NOCATEE, Fla. (BP) — Sensing a divine command during a hospital stay, a layman’s responsiveness has yielded a community-wide event for the My Hope America with Billy Graham evangelistic outreach.
Frank Bernatt was hospitalized for heart tests when he felt God prompting him to reach his booming community for Christ in Nocatee, Fla.
Hundreds are expected to gather Friday (Nov. 8) at a drive-in theater type of set-up in Splash Water Park Field to view “Defining Moments,” one of several films offered through My Hope.
“I would just say it’s amazing,” Bernatt said. “We got to see a miracle firsthand because we were obedient and allowed Him to work through His Holy Spirit.
“I bet we could hold 500 cars in this field,” he said. “I believe that everything that has been organized or attempted to be organized, God had His hand in it all.
“Every step of the way, as we went to get different approvals, we prayed. And we put it in God’s hands, and if it were meant to happen, He was going to make it happen,” Bernatt said. “What it’s become today, I don’t think any of us could have planned it to result in the way it is. The Nocatee development folks have been more than cooperative.”
A local Publix store manager in the growing planned community with 2,000 occupied homes has offered to pop popcorn for the event, and more than 800 Bibles and soft drinks have been anonymously donated.