Group travels from Colorado to help Shoal Creek Valley
by Gary Hanner
Jul 29, 2011 | 6287 views |  0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A group from Grace Church in Pagosa, Colorado made its way to Shoal Creek Valley recently to help tornado victims rebuild. They took time to have their photo made by the Shoal Creek Valley sign.
A group from Grace Church in Pagosa, Colorado made its way to Shoal Creek Valley recently to help tornado victims rebuild. They took time to have their photo made by the Shoal Creek Valley sign.
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They drove over 1,000 miles to get to Shoal Creek Valley, because they knew it was what God wanted them to do.

To help fellow brothers and sisters in a time of crisis.

It turned into a relief and rebuilding trip to Shoal Creek Valley — all the way from Pagosa Springs, Colo. Grace Church in Pagosa sent a group to help tornado victims in Shoal Creek Valley. They were led by worship leader Jason Rose.

“We heard about everything that happened in Shoal Creek Valley with the tornado,” Rose said. “It’s a small community, just like where we live in Colorado. We would hope people would come help us if something like this happened in our community.

“So often you see things on the news, and ask yourself what can I do?”

Rose said it is neat to see in the hearts of people who want to help those they don’t even know.

“Chris Liverett was directly affected and he is someone from our church,” Rose said. “His father, Gary Liverett, runs Alpha Ranch in Shoal Creek Valley and it was destroyed. It was one of many houses that were totally leveled. We did some pre-framing and put all the walls together. We are also working on Gary’s shop as well.”

Rose said it was all about helping their fellow man.

“The only things in this world that are eternal are relationships,” Rose said. “I think we all felt in our hearts that this was something we needed to do. As we were traveling here, we didn’t really know if there would be anything here for us to do.

“Once we got here, we realized there is years of work that can be done.”

Rose said it was a blessing to meet new friends and see how they handled adversity.

“We have been so touched and inspired by the way the folks of Shoal Creek have handled this tragedy and have trusted and leaned into the strength and grace of God,” Rose said. “They are our new heroes and inspiration.”

Contact Gary Hanner at ghanner@thestclairtimes.com.

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