Totally Devastated

Joplin, MO Tornado Relief

Yesterday, I met a man named Jackson.

A giant tornado ripped through his home of Joplin, Missouri last week. At nearly 150 deaths, this was the single deadliest tornado to hit the U.S. since 1947.

As the storm raged and the tornado absolutely ravaged his neighborhood, Jackson and his family sought shelter in his small concrete basement.

He literally draped himself over his wife and daughter for their protection as his house was ripped up and completely swept away. After the tornado passed, he was forced to put together a small shelter out of some debris and a door in order to protect his family from the rain and hail.

Joplin, MO Tornado Relief

This is real.

This is not Hollywood and the people of Joplin are not actors. They need our help and they need it more badly than I can impart in these few simple words.

I’ll borrow the statement that Cross Point Church has been using to rally support:

Everyone can pray.

Many can give.

Some can go.

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5 Responses to Totally Devastated

  1. @kylereed May 31, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    thanks for sharing this Kenny

  2. Jason Wert May 31, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

    Thanks for going and sharing this, Kenny.

  3. eileen May 31, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

    Thank you for the reminder that even though news coverage slacks off and  life goes on, people are still in desperate need of our prayers and our help.  

  4. frankfort12 June 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    It’s been discouraging to see how quickly the “hot topics” of the media change. Especially in light of the amount of devestation that has occured this spring as a result of tornadoes. They beg for far more attention than they’ve received. Yet, I am reminded that God is not fickle like the media or public. He stays on the scene from the beginning of the story all the way to the end. 
    Everyone can pray.
    Many can give.
    Some can go.
    Thank you for being someone who is doing all three. I’m certain that God is using your team to bring light to Joplin. Continued prayers for them and you.


  5. Jeff Goins June 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    Thanks for going, Kenny, and for lending your voice.

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