By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector
GATLINBURG — Ruth Martin is not likely to ever forget Nov. 28, 2016. That’s the day she became homeless.
The 91-year-old widow of a Tennessee Baptist pastor left her home of 40-plus years that night with just the clothes she wore.
As fire surrounded her home atop a mountain road overlooking the city of Gatlinburg, she and her son and daughter (who also had houses on the property) did what has come naturally over the years — they prayed.
With their cars blocked by fallen trees, they did not know if they could even get off the mountain. Martin’s daughter, Debbie Gillespie, said she prayed, “Lord, if you want us off this mountain, you will have to send someone to get us.” A moment after that prayer, she saw the headlights of a truck just a few houses down the mountain. [Read more…]