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Shelter from the Storm

Shelter from the Storm

by Allison Caldwell on September 17, 2018

It’s a beautiful thing to witness Gospel Hospitality in action.

Although Columbia was spared the brunt of the storm, we had the pleasure of hosting and serving 13 people as an Emergency Shelter in partnership with Richland County Emergency Services. We put out the call late Thursday through Sunday School classes and social media, and within 24 hours more than 60 members had volunteered to help. Many others stopped by on Friday to drop off needed supplies. We opened the doors at 5 p.m. Friday, unsure of what to expect. God had a blessing in mind for sure. 

Our first four guests were mother-daughter duos who didn’t want to take a chance on being stranded. One pair had experienced the Columbia floods back in 2015, and one pair had been airlifted out of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

A widow drove in from Pelion because she didn’t want to weather the storm alone. 

Two homeless men found shelter, love and support when they needed it most, and stayed to attend Sunday services.

A mother and her adult son with autism stopped for the night on their way to Spartanburg, unsure of how the wind and rain would affect the drive. 

One woman walked several miles in the rain after her power went out, and later lead us in an impromptu praise and worship session as she sang to thank God for His provision.

Lives were touched, friendships were made, the Gospel was shared, and God was glorified as the One who not only knows about the storms of life, but promises to lead us through them. Thank you for your willingness to serve!

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