'Y'all saved my life'

As we delivered plates of food to the homeless and those who are home insecure on Saturday, I knocked on the door of a local hotel room. A woman opened the door, looked at me, smiled and said, "I'm still here."

She wasn't talking about still being at the hotel. She was saying, "I'm still alive." I said, "Praise God," and we hugged. Two years ago she was a patient at the Samaritan Clinic. Our volunteer doctors discovered she had lung cancer. She went through treatment and is "still here."

"Y'all saved my life," she said smiling. "Thank you."

She walked out to our food trailer to see Martha and receive a plate of food. She thanked Martha, too.

I praise God for all He has done and is doing in the lives of the homeless here in Dothan. Thanks to our volunteers, people are coming to Jesus because of their acts of kindness. Like this sweet woman. She praised God for what He did for her through the Samaritan Clinic. …

An awesome and humbling year at Love in Action

It's awesome and very humbling when looking back at all God did in and through Love In Action in 2018.

Here are just some of the highlights:

- More than 80 of our homeless and needy friends here in Dothan, Alabama, made decisions for Jesus.

- Martha and Ken witnessed more than 100 people, most of whom were previously unreached with the Gospel, come to Jesus in India and Myanmar during mission trips to both countries. More than 1,000 more came to Jesus in India, Myanmar, India, Pakistan, Haiti and Philippines where we partner with indigenous pastors and missionaries.

- Served more than 10,000 meals to our homeless and needy friends in Dothan, Alabama. That is a record number for us in one year.

- Served more than 1,000 patients at the Samaritan Clinic on the campus of Love In Action in Dothan, Alabama. That is a record number for one year.

- Taught the discipleship method Training for Trainers (T4T) to more than 125 people in Dothan, India and Myanmar.

- Baptized new believers in …

Thank you for an awesome year

As 2018 comes to a close today, I want to say a big "Thank You," first to God and then to everyone who made this the best year in our 18 years of ministry.

We thank God for His son, Jesus Christ, and for the opportunity to serve Him through the ministries of Love In Action. We thank God for His Holy Spirit moving through His people to touch tens of thousands of lives this year. We thank God for all the souls saved and lives changed by His power in 2018.

Thank you to everyone who gave financially throughout the year. Without your generosity of investing into the Kingdom of God, we could not have accomplished everything we did this year. You definitely understand Matthew 6:19-21, "Don't collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But collect for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don't break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart…

A nostalgic weekend

It's been a nostalgic weekend for me leading up to Christmas. It's not unusual for Christmas to provoke such sentimental thoughts.

As Martha and Mama were out shopping for ingredients to make all kinds of goodies for our annual Tuck-Reid Christmas Eve gathering, I started looking at a cookbook Mama made for us kids. It's filled with all kinds of delicious recipes we all enjoyed while growing up.

Then there's the Christmas section. She made that section like a scrapbook with photos. There were photos of my Dad and all of us when we were much younger, even one from 1979 that included my fat cat named Tippy. She weighed 17 pounds, and was the Tuck house cat for well over a decade.

As I read the different things Mama wrote, remembered all of those tasty dishes, and looked at photos, tears filled my eyes. Those were really good days filled with so many wonderful memories. My Dad went to be with Jesus in 1997, so we haven't celebrated Christmas together in 21 years. Oh,…

Praise God for our new bus

Transportation is a huge need for our homeless friends in Dothan, Alabama. We have been transporting our friends in our mini van and 15-passenger van. Our big van is a 1993 model. It's old and hard to get in and out of for some. We are thankful to say we have been blessed with a 2006 Chevy 5500 16-passenger bus.

Thanks to the generous donation of a precious couple, we were able to purchase this beautiful bus. It's easy access, and it is even handicap accessible. This is a tremendous blessing.

We will be able to easily transport our friends to and from Love In Action, Samaritan Clinic, church and work. We are working on a transportation plan with The Harbor and The Ark, and our bus will be a big help with that project.

God is amazing. He knows exactly what we need and when we need it. We thank God for this incredible blessing to the ministry. May God bless the couple who gave tremendously.

Dan and I are working on our CDLs, and then we will be able to put the bus in full use.

Praise God for new roofs at LIA

Every time it rained, Dan and I sighed and started moving buckets and totes around to catch the leaks from our porous roofs here at Love In Action. It had been a long-time prayer request for provisions to put new roofs on our buildings. We are very thankful and excited to report God has answered those prayers.

We now have a new roof on both of our buildings. No more leaks! Praise God! We thank the individuals who donated financially to make it happen. May God bless you more and more.

I remember the days our late brother Rick Denney would be up on the roof working to stop the leaks. Our friend Charles would often be on the roof with Rick. I suctioned gallons and gallons of rain water off that ponded on the roof to keep it from leaking any worse.

Even when Bro. Rick was on his death bed he was thinking about the roof. I would visit him after a heavy rain and he would ask about the roof. He couldn't talk, but I could read his lips. I know he is smiling from Heaven now that we have t…

Praising God for another good doctor report

Three years ago I didn't know if I would live to see another day, much less another year. Complications from a prostate biopsy nearly took me out.

I was in the hospital for the second time in a month this time three years ago. In addition to my kidneys shutting down, blood pressure bottoming out, and being very sick, I experienced excoriating pain in my back. I couldn't move, much less walk.

In 2014 my PSA jumped to over 6. It remained elevated over 6 in 2015. So, a biopsy was performed. One report stated I had prostate cancer. Another said they weren't sure. Later in the year I went for another biopsy for a second opinion. That one showed something really small and what they said was non-aggressive. It was after that second biopsy things went awry.

I was on my back for three months, unable to walk as the infection settled in my spine. I was quarantined in my hospital room, but my precious bride never left my side. I remember telling Martha I was ready to go home to Heave…