Moody Adams People who had lost their electricity, cars, homes and churches, gained something more valuable, they met in Charlotte County, Florida to worship God.
“Churches in the battered communities of Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda made do Sunday amid the wreckage that Charley left behind,” reported the Associated Press. “Services were held wherever possible, including in a parking lot, a courtyard and a community hall. Some people who sought a break from the chaos arrived in their Sunday best. Others came in sweat-stained shirts and jeans muddied from cleaning yards or salvaging homes.”
Survivors of hurricane Charley’s 140 mile an hour winds saw God working amidst the tragedy. The Rev. Scott Borden’s First Alliance Church was left in tatters, but to his amazement dozens of his members showed up to worship God in the courtyard. "I believe that God is at work, even in Charley," he said.
The victims of this tragedy were awakened to how material valuables can quickly be taken away and how important spiritual values are.
The people gained a new realization of man’s need for God and for each other. Rev. Rob Combs said, "Hopefully we will be able to find out who needs what." Combs continued, "It's so important to reach out to each other."
Cassie and Terry Fryfogle took a break from helping neighbors clear their property to attend services. "I've been waiting for church services ever since I heard that storm was coming," Cassie said.
The Rev. Lee Roy Martin of Christ the King Lutheran Church setup folding chairs with Bibles on them for outdoor services. He said, "I guess at a time like this, you realize the significance of spiritual values when everything else is blown away."
Port Charlotte’s Christians were reacting a lot like ancient Job when a storm destroyed his home and killed his children: “Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, (21) And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. (22) In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly” (Job 1:20-22).