George Hamilton had just turned 89 when a tornado leveled his house in 2011.
“It was blown completely away, down to the floor,” he said.
He had left his house five minutes before to go to his son’s home.
“I just praise the Lord for sparing us,” he said.
And Hamilton didn’t let losing his house slow him down. He got to work helping his church — Bethel Baptist, Pleasant Grove, which was serving as a care station for the storm-ravaged community.
He had his house built back right where the old one was, and before it was finished, he went on his regularly scheduled missions trip to Nicaragua. It’s a trip he took 10 times, all the way up until he was 95. Now 99, he’s not traveling internationally anymore, but he’s got teaching Vacation Bible School and helping with a golf tournament and car show on his schedule for the coming days.
“The Lord has done nothing but blessed me,” Hamilton said. “I just want to keep serving.”