mind, and the rain which caused the floods may have had… Read more »

The course of nature was set in place thousands of years ago. By comparison, our lives are so short. When natural disasters occur, we have an opportunity to love one another and to display, with the little amount of time we have, God’s great love for us that goes on forever.


I don’t see teams of atheists running around helping people when disaster strikes. Praise God for His workers.


If you only have hateful untrue things to say about my Lord, then why if I may ask are you on a Christian website? Seems kind of fishy and a tad ironic to me… Steve

Esther Santos

Thank you Jesus!

Steve bucy

This would have and did happen without your god. Where was he when the flood caused the damage in the first place? An omnipotent being chose not to intercede. Go figute…