We searched and searched our area’s event pages looking to participate in something that would honor our military during Memorial Day weekend. And alas, what we found were fun family days – carnivals, fairs, cookouts – so we decided to do something.
Freedom Isn’t Free – May We Never Forget!
Our team gathered on Memorial Day at St. Mary’s Chapel in Charlotte as it shared location with the Mecklenburg County Vietnam Veterans Memorial and we offered up worship to our Lord and prayers for all those who served, especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in all wars and during peace times, and for their precious families.
Continue reading Memorial Day: Honoring Our Fallen
Paris Mountain and Reedy River
A Land of Generosity, Hospitality and Entrepreneurship
First these blessings flowed through the Cherokees to a settler named Richard Pearis – around 1770, he married a Cherokee woman and received 100,000 acres in the once-forbidden Cherokee Hunting Ground. In that land Pearis established a plantation on the Reedy River which is now downtown Greenville and built a couple of mills and a trading post – it is said he lived the life of a prince.
After the Revolutionary War, portions of the land changed hands a couple of times until 1815 when it was sold to Vardry McBee of Lincolnton, NC who became known as the father of Greenville. Although McBee was an absentee landlord, he understood how to grow a community. “He gave land for the first schools (the Greenville Male and Female Academies), for the first four churches (Episcopal, Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterian), and he established a brick yard, rock quarry, and saw mill, in addition to corn and grist mills, a tannery, and a large general store. Seven miles south of town he built a paper factory and cotton and woolen mills. Alston’s former home became a boarding house for the summer visitors who were making the little village a summer resort.” (Excerpt from Greenville SC.gov)
So we started our prayer journey at Paris Mountain named after Richard Pearis. Continue reading May 2016 – Greenville County SC – Releasing the Blessings of Generosity, Hospitality & Entrepreneurship
A New Song Arising: The Former “Voodoo Capital of the World”, The Earthquake BUT Now The Spirit of the Lord & The Beautiful Children of Haiti (“Ayiti”)!
2010 – Rock Slipping Upward under Léogâne , “The Voodoo Capital of the World”
On January 12, 2010 at 4:53 PM a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, which was soon followed by aftershocks of 5.9 and 5.5 magnitude, left a country in ruins and a people in crisis.
“The earthquake was generated by contractional deformation along the Léogâne fault, a small hidden thrust fault discovered underneath the city of Léogâne. Many geologists contend that the earthquake resulted from the slippage of rock upward across its plane of fracture. Being so close to the epicentre, the city of Léogâne was essentially leveled.” (Encyclopaedia Britannica)
It was estimated that some three million people were affected by the quake—nearly one-third of the country’s total population. Death toll estimates ranged as high as 316,000, and it has been reported that tens of thousands of children were orphaned during or as a result of the after-effects of the earthquake.
Continue reading Haiti & The Center of It All – A New Song Arising!