Saturday, November 23, 2013

Relief Efforts

 Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Last Sunday, our community was hit with an F4 tornado.  Hundreds of homes destroyed, thousands of people displaced, and thousands more without power and clean water.  Material possessions have been found up to 80 miles away, carried away by this massive storm.  Families have felt fortunate to walk away with just a tote of belongings that they could salvage.  There is no question that it will take a long time to rebuild homes and lives.

But God's Word is true, and no matter what the circumstance, something good can always come from it.  In this situation, we have seen an outpouring of support from our community...a community moved to action to help complete strangers.  Volunteers are using vacation days from work to clear debris.  Communities that are hours away taking up collections to provide clothing, food, etc., for the victims.  Churches have opened their doors to provide shelter, meals, and encouragement.  Organizations like the Reserves, Samaritan's Purse, and the Red Cross were on site almost immediately.

We are all called to action to help those in need, even if it's not on "the front lines."  So this is how we chose to help.  Here is a collection for a family in need, all donated in less than 24 hours. 

A second round of donations for a different family in less than 8 hours.

Even more donations are showing up on our front porch...some with beautiful notes of encouragement.
Praying with new friends.
Jamie and Jacob were able to see things first hand.  Jacob went with friends this past Tuesday.  It was hard for them to even know where to begin helping.
 This is what Jacob saw on his workday.  At this home, a baby had just come home from having a heart transplant.  Family is safe.
 
Jamie worked a day with Samaritan's Purse.  He couldn't say enough about this awesome organization.

This is the area in which Jamie worked. 
At the first house, the husband was on his tractor cutting the grass.  He didn't know the tornado was approaching until it was too late.  "Thankfully," he got pinned under his tractor and only suffered cuts and bruises.  This is his garage.

Nothing can prepare a community for this kind of devastation.  Thankfully, everyone is helping and we will get through it together!

1 comment:

Michelle said...

We'd NEVER seen destruction like this until the Spring of 2011 when the tornados came through Alabama. A pretty short 20 minute drive from our home looked like an absolute war zone. Our church made several trips to the various stricken communities. I went to Pleasant Grove and all I could do was weep. Our prayers are with these families.