This was an experience that was felt by many recently on April 27th, 2011. I still remember calling my mom who works at a school in
Now, you may ask, "Why are you reliving such a sad day?" Well, if you remember the point of this blog is to share about some heroes that we encounter a long the way. I want to do just that. They are a small group of men and WOMEN who live in the Yocona community and the surrounding area. I had the honor of hearing some incredibly stories shared to me by some wonderfully wise women.
You see the WMU group at
Mrs. Cherry told me that it may be a little dusty at her house because of all the tree dust that had fallen. I was just so completely humbled that even though the sweet families had gone through SO MUCH they wanted to stop cleaning up, repairing, and honestly, STOP… to hear what God was doing in our lives! So, the date was set. That evening at dusk as I rode down 334 and down Mrs. Cherry's road I became so OVERWHELMED with emotions because even though it had been almost a week and half there was still SO MUCH destruction! I began to just cry and PRAISE GOD for sparing people's lives in this area. It could have been SO BAD, but it was NOT! When I got to the house I could tell that there were SO MANY trees missing, but as Mrs. Cherry pointed out that there was NOT any structural damage! WOW!!!! About 15 women came to her house and just seeing them after such a long week, OH, I was overwhelmed by their LOVE! One lady even shared that her husband got caught out in the storm and had to hold onto a pole and his stomach and ribs were still bruised from holding on so tight. Well, these sweet ladies full of wisdom and grace just BLESSED my heart. I left there so filled with joy!!! I have known many of these ladies for years and I was so grateful for their faithful prayers and support. I left there even MORE motivated to be faithful friend like them.
In my prayers MANY times I pray that God will make me faithful. I pray that he will find me to be His faithful servant. I pray that I will be faithful to my husband, my children, my family, and my friends. BUT today as I was doing my quiet time something "clicked"....Have you ever had one of those "spiritual" clicks? Today, I prayed..."LORD, thank YOU for being FAITHFUL to ME!!!!!" Oh, I am so grateful to a God who has been Faithful to me ALL of these YEARS!!!!! Even when I have NOT been my BEST...HE has still been FAITHFUL! Well, as I finished my prayer time I was reading His Word and then...Oh, don't you LOVE THIS...WHEN GOD JUST SPEAKS RIGHT BACK TO YOU...confirming ....YES, I AM FAITHFUL TO YOU....Psalms 89:1-2 "I will sing of the LORD's great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you establish your faithfulness in heaven itself." vs.5 "The heavens praise your wonders, O LORDS, your faithfulness too, ...." Oh, I could keep going and going!!!!! I am just so excited about HOW mighty OUR GOD IS...HOW FAITHFUL HE IS!!! May you too....THIS DAY, REJOICE with ME in HIS FAITHFULNESS!!!
I want to share with you some pics of the tornado damage around the Yocona area....Keep in mind these are pics that I just took in June. Over a month and half later!!!!
Notice the metal chair sitting next to the tree on the right.
Driving around Yocona area
The home at the end of my mom's road.
The sweet ladies at NPBC restocked our First Aid Kit so that we would be ready for Brazil! :) We are so thankful because we didn't have the funds to get all of these little extras that we needed! :) THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!