Tornadoes Pound Midwest; Relief Groups Respond

Tornado damageWhile relief organizations are still heavily focused on providing physical, emotional, and spiritual care to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, some have also directed their attention to the Midwest U.S., where a barrage of storms swept through Sunday.

Crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team are on the ground in Illinois, where six people were killed and up to 200 more were injured after a fierce storm front spawned dozens of tornadoes that pounded at least 10 states.

Hardest hit was the town of Washington, an Illinois community of 16,000 residents, where as many as 500 homes were damaged or destroyed.

“The fury of a tornado is an incredibly hard thing to deal with. Some will seemingly pick and choose homes to target, and others will cut a wide and disastrous swath through an entire community,” said Jack Munday, International Director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. “Either way, they leave a trail of pain, suffering, and destruction in their wake for those who lost everything as well as those who are dealing with survivor’s guilt.”

In addition to the Rapid Response Team, organizations including Samaritan’s Purse and World Vision are also on the ground. They are urging concerned believers to pray for the children, families, and communities affected by the recent tornadoes; for those impacted by the tornadoes to find the help they need; and for their disaster relief teams as they determine where to respond.

Published: November 21, 2013