Thank you all for the prayers, encouragement and support you have offered to the people of Nashville!
God is at work in spite of great tragedy. These past few days have been some of the most challenging and yet most rewarding.
I’m so proud of the Cross Point volunteers who have come out by the hundreds to help love and serve people. Here’s a story one of our volunteers shared with me. Thank you Rachel for serving and loving these people!
My husband and I spent Monday morning with his brother’s very pregnant wife cleaning out their flooded basement and knew that if it was that bad at their house, that Bellevue had to be a hundred times worse – we knew we needed to get to Bellevue to help our church family. We met up with a group at Cross Point’s Bellevue campus; Ryan took us out to Boone Trace and we were “assigned” to a house. The owners and their 7-year-old daughter don’t attend Cross Point – they were some of the strongest people that I have ever met – they were so grateful and positive – their entire first floor was flooded, but they came out with smiles and thanks and couldn’t believe that there were so many people there to help. We took all of the furniture outside to either dry or throw away, ripped all of the carpet out, took the doors off, ripped out drywall and baseboards and insulation. At one point, the mom and I were standing in the kitchen and I just asked her how she was feeling. I can’t imagine being that strong in front of everyone all the time. She got a little teary and she started saying that they were evacuated the day before and that her daughter cried all night saying that she missed her house and that she was scared of the water. She continued to tell me that she told her daughter to pray that God continues to protect us and that he’ll provide for us and to help us stay strong. She said that she said that with faith even though she was scared and didn’t know how they could be strong in the midst of losing almost everything. Then she said this: God delivered. He answered our prayer with you – people that we don’t even know. We don’t know any of you and you all showed up and helped us with work that we didn’t know how we were going to get done. You gave us strength in numbers and my daughter is no longer scared.
I think that at this point it hit me. God DELIVERS GRACE AND HOPE in the midst of the most low places. SERIOUSLY – he orchestrated ALL of that. This family didn’t know about Cross Point, but they asked me for all of the information. Who knows? Maybe I will get to worship next to them one Sunday soon. We, as a body of Christ, are doing way more than just ripping out carpet and washing laundry and dishes – we’re attempting to be the hands and feet of Jesus. I think that it’s awesome to see – even though it’s a horrible thing that happened – that GOD will be glorified in Nashville, TN.
This is just one of many stories that we are hearing and there are still hundreds more to be told.
Will you take some time to come and help?
We’ll be sending out teams all week:
Wednesday, May 5th from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Meet at Cross Point Bellevue Campus
Thursday, May 6th from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Meet at Cross Point Bellevue Campus
Friday, May 7th from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Meet at Cross Point Bellevue Campus
Saturday, May 8th from 9:00 Am – 4:00 PM – Meeting location TBD
** For more details, directions, pictures, contact info, check out the Cross Point website