Preparing for the Arctic Blast 2022 | Loving Your Neighbor With Excellence

Our first inclement weather service starts today, on the second day of Winter. Weather forecasters expect an article blast to roll in around midday, causing temperatures to drop about twenty degrees in an hour or two.

Our team, in collaboration with other ministry partners and homeless care providers, has been busy making preparations for this significant weather event. Our focus is on saving lives. We don’t want anyone to lose any digits or limbs. We don’t want anyone to die due to the freezing outdoor temperatures.

This is the great and first commandment. And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And a second is like it:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Matthew 22:37-39 (ESV)

We don’t know for sure how long this cold spell will last. Normally, we get to ease into this with a night or two of providing an emergency overnight shelter. But, that’s not the case this go around.

We anticipate spending Christmas loving our neighbors with excellence. We don’t know if we are there through Monday morning or possibly even Tuesday. We will need to take it one day at a time.

The Arctic Blast 2022 will undoubtedly stretch us and grow us in ways we can’t imagine.

Please pray for our team. Please pray for our guests, our volunteers, and our donors. Each one pays a key role in making this a successful project. Pray that this event might draw all involved closer to Jesus. In the end, that’s what it’s all about anyway.

God bless you. May you have a very Merry Christmas!

Rainer Bantau
The Devotional Guy™




  1. The article blast arrived here about an hour ago—3 hours north of Big D. It’s pretty intense, brother! We have snow ❄️ flurries, to boot, and the power has gone on and off.
    We prayed for your organization (and others like it) last night at choir rehearsal. God Speed!

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  2. Amen, brother. Thank you for the prayers. We need it. I’m kinda hoping it stops at the Red River—especially the snow flurries—but controlling the weather is way above my pay grade. 😃 stay warm and stay safe! Merry Christmas!

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  3. The arctic blast will hit my area tomorrow. God bless you and your team for all you do! You will be in my prayers 🙏

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