This post was written by Jewellan Morrison, our Program Director (Phase 1).
Since the tragedy occurred, I have wanted to take the time to let you all know, from my point of view as the Program Director, that we serve a God who is GOOD.
After receiving the phone call on Thursday night June 26th, informing me that Angela Poe was deceased and three of our guests and one of our interns were fighting for their lives, I immediately went into shock. It was a gift from God to have my husband and Michelle Frank by my side at that time. I immediately started to plead with God and ask Him why. I was very confused and very angry. However, through all this, there was a peace upon me that I cannot explain other than the power of God.
That night is still a blur and the amount of support that showed up at the hospital amazes me even today. People continued to arrive and give their support until 1 or 2 in the morning.
Slowly I started to hear, one by one, how each of the ladies was doing and was informed that the doctors were unsure if three of them would make it through the night. As a ministry, we spent the next five hours praying and interceding for their lives. At around 6:30 am Friday morning, news was brought to Michelle Frank and I that all four ladies were in the ICU, three were stable but critical and one was still struggling for her life. As Friday proceeded on, we were told that all four ladies would live. The struggle for life was over.
Ked did an amazing job contacting family after family, person after person and relaying information to Angela’s family that she had joined her Father in Heaven.
The power of prayer is what brought us through the following days. As we were all walking through the heaviness of what had just occurred, God started showing us that
“ … in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:28 NIV
The vision of this ministry was built on Christ and Christ alone. And it was being proven that because we had built our foundation on Christ, the ministry had a firm foundation and it was going to stand through the storm. (Matthew 7:24-27)
Day by day I started to receive report after report that the doctors were amazed at the rapid rate of recovery that was taking place in each of the ladies’ lives.
On Saturday, June 28th, Ked and I had the honor and the privilege of spending six hours with Angela’s family. As I look back at those six hours, I see that God was present with His help. At the end of the six hours, we had built a relationship with them that I believe will last for a lifetime.
Our current guests ,who were not in the accident, are doing incredible with dealing with the loss of Angela and the trauma of the event. The program has continued to move forward despite the tragedy. Angela was laid to rest on July 5th, 2014. Ked and I both had the honor of speaking at her funeral and three people came to know Christ! Praise God! God is using this tragedy to bring people to Him!
While traveling to the funeral, God showed me that the ministry had withstood the storm and that the vision of the ministry was a God vision. God will never give us more than we can handle and He will always provide a way of escape. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
I am starting to experience the veil lifting as each of our guests day by day are becoming stronger and are being released from the hospital. They will all live normal, healthy lives. I cannot thank our Creator God enough!
To all of you who have been battling in prayer, volunteering your time, giving donations, providing meals, and showing love, words cannot express our gratitude. You have supported us through a heartbreaking season and have allowed God to use you to be His hands and feet. As a result of your generosity and love we have weathered the storm, and I believe that our ministry is stronger and more unified today because we have overcome.