Like a lot of people, I have seen countless pictures of destruction and heard too many tragic stories in the past few days. On Wednesday night, one of the deadliest tornadoes in recent history came through Tuscaloosa, AL. The destruction it caused is horrific. When I see the pictures, it is hard to believe they are real. You want to think that they were photo shopped. To make it worse, tornadoes and strong winds also came through many other cities in Alabama (and Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia) causing so much other destruction. My heart breaks for my state and these people who have lost everything. According to the Tuscaloosa News, "At least 280 people were killed Wednesday across six states — more than two-thirds of them in Alabama — and with many people still unaccounted for it was unclear how high the death toll could rise."
Fortunately my friends and family are all ok but too many other people lost everything. Sometimes I feel helpless but then I remember the power of prayer. Please join me in praying for those that lost loved ones, their homes, or their businesses. Please also pray for those workers who are working non-stop to help others.
More to pray for.....
While this mile wide tornado was destroying Tuscaloosa, Josh and I were at church trying to help the students at our church better comprehend how many people in the world go without eating. This weekend they will participate in World Vision's 30 hour famine. Basically this is a challenge to go without food for 30 hours in order to raise money and awareness for world hunger. Too often we want to stay within our own little bubble without recognizing the problems the rest of the world are facing. This is NOT what God asks us to do!
Did you know...
Hunger kills another child every 10 seconds.
Every day, nearly 8,000 kids under age 5 die because of hunger-related causes
More than 1 billion people go hungry every day.
Around 1.4 billion people live on less than $1.25 a day
You can donate money online for our famine goal at http://30hourfamine.org/donate and search for Bluegrass