June 1, 2011
encouragement from a tornado victim
A recent update from intern Hunter Spurgeon
Through the aftermath of the April 27th tornado, doors have been opened for the spread of the gospel into homes and hearts where it was previously unwelcome, but that is not the case for all of the victims. Some of those who are suffering the greatest losses are believers in lordship of Christ Jesus and his promise to make all things new. Donna is one such woman, and was alone at her home in Rosedale Court on the evening of the tornado. She weathered the storm in her bathtub, but found refuge somewhere else.
Rebuild Tuscaloosa heard about Donna from a church member who referred her, and met her in her temporary home at an interstate hotel. What a wonderful woman; though she has lost every material possession imaginable, her heart poured out as she sang over us at the end of our meeting, “Because He lives I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone. Because I know He holds the future, and life is worth the living just because He lives.” What hope! Although Donna had no material possessions at that moment, the gospel gave her everything as an inheritance in Christ. Through our friendship with Ms. Donna, Caitlin and I have been able to see the Lord work in her life through the local church. I was excited to answer my phone and hear that she had been adopted by Calvary Baptist Church, like many families in Rosedale Court, and has been blessed with a newly furnished apartment. All is not settled and well in her life, but it has been rewarding, encouraging, and stretching to see the kingdom being made new in her physical situation, as she continues to grow in her understanding of biblical community and the gospel.
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