I know I have not posted for a while. *LIFE!* smile... but this story touched me, so I am reaching out for them. Feel free to copy and share!
You may recognize We Are Messengers from the popular Christian radio songs, Everything Comes Alive, and Messengers.
Below is what happened this weekend. I thought others might want to know and be praying.
I typed this after listening to Darren on the We Are Messengers FB live video: On their way home from an amazing show, filled with joy from people getting healed and coming to know Jesus. They were looking forward to getting home, asleep on the bus that God had given them, and around 4 a.m. their driver, Tom, drove into another car that was parked in the right lane of the interstate. No hazards on. Dark. No way to avoid it. Flames immediately erupted. They all woke up in a panic, and it was a miracle the bus and trailer didn’t roll or flip. It seemed as if someone physically parked the bus 4-5 blocks away along the shoulder, and then the doors opened, and they all rushed out. The bus was engulfed in flames. None of them, not even the driver opened the doors. Darren (lead singer) ran back to the other car, crying and praying no one was in it. He tried to access it, but it was completely engulfed in flames. They would come to find out a young man had lost his life in that car. There are no further details, as the whole situation is under investigation. They band is welcoming all prayers, not only for themselves, but the other family. They are exhausted, saddened, but thankful to have their lives.
From band member, Caleb Clinghan FB page:
I woke up this morning to my head slamming against the side of the bus. I immediately heard the crash of us hitting a car and the screeching sound as our bus was off the ground with the car underneath us. The bus ended up traveling about a half mile with the car underneath us before coming to a stop. When we stopped I heard our driver immediately start yelling "Get out! Get out! Everyone get out!!" And when I rolled out of bed and looked up, I saw the front of the bus in flames. And flames rising up around the left side of the bus. I yelled "Which way?" I didn't know which way was the safest. And Tomyelled"Follow my voice." I followed his voice and we walked off of that bus. Nobody felt any heat from the fire. Not a single person had a single hair singed on their bodies. We should have died this morning. And yet we live. Everything may be in ashes, but I think that's God's favorite foundation for growing something beautiful. And I can't wait to be a part of it. I love you all and I hope I can help you know Jesus the way I know Him. He truly is the lamp unto my feet and the light unto my path.
(A separate post) All of us lost almost all of our personal equipment in the accident this morning. Any little bit helps. And if you can't help financially, please pray pray pray. Our God is bigger than any financial issue or equipment. Prayers and donations are much appreciated.
(A separate post) I am overwhelmed by the love, support, and prayers that have been poured out over us since this morning. Thank you all so much. The Lord gives and He takes away,but blessed be His name. Always. When we head back out, we'll be heading out in full force to attack the gates of Hell. The enemy meant this for evil, but God will use it for His glory. I love you all!
I am really hoping they exceed the $30k Organizer: Jim Scherer requested!
Give if you feel led, but please join me in praying for all. Thanks, Heather