When Bob Cooper sat down beside Mr. D, the man gave him one directive — he wasn’t allowed to talk about religion or politics.
“When Hurricane Ian came through Arcadia, Florida, he and his wife only had minor damage, but she called and asked for a chaplain to come because her husband had liver cancer and knew he was dying,” said Cooper, an Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief chaplain.
Mr. D was an atheist and “defiant about the Word,” Cooper said.
Another ABDR chaplain, Thelma Goolsby, had also been there that night visiting with Mr. D’s wife, who is a believer.
“I was glad I got to see her; she was such a special, special woman, and the Lord just stamped her on my heart,” Goolsby said. “Her husband was dying of cancer and didn’t want to hear about the Lord.”
But before they left, the man let Cooper pray with him.