I just want to thank the ones that are responsible for everything you have done the past few months with the web site, and live feed. Some of you may not know me but I am Tammy Daniels (Most know me by Tammy Pack (my maiden name)). I went to Evangelist from the time I was 5 till I was 14 and my family moved to West Virginia because my Dad's company went out of business. I did not want to move and the ones who know me should remember that ..lol! My mother and I were very active in the church and my mother taught Sunday School there the Primary Class. We used to come to Michigan often and we would visit each time we did and always tried to make it to the homecoming in November. However, in 2000 my Dad became very ill and it was hard to leave him and he really could not travel unless it was emergency. We came a few times after 2000 for emergencies and funerals including Pastor Nance's. We kept in touch and I am still in touch with a lot of the ones that went to church there including Kim and Tiffany. I lost both my parents in 2013. My Dad died in Feb. 2013 and then my Mom died Dec. 2013. Things have not been the same since. It has been very hard, and this past year has been the hardest. I am elementary teacher and after 18 years I have been transferred for the 2020-2021 school year. I am currently trying to get a position. This hit me like a ton of bricks just a few days before this COVID 19 hit. Then in April Dorothy Bentley sent me a link to the live feed for the church. I watched that Sunday however it was with hesitation. I say that because I have always claimed Evangelist Baptist Church as my home church and still do. We were very close to the Mr. and Mrs. Nance and when we moved, I never felt home in any church we went to not even the one we are currently going to now. Preacher and I talked about this for years. I sat there that morning and I said no I was not going to watch. I did not want that memory bubble popped of how things were. However, I kept feeling a push (God) to go ahead and click on the link. I did that morning. Thurman was preaching on having faith and trusting God when we have storms in our life. As I sat here, I saw the Preacher in my mind saying the same things and tears were rolling down my face. I had been told by others to have faith and to trust and I knew this myself, but it was something about hearing that come from Thurman and from MY church that made the difference. After it was over, I sat and prayed and gave all this with the job and some other things over to the Lord completely. Something I had done before, but I kept picking the load back up and trying to do it myself. However, after listening and praying that day I felt such a load off my back. My whole attitude has changed, and I don't know if I could have made it this far with all this if I had not heard that sermon that day. I have watched every Sunday since then and I have told everyone that I have met what happened to me that Sunday. Our church has also re-opened and I am still watching. I would have never dreamed that MY church would have been live and that I could have the opportunity to watch. Like Jeanann said today I feel more bonded with you guys. I need that "home" feeling right now. I wanted to make sure Thurman knew how much of a blessing this has been to me and how much this has helped in my life over the past weeks. So, thanks again to everyone for making this possible and hopefully if restrictions are lifted and things are better, I will see you guys for homecoming in November.
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