The sun has set on May 21, 2011, the predicted day of the Rapture, without a single “catastrophic event” to discuss. Although the Doomsday prophet leading the movement is said to be hold-up at his Family Radio home base in Oakland, 74-miles northwest of Stockton, he has been as quiet as a church mouse.
Update: Reports he will speak.
Even though Camping has offered nothing to his followers but silence, many of his them still await his word regarding his misjudgment on Judgment Day. Others seek a path to help themselves pick up the pieces of what is left of their life. They take inventory of what they haven’t given away, sold or quit to follow Camping and seek a place to start.
Story upon story has been told of people who gave their life savings, their 401 K, sold their homes, quit their jobs and prepared for the End of Days by giving everything to Camping.
It is reported that Camping’s marketing of Judgment Day had a price tag of $100 million.
Click here to read Camping’s farewell letter to his employees.
Camping and his believers have been the butt of jokes for days, making material for late-night talk show hosts, funny bumper stickers and even jest on local news stations around the country but as one Stockton local discussed, “All over the world, there are people that gave up everything for that man and his idea of God, and now they’re left with nothing; will he help them enter back into regular society, get them a job, give them their money back to buy a house again?”
With no word from Camping, the May 21st survivors will have to start rebuilding on their own; but there has been people that have offered help or support, in one way or another.
As seen in the picture to the left, even the fast food industry extended a “welcome back to the world” for the May 21st survivors that needed a fresh start.
Stockton’s Wanted Souls Motorcycle Ministry and Calvary First Assembly were also ready for any of the May 21st survivors in need of help, today. With signs hung through the city of Stockton and some members as human arrows pointing the way, they greeted those that came for guidance.
One notable father came with his daughter. A church member described how he was driven to tears as he talked about his embarrassment and shame.
Some survivors told a different tale, touting their remaining faith and saying they will wait for a statement from Camping to know what their next move will be.
A film crew came from the U.K. to continue their footage on the worldwide Camping phenomenon.
Church member Joanni Trinchera was glad she was involved in the outreach today but wanted people to know, “We were here today for those that fell for the false prophecy but we are here every day and open every Sunday for those that will need us in the future.”
Calvary First is located in Stockton on Kelley Drive.