GOLDSBORO N.C. -- Pastor Alton Smith could only watch and pray as the flood waters surrounded the St. Mark Church of Christ in Goldsboro.
The place of worship, home to more than 800 Christians in the community, had a recent multi-million dollar renovation.
“It was an uneasy feeling, because anytime the sheep have nowhere to worship, they scatter,” Smith said. “We were just hoping and praying that it wouldn't not rise to get in the sanctuary.”
When members of the church got the courage to cross the waters and take a look inside, it felt like a weight off their shoulders. The carpets were dry. Debris and water just kissed the bricks in front of the church doors.
“Yes it is a miracle, we thank God for all of his many miracles,” Smith said. “We preach about those in the scripture and we see the miracles that they perform, but we too can add our story to the bunch. Praying and thanking God for victory, in spite of what it looked like.”
It looked so bad that it caught Gov. Pat McCrory’s eye as he flew over with the National Guard assessing the damage in Goldsboro. He rushed to the scene to check the damage, relived the storm didn’t take another place of worship in North Carolina.
“So it's gone down, I see the mark right there,” the governor said looking at the sediment lines left up on the side of the church.
Now more than ever, Smith says people need to come together and with faith, heal this broken community.
“Didn't say it would be easy, but he's gonna bring us through,” Smith said. “In spite of all we face, in spite of all we've been through, he's still gonna see us through this. If he's gonna bring us to it, he's gonna take us through it.”