Isaiah 42:16, “…I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.”
It’s so hard to believe that just weeks after a horrific tornado swept through several states that included, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Georgia and Virginia that once again we would be faced with another example of nature’s fury.
On Sunday afternoon as many people went about their daily routine, storm clouds gathered, winds picked up and with a violent acceleration of speed and strength, a tornado bullied it’s way through the Central US from Minneapolis, MN to Reading, KS to Joplin, MO. So far the death toll in Joplin alone is at 89 with 30% of it’s city in ruins.
Jennifer Eldridge, our Director of Marketing here in Nashville received a phone call from her husband yesterday afternoon as the tornado sirens were going off. Her husband, who was located in Baxter Springs, KS remained on the phone as he watched the funnel cloud scoot across the plains in the distance. All he could say was , “this is not going to be good.” Jen’s sister in law lives in Joplin, but happened to be in Baxter Springs with the family. After the storm hit, she quickly drove to Joplin and found her house was still standing (it was made of stone) but the roof was torn off and the contents of her house were gone.
Please continue to keep the families in your prayers as everyone in these affected communities struggle to pick up the pieces of their lives left behind while mourning for those lives lost.
I know it’s overwhelming to see all of the natural disasters that have taken place throughout the world. As winds blow and the thunder rolls where we live, in the back of our mind, we many wonder if a catastrophic storm will destroy our home towns, our businesses, claim our life or those we love. I encourage you to stay strong, have faith and know that God is there for you. “O Lord, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in time of distress.”~ Jeremiah 16:17
Reading, KS -A team of Salvation Army emergency disaster service workers based out of Emporia arrived in Reading at 1 am this morning to assist survivors and first responders. The team will continue to provide support today by offering meals, snacks and drinks from a mobile feeding kitchen and also through emotional and spiritual support.
Minneapolis, MN -Three Salvation Army mobile kitchens and crews are on scene in St. Louis Park, Fridley and North Minneapolis to assist families and emergency workers after the storms earlier this afternoon. Much of the damage caused by uprooted trees is making travel difficult in some areas. One of The Salvation Army’s transitional housing units in Fridley sustained minor damage and none of the four men living at the house were injured.
Joplin, MO – A Salvation Army emergency disaster services team based out of Pittsburg, Kansas has been deployed to Joplin to help carry out mass feeding for residents and first responders through a mobile feeding kitchen capable of serving thousands of meals a day. Teams from Kirksville and Springfield, Missouri are also en route.
If you wish to help, there are 4 ways!
- Prayers! As you go about your day or before you lay your head to sleep, please pray for those in the affected areas
- Call – 1800-SAL-ARMY to make a monetary donation
- Text – “ARMY” to 90999 or “JOPLIN” to 80888 for a $10 donation
- Online – www.salvationarmyus.org and specify MO, KS or MN disaster relief