Being from Washington State, the tornados here have been an un-nerving surprise. We have nothing to compare them to. Sunday night, I sat home alone glued to my t.v., bags packed, and wondering if and when I should run to my basement for cover. Luckily, the storm changed directions, and my roommate, Karen, cam home and calmed me down. Joplin, on the other hand, wasn’t so fortunate.
Joplin, about an hour away from Convoy of Hope’s headquarters, was pummeled with some pretty nasty weather. 1/3 of the town was demolished, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.
Monday I spent most of the day responding to e-mails of people wanting to lend their support. I have been so encouraged by the love and support of the community here.
This morning I was asked, along with a co-worker, if I would be willing to deploy with Disaster Response to Joplin, MO. They needed a couple people to go down and help set up and man the Points of Distribution (PODS). I said yes, we went home to pack.
Karen and I arrived in Joplin late afternoon today. Wow. Seeing homes, watching people clean up their lives off their lawns and out of the streets. It’s unreal.
It is predicted that another tornado will plow through the area tonight. Please keep our team and the city of Joplin in your prayers.