When I posted last week’s blog, I was sitting in my son’s apartment in Raleigh visiting our grandkids, and it was raining. Little did we know that the rain would lead to historic flood levels in our hometown of Columbia as we traveled home Saturday night. Sunday morning brought flooded homes, broken dams, rescues by boat and helicopter, along with roads and the cars traveling on them tragically washed away. My home was safe and dry but destruction visited many around us.
One hundred children in my wife’s school, Seven Oaks Elementary, were left displaced while losing not only their homes but most of their possessions. So we rolled up our sleeves and got involved and started serving wherever God led. Kay led her faculty and staff to serve meals, clean out flooded homes, and provide clothes and water for those displaced families. I worked from our SC Baptist Convention offices to help Disaster Relief efforts and helped serve meals at Kay’s school. Together we handed out Flood Buckets and New Testaments provided by the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. We were GOING FULL CIRCLE!
In our Wednesday chapel service at the SC Baptist Convention offices, my friend Ron Barker, showed a video. That video spoke deeply to us who were serving flood victims, as well as to those whose own homes had been damaged by flood waters. I want YOU to see that video. Set aside twenty minutes and watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxBQLFLei70.
This is the one of the greatest speeches I’ve ever heard. It’s from Adm. William McRaven, Commander of U.S. Special Forces who masterminded the Osama Bin Laden raid. If you’ve been through the floods in your life, you’ve got to see this.
I think you’ll be glad you saw it! It will speak to all of us who have made it through catastrophe and hardship in our lives. Blessings, Mark