CONROE, TX (KTRE) - Chances are that you've probably seen at least one of the viral videos making the rounds of social media that show Harvey evacuees taking part in a beautiful impromptu praise and worship service at emergency shelters in the Conroe area.
What you may not know is that one of the people who led evacuees in the praise song is a Lufkin native who now lives in Conroe.
"It's been nuts. Crazy," said Lufkin native Marquist Taylor.
Taylor said that one of the videos has been viewed more than 15 million times. He said that he and a volunteer with his ministry were interviewed on Good Morning America Thursday morning. CNN interviewed Taylor, the vice president of OTHERS Outreach Missions, and fellow volunteer Victoria White, as well.
Describing himself as a traveling evangelist and a motivational speaker, Taylor said he had been praying to God for guidance on how he could help the people affected by Hurricane Harvey. In light of all the many people helping with rescues or providing supplies, Taylor felt called to go to emergency shelters and provide encouragement to folks.
"I was trying to be God's hands and feet to people who were hurting," Taylor said. "I was trying to share the love of Jesus to people affected by the storm."
Taylor and White, who were working with OTHERS Outreach Missions went to several emergency shelters, where they encouraged people from all walks of life, tried to lift their spirits, prayed with them, and a led them in praise and worship songs. Several Facebook Live videos were shot of Taylor and White reaching out to people.
"A lot of you might be angry, and you have every right to be. You might be asking, 'Why did his happen to me?'" Taylor tells a group at one emergency shelter. "All things, literally, are working for your good. Even in bad things, God is a god of good and bad. He gives and takes away."
Taylor tells the group that they should never allow life's storms to steal their joy.