Saturday, April 30, 2011

Tornado News

I've been reading about the terrible tornadoes in the South, and all the damage, and the awful death toll.

It's haunting, and I wish I could do something, but it's all been sort of distant from my life, kind of like the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. It didn't touch anyone I knew.

Then today I got a message from Amy, who is off in Montana being a nanny for Gospel Echoes' Crossroads Team.

Amy taught the high school at Shiloh Christian School in South Carolina for a year, about three years ago I think, or was it four? She had a student named Courtney.

After that year, Courtney and her family moved to Alabama. And just a few days ago, Courtney and her mom and step-dad were all killed by a tornado.

One child in the family survived, an 8-year-old girl who was injured and is in the hospital. I hoped she still had a dad back in South Carolina like Courtney, but no, Courtney's step-dad was the 8-year-old's father.

I can't get my mind around this one--losing your entire family, home, everything, in one fell swoop, at that age.

Amy assures me this girl has lots of nice aunts and grandmas and will be taken care of. Well, that's great, but what will this do to her soul? And how many others there must be with similar losses.

I really wish I could magically fix everything.


  1. Susan Reimer5/02/2011 8:05 AM

    That is so sad. I can't imagine what that would be like.

  2. I saw in a friend's newspaper yesterday that we've had 15 confirmed twisters here in Virginia! We seem to seeing end-time prophecy being fulfilled. -PC in VA

  3. Hi Dorcus - I live in North Alabama, Madison/Huntsville area, where did this Courtney live at? We've countless stories like this all over the place. Thankfully my family has been spared this horrible disaster, but have felt the effects of it all week. Haven't been able to go to work, been without power since 4:30 Wednesday of last week - mine finally came on yesterday. But it is very devastating. I know one of my co-workers house & barn were totally destroyed, not sure who all else it has touched till I get to work. Prayer, its the only thing one can do from afar.

  4. Omaloriann--I don't know where it was and Amy's not here to ask. My heart goes out to you Alabamans. You've been through so much.