Shelter in the storm – er, tornado warning – at LTC in Arkansas
Blogging live from Rogers, Ark.
As hundreds of young people gathered for Friday’s opening night of the Great Plains convention of Leadership Training for Christ, the tornado sirens sounded.
Suddenly, the Pinnacle Ballroom at the Embassy Suites became a shelter in the time of storm — literally.
LTC participants and sponsors from Churches of Christ in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas crowded into the ground-floor ballroom where a Bible quiz for third- through 12th-graders was scheduled.
Church members were joined by some hotel guests who may have been surprised by what happened next: 30-plus minutes of praying and singing that mostly drowned out the thunder overhead.
“I was pleasantly surprised by how calm and understanding everybody was,” Macey Cossey, an Embassy Suites manager, told The Christian Chronicle.
My friend Rachel Burkett, a member of the Edmond Church of Christ in Oklahoma, wrote on her Facebook page: “You should have heard the singing! Bet that’s what Heaven will sound like!”
Friday night’s LTC events were delayed by an hour but proceeded as planned. As we mentioned in a post the other day, we’d love to hear about your experiences at LTC and Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes conventions across the nation.
FeedbackWatching it outside was far less crowded.Eddie SkeltonApril, 25 2011How great Thou art. 🙂Teresa Kerr LewisApril, 25 2011My son is in there somewhere. I am sure the singing was beautiful.Susan BroadbentApril, 25 2011At our LTC event at the DFW Hyatt, we prayed for everyone the moment we found out about the tornado approaching Rogers. We were so happy to hear the storm passed.
I know some of those guests must have had their hearts touched by the show of faith they saw that evening. Great job y’all!Brian HumekApril, 28 2011