Family Day helps West Liberty church, community recover

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - Many members in the Family Day Ministries remember the destruction caused by a natural disaster, such as a tornado.

Some remembered the 1996 tornado that ripped through parts of Bullitt County.

But when the Rev. Mike Miller, pastor of the local church, put out the challenge to do something to help others, even he was shocked by the response.

On Saturday morning, 13 members of the congregation gathered to begin a two-hour trek to West Liberty, Ky.

On the rental truck, there would be over $3,000 in goods needed for a community looking to rebuild after the March 2 tornado.

From rakes to cleaning supplies to boxes of popcorn to hundreds of other items, the church members collected over $2,000 in cash immediately. With the items purchased and a check for $1,000, the members of Family Day Ministries brought over $4,000 of relief to Index Community Church and pastor Dr. Mike Frisby.

“We felt the good Lord wanted us to help,” said Miller, who remembers watching the media accounts of the tornado with his wife and fellow pastor, Melissa. “We felt then that we needed to do something.”

“We prayed about it and we wanted to do our part,” said Miller.

While never underestimating the power of his churchgoers, Miller said he was still shocked by the willingness of everyone to give money and products.

Everything on the truck was brand new. The members expected to spend a few hours in West Liberty to survey the damage and see what else they could do to help in the future.

“This could be a long-term mission for our church,” said Miller. “We are blessed to be able to help others.”