The Salvation Army has been serving in disasters since September, 8, 1900 when a major hurricane ripped through the coastal town of Galveston, TX. The Salvation Army was immediately on the scene provided the necessary sustenance for both body and soul; food and prayer!
Since 1900, around the world, nations and communities have faced catastrophic natural disasters and every single time, within hours, The Salvation Army is there; the Red Shield acting as a beacon for all to see as they scramble from picking up the pieces of what’s left of a home or mourn the loss of a loved one. They approach our canteens in anticipation of a meal and something cool to drink, but more than that, they are in search of reassurance, encouragement, empathy, compassion and love that is founded on the love of Christ. They know they will receive prayer and spiritual counseling as we let them know that, ” God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” ~Psalm 46:1-3
Crews aboard The Salvation Army canteens have been working feverishly across several states of the south including Tennessee to meet the need since the tornadoes struck and left their deadly marks. Officers, staff and volunteers have committed hours and hours of blood, sweat and tears to meeting the need of our brothers and sisters. For a detailed account of what’s being done across the region, please click here! The Salvation Army-Nashville dispatched our 16 foot mobile feeding kitchen to the areas surrounding Chattanooga last Thursday. We began feeding that evening within the town of Ringgold, GA and for the past few days in communities in Cleveland, TN. So far over the course of the past few days, we along with serveral other SA units have served, 2550 meals and 500 food boxes. The local Applebees raised $2000.oo for our relief efforts and we have secured a large area from The Church of God of Prophecy form storage and distribution.
In speaking with our team leader for the Nashville canteen, Ron Harmon, he shared that they have been incredibly busy, but blessed the entire time. Ron went on to tell me about how as he stood there by the canteen, he heard God tell him to take a walk. So Ron headed up the debris filled street and as he neared the top of a hill, he came upon an elderly gentleman sitting by himself on a damaged chair staring at the pile of wood that once was the home he loved. Ron stayed with him for awhile praying with him, encouraging him and just listening. Ron said this man had a bad heart, only 25% was operational and at 70 years of age, he was sitting there staring at what was left of his home, having no clue what to do. He felt hopeless and helpless and was grateful that Ron came along and stayed with him awhile. Ron said that when he left, there was hope in this mans eyes where there once was fear and defeat. That’s how God works, using us as instruments to comfort those who need it.
Thanks again to everyone who has supported our relief efforts throughout AL, GA, TN, MS, VA and AR with your prayers and monetary donations. There is still a great need within these communities and as long as help is needed, the Red Shield will be there!
If you wish to donate, there are 3 ways you can help to meet the need at the point of need all over the south! And remember 100% of what you donate to disaster relief, goes to disaster relief!
- Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate April 2011 Tornado Outbreak.
- Text “GIVE” to 80888 for Tornado Disaster Relief
- Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 100339, Atlanta, GA 30384-0339
Thank you and bless you!!!!