By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector
LENOIR CITY — As a deputy for the Loudon County Sheriff’s department and a bivocational pastor, Kenny Palmer is used to calls for people in distress.
But he was not prepared for the call he received from dispatch on April 5 that his house was on fire.
Though he was told his wife (Christina) and youngest son (Colten) were out of the house and not harmed, Palmer said it was difficult to feel relief until you see them for yourself. That’s when faith kicked in for Palmer, who also is the bivocational pastor of South Holston Baptist Church in Lenoir City.
“I prayed that everything would be all right.” When he and his oldest son, Kevin, who was with him arrived, they saw that the rest of the family was safe. The house, however, was a different story.
The house was fully enveloped by the fire and though people tried, they were unable to get things out of the house before it was destroyed.
“Everything we owned was gone in a moment,” he said, adding that he could not help but think, “What do we do now?” [Read more…]