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Jun 13, 2019 - 2:11:42 AM
656 posts since 7/28/2005

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

Jun 13, 2019 - 3:40:02 AM
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3371 posts since 10/7/2007

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.

Jun 13, 2019 - 4:29:32 AM

16 posts since 3/18/2019

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.

Jun 13, 2019 - 4:39:01 AM
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You and your congregation have my thoughts and prayers after such a devastating ordeal. Hopefully, your congregation will get together and rebuild your church.

Jun 13, 2019 - 4:47:30 AM
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1656 posts since 10/17/2013

That’s awful! My prayers are with you.

Jun 13, 2019 - 5:16:39 AM
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51493 posts since 12/14/2005

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.

Jun 13, 2019 - 5:41:03 AM
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182 posts since 7/27/2007

Your banjo survived that? Well now, that really is a miracle.

Edited by - RoBanJo on 06/13/2019 05:41:57

Jun 13, 2019 - 5:49:13 AM
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711 posts since 12/2/2012

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.

Jun 13, 2019 - 10:57:09 AM
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693 posts since 11/26/2012

"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!

Jun 14, 2019 - 2:31:09 AM

656 posts since 7/28/2005

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!

Jun 14, 2019 - 5:49:07 AM
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51493 posts since 12/14/2005

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?

Jun 15, 2019 - 2:45:17 AM

656 posts since 7/28/2005

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

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