Community comes to church leader's aid with 'Fired Up 4 GOD' program
It's the type of phone call no father wants to receive, especially the day before Christmas Eve.
"I got a telephone call at the church, and she is screaming, 'Dad, I can't get out of the house,'" said Try Jesus Ministries Apostle Joseph Green Tuesday.
When Green asked his 30-year-old daughter, Tarsha Upchurch, what was wrong, she said their house was on fire.
"Imagine how I felt," Green said. "She was the only one at the house, and she couldn't get out. I told her she had to jump out the window. She was on the second story, and then the phone went out. I just started down Horner Boulevard, trying to get to my baby."
Upchurch was injured in the jump from the burning home, located in the 500 block of Peppermill Road, but is recovering, Green said. The Dec. 23 fire destroyed everything in the family's home, displacing all 10 family members, including four children, and, now, the Green's church family is looking to the community for help.
A "Fired Up 4 GOD Benefit Program" is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at Try Jesus Ministries with guest preachers, a comedian and gospel music scheduled for the event. An offering for the family will take place during the event, said organizer Geahala Maness.
"They are my pastor and apostle and my spiritual parents for the last 10 years," Maness said. "They have done so much for the community and taking from their own pockets; I felt like it was the least I could do."
The Green family has helped the community and Sanford in many ways, Maness said, and several members of the church family have already stepped up to help.
"We want to also thank the community who have already helped and supported them through love and prayer," she said.
Green said he was amazed and overwhelmed by the event and the "outpouring of love" for his family.
"As a pastor, you are always reaching out, and you try to do a lot of outreach in the community," he said. "When you are in need and things start coming back, and the things you have done return on you, it's overwhelming."
Tiffany Person, another church member helping with the event, said the family is set to move into a rental home sometime this week but is in need of several household items, including kitchen supplies and furniture.
"I want people to go into the event feeling blessed," Person said. ". . . Whoever comes, I hope they will be getting a blessing by the word and God's glory."
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: Fired Up 4 GOD Benefit Program
WHEN: Doors open at 6:30 p.m., event begins at 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Try Jesus Ministries, 311 Carthage St.
ADMISSION: Donations accepted for the Green family, and an offering will be held.