Joplin, Missouri Tornado Disaster – Sunday, May 2223 May 2011
“In times of crisis we have a unique opportunity to connect with people not only in the temporal physical need, but also in the eternal spiritual need. I’m glad we are taking advantage of these opportunities to make a lasting connection.” - Rev. Althea Taylor, Coordinator NCM USA/Canada in response to a report from a district superintendent regarding tornado disaster response.
Joplin, MO is looking at a major recovery effort after a tornado ripped a swath of damage through the city nearly a mile wide and four miles long. The damage caused by Sunday night’s tornado, tearing through 2,000 structures and killing at least 116 people, will be compounded by oncoming storms. Schools, churches, homes, businesses, and a hospital were significantly damaged or destroyed by strong winds and direct tornado contact. Fortunately, water and electricity are available for the majority of the city. Communication and transportation infrastructure were damaged and the essential effort to restore phones and clear roads is ongoing. Relief workers are working to provide for those whose homes have been destroyed.
Neither of the two Nazarene churches in the town of 50,000 was damaged. However, the homes and property of many in the surrounding communities – including some Nazarenes – suffered severe damage. The city of Joplin is coordinating its response through Missouri Southern State University. Joplin First Church of the Nazarene has been established as one of the disaster relief centers. Heart to Heart International is partnering with Nazarene Disaster Response to provide half a ton of Crisis Care Kits to help as an immediate response to the great need. Nazarenes will be working to rebuild their homes and communities even after the initial disaster response ends.
We ask for your prayer and support as the church comes alongside the hurting in Joplin at this difficult time. To stay updated on the USA Disaster Response and how you can be involved please visit ncm.org/usacrisis.
Prayer - Those affected by the tornado on Sunday are faced with the threat of more storms and potentially more tornadoes. Rescue and emergency response personnel are working through a variety of complications. Pray for strength, protection, and comfort.
Crisis Care Kits - Crisis Care Kits are being requested at this time for distribution and replenishing of supplies. For mailing information on where to send these, visit: ncm.org/usacrisis.