A Kentucky pastor is helping hundreds of people greatly affected by deadly flooding two weeks ago.
About two weeks ago, heavy rains fell in eastern Kentucky, causing intense flooding in the community. The heavy rain started on the evening of July 26 and lasted for about a week. Hundreds of people have lost their property, and their livelihood, and some even lost their loved ones as the flooding took the lives of 38 people.
Pastor Brad Stevens of the Church of God Worship Center in Clay County, knew that he had to do something to help these people. He felt the Holy Spirit convicting him to be the “hands and feet of Jesus” at that moment. When the rain stopped, the pastor went out to help those in need.
“I began seeing the devastation and finding people who were trapped and couldn’t get out. … I saw needs changing from day to day. There were a lot more people that needed help than we anticipated. But, God has somehow made a way,” the pastor said.
He called for help through his social media account for donations to aid the affected people. “Generous” donors from across the United States stepped in to help. The pastor was able to provide aid to over 300 residents greatly affected by the flooding. He gave them food and water and even helped them in rebuilding their homes.
“Some of the most difficult things to see is the fact that there are so many of these folks that have lost everything. And they go to their homes, and they see everything is destroyed and out in a pile in their yard getting ready to be hauled away in a garbage truck,” he described.
Praying with the Community
Aside from alleviating their physical needs, Pastor Brad also helped them with their trauma. He talked to them, counseled them, and even prayed with them.
“There has been a lot of prayers and just being there for them. And I’ve seen that it has been beneficial for some people when I don’t say anything and just let them talk and share their experiences. It’s like it gives them a sense of relief to be able to just talk to somebody. And you can almost sense the anxiety leaving as they get out what they haven’t been able to speak about. So, we’ve just been an ear to listen,” pastor Brad detailed.
“And other times, you know, we’re called to counsel and pray and try to do what we can to encourage and help them,” he added.
Let us pray for those affected by the flood that they may find comfort, peace, and shelter in the Lord. And that they may be able to rebuild their homes and get back on their feet again.
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Reference: The Christian Post
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