‘God is still providing’
Armstrong said he felt compelled to work with the disaster relief teams with Samaritan’s Purse in the aftermath of the May 2013 tornadoes. The invitation to serve as a volunteer with the humanitarian aid group came after he spoke at a Matthew West disaster relief fundraiser concert at Emmaus Baptist Church.
In early June, Armstrong went with the disaster relief teams, and they ended their encounters with storm survivors, including an El Reno couple whose home had been destroyed, by praying for them, he said.
“I remember standing in the middle of a field and praying with this couple, reminding them that God loved them and had a plan for them,” he said. “That was when I saw the world of meteorology and ministry connect.”
Armstrong said he thought back to this time when he learned he would not be promoted to KWTV-9’s chief meteorologist position, replacing England.
“I thought God was pouring a foundation for what He was going to do,” Armstrong said of his ministry time with Samaritan’s Purse.
Armstrong said he wasn’t bitter about not getting the job, but he was disappointed. Then he thought, “How can I be disappointed when God is still providing?”
When Henderson Hills asked if he would think about accepting a post with the church, he said, “I recognized right away that it was God calling me.”
Armstrong said, looking back, he was grateful that the Lord guided him to ministry.
“I think God uses times of disappointment to move us,” he said.
He said he is grateful for his experience at KWTV-9 and particularly his opportunity to get to work with and befriend England.
“It was a really special time,” he said.
Meanwhile, social media has allowed Armstrong to put his meteorology background and his love for people to good use. He said he created a Facebook page called “Shelter From the Storm,” and he interacts with people all the time by offering words of prayer and Scripture and a timely weather forecast or two.
“I have a unique way to connect with people because of what I’ve done (at KWTV-9). I love that God is going to get the glory,” he said.
“It’s just how God knitted me together. I just care about people.”