Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Gathering Donates $1006 to Storm Victims

Last Saturday, a local worship band called The Gathering held a benefit concert to raise money for victims of the recent storms that tore through Vilonia, Arkansas last month. First Baptist Church agreed to allow the band to use their facilities at no cost. Forty to fifty people attended, passing two hours listening to the young men play contemporary Christian music. Donations were accepted, t-shirts and refreshments were sold, with all proceeds going to help those whose lives were turned upside down when tornadoes tore through this small Faulkner County town.

We were blessed to be a part as well when I was asked to speak at the concert. During the band's break about midway through the event, I stepped to the microphone and spent about 15 minutes giving my testimony on surviving the most devastating storm in my life, the death of my beautiful daughter. I was honored to be invited to participate in such a worthy cause with such a great group of young men.

Today Colton Johnson, Cody Goff, Brent Burroughs, and Tyler Couch [pictured from left to right] gathered at Centennial Bank in Vilonia to deposit the proceeds. "I thought we might raise $300-$400," said Couch. "I was amazed when I learned we had raised over $1000!" The final total came to $1006. The money is now in the Faulkner County Red Cross for Vilonia Relief account designated to help ease the suffering of those who lost so much in the recent storms.

We thank God for allowing us to be a part of this wonderful demonstration of Christian love, and for putting us on a path where we travel in such great company. These young men put their talents to use Saturday to serve God and bring hope to a suffering community.

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