Thursday, May 26, 2011

Helping Joplin

One of my fellow employees at the library grew up in Joplin and has family and friends there. They are all safe. They had some damage, but were not in the direct path of the tornado, so we're all thankful for that.

All of us at the library, of course, are interested in helping out, and the expert researchers among us posted some links I thought would be good to share. If your local church or denomination is helping with relief to Joplin, I'd heartily recommend following those channels. But if not, here is the Facebook page for Joplin which has all sorts of postings from individuals and churches who are helping; and also here is the Missouri United Way. The other post today is a video from Missouri United Way.

Please understand that you need to be responsible, good stewards of any moneys you send. My posting this is not my endorsement. I just happened to have this closer connection to the Joplin disaster. If any of my readers have similar info on relief for the other states that recently were swept with disasters, please feel free to let me know and I'll post what I feel I can.

Right now, Tom and I are heading to southern IL to help Southern Baptist Disaster Relief aid some flood victims there. Please pray for these dear people, and may all these happenings remind us that although Jesus did not return on May 21, and that NO one except God Himself knows the day of His return--all creation "has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth" for our redemption. (Romans 8:18-25).These back-to-back disasters, (and let's not forget earthquakes and tsunamis!), are signs of the times and we need to pay attention and understand what the Bible says about the days we live in.

Time to get off the soapbox and back to packing, but I hope you all have a sweet Memorial weekend. I'll be praying for you. Thanks for visiting and check back here on Monday for the next post.  

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