Panama City, FL (October 15, 2018) - On most days you’ll find John “ZZ” Gavrun and John “Animal” Kirchens riding their motorcycles, preaching the gospel of Jesus throughout Panama City.
They’re both members of Faith Riders, a local motorcycle ministry; but on this day, the pair was riding in Gavrun’s car, its roof barely intact from the effects of Hurricane Michael which devastated the area less than a week ago.
Today’s mission was to find a hot meal to keep them and their families going. “We lived through it, watched it come in, watched the trees come crashing down all around us. It was devastating,” says Gavrun. He had seen hurricanes before, never heeding the call to leave and Michael was no different.
“I’ve sat through several Cat 1’s and 2’s over the years and we thought this would be a 3, something we could handle like the others,” says Gavrun. “But it came in almost as a Cat 5 and it destroyed everything.”
At the Saint Andrew Baptist Church where their motorcycle ministry was born, The Salvation Army mobile feeding unit is a welcome site as crew members provide hot food, cold water, and hope. “It’s a blessing to have The Salvation Army here providing this help, it’s a blessing for everyone.”
His friend John Kirchens credits his strong faith as what carries him through all of this. “I’ve been able to cope with disaster because I have Christ in my heart and he’s helping me deal with this,” he says. “To have The Salvation Army here is a blessing because they’re preaching God’s love through feeding and it’s wonderful.”
Kirchens shares an uplifting message with everyone he comes across. “I’m telling people not to lose hope because they’re still alive. Houses, cars and things can all be replaced but your life cannot. Keep Jesus in your heart and you won’t go through this alone.”
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