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11-17-2013 Tornado hits Washington, IL

Monday, December 02, 2013

My town the blink of an eye.

I was in church as the sirens went off. Everyone crowded the safer hallway.
The tornado pass us by.

As people emerged from their places of safety...they couldn't believe the scene:

In a moment, precious things were obliterated.
In a moment, people were homeless.
In a moment, life was taken.

My friends lost their home that day. They were in church, praise God!
When we arrived...this is what we saw:

Many have responded: Salvation Army, fellow churches, Red Cross, Samaritan's Purse, countless hearts.

Three years ago I moved to Washington, IL from Monticello, IL. The church I attended there sent a team of about 25 this past weekend. We worked hard. We shed tears. We laughed and tried to look for the little joys amongst the rubble:

Amazing to me...three years ago we were planning to move to Malawi, Africa to be missionaries. I looked forward to working where I was needed, hosting mission teams, loving on others... Instead, God placed us in Washington, IL where I got to host my first mission team, work where I am needed and love on others. So humbled to see my plans are not God's plans...and His are always far better.

Please...take a moment today...right now...pray for the people of Washington. Pray they will stay strong...push through the difficult...hold onto Jesus...and rise above the rubble.

To Him be the glory,

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  • no profile photo CD14305631
    I will pray for the Washington, Ill people...Bless you Michelle.
    2481 days ago
    Glad my Spark Buddy is safe. Prayers for all the victims.
    2481 days ago
  • CAROLYN0107
    WOW, I was on a trip during this event and not on TV. Otherwise I would have already known about your tornado. I'm glad you could help out.
    2482 days ago
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