“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10: 24-25
Monday night, January 2nd, 2017, high winds and tornadoes ripped through my hometown and the surrounding areas.
This was a HUGE storm that had already traveled through Mississippi and Alabama, while the bottom part was hammering down on Florida.
My work church was not just going to sit by and not help. We went out and gave away box lunches and water. Then, they had a free supper for people to come eat.
I saw people of all races, religious denominations, and ages helping each other. The sound of chain saws filled the air. Besides that, it was quiet. Everyone in shock, and looking at trees just pushed over with their roots sticking up out of the ground. Cars and roofs of homes crushed under the weight of these giant pine trees.
I want to share what some of my friends are seeing…
Chad Pate said this on his Facebook page:
“Coming home tonight from Phoebe, I got detoured all the way to Krispy Kreme and noticed everyone helping everyone no matter what color they were…it was good to see that…I am fortunate my house did not get damaged but I have to worry about the creek…..IT WAS ROUGH LAST NIGHT…THIS BOY WAS SCARED WHILE I WAS HEARING THE ROARING SOUND WHILE I WAS SEEKING SHELTER IN MY TUB…”
A page I follow on Facebook called The Good Life City (because that’s our motto) posted this:
“Watching this community come together during this tragic time is more beautiful than anything this city had to offer us. The trees may have been taken out, but the SEEDS being planted by this community is what will be remembered for generations to come.”
Tonight, my work church had a service. Sherwood Baptist does not have power. They came to church with us. So did Friendship Baptist, and a couple of other congregations. We had all different races at this service, and we prayed.
We prayed for God to move! We asked for a revival in this area, for this storm to bring people into a relationship with Him, and for continued unity among believers.
Will you join us? Please pray for this area, as we clean up. Pray for unity and love to continue to grow. Ask God to help His children trust Him, love Him, and pray that this will bring revival in the hearts of many! Also, pray for people’s emotional issues, the other night was scary!
Remember these people too:
One thing Pastor Butch said tonight really rang true for me. He said to pray that our service will not give people a black eye. We need to show LOVE. All different people have experienced this loss. Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, etc. of all different social economic backgrounds too. This is a human problem. It was a storm that satan meant for bad, but God is turning it around for GOOD! AMEN!
Thank you for praying! God bless you today and always!