PARK CITY, Tenn.(WHNT)-A coalition of local churches and pastors is spearheading a massive cleanup and recovery effort in Lincoln County, Tennessee, just days after a deadly tornado roared through.
The grassroots effort started with an emergency meeting of pastors from across Lincoln County just hours after the twister struck. Church leaders said they agreed to mobilize and unite their congregation members, calling it the best way to bring hope to a still-battered community.
“There’s just a great spirit out here,” said Rev. Don Gray, head pastor of The Rock Family Worship Center in Fayetteville. “Everybody is on board, nobody wanted any of the glory. They just said the body of Christ is going to come together and serve this community like Jesus would. That’s been the case ever since this started.”
“Some churches are strong in some areas, other churches are stronger in other areas,” said Rev. Ben Johnson, head pastor at Hope Assembly of God in Fayetteville. “There’s no perfect plan, we’re just doing the best we can…I know our heart as churches all throughout this area is that in the end, even through a disaster like this, that the Lord could be glorified through this whole situation.”
Several Lincoln County churches told WHNT News 19 that they will continue meeting daily for the foreseeable future.