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Special Update: The Day the Lights Went Out in Conway

  • Special Update: The Day the Lights Went Out in Conway

     

    Hello everyone, 

     

    Thank you for being a part of Refreshing Hope Ministries. As you may have noticed, over the last few days the devotional stopped coming, and the website was down. This was because Hurricane Matthew passed directly over our town. The storm caused massive flooding, downed power lines, broken utility poles and severe wind damage. 

     

    Flooding at a Local High School
    Conway High School flooded

    It started raining heavily here about 24 hours before the winds actually arrived and that softened the ground so that when the wind started to blow, the trees just toppled over roots and all. The winds were 75mph with gusts much higher at our home. Not long after it began, the power went out. We had prayed about it, and I knew that we were going to be ok. Still the winds howling, the house shuddering, and pieces of our neighbors roofing and siding blowing by the windows made us pray some more. It was at least eight long hours before the storm subsided, and the strongest winds came oddly at the end of it. 

     

    Sunday morning was calm when we went outside to check the damage. Thank God, at our home we only lost some fencing, underpinning, boxing and the edge of our metal roof had began to lift. Sylvia and I worked together and repaired it all on Monday. 70% of Horry County was still without power and they restore the cities first. We live in the country and the estimate for us was up to two weeks.  

    Hurricane Matthew at Myrtle Beach

     

    Not wanting our deep freezer to thaw out, we started checking around for a generator. We soon found that the roads were flooded out, or blocked by downed trees, and none of the traffic lights were working. We dragged all the limbs out of our driveway and went exploring. We could not go to Conway as the river had crossed the road, and we could not go to Loris as a section of the highway had washed out. We eventually found a generator in Myrtle Beach at Sam’s Club. I guess everyone had the same idea, when we stopped by Lowes for a gas can, there were at least 5 people with generators in the check out line and the shelves were becoming empty. 

     

    We headed back home and started up the generator with the fuel that we had. When we went out to get some more, we found there were no gas stations open, anywhere in a 25 mile radius. None of them had power either. Those that were open just had thrown the doors open and were selling things, cash only.  

     

    We figured that we could at least get our servers back online, but then found that all of the Internet, Cable, and telephones were down in the area as well. So there was no bringing up Refreshing Hope until the utilities were restored. 

    The neighbor's carport behind the fence was turned on its side!
    Hurricane Matthew Fence Work

    Verizon sent us a text message that because of the hurricane, we had unlimited data, texts, and voice calls for the week which was a blessing. We used our phone’s internet to keep up on Facebook (you may wish to “like” our page for future emergencies) and Sylvia and I spent the evenings watching laptop movies by candlelight. 

     

    Our mornings were spent scrounging more fuel for the generator to keep the deep freezer going. When we stopped at the local Wal-Mart, the food shelves were empty like an apocalypse had happened. Thankfully we had food at home and have a gas grill so were still able to cook. All in all, we lived a very blessed life, other than the extremely cold showers. 

     

    One wonderful thing about the storm was that we got to see our community at its best. There was no looting that we could see, and all the people we met were friendly and supportive of each other. Line workers gathered from neighboring regions and are still working tireless to get everyone back up and running. There is nothing like adversity to bond people together.

     

    Storm Roof

     

    Fortunately, the power came back on at our house after three days and the Internet soon after. For many in the area, it is still off. It was a bit like stepping back in time and it is good to see Refreshing Hope back online! 

      

     

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Julie Schneider
Julie Schneider

So so happy you are safe and well!

October 11, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you so much, Julie :)! (((HUGS)))

October 11, 2016
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Maria Williams
Maria Williams

I thank God for his protection on your family and home. All of my family was protected also. Praying for the families of the ones in Haiti who didn't make it.

October 11, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen and amen, Maria, the ones in Haiti had it sooo much worse!

October 11, 2016
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Blanca Merchan
Blanca Merchan

Welcome Back...Safe and Soung Praise the Lord!

October 11, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you so much, Blanca :)!

October 11, 2016
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Blanca Merchan
Blanca Merchan

Where are you located?

 

October 11, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

We are in Conway, SC, which is near Myrtle Beach :)

October 11, 2016
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

So sorry for your difficulties. Thank God you've come out of the woods ok. God bless you and your family and your ministry. 

October 11, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you very much, Mari, we are so glad to be back :)!

October 11, 2016
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Carol Policastro
Carol Policastro

God is good - thanking Him for your protection!!  Welcome back :)

October 11, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, thank you so much, Carol :)!

October 11, 2016
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Rose Theuret
Rose Theuret

God is GREAT. Once I saw no devotional I knew you were hit by Matthew and were without power. I imdediately started praying for you guys. I have prayed since Mathew made landfall in Hatti. I have family in Florida and a few of them only had some minor damage as well. It is great knowing all is well with you and Sylvia. Have a fantastic day. God bless you both and continue to keep you safe.

October 11, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you so much for your prayers, Rose, and glad your family is ok, too :)!

October 11, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Abba Father heard our prayers. I am so glad to have Refreshing Hope Ministires back online!

October 11, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you so much, Carol, we are truly glad to be back :)!

October 12, 2016
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Will Williams
Will Williams

Hi Dion & Sylvia,
  I'm glad you conquered this adversity through God's blessing and I pray for those around you that didn't fare as well.

Thank you for who you are and what you offer the internet community. Your refreshing ministries are a first morning source of inspiration for my day and also for all those that you reach. God bless you and stay safe!

Will Williams

October 11, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you so much, Will, we are glad to be back for sure, and continue to pray for those who are still struggling <3!

October 11, 2016
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Pam Christ
Pam Christ

 Thank goodness you're all OK  and with only minimal damage .  Our son lives in North Carolina and where they are they had minimal damage as well some shingles some floor tiles lost their freezer stuff but all in all they're OK 

 Thank you Jesus 

October 11, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

That is wonderful, Pam, so glad they are ok! A bit of property damage is a blessing compared to what those in Haiti are dealing with <3

October 11, 2016
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Linsey Ard
Linsey Ard

Praise God! He is faithful!! Glad y'all made it through and all is well! 

October 11, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you so much, Linsey :)!

October 11, 2016
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Michael Stout
Michael Stoutedited: October 11, 2016

We always read in the Bible that God is faithful.  The story of your situation proves that God is still with us.  

Praise God that things were not worst than they were/are and that you are recovering.  

I wait each day to read your devotional and am thankful for your insights and inspiration. 

October 11, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, He was with us and we were never seriously without, except for some time in the dark :)

October 11, 2016
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Joe Brown
Joe Brown

Praise the Lord that You were one of the more fortunate. Praying for those that were not.

October 11, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

We are blessed indeed, Joe :)!

October 11, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembrezaedited: October 11, 2016

JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD is the light in the dark.  HE was with you Pastor and Sylvia and the rest of all those affected by the huricane.  Here in Alberta, Canada we do have the news in general about the South and North Carolina being really battered by the huricane.  You were on my prayers when I have not received the RHM devotional.  I knew then that you are on the path of huricane Mathew.  But GOD IS GOOD AND HE LOVES HIS CHILDREN AND PEOPLE VERY MUCH..  You are back and thank you and praise THE LORD OUR GOD.

October 11, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Deng, thank you so much for your prayers :)!

October 11, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

I am so glad that you and your family survived Hurrican Matthew!  That was quite a storm and I prayed for all who were affected by this massive storm and also my prayers are for those who lost loved ones.  May God safely carry those lost to his heavenly home and may they find joy and peace with our Father in Heaven and with Jesus Our Savior.  May God continue to Bless you and all who have come through the storm.

October 11, 2016
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Marcia Diehl
Marcia Diehl

RHM was missed...glad you both are safe and back online!

October 11, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you very much, Marcia, we are so blessed to be back :)!

October 11, 2016
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Glad Your Safe and Back! Praise God

October 11, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you so much, Dana :)!

October 12, 2016
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Pastor Marty Pena
Pastor Marty Pena

Proverbs 24:10 says "If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small." Times of trouble can be useful. The can show you who you relly are, what kind of character you  have developed in Christ. In addition, they can help you grow stronger. When Jeremiah questioned God because of the trouble he faced, God asked how he ever expected to face big challenges if the little ones tired him out (Jeremiah 12:5). We cannot complain about our problems and should never complain about our problems. The trouble Pastor Todd you and Sylvia faced is training you in more difficult situations you will face in the future. It is of no surprise as we are daily put to the test. We never know when the next huge one is going to hit, but we have to always be prepared in the face of adversity, trusting an all knowing God who is sufficient. I am so blessed to be part of the warrior spirit in both of you. I thank God for all our trials and for those who do not bow dow or break in such trials. You are a blessing to me and I am thankful to God for both of you. Thank you for sharing your pictures. My love and blessings as we walk this walk together. Shalom. 

October 11, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Marty, agreed! Plus, it was certainly a time to be still and be quiet for a bit :)

October 11, 2016
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Dan Strilzuk
Dan Strilzuk

Happy to hear you are alright Todd family!! God will always take care of His beloved:) "Thank you Father for protecting Dion and Sylvia through this storm, we know it could have been much worse but your Grace is sufficient in every situation all the time. Thank you for restoring RHM, many of us were adrift without it!! In Jesus' name, Amen"

October 11, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen! Thank you so much for your prayers, brother!

October 11, 2016
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Marti Owens
Marti Owens

Very thankful you all are ok.  Praying for everyone there.  

October 11, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you so much, Marti :)!

October 11, 2016
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Marcia Lament
Marcia Lamentedited: October 11, 2016

Praises be To God for keeping you safe. We must always be thankful it could have been much worse.  

October 11, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

That is the truth, Marcia :)!

October 11, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Wow. Sure was a wild time over there. So thankful you are ok. You rose up to the challenge and got through the storm. Really nice to hear how everyone was helping each other.Good to hear you got a generator and fuel eventually.Hang in there...Thank you God. Amen.

October 11, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Yes, we really have a lovely community here, but especially in times like these :). We were definitely very blessed and thankful to be able to get the generator! 

October 11, 2016
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Albert Chau
Albert Chau

The picture of your local HS flooded is something. The water almost reached the crossbar which is 10 feet high! Not sure why so much water there, but it is certainly a blessing to see pastor Dion standing on dry land fixing the fence :-) 

October 11, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Haha, agreed, Albert! Though Dion was an avid fisherman in his day, I'm sure it is better in a boat ;-). I'm not sure why it was so flooded either, but it was certainly torrential for many hours, and many of the streets are still flooded now!

October 11, 2016
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

Thank you for all the wonderful encouragement everyone! We are thankful to have been so blessed.

October 11, 2016
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Patricia  Collins
Patricia Collins

I am glad and thankful you guys are okay truly missed the devotions.

October 11, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Many thanks, Patricia, we are blessed to be back :)!

October 12, 2016
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander

Praise God you all are ok through the storm.

October 11, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you, Deborah, you are a blessing :)!

October 12, 2016
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Richard Winterrowd
Richard Winterrowd

Glad you and your wife are ok. 

October 11, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you so much, Richard :)!

October 12, 2016
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Judy  Driggers
Judy Driggers

I really missed your daily devotionals, but I was in the path of Hurricane Matthew as well here in Bunswick, GA. I also prayed and stayed. The flooding came up within five inches of entering my doorway and the cars almost flooded, but God sent the water miraculously draining just in time! My prayers are with those who were hit harder. School is closed here until next week. So glad you are safe in Conway!

October 11, 2016
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

May the Lord continue to protect your home in Jesus name. The river is still rising here and we are cut off from town, but we do not live in a flood zone. My heart and prayers go out to those that do. 

October 12, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Praise God for His protection! The schools are closed here too, but so thankful for all of the dedicated line and road workers who are getting everything back in place <3

October 12, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Praise God you were kept!!!  Wow what damage & water heights.  A blessing you & Sylvia could do the physical labor needed.  Those who couldn't Bless them oh Lord!

October 11, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Cheryl! We are also glad not to have to put in an insurance claim because we just signed up with a new insurance policy last month and they'd probably want to cancel us for putting in a claim right after, lol ;)

October 12, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Wow!  God is sooo good...

October 13, 2016
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

God is Good.

 

October 11, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, He is!

October 12, 2016
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Nicole Summers
Nicole Summers

Thank God you and your wife are safe. 

October 11, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you so much, Nicole :)!

October 12, 2016
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Darlene Blackmon
Darlene Blackmon

So glad you and Sylvia were safe through this ordeal. Thank God it didn't get get worse than what it was. Hallelujah!

October 12, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Darlene, and thank you :)!

October 12, 2016
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Vicki Stone
Vicki Stone

So Happy you and Sylvia are safe, very glad to have you back. :)

October 12, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you so much, Vicki :)!

October 12, 2016
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Vickie Bennett
Vickie Bennett

Our family serves in China full time caring for the orphans here.  My husband and I are faithful followers of your daily devotionals. Most websites of a religious nature are blocked here by gov't firewalls, but God has allowed your links to the devotions to always go through for two years now.  When they stopped coming in last week we thought for sure the firewalls had finally succeeded.  So we visited your website and saw the news of what had taken place.  While are are certainly happy that everyone is safe, we shamefully must confess we're doing the Snoopy dance here in China that their firewalls are still being defeated by His divine intervention.

Blessings from the Bennett's in China

October 12, 2016
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

That is terrific. Thank you for sharing that with us. We had no idea that we were reaching passed the "great wall" of China. What a beautiful work you are doing there, caring for the orphans. May you be blessed, protected, and provided for in every way, in Jesus name.

October 12, 2016
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Tavii Martin
Tavii Martin

So glad to hear you all are safe and power is restored!!

October 12, 2016
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Legean Howell
Legean Howell

Thank the LORD you made it through with minimal damages. Praying for Everyone affected by Harricane Matthew

Missed you 

So Glad you're back 

October 12, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you very much, Legean, we are blessed and praying for those still trying to get through it <3!

October 12, 2016
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Karen Robertson
Karen Robertson

What an adventure!!!!  So glad you & Sylvia were okay & minimal damage done!  Can't wait for church on Sunday!!!

October 12, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Haha, we tried to think of it as "camping', which made it more pleasant ;-). Look forward to seeing y'all on Sunday, too, Karen :)!

October 12, 2016
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

We missed church as well. Hopefully this week will be better. We certainly have no where to go. All the roads around us are flooded or washed out at the moment, but we have plenty to eat  :)

October 12, 2016
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Tracy Carroll
Tracy Carroll

Thank God you 2 are OK!!!  We (Norfolk, Va.) got hit dead on too & we weren't as lucky as y'all in the aspect of people looting.  Our power went off Sunday morning at 2 am and shortly there after, the neighborhood came alive & it was a scary place in my own neighborhood! GOD watched over me & mine though & the fact that I have 2 well trained Pit Bulls kept me safe.  However, I was going thru some RHM withdrawals!!! LOL  SO happy y'all are up & running again!  God bless y'all to the fullest!    With Blessings & Many Prayers,  Tracy Carroll  <3

October 12, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Yikes, so sorry your neighborhood was like that, Tracy :(! Pit bulls are probably a great deterrent though. So glad to see you, Tracy, and happy that you are ok!

October 12, 2016
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Amanda Garza
Amanda Garza

Thanking God right now that you all are okay... prayers are being sent up i am starting a prayer chain tonight at church for you all. Thank you for letting us know that yall are ok God bless you both. Much Christian love and hugs for yall :D <3

October 12, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

We so appreciate the prayers, Amanda <3!

October 13, 2016
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Jay Jerisek
Jay Jerisek

Hi all,

just letting you know that God spared my Wife and I during this catastrophy. I live in Port orange florida and my trailer park looks like a war zone. No flooding but the wind damage is hard to describe. I lost half of my car port and part of my trailer but nothing I can't fix.  My best neighbor next door has already has his trailer condemned and he doesn't know where he is going to live . Amazing that the two God fearing people in my neighboor hood, who prayed hard before the storm ,where spared major damage. God is good. I have a hard time rejoicing over my good fortune however when all these good people I know had their homes destroyed.

October 12, 2016
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

Thank God you are ok there. I know that Florida gets its share of hurricane damage! May the Lord help you all through this time, in Jesus name. Be safe Jay, and if there is anything that we can do, please let us know. 

October 12, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

So glad that y'all are ok, Jay! Praying for all of you there <3

October 12, 2016
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Jeanie  Fleming
Jeanie Fleming

DEAR TODD AND SYLVIA:  i KEPT TRYING TO OPEN YOUR EMAILS FROM THE DAY BEFOR THE STORM HIT YOU AND COULDN'T FIGURE OUT WHAT WAS WRONG WITH MY COMPUTER.....SILLY ME.....IT TOOK ME SOME TIME TO REALIZE THAT YOU LIVE IN THE PATH OF THE STORM AND THEN I LOOKED AT THE WEATHER MAP ONLINE AND SAW THE STORM PASSING RIGHT OVER YOU.  THEN I PANICED AND WONDERED HOW I COULD CONTACT YOU.  OF COURSE IT FINALLY DAWNED ON MY OLD BRAIN THAT YOUR POWER WAS OUT, THE PHONE LINES WERE DOWN AND PROBABLY EVEN CELL PHONES WEREN'T WORKING AT LEAST FOR AWHILE.

WHEW.  AM SO RELIEVED THAT YOU DIDN'T SIMPLY BLOW OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH....PRAYER REALLY TRULY WORKS.  WHEN I SAW YOUR EMAIL TONIGHT I CRIED.  GUESS WHAT, I LOVE YOU GUYS AND COUNT SO MUCH ON HEARING FROM YOU EVERY DAY THAT THE TEARS JUST CAME WHEN I REALIZED YOU ARE JUST FINE.

PRAISE GOD.  THANK YOU JESUS FOR SAVING TODD AND SYLVIA.  I TRULY COUNT ON GETTING THE EMAILS EVERY DAY.  AMEN.

STAY SAFE, TODD AND SYLVIA.  YOU ARE IMPORTANT TO ALL OF US WHO ARE CONNECTED TO YOU DAILY.  JEANIE FLEMING

 

October 12, 2016
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

Thank you for your prayers Jeanie!

October 13, 2016
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Gloria Nebarez
Gloria Nebarez

God is good, I am truly thankfull that neither one of you were hurt.   it sounds that there were no  real  damage to anyone's house. Thank you Jesus and the deep freezer stayed frozen. God is good. Glad your back online and all is safe.. Blessings to you both always!

October 13, 2016
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

Yes, we came through blessed. Still pretty much trapped at home as the roads are flooded, or washed out, but healthy and happy  :)

October 13, 2016
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor

So glad you are both ok and your community seems to have weathered it well too!  Very happy for you, even though you got "the Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" stuck in my head now! :P lol

October 13, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

lol, that is just a bonus ;-)!

October 13, 2016
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Marilyn Salter
Marilyn Salter

I live in Savannah, Georgia. It is by God's grace that we are all safe and sound. My dog went a little nuts from the howling of the wing. We got lots of rain too. I live in the country and power just came back on Wednesday, October 11.  My children and their families are all safe as well. Tybee Island took a beating and Fort Pulaski was surrounded by water and the people that stayed on the island were trapped because the road was covered in water. We had a12.5ft storm surge. The rivers arecstill creating as we speak. My son in law is a lineman for the powe company. He has been working such long hours trying to get power back to people. 

God took care of all those I love.  Couldn't ask for a better blessing. 

October 15, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

So glad you are ok, Marilyn! I know that must have been especially bad for those poor people stuck on the island. Many thanks to your son-in-law and all of the line workers who are still working so hard to get everyone back to normal <3!

October 15, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Thank you Pastor Todd for sharing this with us.Praise God for seeing you all safely through the storm,and for joining the hearts of people through this storm.Thank you Heavenly for watching over all these people.,and bringing them all through stronger.Amen.

October 15, 2016
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Rosemary Freitas
Rosemary Freitas

Praise God you and your wife were safe. 

October 29, 2016