A different kind of Memorial Day, at least here in the Joplin Missouri area.
Search and rescue efforts are still underway, and the City of Joplin is just beginning clean-up efforts in response to Sunday’s EF-5 tornado and subsequent destruction.
What amazes me, and many others, isn’t the destruction, but the response of the Joplin People.
People crawled out of the rubble and went straight to the business of making sure others were alright, and pulling them out of the rubble as well. People who lost their homes, who even lost family and loved ones, set about the task of helping to ensure the safety and well being of others. You’ve seen the stories and testimonies on TV, but just how many there are doing the same thing who never even get their face in the camera or their picture on TV will astound you.
Professionals and civilians alike from many miles away jumped in their vehicles and came here, simply because they knew they would be needed. They didn’t wait for a call, they didn’t say, “We’ll go in a week or so,” they came now, and they came prepared to pitch in. Medical professionals, Law Enforcement, Firefighters, Chain saw crews, heavy equipment operators and more came pouring in before the federal officials even were made aware of what had happened.
We have a God who inhabits the praises of his people, and even moreso a God that hears our cries in the midst of the storm and beneath the rubble. No doubt, some of his children were called home, but a great many have been kept here to share in his miraculous works.
Now they need your works. Donations are needed, and cleanup is going to take weeks. Rebuilding will take years. Some were hit without insurance, without resources, without Godly counsel, and it is our aim as brothers and sisters in Christ to be the body we were called to be. Please, do your part, that being whatever it is that God calls you to do.
Clean out your garage, your closet, drive down and help or write a check; it’s up to you to listen and obey, and to use the talents He has given you for His glory.
People can now text the word “Convoy” to 50555 to donate 10 dollars to Joplin relief efforts.
These donations are funneled through the same structure that started “Hope For Haiti” and multiple other text-to-give operations, and seems to have withstood scrutiny thus far.
The City has established the following phone numbers for people interested in donating their time or items to aid in the recovery effort:
- Individual volunteers wanting to donate their time should call 417-625-3543
- Volunteers wanting to donate items can call 417-625-3542
- Volunteer groups (churches, businesses, etc.) should call 314-623-9991
Some of the tasks available to volunteers are:
- Clean up of debris in the neighborhoods
- Search lines to locate victims
- Hospitality volunteers to work on campus at MSSU assisting first responders and fellow volunteers
- A crew to help clean the police and fire building located at 303 E Third
- Volunteers to work at City Hall and assist residents and businesses with completing the FEMA disaster assistance application
- Sorting debris once it has been collected
Volunteers who wish to assist with clean-up efforts will continue to be staged and dispatched from the recreation center on the campus of Missouri Southern State University.
Continue to receive updates on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CityOfJoplin.
Finally, there is always the opportunity to meet with your pastor and give to the ministries of your choice.
In This episode:
The Missourians – His Amazing Love – Daystar.mp3
Lottie Collier – Heaven Jammin’ – I will rise.mp3
Lottie Collier – Heaven Jammin’ Lily among the thorns.mp3
Lauren Talley – You’ll Never Walk Alone.mp3
The Revelators – In His Presence – He’ll Never Leave His Own.mp3
Michele Cupit – Theres A Healer In This House.mp3
Pure Heart – Time.mp3
Chosen Few – PRAYED UP – Come Sit At His Feet Again.mp3
George Jones – Peace in the Valley.mp3
Mary Alice Vanderwaters – It’s Just So Beautiful here.mp3
The Crownsmen – Introducing The Crownsmen – More Than A Name On The Wall.mp3
Crawford & Company– Chosen – While my troubles pass by.mp3
Belinda Gail-Blessed Trails – In the Garden.wma
Balyeat Family(James) – I Love Your Presence Most of All- Do I Trust You Lord.wma
Signature Quartet – On The Road -Never Been This Homesick.mp3
Timothy Charles – The Best Times – Temporary Home.mp3
Canaans road – We Will Rise.mp3
Inspirations – I Know – If You Only Knew.mp3
Mark Cable – Just Mark Cable – Empty Pockets.mp3
Colonial City Quartet – Lookin’ Up- I’m Not Giving UP.mp3