Washington State Churches Use Tragic Mudslide to Talk About God

A United States flag flies at half-staff near the site of the deadly mudslide in Oso, Washington. PHOTOGRAPH BY SOFIA JARAMILLO, THE HERALD/AP
A United States flag flies at half-staff near the site of the deadly mudslide in Oso, Washington.
PHOTOGRAPH BY SOFIA JARAMILLO, THE HERALD/AP

President Barack Obama visited Oso, Wash., Tuesday, where a mudslide left more than three dozen people dead. While the search for bodies has ended, people there are still looking for answers.

The March 22 landslide covered approximately a mile of state Highway 530, which is now lined with signs with messages like, “Oso strong” and “God bless Oso.”

Still, the heartbreaking tragedy has at least one silver lining: It has given area pastors an opportunity to talk to people about Jesus.

Michael Duncan, pastor of Mountain View Baptist Church in nearby Darrington, is one of those spreading the Word. He and his wife share a unique perspective: They missed the mudslide by just two minutes.

“It’s hard to talk about this because I don’t think I deserve to be the man that was saved by two minutes,” Duncan said.

Yet here he is, alive and trying to make the most of it.

“We don’t have days left. I had two minutes. That’s all I had and there were people died that I knew that didn’t have that time. They don’t have the rest of the year to get saved. They have that day,” Duncan told CBN News.

Amber Skorjanc almost joined the dead when her home slid 600 feet before stopping.

“I know that God was with us because as it was going I cried out to him and I said, ‘Please save us,'” she recalled.

But what about those not saved? Many wonder where God was for them?

“Well, God is in the middle of all this,” Pastor Duncan said. “He’s right in the middle of it all.”

“The Bible says that God brings the day of disaster as well as the day of blessing, that we don’t necessarily charge God with a fault, that he’s not wrong in letting these things happen,” he continued.

“There’s a day appointed for everybody and nobody gets to that day without God’s permission,” Duncan said. “That appointed day belongs to God. Life and death are in his hands.”

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SOURCE: CBN News
David Brody

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