We praise God that we have now heard from most all of our church members. I have not been able to talk with everyone personally, but through word of mouth almost everyone is accounted for. Please pray for us as we continue to contact every single person. Some evacuated far from the storms path, others left the lowest areas but still endured treacherous weather. Some huddled in attics and others swam to safety in the midst of the storm. Only God’s miraculous intervention spared their lives. We know of several in our community, not in our immediate church membership, who did lose their lives.
I believe that every last church member’s home has been destroyed. The wind and water rushed in, moving some homes across roads, gutting others, caving in roofs, and flattening others completely. I will post pictures soon.
Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
God, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer’s;
he makes me tread on my high places.