An example of a modern-day HERO
Care For All International  2008-04-22
Dear friends, I am so proud to share with you that one of our CFA Board Members - Brent Adkison yesterday experienced a Life/Death situation and risked his own life to save a teenager. I guess this is another way to look at what Jesus said when he was talking about "fishers of men" :-).Here is what the Natchez Democrat had to say about the situation today.

Teens rescued from flood

By Julie Finley (Contact) | The Natchez Democrat

Published Tuesday, April 22, 2008

VIDALIA— A teenage prank that could have ended in deadly tragedy Monday night turned three everyday men into heroes instead.

Two teens — a 16-year-old and 17-year-old Michael Cupstid — reportedly chose to run into the record-high waters of the Mississippi River at the Vidalia Riverfront at approximately 6:30 p.m.

The current caught them, and they were pushed further from shore, witnesses on the scene said.

Vidalia Police Chief Billy Hammers was at the Riverpark Medical Center on the riverfront when the incident occurred.
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Teens caught in current

"I looked and saw a head bobbing," he said.

Hammers was one of a large crowd inside and outside the medical center who saw the young men in the water. Word spread quickly and three men took charge, eventually bringing the teens to safety.

Lee Miley, a retired state trooper from Mississippi, Vidalia businessman Brent Adkison and Dr. Bernard Boka, a doctor at Riverpark saved the teens' lives, Hammers said.

Boka was working in the clinic when word traveled to him that someone was drowning in the river.

"Someone came into the building and said a child had fallen into the river," Boka said. "I saw a teenager out there in the water and I thought he was holding a baby."

Boka went to the water's edge and went in after the teen.

Riverpark front desk worker Kristy Murray stood by watching the rescue.

"Dr. Boka goes throwing his stethoscope off, throwing his shoes off, getting everything off," she said. "It scared everybody to death."

Boka was joined by the two other men, one of which happened to grab a life preserver on shore.

"I swam about 15 or 20 feet out," Boka said. "I had a hose that another man had managed to grab hold of, and I just dug my heels in and pulled."

The trio was able to pull one of the teens back to land, just in front of the Vidalia Conference and Convention Center.

The other teen swam back on his own, Boka said.

Boka and EMTs who had been called to the scene examined both teens and saw no major cause for concern, Boka said.

"They were cold and kind of shaken up, but OK," Boka said.

And as for Boka, he's OK too.

"(The river) is cold. And it's definitely muddy," Boka said. "But I had a change of scrubs."

He left his muddy clothes in the medical center changing room and 20 minutes later was back to his day-job as an after-hours clinic doctor — seeing patients and saving lives the old fashioned way.

"This was a little bit different than normal," he said.

As a result of Monday night's incident, the Vidalia Riverfront is now closed to the public, Hammers said. The sidewalk will be blocked off with police tape, and anyone found crossing it will be subject to arrest, Hammers said.

"It's dangerous, and we don't want anyone to get hurt," he said. "I know it's interesting and exciting and people have been taking pictures left and right, but we just can't take a risk."

The medical center, convention center and hotel will remain open, and traffic will be allowed on the street.

The river began its crest Monday. It sits at 56.9 now, the second highest level on record.

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As a Christian Ministry venturing in Missions we have become comfortable partnering and ministering with groups and families from so many countries… Well so many and yet never before we had the honor to serve the Lord with a family from Norway. So for the first time we were to host Norwegians and we had no idea what to expect and let me tell you right away that Tormod and Anita Olsen - an army of just two literally filled our van, our towns and villages, our world. Since we have never met them before – we were praying that God was sending us at least some normal people to work with but it was such a surprise to discover that they were far from normal – they were as crazy as we are and folks so in love with Jesus and his flock. WOW! A week started and ended like it was just 7 hours – we felt in love with the Olsens seeing how they jumped straight into the deep waters of the Bulgarian ministry context without hesitation and restrains – they began loving on people, ministering with their unique talents and uplifting the hurting people with a contagious spirit of enthusiasm and Jesus love. WOW!! Sofia, Geman, Petrich, Panaguyrishte, Levski, Teteven – day after day the people of Bulgaria from the various churches found their Spiritual Vitamins, encouragement, specific word of God through prophecy, healings, freedom and salvation through the self-sacrificial, giving and warm ministry of these folks. We can not wait for them to come back in June… I personally am in anticipation to see what Daddy has for us in the future – and I am sure it is special. Thank you God – for bringing those two WOW!!! People in our world. Dinko Zlatarov Mission trip to Sofia, Bulgaria 2014 In February we went to Sofia, Bulgaria with a great expectation, to begin a work with the Care For All Ministries. It has become to be a strong experience in many ways. When we met Dinko Zlatarov we felt welcomed and loved at ones. Care For All, is a good and well-planned ministry with a high focus on humanitarian and evangelistic work, This ministry operates a great deal of time among the Gypsies - the poorest of the poor in Bulgaria. It was amazing to see how Dinko and his team worked among them. Also - it was impressive to see the new established churches that are continually growing, the outreach like giving food and pray for the sick and making children`s street parties give fantastic results. The education work among the children, giving them skills in English and how to use computers will help them increase their carrier development and avoid the mistakes of their surroundings. We can read in Matthew, 25:40 “Truly I tell you, in so far as you did it for one of the least of these My Brethren, you did it for me.” Care For All is living this, and what we saw was the love of the Father that came true this work. It was a great pleasure for us to see people saved and healed through this week’s work. The people we met, children and the grown-ups were dedicated and in love with Jesus. Through this work we can see the kingdom grow and we recommend Care For All to you to partner with in the Kingdom of God in Bulgaria. Best regards: Anita & Tormog Berg Olsen House On Fire Norway ... more
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