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Better Than Jewels

Sometimes the worst of circumstances brings out the best in people.

It has been a rough couple of months in our sleepy little town of Oakhurst. We have had three fires in 2 short months. The last one took 30 homes, and displaced so many people. In our church of over 700, no one lost their homes, praise, God. But we are such a close-knit community, we are feeling deeply for the folks who did.

In the midst of pain and loss, people have opened their doors to strangers, and businesses are seeking to raise funds for those in need. Check for what is happening in the community to help those folks who are affected.

Today I was in the bank and a teller told me of a woman who came in, sat down in a chair, and fell sound asleep. No one woke her when realized that she was one of folks whose home went up in flames. I was so grateful for the management and employees of the bank who didn’t let the rules of their business establishment get in the way of their human kindness.

Another woman who had to flee the fire said that 8 years ago she was in a self-imposed prison, hating everyone including herself. She came to God and he led her to church. “Back then, no one would have called me. Today when folks heard about my situation, my phone rang off the hook with offers of help, food, money, and even places to stay.”

That makes me proud to be from our sleepy but loving little town. And it makes me real glad to part of such an awesome family of God. 

Would you please pray for the folks who have lost their homes that they don’t lose their hope. Pray for our firefighters, and PRAY FOR RAIN.


September 21, 2014 @05:20 pm

Thanks, Terri. Ya'll were a great group. I loved being under the trees. I am praying for the King Fire near there.

Linda Newton
September 21, 2014 @05:19 pm

I love all of your emails. Last weekend was a wonderful blessing. I hope you can speak again! Thank you for being the Light and the Glory of Jesus!!!! Blessings from Sparks, Nevada

September 19, 2014 @09:38 pm

So beautifully said, Linda

September 19, 2014 @09:36 pm

Wonderful message. Thank you.

September 19, 2014 @09:35 pm

Linda thank you for the update!!! I'm part of a small group of ladies who prays on each week. I will take your concerns to the group. What a blessing to know specifically what kind of need to pray for. I so appreciate you sister!

September 19, 2014 @09:26 pm

Nicely said…thank you Linda! Praying!


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