The spirited service, led by Pastor Terence Johnson of Shiloh Brandy Baptist Church, attracted about 150 people, who gave more than $5,000 in offerings for Red Cross hurricane relief.
It was a time of song and laughter and of coming together.Johnson, master detailer at Chrysler, said the Lord put it on his heart "to go tell your boss you need to use his parking lot to meet the needs of these people."
In days leading up to the service, his
wife, Sandra, was emotionally moved by the tragedy in the Gulf.
"I wept for three or four days and I didn't know what I was weeping for," she
told the crowd of young and old and black and white."We have to feed the hungry," Mrs. Johnson
went on, "and clothe those that don't have clothes.That's what the Christian life is all about - helping someone else."
The evening service - dubbed Operation Restoration - overflowed with not just talk, but actions of generosity, unity and trust in God that He
has things under control.
...Pastor Terence Johnson concluded the nearly two-hour service with an applicable, weather-related sermon from the New Testament book of Matthew, chapter 7:24-29.He
read, "Therefore, whosoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his
house upon a rock.And the rain descended and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock."
As darkness fell on the outdoor church service, the sky assumed a dark blue tint and a slice of moon shone bright.
"Do you have a rock solid plan?"asked Johnson
."Sand is not a good place to build a house because sand can be slippery."
Voice gaining volume and velocity, the Shiloh Brandy pastor advised the congregation, "Rain will fall on the just and the unjust, but it doesn't have to wash you away."
went on, "Keep on holding on when the landslide comes and all hell breaks loose.