Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?” They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.” He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” Daniel 3: 24-25
I know God was in the house fire with me. I have three pieces of evidence:
- Even though I fell out of my wheelchair while trying to put out the fire, I was able to get up and crawl out without any harm. The fire investigator even said that he is amazed that I even made it out alive.
- I was able to think clearly enough to pick up my keys and hit the car alarm to bring attention to my need for help. Believe me, I don’t think on my feet that well! Only the Lord can give me that type of clarity in the midst of panic.
- The fire occurred in the middle of the day while most of my neighbors are away at work. However, everyone that I needed “just happened” to be home and came running to my rescue.
Well, it’s been about 2-1/2 weeks now. Currently, I am in between bunking with friends and staying in a hotel suite until insurance appraises the value of my home and the things that I have lost.
Last week, I started to think about this process of appraising. I realized that the value of something could be exceptionally high or exceptionally low depending on the appraisal standards. For instance, I believe the loss of my home and my possessions in the fire could be equal to the loss of a self-made millionaire going through his own personal fire. It takes the same amount of effort for a person with a severe disability in America to become established as it would take for a non-disabled individual to become a self-made millionaire. Thirty percent of physically disabled Americans live in poverty. I believe this number would be even higher if family members and loved ones did not take a financial role in supporting them. Yet, I have managed to live a middle-class lifestyle.
The only difference between that self-made millionaire and myself is the reality that I am not self-made. The self-made millionaire has the task of rebuilding using physical effort and education. I simply have to continue in my faith and dedication to the calling that God has on my life. Because of Christ, I don’t have to put any effort into restoring my life; I must simply continue the testimony of my wonderful, powerful Redeemer.
Please help me continue to use my ministry and story to demonstrate the power of Christ. Here is how you can help:
1. Pray that I take advantage of every opportunity to tell people about Christ and who He is, from the insurance agency to the fire investigators to the hotel employees. God has given me a unique opportunity to get outside the Christian bubble in which we are many times confined. I want to use this opportunity to share His good news and my testimony with anyone He brings across my path.
2. This latest challenge of living through and dealing with the aftermath of a house fire is a continuation of my testimony. God continues to give me a ministry and a platform that not only provides for my physical needs, but also opens the door for me to reach thousands of people. However, this is the holiday season and many organizations are hosting internal events and are not looking for a speaker at this time. This opens the door for me to do more Home Gatherings. Home Gatherings are dessert nights, holiday parties, small groups, and Christmas parties in which the host gathers their friends and family and allows me to come in and share my story in a more intimate setting. This event costs the host nothing; we simply ask that the guests pray about making a contribution to Empowered Ministries. Please pray about hosting a Home Gathering over the next few months.
3. For those who would like to help from a financial standpoint, you can make contributions to Empowered Ministries online at http://christophercoleman.net/how-to-support-us/make-a-donation/ or via mail at:
PO Box 1632
Kennesaw, GA 30156
4. My personal needs are simple. As I wait for the insurance settlement and begin to replace material necessities, I gratefully welcome gift cards to Target, Kohl’s, Bed Bath and Beyond, etc.
I want to thank everyone so much for your willingness to jump in and play a role in this chapter of my story as it unfolds. Together, we can continue to focus on bringing God glory and proving that He is able!