Battery Point Lighthouse and Our Daily Bread Ministries
Ministry to Crescent City
William and Roberta Hayes spent the months of March 2013, March 2016, and March 2018 (invited back again March 2021), living in the 165-year-old, Battery Point Lighthouse in Crescent City, as lighthouse keepers and giving tours. Two times, William walked the cross through Crescent City and up to the lighthouse, where he mounted the cross on the flag pole. Also, all three times, William preached a sunrise, Resurrection Sunday service. William and Roberta worked with Our Daily Bread Ministries, 1135 Harrold St.,ministering to and with the homeless and staff in a variety of ways, both years, as well as other times throughout the intervening years.
This was our 3rd time to be light house keepers here, from Feb. 28 - Apr. 1. For the most part, the month was very rainy and blustery. It was very much like March we were here in 2016.
Easter - April 1
Sunrise was beautiful. I stood on the hill and played with only my memory for the next half hour. After the service, everyone said how cool it was to hear that sound all the way to the parking lot and as they walked up the hill.
We had about 40 or more people in attendance. At 7:30, we sang a few songs, then William preached an awesome sermon for about a half hour. About 8:30 or so, we started talking with the people who came, by 9 am the new keepers got there, and by 10, we were off. Such a wonderful month, such a wonderful place. Even though we agreed we weren’t planning to, we signed up again – March of 2021.
William walked the cross through Crescent City in the morning starting at 8 am from the Daily Bread mission. One lady was dressed as Mary and walked behind him. His route took him down Hwy. 101, then turned to go through the main downtown (where the grocery store, banks, Triplicate are), then down to Front St. ending at the lighthouse. There were a lot of reactions from people, from the honking of horns, to people stopping and watching them. We heard later about a lady who was driving, was so overcome by what she saw, she started crying and stopped her car to recover. We got back to the lighthouse about 8:30 and William walked the cross up the hill. Roberta heard people talking on the beach about how spectacular that was. He planted it in the hole where the flag pole used to be (since the flag/flag pole was destroyed in February from a storm). We set up our sound system out there and played praised and worship music all day. Then around 9:30 we started our all day prayer meeting, we sang a bit then William preached a bit. Those who weren’t staying on the isthmus all day left around 11 when the tide came in. Only 2 ladies stayed for the day, we had a great day of praise and prayer.
2016 Resurrection Sunday
Wow, what an awesome day – cloudy at sunrise, but as the morning progressed the sun came out, very little wind, and it turned out to be a beautiful day! We started about 8 am, at least a dozen or so people were here at the start, others arrived throughout the morning. We had borrowed a large coffee maker and a table from Daily Bread Ministries, so we had coffee, cinnamon rolls, and cookies out for everyone. We sang for a bit then William gave an awesome message. Everyone was in complete agreement that it was a wonderful service. We kept the coffee and cookies out for the rest of the day to give out to those who visited, as well as the music – we kept it playing and several people stood out there by the cross and got their pictures taken, many came up to us (we wandered around throughout the day talking to people) and said how much they appreciated the music and treats.
Good Friday, William walked the cross to the lighthouse
During their stay there, God asked William to meet with leaders from several churches to bring them together for a sunrise Easter service (March 31st) at the lighthouse. The couple met with various church members from: Four Square, Methodist, Catholic, Episcopal, Cornerstone, Daily Bread Ministries, and Pelican Bay, then start a weekly prayer meeting at the lighthouse. Posters were hung up all over town and in the newspaper, inviting the public to the service. William preached a few times at the Daily Bread Ministries. Then on Good Friday, William walked the cross through the town then up to the lighthouse while a band of believers followed while singing and praising God. Easter Sunday was rainy, but a wonderful group of dedicated believers filled the lighthouse grounds: a choir from the Methodist church were there to sing, believers from all the above churches attended, and William preached.
As I met with many pastors, the Spirit of God would create many divine appointments. In one case a pastor from Eureka, California had came up that morning to pray for Crescent City. So when I walked in there he was praying at the alter. After we began to talk we both knew that God had set us together. The presence of Almighty God was so strong we both began to weep and hug one another. Things like that happened several times. After the service was over God gave me many prophetic words to the people in the crowd as I began to minister to them individually. There were people from every walk of life there. From the homeless to the well to do. When the Holy Spirit moves it is hard to see all that He is doing. But in one case a lady, said she saw angels come into the room with me, as I came to one of the churches to tell them of the event. The night before the service, I was waken by the Spirit to pray. After that I went outside to spend a little quite time just to see the ocean, about 4 am. But when I stepped outside the air felt so strange. It was very warm, and there was no wind. And God's presence felt so strong, it felt like I was in a vacuum. The sky was so light up it seemed like early morning. But there was no moon and it was too early for sunrise, (7:00 am). Before I long, the Lord began to speak to me. He said, " I am coming soon and I am preparing my bride. I desire for my people to become one and love each other as I have loved them. Tell them William and don't be afraid, for I am with you always. Speak with boldness and courage, for I have placed my words in your mouth. Tell them time is short and I am even now pouring out my Spirit on the earth in such a way the world has never seen. The hour has come for me do mighty deeds the world has never seen amongst my people. I will use the humble, the weak, and those who believe my words and act upon them, to perform them. I am going to do a new thing, the world has never experienced." He spoke many more things to me. But no sooner had He stopped speaking when it began to rain, and the wind began to pickup and the weather went to it's normal self. This lasted about 15 minutes. The air was so warm at the time. It was as if God had put his arms around the island and shut it all down, just to talk with me. There are so many stories to tell, that I don't have the time. But I think what God said that night says it all! " I am coming soon!" Be blessed real good! William
Battery Point Lighthouse Resurrection Sunday 2013
Del Norte Historical Society - supplied coffee, supplies Churches worked with: Our Daily Bread Ministries http://dailybreadcc.org/ - supplied coffee, creamer, some equipment for service, Daphne (and friends) made tons of unleaven bread for communion Pelican Bay Evangelical Free Church - met with the pastor and went to a Passover Seder St. Joseph Catholic Church - contact with Dottie who made over 100 cinnamon rolls for event St. Paul's Episcopal Church - met with the pastor United Methodist Church - members of their choir sang Cornerstone Assembly of God - members of their prayer team met with us Foursquare Gospel church - met with them in a bible study Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church - met with the pastor