Video showing a group of volunteers breaking into gospel song inside a Conroe, Texas shelter for Harvey evacuees has gone viral.
Marquist Taylor was live on Facebook as the group sang an incredible rendition of “Spirit Break Out” for scores of people taking refuge inside the Lone Star Expo Center in Conroe, about 40 miles north of Houston.
"I’m just out of words, man. It’s time for everyone to come together. We’re praying, and we’re about to just have church," Taylor said on video before walking in to surprise evacuees inside the shelter. "These people don’t know what they’re in for, we’re about to have church."
Joni Villemez-Comeaux also posted a video of the performance, which has been shared over 400,000 times and racked up over 15 million views.
“This woman's powerful voice, singing praise, lifted the Spirit of all within earshot,” Villemez-Comeaux wrote in a public Facebook post.
The woman leading the performance was Victoria White, an admissions counselor at Sam Houston State University. White, Taylor and a group of volunteers were at the shelter as part of Others Outreach Missions, Inc., raising money for flood victims in southeast Texas.
“I had no idea this was being recorded, but God had a plan!” White wrote in a public Facebook post Tuesday. “Not only did He want to Love on those gathered in Lonestar Expo Center who suffered loss at the hands of Hurricane Harvey, but He wanted to love on people across the world who were dealing with their own personal storms.”
Thousands from the Texas coast have taken shelter -- including over 30,000 Houstonians -- after what was Hurricane Harvey dumped record rainfall on the Texas coast. Wednesday afternoon, the sun was shining in Houston as the worst of the rains seemed to have passed the area.
The region isn’t out of the woods yet, though. Houston was still seeing catastrophic flooding, and Harvey made landfall a second time early Wednesday near the Texas-Louisiana border.