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Texas pastor rescues 200 motorists on icy highway

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The recent ice storm that stranded thousands of motorists in northern Texas left many terrified and countless others seeing their vehicles skid into ditches. Some were injured and others faced lengthy hikes to whatever shelter was available miles away through temperatures that plunged into single digits.

Things could've been a lot worse if a North Texas pastor hadn't put his words into deeds and acted as a Good Samaritan to brave the treacherous weather to rescue approximately 200 motorists who were caught in the grip of the storm, according to the Christian Post recently.

Pastor Gary Sweatman of the Freedom Life Church in Sanger, Tex., told the Dallas Morning News he was watching the news on television when he saw reports of the countless motorists stranded on I-35 north of Dallas and thought he should do something to help those people out. However, in his comfortable chair he fell asleep.

When he awoke 45 minutes later he saw another segment of stranded motorists with his church pictured in the background. He took that as a message from God that he needed to get out of his comfortable chair in his warm house and lend assistance to the people stranded in the icy elements.

Sweatman said he went to his church while his wife organized volunteers on social media. Although the church was only six miles away it took him 45 minutes to fight his way through the bitter weather conditions. Volunteers soon showed up at the church with a pot of beans and other food for the weary travelers.

Cin Patino, who was one of the desperate motorists who spent the night inside Sweatman's church, posted her gratitude on Facebook, saying, "Pastor Gary. Thank you for coming to the rescue of hundreds of stranded motorists."

She went on to say that many motorists endured freezing temperatures with no blankets, no heaters in their cars, not enough gasoline to run the heater in their cars, children who were hungry and no place to use the restroom. Because of Sweatman putting his Christian beliefs into action many of these people were able to find safety within the walls of the church.

Being stranded in a freezing car without enough gasoline in the tank to run the heater is one of the most terrifying experiences many all across the U.S. will face this winter. Without the aid of someone like Pastor Sweatman, many people could've perished during this recent Texas ice storm which saw many 18-wheelers stranded in and around Decatur, Tex. as well as the Dallas and Denton area.

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