NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Jake Harrell's church family has been holding prayer meetings since they learned his plane was missing. Harrell's family has attended First Assembly of God North Little Rock for more than 30 years."We know the most important thing we can do is pray," said First Assembly pastor, Rod Loy. As search crews comb through dense, mountainous terrain in western Arkansas to look for Harrell, his church family prays and waits. "We've had prayer meetings here at the church and have people ready to go if the forestry commission says we need volunteers. We've got hundreds of people ready to go," Loy said.
Since Harrell disappeared, Loy has been serving two roles: encouraging the family and relaying information to them and the church on behalf of the Arkansas Forestry Commission. "Every time the phone rings, I look down and I think this might be the call! This might be the moment!"
Loy says flying has been Jake's dream since he was a kid. He loves to do it, and takes it seriously. "He was flying a routine fire detection route just looking for forest fires. Something that he's done many times before and feels like it's a great way to serve our community." With extensive flying experience, the church is praying that Harrell is using those survival skills he learned years ago.
And that god is right there with him.
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