By Victor Ochieng
When one part of the body is in pain, the rest of the body shares in it. This was well demonstrated by the move by one Madison church to organize a Sunday evening service to raise funds towards supporting victims of a recent bus crash that left one person dead and others injured.
This past Sunday, Restoration Foursquare Church opened its doors for faithfuls to be part of an evening service in remembrance of 17-year-old Sarah Harmening who lost her life Thursday in which a bus carrying members of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Huntsville crashed near Atlanta.
The ill-fated bus was on its way to Atlanta, carrying faithfuls who were headed to Botswana for a mission.
“When a part of the body hurts the rest of the body feels it. We are all part of the same body so let us come together and support each other,” Restoration Foursquare wrote in a statement.
The Sunday fundraiser service went down from 4p.m. to 6p.m. and brought together several local pastors.
“This is open to any and all affected by the bus tragedy of Thursday in Atlanta or those that would like to come pray and support each other during this time,” the church’s statement read ahead of the event.
Warren Henry, the pastor of the Atlanta, Georgia-based Kingdom of God Evangelistic Outreach Ministry spoke with WAAY 31 about the event, underscoring the need for church families to be there for one another in times of crisis. That’s why his church supported the event to show solidarity with the victims of the unfortunate crash.
Speaking after the event, Jeff Walker, a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, who was part of the Sunday evening service, said: “We really appreciate those that were here tonight, and this event, to help us start the healing process.”
The event was such a success, bringing in representatives drawn from more than 10 churches. Beautiful songs and words of comfort were shared, with the event wrapped up with a touching tribute to the departed Sarah’s very last journal entry, which she wrote in the bus before the crash.
“This would warm [Sarah’s] heart to know her life would be celebrated this way,” said Walker.
It wasn’t just churches showing support for the victims. Taziki’s Restaurant committed to donate meals to families of victims who’re still recuperating in Atlanta-area hospitals.
While requesting for donations, Restoration Foursquare Church assured everyone that all funds will be channeled to Mt. Zion Baptist Church.