Calvary Chapel Pastor Levi Woodhouse Dies in Tragic Accident: Pray for Grieving Household and Mates
Margot Bass Story
Calvary Chapel believers mourn the demise of Levi Woodhouse, former pastor of Calvary Chapel Ridgecrest, Calif., who was killed in a tragic automotive accident early Sunday morning, October 30. His pregnant spouse, Amanda, survived, however was airlifted to a hospital in Reno, NV, the place she was handled for a number of critical accidents, together with damaged ribs and damaged bones. She was launched this afternoon (Tuesday).
The accident occurred whereas Levi and Amanda had been touring from Ridgecrest, driving by way of the distant Nevada desert, to be on workers at Calvary Chapel Jerome, ID.
The couple’s child, due in late December, has been carefully monitored by hospital workers. “The newborn has a really loud heartbeat…which might nonetheless be heard within the room,” in line with Jerel Hagerman, senior pastor of Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel, California, the church the place Amanda grew up.
Amanda was surrounded by household and buddies, together with Pastor Jerel. Whereas visiting him within the hospital, Jerel and his spouse shared 2 Corinthians 5:3 with him, reminding him that to be absent from the physique is to be current with the Lord. She additionally clung to Psalm 27:13: I might have misplaced coronary heart if I had not believed within the goodness of the Lord within the land of the residing.
Jerel’s spouse, Merrily, was in a position to be by Amanda’s facet. Amanda recounted, “It was such a consolation when Merrily shared the scriptures with me and prayed with me.”
Jerel famous, “Clearly it is very, very tough. However Amanda appears to the Lord, trusting the Lord. She testified to the nurses there. All nurses [at Renown Hospital in Reno] needed to collect in a circle and pray together with her.
He described Levi as a “great, light large who led many to the Lord. His religion was nice and his belief within the Lord. And Amanda’s too. She is heartbroken and unhappy however rejoices that he’s with Jesus.
Miracles within the midst of tragedy
Even in darkness and trauma, God has shed His gentle. Within the crash, involving solely their truck, Levi was ejected, however Amanda was not. Jerel shared, “It was darkish. She could not see something. She could not discover Levi. As she was crawling outdoors, all of a sudden Levi’s cellphone turned on and began taking part in Christian music. Due to this, she was capable of finding Levi’s physique. There are such a lot of lifeless spots in Nevada on these desolate roads. However the cellphone labored and she or he was in a position to name 9-1-1. The police had been 75 miles away. She needed to sit alone with him for an hour and a half. He famous that considered one of their two canines had additionally died.
Jerel added: “Pray as a result of she has seen and skilled rather a lot within the freezing chilly alone. We pray that she remembers Levi’s good-looking face as an alternative.
Miraculously, her child is ok – the seat belt didn’t harm the unborn little one. One other miracle, Jerel mentioned, was that Amanda initially had a damaged ankle, three damaged ribs and a bruised lung. “However the physician got here in and mentioned, ‘I do not know what to let you know, however your ankle is not damaged anymore.'”
depart a legacy
Buhl, ID, was Levi’s dwelling. An October 31 Fb submit from Calvary Chapel Buhl mentioned of Levi: [He] was a real Barnabas of religion. It is unimaginable what her life shall be like with out him. We cling [the] pleasure that he’s in glory, having fun with his Grasp’s relaxation and pleasure! We may even cling to our hope of discovering him there someday.
“His grasp mentioned to him, ‘Effectively executed, good and trustworthy servant. You might have been trustworthy a bit of; I’ll impose upon you a lot. Enter into the enjoyment of your grasp. Matthew 25:21 KJV
CC Buhl’s submit continued, “Please pray for his therapeutic and [what] their households stay. Please pray for all of us who know and love them and [for] the grief we face. We’re so heartbroken that he’s not with us right here, not along with his spouse and child. Phrases can not specific how a lot he shall be missed and heartbroken by all of us at this tragedy for Amanda, her child and her households.
Calvary Chapel Ridgecrest famous in a Fb posting, “We pray for peace for his or her household and buddies at this tough time.”
“For my ideas are usually not your ideas, neither are your methods my methods, declares the Lord. Because the heavens are larger than the earth, so my methods are larger than your methods and my ideas are larger than your ideas. Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV
Amanda concluded with gratitude, “Levi was an unimaginable man of God who beloved folks. He was a youth pastor for years, then a senior pastor, and served in missions main many individuals to the Lord.
A GoFundMe account was created for Amanda and her child. You may contribute right here: Support for Amanda Woodhouse and baby
All of the above verses are taken from New King James Model, until in any other case acknowledged.
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