The Little Mustard Seed still has faith

PANAMA CITY, Fla(WJHG) - The sound of power tools isn't anything new inside the Little Mustard Seed in Downtown Panama City.

However this time it isn't Greg Snow building furniture for a client. It's Greg and his wife Rebecca re-building their lives after hurricane Michael.

The 15-thousand square foot store opened three years ago with 60 vendors stocking their unique items throughout the building.

"We had just celebrated our third anniversary," said Greg Snow. "We were getting ready to decorate for Christmas and start the holiday season. So it was a big loss.

The Snows lost a lot of personal items in the storm, but say they're more concerned for their vendors.

"We had a team of people that had things here, said Greg Snow. "Just to know they lost things too. it's just heartbreaking."

The couple decided to evacuate as Michael got closer.

"I did ride out hurricane Ivan when I lived in Pensacola and I'm not going to chance riding out another storm."

They maneuvered their way back to downtown Panama City two days after the storm and while they had seen pictures nothing prepared them for the reality of seeing it in person.

"It was heartbreaking. We knew our front glass windows were out so we knew a little bit of what we were coming into, said Greg Snow. "But it was just so amazing when we got into the store it was so much more worse and the whole city was awful."

To make matters worse the couple lived in an apartment above the store.
"Everything that we have is concentrated right here," said Greg Snow.

Still, they choose to count their blessings.

"There's been a lot of good things that have come out of this," explained Rebecca Snow. "There's a lot of people spending time with their families. We even enjoyed going to a fall festival on a Saturday when normally we would be here (at the store) working."

They've watched as neighbors have worked together.

"I'm so proud of all the people downtown," said Greg Snow. "They've really worked hard. They've been cleaning streets up, sweeping streets."

They're keeping a positive attitude, and their mustard seed of faith has grown.

"Our mission was to be a light in downtown Panama City and really be a light to the city and that's what we've always tried to do," said Greg Snow.

"We believe God's a good God," added Rebecca Snow. "And he's made the way and even though it looks crazy right now he knows what's gonna happen."

They're also looking to the future.

"We are determined. We're gonna take our time and rebuild and rebuild for the long haul," said Greg Snow. We're gonna make sure everything is structurally safe, there's not any kind of mold from the water that had come in. We're here for the long haul, that's just the way we are."

The storm may have blown away some hopes and dreams but it didn't blow away their resolve.

"I think people will be reminded now what's really important, it's a bad way to have to learn it," said Rebecca Snow. "But people are what's important. And if we can be there to help and encourage them and just live life beside them, that's what we should do."

Their target date to reopen is early spring. Greg says he is hoping some good will come out of the storm and downtown Panama City will get the investment, time and money it needs to make it great.