Church assists recovery efforts after Christmas Day bombing
By Diana Chandler
NASHVILLE — Security cameras at Nashville’s First Baptist Church captured the moment a bomb exploded four blocks away on Christmas morning, damaging 40 buildings downtown and injuring at least three people.
The church’s proximity afforded a unique outreach opportunity.
The FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association eyed Nashville First’s kitchen facilities for volunteers with special security clearance to prepare meals for the many first responders investigating the scene, including Nashville police, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
“This was a very elite group. They were trained by the FBI,” Nashville First Senior Pastor Frank Lewis told the congregation during a virtual worship service on Jan. 3. “They go into cities after there is a crisis such as the one that we experienced, and they specialize in having food prepared for the first responders and others, but they needed a place. And our church was ideally located. [Read more…]