This BLOG page is designed to be a diary and journal of the events of this entire tragedy. There are so many miracles, amazing stories and testimonies coming from this. We want to share it with the world and to show the world the goodness of God. Please feel free to add to this BLOG page with any stories where God has touched you through this.
All week we have received phone calls, offers to help, prayers and people uniting together from all faiths.
THE RUMMAGE SALE:
Today we continued as scheduled with our rummage sale that has been planned for months. Just to show the community that we are not going anywhere. It was over cast and threatening to rain all day.
Many people showed up to help with set up including 14 youth from LDS churches in the area. They were Robert Wood, Austin Paxton, C.J. Chapman, Channing DOI, Blake Schllurter, Connor Giguiere, Jacob Rasmussen, Kalee Blanchard, Raegan Rasmussen, Raegan Garlitz, Heida Willis, Amanda McGuire, Julie Kennedy and Mike Constance. They helped us set up, shovel rock for our parking area and break down everything when it eventually started to rain. Many people from the community were saddened by the event. And we were encouraged by the support of our community.
Many people from the community and Interfaith Council have brought donations for the Rummage sale. We have never had so many donations before! Thank you Everybody for your generosity.
Pastor William Terry from a church in San Diego stopped by and handed me a $100 bill and said "This is from us as seed money for your restoration."
Pastor Ernie Castaneda from Hemet has offered to provide Hot Dogs, potato salad, chips and water for sale at our Day 2 Rummage Sale. All proceeds will go to Homeland. Thank you Pastor Ernie!
Rabbi Josaph has several spiritual and prayer partners praying for us. Synagogues in Ethiopia, Eastern Europe, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are all praying for the congregation in Homeland. He says there are more synagogues than he can count. Rabbis are also placing a special prayer for us in the wall at the "wailing wall" in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Marie James called from Washington. She is part of the Interfaith Council in Hemet/San Jacinto. She heard about the fire and wants to send a generous donation to the church. She also said she was going to dedicate their Friday Shavuot service honoring Homeland.
Ann Gray from the LDS Church and Interfaith Council came by the church to offer services with a work team to help clean up the debris from the fire. They plan to have 20-30 people on site to help tomorrow.
She also asked if we usually do anything for Moms on Mother's Day. She will be donating 3 dozen roses as gifts for our Moms. The love of God is amazing. I heard Mike say today, "When God's people fall in love with each other that's when God is glorified."
Tomorrow we are going to carry on with day 2 of our rummage sale.
Ron Cooper, our Chairman of the Trustees is such an organized, awesome man. He has arranged for a tent to be set up for our Sunday Restoration Service at 10AM. He has also had temporary restrooms provided on site. David Winn our executive director will also be here and share. Pastor Johnny Hodges, from New Life Fellowship across the street, has asked to share something with the congregation. And many, many more churches are lifting us up in prayer. We will video the service and post it on the website for those who can not be here.
Hew, how's that for a day? Kim