Support During an Unexpected Crisis

The call came on a late October evening. David Lee’s biological father was dying.

In the years after his adoptive father passed away, Lee developed a relationship with his birth father. It was always important to Lee to be a witness in his extended family’s life. Especially as his father got older, Lee felt an increasing burden to share the Gospel with him.

When you know there are brothers and sisters who are right there, who can put their arms around you and help, it helps to reduce some of the stress and emotional anxiety that you’re going through in the moment.
— David Lee

Lee was making plans to leave when the second call came. His father was trying to check himself out of the hospital against medical advice. Lee’s siblings pleaded with him to come and talk to his dad.

“This person I was really wanting to know had come to faith in Christ was dying,” Lee says. “I knew I didn’t have the money to make this trip, and I was operating on a car that had practically bald tires.”

Lee, who serves as a pastor at Newbury Bible Church in Newbury, VT, called the BCNE. Executive director Terry Dorsett was able to give Lee money from a fund designed to help pastors when emergencies arise. This money helped Lee make the trip to Baltimore and spend two weeks with his father, who died less than a month later.

Lee is grateful for the opportunities God gave him to share the Gospel clearly and directly with his father in those last visits – and for the support he received in New England.

“Between the finances and the prayer support and the friendship … it was a blessing,” Lee says. “When you know there are brothers and sisters who are right there, who can put their arms around you and help, it helps to reduce some of the stress and emotional anxiety that you’re going through in the moment.”

A portion of your gifts to the New England Mission Emphasis will help support pastors and missionaries who need financial help during crises.

Learn more at www.bcne.net/neme