Joplin Missouri sits squarely in the middle of the "Bible Belt". Please pray for the thousands of people whose lives and livelihood have been destroyed by the unbelievable tornado that tore through that city yesterday. In all my years studying and helping with tornado victims I have never seen the kind of catastrophic destruction that hit that city.
Added on top of the horrible tornadoes that ripped through Alabama and other cities in the south last month, this is turning out to be the worst tornado year in history and there are still many weeks left in the season. It is interesting to note that most of the worst tornadoes have been hitting areas where some of the most committed and faithful Christians reside.
The flooding on the Mississippi river has displaced and ruined the lives and property of tens of thousands of good upright Christians who have lived there and farmed the fertile land for generations. As if the Mississippi River flooding was not bad enough, there is increasing concern about flooding on the Missouri River now. Again, the areas of concern are filled with wholesome good people.
With hurricane season quickly approaching, there is greater and greater concern that the weather patterns causing the tornadoes and flooding will also be conducive to the development of monster hurricanes along the lines of Katrina, Rita and Wilma back in 2005. Considering that there are areas still rebuilding from those storms six years ago, it is a big deal to think of more storms.
Just three years ago, in a year with similar weather patterns, hurricane Ike wiped out much of Galveston Texas and other hurricanes crushed the same areas of Louisiana currently being flooded. Needless to say, there is much going on in the realm of weather which is troubling and cause for heightened prayer on all of our parts.
My heart is aching for the people of Joplin today for what lies ahead is both daunting as well as depressing. When Â¾ of your city is wiped off the map, it is hard to even know where to start getting things back to normal.
My heart is aching for the people displaced by the flooding and the loss of homes and fields. My heart is aching for the destructive tornadoes in Minnesota yesterday as well as the other storms that relentlessly are afflicting many areas.
Please keep all these people and places in your prayers, especially the next three days as more and more storms are forecasted to impact the same areas already destroyed. Thank you.
Yes, Brother Kirk, I'll remember them in my prayers. May the Lord meet the needs of His people who are in this disaster and may all their needs be met.
Lord, have mercy upon this people. Help and protect Your people who are affected by this disaster.Amen
Thanks for sharing
From Hwa Silverpen
just heard about it this morning, me and my family will be keeping all of those who are affected in prayer.thank you always blogging about real needs and concerns that always put things in a godly prospective. be blessed as always my brother..
Most certainly Brother Kirk-they shall be in our prayers. God Bless-Dave
My mom, who lives in Minneapolis, had to go to one of the few schools opened in the north area of the city where the tornado hit. She told me it looked like a war zone. The brunt of the damage occurred in an area which has a high-level of poverty. I cannot possibly imagine the situation in Joplin for I know the tornado there was far worse and I am remembering these communities in my prayers.