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Burgess shares testimony with local ladies

If anyone knows what it’s like to go through a storm, it’s Sherri Burgess.

Burgess, wife of Rick Burgess of the “Rick and Bubba Show,” shared her testimony with the ladies at Southside Baptist Church in Opp’s “Ladies Night Out” Tuesday evening.

She spoke of how the Burgesses’ 2-year-old son, Bronner, drowned in a swimming pool in 2008, and an experience similar to that of the Opp twins who drowned in July 2009.

“I was drawn to this church because of the similar tragedy with the Ramer twins,” she said.

Burgess said she’s been speaking to groups for about two years, which has been a healing process for her.

“After my son went to heaven, I started speaking about the things the Lord taught me through that,” she said. “Mainly that the Earth is not our real home, that heaven is our real home, and that we should focus our attention on the unseen rather than the seen.”

Burgess said her separation from her son’s physical presence made her aware of her separation from God’s physical presence.

“It made me want to see God face-to-face,” she said.

Burgess spoke on listening to God’s voice and how he can comfort and lead people.

“It’s so comforting to know that God is in control,” she said. “That he has a plan and purpose in all things. All things they work together for good for those who love God.”

Brenda Bess, Southside’s Primetimers director and event organizer, said there was a packed house for the event.

“I’m guessing we had in the neighborhood of 415 people,” she said. “It was really wonderful.”

Bess said that Burgess did an excellent job giving her testimony.

“All the ladies seemed to enjoy it,” she said. “There was a good response at the end. It seemed like a lot of ladies were touched. Hopefully, it helped some ladies who were going through some things.”

Amy Rodgers of Dozier was in attendance and said it was a blessing.

“You could really feel God moving in that place,” Rodgers said. “Sherri Burgess has such an awesome testimony and message, and I am so glad I went.”

Burgess also brought with her Linda Alder, a soloist, from Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Vestavia Hills.

Sherri Burgess, wife of Rick Burgess of the Rick and Bubba Show, spoke at Tuesday night’s “Ladies Night Out” at Southside Baptist Church in Opp. | Kendra Bolling/ Star-News