Monday, May 23, 2011

Joplin Tragedy

A destroyed helicopter lies on its side at the Joplin Regional Medical Center
These are not my photos, I obtained them from the net.

I am sure these images are all over the world. We would like to think if our community makes it on the national/world news it would be for something positive. In reality that is hardly ever the case.

Joplin, Missouri was hit hard yesterday afternoon by a massive tornado. Joplin is about 4 hours south from where I live. But, I have family there. And I have co-workers there. Making contact with them has been extremely difficult. Thankfully, one of my Uncle's has a cell phone from Kansas City and is able to get calls. By God's Grace my family is healthy and safe. The tornado was headed straight for my Aunt and Uncle's home and it lifted three blocks north of them. It set back down several blocks south of them. My cousin lost her home and had to dig her way out of the debris. Thankfully all of her pets are safe too!

These are not my photos, I obtained them from the net.

My family maybe safe but so many people are hurt or lost their lives. Unfortunately, the tornado might have passed but the suffering is not over for this community. They have no power. They have a limited water supply. Their food supply will not last long. Indeed this community will have needs for some time.

This community needs us. First and foremost, please pray for them. Second, please consider donating to any of the relief efforts underway: Salvation Army, Red Cross.


  1. Glad to hear that your family is safe.

  2. I am also glad that you made it home safely. Where you down there right before or after the tornados?