Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Joplin, Missouri

Jordan and I had the privilege of speaking at the Joplin Calvary Church of the Nazarene. We met some wonderful people! The city of Joplin, though, is still recovering from the tornado that hit in May.
After the service, we were able to fellowship with several people. We met a lady who had been in the Wal-Mart when the tornado ripped through it. She told us about how her younger daughter clung to her neck while she checked the pulse of the people around her who were killed instantly. Then her husband told us about how their older daughter (who was also in the Wal-Mart) was pinned under a beam that had fallen. The daughter was fine but the people on both sides of her were also killed. We also heard stories of courage and community. Several people said that it was amazing how quickly people came together to start clearing the streets right after the storm. Normal people instantly became rescue workers, maintenance men, and firefighters...doing their best to reach people who were trapped.
While most of us have turned our attention to other things, the people of Joplin are coping with the after effects from that tragic day in May. Please keep them in your prayers!