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Huntsville family hit twice by tornadoes finds way back to Godcomment (0)

March 15, 2012

By Anna Keller


Huntsville family hit twice by tornadoes finds way back to God

Theresa Wilson couldn’t stop thinking about the Moss family.

Kevin and Tiffany Moss and their two children, 10-year-old Andrew and 23-month-old Ashlynd, lost their home in one of the April 27, 2011, tornadoes, and the next week, Kevin Moss lost his job.

Wilson, who established Feeding the Flock at Mount Zion Baptist Church, Huntsville, three years ago to prepare meals for its homebound and sick, felt called to extend the ministry to the community at large when the tornadoes hit.

“After April 27 happened, we started cooking and delivering meals from my home into the community, kind of like the Red Cross was doing,” she said. “Before the Red Cross came after the storm, we bought bread and made sandwiches by candlelight, because we didn’t have any electricity. We did that daily until we got power and then started with hot meals, preparing 500 meals a day from the various volunteers’ kitchens.”

And though Wilson and her fellow Feeding the Flock volunteers encountered several families through their outreach, the Mosses particularly touched her heart.

“Every day, they’d bring sack lunches and Jake (Wilson’s son) would take an extra sandwich out and feed it to my dogs,” Tiffany Moss said of the days and weeks following the storm. “Theresa found out that I had a little girl, and she started bringing diapers, wipes and sippy cups.”

And when Mount Zion Baptist wanted to reach out to the community after the storm and asked if Wilson knew anyone who needed a home, the first people who came to her mind were the Mosses.

So the Madison Baptist Association church began the process of rebuilding the family’s home on the same lot. Simultaneously Wilson and the Mosses began building a strong foundation of friendship and faith.

“I’d been out of church for 16 years,” said Tiffany Moss, who calls herself a “religious mutt” since she was baptized in a Baptist church, raised Mormon and attended a Church of Christ school. “Through all this, my family has found its way back to God. My husband grew up at Mount Zion as a kid, and now we’re back as a family.”

With a group of church members and Missions/Outreach Minister David Cochran, the Mosses developed a house plan. The church had the correct permits in place, so volunteers were able to work on the house to keep costs low. Some missions groups from other churches helped with the project, and the family moved into its new home in late February.

And as it turned out, the outreach was life changing for the Mosses. Their lives had been riddled with tragedy, from the storm and Kevin Moss’ job loss but also the death of their oldest son, Chase — who had cerebral palsy — in December 2010.

“Everything that’s happened this last year brought so much devastation, but through it all, it’s gotten us back to God,” Tiffany Moss said. “We’ve been so blessed in so many ways.”

One of those blessings was a new job for Kevin Moss.

Unbelievably the Mosses’ new home was damaged by the storms that blew through the Huntsville area March 2.

“We were able to restructure and replace the electrical panel over the weekend (after the storm),” Cochran said.

A utility truck passed by the home that Sunday evening, and its team was able to inspect and approve the restructure of the wall and the panel box. By 7:30 that night, the power was back on.

“Kevin called me and excitedly said, ‘God is truly awesome,’” Cochran said. “It was a God thing because neither the inspection department nor the utilities usually work on the weekends.”

Some siding was damaged as well, but Cochran and other volunteers were able to replace drywall on the house and the heating and air conditioning units were fixed.

“It’s just God’s people faithfully doing His work,” Cochran said. “All things are possible with God.”

As the storms swept through the area March 2, God called another to Himself. Andrew prayed for God’s protection while he huddled on the floor of his classroom with his teacher and classmates. He told Mount Zion Pastor Ron Madison that night he had asked Jesus into his heart.

Tiffany Moss recounted the day’s events with a smile and said, “I couldn’t be more proud of my son.” (Neisha Fuson contributed)

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