I learned this morning that the storm system which spawned over 200 tornadoes across 6 southern states Wednesday and Thursday, is the next to worst system ever recorded in the US. Although the death toll has reached 342, the hundreds unaccounted for are sure to drive the final tally horrifically higher. I suspect the projected insured loss figure of $2-$5 billion won't even be in the ball park when the aggregate loss numbers are eventually added up.
Yesterday Kevin Watterson and John Horst--Keystone Missionaries with CrisisResponse who are based near New Orleans--loaded trailers with equipment and gear. Last night they arrived at Hope Church in Madison, Alabama which will be their operating base for now. If you can break free from your job next week, they could sure use your help. Teams are already en route from Wisconsin, Montana and Texas. Just give Kevin a call at 610-637-0202 to get directions. Lancaster, PA folks are about 11 hours away.
Hurricane Katrina graphically taught us that disasters can be opportunities to show and speak the love of Jesus Christ. Even if you can't come, you can pray in these kinds of ways:
- Comfort those who have lost loved ones
- Provide food, water, shelter for those who need it
- Heal the injured
- Activate local churches to serve for the glory of Christ
- Provide financial help
- Open hearts of those devastated to the glorious gospel