Its main tributary, the Little Tennessee River, includes another five dams, each providing vital flood control and hydroelectric power to the surrounding areas.
One of those latter five is the Chilhowee Dam, which is located not far from where I reside and minister. As happens periodically, it is currently being drawn down in order to allow for maintenance on the dam.
Not surprisingly, in the process, the past is once again being revealed. Old cars, bridges, roadways, and even building foundations, all submerged for quite some time, are suddenly visible again.
As the water level has fallen, a 16th-century church, known as the Temple of Santiago, that was flooded during construction of a dam nearly forty years ago is now emerging from the waters of the reservoir.
According to news reports, this isn't the first time the church has resurfaced. Once before, in 2002, the water level got so low that people could actually walk around inside. We are told that people celebrated and even worshipped inside the exposed building at that time. Check out these photos…
And why should anyone be surprised by this? After all, Jesus Christ Himself said, in the New Testament Gospel of Matthew (16:18), “I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” Amen! Long live the Church of Jesus Christ!