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Arkansas, Mississippi Hit Hard by Violent Tornadoes

Convoy of HopeAt least 36 people across six states have been killed by a series of vicious storms that rolled through parts of the Midwest, South, and East since Sunday.

The hardest hit states have been Arkansas and Mississippi, where more than 200 people were injured and thousands more affected by tornadoes over the past three days.

Among those affected is NRB member organization FamilyLife, which lost a staff member on Sunday.

“Rob Tittle, a FamilyLife staff member and kindred spirit warrior for the family, died last night in the tornado that crushed parts of central Arkansas,” reported FamilyLife President and CEO Dennis Rainey on Monday.

“Two of his daughters – Tori, age 20, and Rebekah, 14 – were among the 14 killed in the storm,” he added. “Today has been a day of extreme emotions here at FamilyLife. We mourn the loss of a good man and coworker and his two daughters, and at the same time we celebrate the survival of so many children and family members. The news could have been much worse.”

In addition to the Tittle family, the family of FamilyLife staffers Dan and Kirsten Gaffney also suffered losses, though not a loss of lives. The Gaffneys lost their home and their two cars when one tornado smashed into their community after chewing its way across the Arkansas River Valley.

“Pray for the Tittles and Gaffneys in their journey with Christ,” urged Rainey.

In response to the outbreak of tornadoes over the past few days, a number of organizations have been sending teams of relief workers and chaplains, including the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Convoy of Hope, Life Outreach International, The Salvation Army, and Samaritan’s Purse, among others.

To support the various relief and recovery efforts, visit the links below. Prayers are also encouraged for the affected regions, particularly those in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those who are trying to rebuild their lives after suffering substantial losses, and especially with those who have lost loved ones,” expressed NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson. “May God comfort them during these difficult times and bless them as they press on. And may God bless the efforts of those working to provide relief and support throughout the devastated areas.” 

Ways to Help

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
http://billygraham.org/story/bgea-chaplains-responding-to-deadly-arkansas-tornado/

Convoy of Hope
http://www.convoyofhope.org/blog/features/disaster-response/midwest-tornado-response/

Life Outreach International
https://my.lifetoday.org/give

The Salvation Army
http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/news/Salvation_Army_Provides_Relief_Following_Arkansas_Tornados

Samaritan’s Purse
http://www.samaritanspurse.org/article/responding-to-deadly-storms/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=samaritanspurse

Published: May 1, 2014

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