I am site manager for NazNet.com. It’s a great place for fellowship among members and friends of the Church of the Nazarene. One week ago the server’s hard drive crashed. Since NazNet is a non-commercial site we don’t have backup redundancy on it, so when it went down we were basically back at the beginning.
Even though I’m dabble with technical stuff, I’m a pastor, so I don’t install server software every day. I thought we’d be down for several days. However, as I said, I am a pastor, so as I considered the task ahead of me I prayed, asking the Lord to help me do what needed to be done to get NazNet up and running again.
It was after our Wednesday night disciple group meeting that I came home and went to work on “NazNet reborn.” I installed stuff like PHP, MYSQL, and other programs that no one ever thinks about but is used by everyone who uses the internet every day.
In a few hours I was surprised to have a test forum running. Things just seemed to fall into place. Rather than just open the forums and going to bed, I couldn’t resist staying with it, adding some of the “bells and whistles” I hadn’t intended to install until later on. I was tired, but I was also on a roll and didn’t want to quit.
When I went to bed late Wednesday (actually early Thursday) NazNet was up and running and feeling pretty much like “home” to anyone who is a regular user of the forums there.
Someone who has a bone to pick with NazNet and, I think, the Church of the Nazarene in general, posted on their blog that “God crashed NazNet.” I couldn’t help but think that if God wanted to crash a website he could do a better job than take it down for a few hours.
Rather, I think the opposite happened. I think “God blessed NazNet.” With amazing speed and capability I don’t even have I was able to put the website back up. I understood what to do and how to do it even though I was dealing with installations of server software that I’ve only worked with once or twice in the past 10 years.
Tonight, we are just a week past the “crash” and I see that NazNet has over 200 people registered and over 2000 posts. For God’s help in all the technical stuff and for all the good folks who have good naturedly re-registered and reignited the fellowship I give God the glory.