Hearts Crying Out

27 Jul

The hearts of the people of Calvary Baptist Church are crying to our Father to give grace and peace to the families of Chad and Courtney Phelps as well as all who are impacted by the tragic church bus accident in Indianapolis.  Colonial Hills Baptist Church and our church are connected through many dear people.  Courtney is the precious daughter of a Calvary family and Chad is the son of Colonial’s pastor.  It was my privilege to help Chad’s father perform their wedding.

Chad and Courtney, along with another passenger, died this afternoon when the bus turned over while exiting the highway.  Returning from a week at camp, the teens and adult sponsors were within a few minutes of arriving at the church where parents were waiting.  I can hardly imagine a more heart-wrenching scenario for all involved.

Once again we are touched by tragedy.  Again our breath is nearly taken away with shock and grief.  And once more we fall to our knees and cry for comfort, strength, and hope for these people we love so much and hurt with so deeply.


Posted by on July 27, 2013 in Church Life


35 responses to “Hearts Crying Out

  1. Veronica C Wilson

    July 27, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Thank you for sharing so quickly so we can pray … Veronica C. Wilson

  2. Jessica Blake

    July 27, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    We weep and pray with you.

  3. Rhonda G.

    July 27, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Heartfelt sympathy and prayers from West Virginia. ~

  4. June Backhaus

    July 27, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Keeping all in prayer! This is so very, very sad! So thankful that they knew the Lord and are with Him right now! Praying for those who are experiencing “the fellowship of His suffering.”

  5. Marsha Corbitt

    July 27, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    We are praying for these families and for your church family. So sorry you must go through this valley.

  6. Betty Jo

    July 27, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Prayers sent your way from New Testament Baptist Church in Kinston,NC.May God give y’all grace.

  7. Jonathan Ray Jackson

    July 27, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    4 died. Courtney was pregnant…

  8. Terri Merrick

    July 27, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    My heart goes out to all the families.. My prayers will be with you at this time….

  9. Heidi 'Guzman' Cartzendafner

    July 27, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    We are in Houston TX and will be most definitely be praying for the families and for their sweet little guy they left behind!!

  10. Daniel and Sue Bjorkman

    July 27, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    I am so very sorrry for this…our prayers are with you here from Pembine, WI…Daniel and Sue Bjorkmans.

  11. Mrs. B

    July 27, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    The Wyldewood Baptist Church family in Michigan is praying for these dear families and churches.

  12. Pastor Larry Karsies

    July 27, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    So sad to hear of this…much prayer for your comfort and peace that only our Lord can give…from the Harvest Hills Baptist Church family in Oklahoma.

  13. Nell Rouse Garris

    July 28, 2013 at 1:44 am

    So very saddened to hear of this tragedy. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those who loved these dear folks. Our church will be lifting all up in prayer.
    British Chapel OFW Baptist Church,Kinston,NC.

  14. Paul Lavender

    July 28, 2013 at 6:25 am

    We are praying from New Testament Baptist in Clark’s Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada.

  15. JohnBrian

    July 28, 2013 at 7:06 am

    saddened to read of this, will be praying for the church and families

  16. Phil Golden

    July 28, 2013 at 7:12 am

    So sorry to hear. Will have special prayer this AM at church. May God give special peace and comfort.

    Pastor Phil Golden, Bible Baptist Church of Pittsburgh.

  17. Bob & Sue Nichols

    July 28, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Words cannot fully express our sorrow for all of you, here at Tuscarora Baptist Church in Addison, NY are praying.

  18. Sharon D. Nichols

    July 28, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Our hearts and prayers go out to these families, the congregation, and the greater Maranatha Baptist Bible College families where 100’s of lives were touched by these precious young people and their families.

  19. Laura Innes

    July 28, 2013 at 11:05 am

    God only knows why this happened and we don’t always see the road ahead. Though it is tragic…. the comfort is in knowing these children were in church and as I would assume SAVED! So they are forever in our Father’s presence! What an AWESOME thought! Know that someday you will see them and HIM! GLORY TO GOD! So many of this country’s youth are NOT and that is who we should be crying for and out to GOD for! May GOD even Bless you in this. My prayers and thoughts will be with you! And…JESUS is too!❤

  20. salina turnbull

    July 28, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Words can’t express how my heart breaks hearing this tragic news. My husband and I will keep the families in prayer. I went to college with Courtney and Chad and Dr. Phelps was my president so this news was so heart wrenching. You are in our prayers Dr. And Mrs. Phelps as well as Courtney’s family!
    Zach and salina Turnbull (howe)

  21. william

    July 28, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    We and the congregation of Igreja Batista Funddamental (Fundamental Baptist Church) in Catalao, Goias, Brazil , SA, will continue to pray for God to sustain and give confort to these families during the difficult days ahead.

  22. CReid

    July 28, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Our church family at Westside Baptist in Augusta, GA prayed for the Colonial Heights church family this morning, the Phelps, and the other families affected by this event.

  23. Margaret Caine

    July 28, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss,praying with and for our brothers and sisters in The Lord,that you will be comforted in this time,Margaret Caine,Tuscaloosa Bible Methodist Church,Tuscaloosa Al.

  24. Elizabeth Fenton

    July 28, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    I am very saddened by this loss. I am packing my suitcase to take our teens from Church of the Open Door in Westminster MD to camp in North Carolina at the Wilds. I am the bus driver and my heart is always heavy as I make the 1200+ mile round trip in a bus with these children for the responsibility that I have to these families. My prayer is for comfort for all the families involved.

  25. Katie Komzik

    July 28, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I am praying. I cant even begin to imagine the sorrow. my heart goes out to the friends and families of those lost.

  26. Do not click...

    July 28, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Nice post, I enjoy this blog!

  27. Bob and Aloha Vance

    July 28, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Our hearts are saddened by your own hearts brokenness.
    Bob and Aloha Vance—–Kenora, Ontario

  28. maseadi

    July 28, 2013 at 8:59 pm


  29. Carla Williams

    July 28, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    We are members here in Lansdale, Pa @ Calvary Baptist church and our hearts go out to all the families facing tremendous loss tonight. We have your in our prayers and our hearts. Words can’t express our sorrow for you all. But God knows your pain in the deepest sign. It wasn’t suppose to be like this when He created the worlds and hung the stars in space. But one day it will be all righted again. Please find peace in the knowledge that Our Heavenly Father feels your pain and weeps with you. All our love, The Williams family

  30. Mark Bartlett

    July 29, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Only God, and those who have suffered the loss of their own children can understand the pain of the surviving. It is not ours to understand…it is ours to trust the God who is enough! “We must grieve with those who grieve.” Only God is enough at a time like this…our deepest sympathies, warmest love, and most devoted prayer in your behalf from the Bartlett family, Michigan.

  31. thekindnessblog

    July 29, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Just wanted to offer our condolences and to say that you are now, and will remain, in our thoughts.

  32. Carol Wengerd

    July 30, 2013 at 12:44 am

    I am praying for your family.

  33. Jim Efaw

    July 30, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    It seems that Satan is attacking from all fronts. Beth Eden is praying for both churches and expecaily for those families directly affected. It is during times like this that we know that our faith is real. I have known Chuck for a number of years and know that testing and trials have been his lot for sometime now.. I am thankful that God has buckets full of grace and that His grace extends way beyond saving grace. I have 5 children and humanly speaking I don’t know how we could even begin to cope or get up the next day without the assurances that God is always,good…..always loving…..always sovereign. In times like these, nothing else works because it can’t. Love and prayers from friends here in Colorado at Beth Eden.

  34. Pastor's James Lyons & B. H. Barrs

    July 31, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    We are lifting you up in prayer that the God of all God’s will bring comfort during this difficult time.
    Camp Creek Baptist

  35. Duane & Carol Slack

    August 2, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    We are saddened and our hearts are heavy with grief. We are praying.


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