Updated: May 18
Tuesday's Tip to bENCOURAGEd...
As we turned down our familiar trek home on Highway 109, we were in awe to see our exit to I-40 was blocked. We could see debris - poles, lines, signs, and parts of buildings lying about from the lights of multiple emergency vehicles. We turned down the side road leading to our neighborhood noticing sheet metal randomly laying in ditches.
We knew our house was safe because of communication from our house sitter and friends. We were so grateful yet concerned for our community. Since arriving we have been working through our church to help those hit hard near us.
Most of all thank you for your prayers for our community. God is good! There are so many miracles I have heard - people including children thrown from their homes with only scratches, homes leveled with one or two rooms left where family members emerged untouched physically, families driving down their street to another family members home when a funnel drops onto their street only to turn the opposite way as people were able to get to safety... and the list goes on and on.
There is much devastation and loss in our community - schools, homes, and business to rebuild - Fedex, Under Armor, and an auto auction lot, these places less than a few miles west of us have been so damaged - many people have lost their jobs. - But we are so blessed of all the lives saved - seriously when you go into some neighborhoods it makes no sense how people lived - But God!
Mt Juliet (we live on the MJ Lebanon line) has so many volunteers they had to cut off the sign- up, but they now are open for more volunteers - So proud of our community and people coming from all over the nation to help!
For many including me- information about other communities has been trickling in - because our internet has been down or sparse we have not seen much news. - we know the Governor and the President came to the area - we actually saw his convoy fly over - the magnitude of the area hit by these tornados is almost unbelievable. This is not one town but community after community after community.
Yes, these are communities, but please remember that they are made up of individual people. bENCOURAGEd to Think ONE person - this helps us not forget the needs of people.
This phrase came to me while I was walking through a hard hit neighborhood.
When we “Think One”....
It becomes personal: We will relate because we too are one person
It becomes practical: We will think of needs that would help one person
It becomes productive: We will make progress with one person that will help others…
be Inspired, be Productive, be Fulfilled ~ bENCOURAGEd Today!
“Think One” - The photo above is a picture found on a playground in one of the hardest hit neighborhoods in our community -the portion with people’s faces were torn so we do not know who it was, but this came from someone’s home - someone who is a family - one family who has to rebuild their life 💗
How can you help?
PRAY in faith - the Word of God - strength and needs Phil 4:13 and 19 and also pray Ps 90:17 over weather systems - it has been great weather for clean up. God is good!
DONATE - If you are able to donate - supplies or finances - please reach out to local churches or solid ministries. The body of Christ is moving quicker on the ground in these devastated areas than most organizations. If you are looking for a place to give - my church - Joy Church in Mt. Juliet, TN, has a food/supply pantry and a mobile kitchen, which has been working with local officials to meet the needs of individuals in our community.
so we can all be Inspired, be Productive, be Fulfilled...
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