Restoration in New Jersey


by Mo Nakatsui

Maybe it’s the affect that David Platt’s book, “Radical,” had on me, but those portions of the Bible where Jesus says to do certain things before we can follow Him were troubling: deny yourself and take up your cross (Matthew 16:24); hate your own family and your own life (Luke 14:26); or sell all you have and give it to the poor (Matthew 19:21).  These verses told me that I needed to love Him above all else.

This year I felt led to work for Samaritan’s Purse for one week.  It was similar to what I had done in the past with Habitat for Humanity, but this time I made the arrangements on my own; I saw it as an Opportunity to Serve (OTS). Interestingly, Carol was all for the idea and was willing to go with me, so I knew God was in it.  Others wanted to join as well:  Lorin Lew, Yoshi Fukumoto, Mathias and Helen Nakatsui, and Kelly Chan.

This effort was about helping to restore people’s homes after Hurricane Sandy, but it was also about ministering to people who need Jesus in their lives.  Ask me about Jack Burns or Isaiah and I’ll tell you a little about a couple of divine appointments God had arranged for me.  I know others in our group of seven have similar stories to tell.  There is no honor in what we did, we all acted on our desire to follow Jesus, God deserves all the glory.