Memphis pastor again at pulpit 5 weeks after being shot in face throughout automotive theft

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Memphis pastor again at pulpit 5 weeks after being shot in face throughout automotive theft


A Memphis preacher returned to the pulpit on Easter Sunday, simply 5 weeks after the non secular chief was shot within the mouth by crooks as they stole his automotive exterior church.

Pastor Clemmie Livingston, Jr., delivered a sermon earlier than his flock at a packed New Zionfield Baptist Church in South Memphis for the primary time since that fateful day, in accordance with WREG-TV.

“Laying there, I stored saying to myself that I’ll be lifeless in a short while,” Livingston, 70, instructed the station. “Effectively, what would an individual say once they bleeding within the method that I used to be bleeding?”

Pastor Clemmie Livingston, Jr. was shot within the mouth as criminals stole his automotive. Fox13/Instagram
Livingston believes he survived as a result of God nonetheless has a plan for him, the station mentioned. GoFundMe

However he survived the assault — and mentioned he by no means misplaced consciousness or felt any ache through the chaotic ordeal.

“Whereas I used to be down on my knees, let me inform you what [God] mentioned, He mentioned to me, ‘Cease attempting to die and begin again dwelling,’” Livingston mentioned. “In my spirit and in my coronary heart, I do know that Jesus introduced me by this.”

Livingston believes he survived as a result of God nonetheless has a plan for him, the station mentioned.

“It seems to me that God obtained some for me to do,” he mentioned.

Livingston nonetheless should endure a minimum of two extra surgical procedures — despite the fact that the bullet gap in his mouth has closed, he’s obtained an extended strategy to go earlier than he can say he’s totally recovered, the outlet added.

5 weeks after the ordeal the pastor returned to New Zionfield Baptist Church in South Memphis for the primary time to present a sermon. GoFundMe
Livingston nonetheless should endure a minimum of two extra surgical procedures. Fox13/Instagram

These operations will seemingly maintain him from the pulpit for an additional eight weeks. However that’s higher than the choice.

“That’s my best blessing,” he mentioned. “I’m nonetheless alive.”

No arrests have been made within the case.

Livingston instructed WHBQ-TV that he plans to commit extra time to assist forestall younger impoverished folks from turning to a lifetime of violent crime.

“Assist these guys, train them learn how to put a roof on, train them learn how to lay bricks, that’s my plan,” the pastor mentioned. “Train all of them these items, no matter it takes, cease the killing.”


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