Michael Foust | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor | Thursday, July 23, 2020
An online fundraiser for the family of a Texas pastor killed in a roadside accident passed the $250,000 mark Wednesday thanks to donations from friends, acquaintances and even individuals who didn’t know the minister.
John Powell, the pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in New Caney, Texas, was killed Saturday on a highway when he was hit by a semi-truck while helping a stranger who was stranded on the side of the road. He was 38.
Powell was survived by a wife, Katherine, and four young children.
A GoFundMe account set up for the family passed $250,000 Wednesday and stood at $262,000 Thursday morning. More than 2,500 people had donated.
Andrew Walker, a family friend who set up the account, said he was astonished by the outpouring of support. Walker is a professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, which Powell attended.
On the GoFundMe page, Walker said Powell was “a devoted husband and an incredible father.”
“In true form, this servant and gentle leader we all knew and love gave his life so that others may live. His life embodies what his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, said, ‘Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends’ (John 15:13),” Walker wrote. “… We are asking for friends and family to help care for the Powell family as they deal with unspeakable tragedy and grief.”
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