Today, we had a chance to get into town and take some pictures. We spent more time, however, working hard cleaning and packing up several houses of SBC church members. In the morning, Carmen and I worked in an old lady’s house packing up salvageable and/or sentimental items that she could take to a storage facility. Around 11 AM, a team from my home church, The Church at Trace Crossing, came down and we got to work in a neighborhood. Later, we were finally cleared to visit the church, where we set up the tent for Sunday’s service and picked through the rubble for hymnals and other salvageable items. Below are some select pictures to view of the day’s events. Thank you all for your prayers! They are much needed. Any donations of money and/or items can be sent to Smithville Baptist Church, 60027 Edgeworth Drive, Smithville, MS 38870. Money is much needed, along with items like clothing and water.
Interesting notes: 1) The first service held in the (new) sanctuary (shown destroyed above) was on Easter Sunday, 2001. The last service held there was Easter Sunday, 2011. The building stood for exactly ten years. 2) These pictures aren’t even the tip of the iceberg of the destruction in town. I chose pictures of buildings today. You will see pictures tomorrow of places where houses were that show no trace of them now, along with many more. 3) My Dad was in the Clarion Ledger and the Washington Post today. 4) The attitudes here are amazing. More on that tomorrow.
Thanks for reading and praying. Allow these photos to spur you on to pray for Smithville, worship our exceedingly gracious God, and propel you to action for His name and glory.