Friday’s Feast

I haven’t done one of these in ages!

Appetizer

If you could live on another continent for 1 year, which one would you choose?

I really like the one I am on. πŸ™‚ But if I had to choose it would probably be Europe. There would be lots of interesting things to see and explore there.

Soup

Which browser do you use to surf the Internet?

Firefox. I also have Internet Explorer through my ISP, but Firefox usually works better. It is nice to have both options, though. Sometimes a site that won’t open in one will open in the other.

Salad

On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being highest), how much do you know about the history of your country?

Well, I think I know a lot, but if I were tested I probably would score low compared to others. A 6 maybe?

Main Course

Finish this sentence: Love is…

…longsuffering, kind, hopeful, optimistic, enduring; not envious, proud, or self-promoting; not easily provoked…(from I Corinthians 13:4-7).

Dessert

Have you ever been in or near a tornado?

Once. I was at BJU during one of the opening services of second semester in January in the later ’70s when a tornado hit the corner of the amphitorium (biggest building on campus, I think, where everyone gathers for chapel, preaching services, and some programs). Dr. Bob Jones, Jr. was preaching (I think about the devil). I was on the main floor under the balcony and saw ceiling tiles floating down. Everyone’s first instinct was to panic and run, which would have been disastrous in a room of 5,000+ people. Dr. Bob did not shout but said in a very firm, authoritative voice, “Sit down!” Everyone sat! Then he gave his instructions about how to calmly leave the building and where to go.

A funny story I heard later was that there was a guy in the hospital on campus listening as the service was broadcast. He heard the noise of the tornado hitting the building and dashed to the window to see what had happened, when he heard that firm “Sit down!” So he ran back to his bed and sat!

I have always been glad they had such an authority structure that people would listen and heed such instructions at such a time. The results could have been fatal otherwise.

If I remember correctly that corner of the building was the only thing damaged.

You can find more Friday Feasters here.

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6 thoughts on “Friday’s Feast

  1. Barb,

    I remember the “Scary Night in the Amphitorium” as well. It was a bit unnerving, to say the least. And do you remember the very strong and cold winds that were part of the weather pattern the next day? And you do remember the fact that the high school basketball invitational was also going on that week? Some of those high school kids were really freaked out.

    I actually hadn’t thought about this incident in years. The Lord has been good to protect the BJU family, as well as the buildings on campus. You hear about other schools where tornadoes and floods do a great deal of damage. That doesn’t mean something “bad” couldn’t happen, but thank the Lord that there have been no serious issues or injuries.

    Thanks for the memory.

    David McGuire
    Pillsbury Baptist Bible College

  2. Barbara, I was sitting in that corner of the balcony because I was student teaching that semester. I was right below the visiting high school students who were definitely freaking out! πŸ™‚

    My memory of Dr. Bob Jr. is that he said, “Sit down and shut up!” There had been some shrieking at the sounds of the tiles coming down over where I was sitting, so it would have been certainly understandable if he had said that!

    Quite a memory.

  3. Late 70s? I was living in Greenville at that time, and I do remember a tornado hitting that side of the city one year. I didn’t know it was in January, though. Seems like it also hit a really nice residential area closer to where I lived, which would have been between our house and BJU. I won’t tell you how old (young) I was! πŸ˜‰ but when we moved away in 1978, I had just finished 7th grade.

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