And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. ~ 1 Corinthians 12:26
4/30/11 Update: We spent quite a bit of time on the phone last night with folks on the ground in Alabama. The outpouring of love and help has been amazing. The Body of Christ is coming together and helping all in need. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is being lived out before the lost. With regard to the families in Ashville (where the Boyd, Crawford, and Lee families lived), volunteers have found almost total devastation. Most of the homes and many of the buildings are destroyed or severely damaged. Some of you have offered food and clothing. However, there is no room to store even the basic supplies. What is needed the most right now is labor and money. There is much to rebuild in this community. And all of the families are thankful for your generosity! Your tax-deductible gifts are making a difference!
The stories of heartbreak and loss from the devastating storms in Alabama continue to pour in. Our church has many friends in one of the hardest hit areas outside of Birmingham. At one point, we were working to establish a church plant there. A number of the families in that community have lost everything.
Tom Lee, father of thirteen, lost his life when his home collapsed on him and his family during the tornado. His wife and most of their children were trapped under the rubble for hours before friends (who had also lost their homes) arrived from two miles away to help. Three of the children were hospitalized. Miraculously, no one had any broken bones (even the daughter who had been pinned under a piano!).
As the storm descended upon this small town, four neighboring families sought refuge together with the Crawford family (whose husband/father helped free the Lee family from the rubble). The Crawfords, who just had baby number 9 this month, had the only home on the street with a basement. After the storm passed, everyone in the basement was safe, but the home above was completely destroyed. In addition, Kelly Crawford’s father had a massive heart attack yesterday morning; so, neither he nor his wife were in their home (which was destroyed) when the storm hit.
We have set up a fund to help these families and many others. If you would like to participate in this effort, you can send a check to: Providence Church, 401 S. Carol Ave., Morton, IL, 61550. Or, you can use the link below to send your funds immediately. All monies received into this fund will be dispersed to the victims of the storm in Alabama. If you would like your donation to help a specific family or individual, please specify that on your check, or send an email along with your online donation to:
service AT providencepeoria DOT org.
Total funds received to date: $15,973.51