I'm not sure if anyone on BH has heard this story on their local news. The church I pastor is Faith Way Assembly of God in LaFollette TN. The 2 buildings (our main sanctuary and our fellowship building) on our campus were destroyed by a flood that inundated us last Friday night. This was happening as we (Bluegrass Gospel group New Harvest) were opening up a local concert with Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers 30 miles away. We have been devastated by this. One of my trusty banjos was in my office and was somehow spared! Unfortunately, most of everything else was lost. If you are a believer, pray for us! Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
Edited by - Steve Bruce on 06/13/2019 02:28:42
Well, my mother survived the VanPort flood with only the clothes on her back. If she hadn't been displaced, she might not have been visiting her friend, Birdie. If she hadn't been visiting Birdie, she might not have met my dad. If it hadn't been for the VanPort flood, I might not be here. That might not matter to most folks, but it matters to me!
It is hard now, but as long as no one was hurt, good things might come from it.
So sorry Steve. I know the pictures look devastating but can't describe the emotions felt. Many many prayers for you and your congregation my friend.
You and your congregation have my thoughts and prayers after such a devastating ordeal. Hopefully, your congregation will get together and rebuild your church.
That’s awful! My prayers are with you.
Nothing like having an image of the building on a DRY day, to compare to the flood scene, and see just how [EXPLETIVE DELETED]DEEP that flood was.
I'll see if there's a couple dollars rattling loose in my Just For Fun account.
I've got your mailing address from the same site that's got this picture.
Your banjo survived that? Well now, that really is a miracle.
Edited by - RoBanJo on 06/13/2019 05:41:57
Prayers up from the Ozarks.
After a recent torrential rain in upper central Missouri a roof leak in a little country church (an old family friend is pastor there) caused the entire ceiling to collapse on to all the pews. Flooding throughout the mid-west has been serious.
"If you are a believer, pray for us! Thank you for your thoughts and prayers."
I don't know if you need prayers or an Ark. Maybe both!
Thank you all for your responses. Mike Gregory, our mailing address is:
PO Box 1602
LaFollette, TN 37766
Thank you very much for offering a few dollars for us! Much appreciated! God bless!
I'm not much on architectural features, but I'm GUESSING, from looking at the windows, that the flood must have been around seven feet deep, the day that picture was taken. Maybe more.
Has it receded enough that you can measure the stains and tell how deep it got?
Mike, the flood has receded and we estimate both buildings were saturated with an 8-9 feet of water! We didn't measure it but we know our walls were 8 ft.
Edited by - Steve Bruce on 06/15/2019 02:46:14
Mike Gregory, thank you for your donation to our church! It is much appreciated!
If EVERY OutHanger sent you a minimum of one dollar, you'd have over $113,798.
I just wanted to be the first admitted atheist to send you some money, set a Good Example for the rest of the guys & gals, whatever their individual beliefs.
Wow! That would be awesome Mike! You never know what it would mean to us if that would happen! Thank you for your example, Mike! We don't have to believe the same to help one another!
How was the banjo spared?
Inquiring minds want to know!
It was found under debris in my office. The case was soaked and water logged. I figured the banjo was ruined. So, I didn't open it. Another guy took the banjo home with him. He opened it and it was dry with no damage. How it was spared? I don't know...but I have a good idea! There was 8 feet of water in that office. I believe its a miracle! Here is a video of the banjo after the flood.
'Second time' 25 min
'banjo mute' 53 min
'Banjo strings' 2 hrs