In hard-hit Waverly, Tenn., donations pour in as a church provides shelter to displaced residents.
By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle
WAVERLY, Tenn. — The Waverly Church of Christ’s pews were packed Sunday — but not just with people.
Clothing and stuffed animals covered several rows, just one sign of the 200-member congregation’s effort to help victims after historic flooding.
Nearby, grocery items and mattresses filled the church’s activity center, where about two dozen displaced residents have slept since a record rainfall — 17 inches in one day — caused rivers and creeks to overflow Aug. 21.
“I’ve not just seen the congregation respond. I’ve seen the community respond,” said preaching minister Jeff Keele, who, with his wife, Becky, stayed up all night Saturday working at the shelter.
Volunteers in bright red Churches of Christ Disaster Response Team T-shirts sat near the front of the auditorium. Boxes of food and emergency supplies delivered by Nashville-based Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort were piled high in the building.
Price White, a longtime church member, choked back tears before leading Sunday’s closing prayer.
“Heavenly Father, we’re especially thankful for those who have come from near and far to help those who have lost loved ones and who have lost everything,” White prayed.
This story appears in the online edition of The Christian Chronicle.