I would like to express my thanks for the quick response from Week of Compassion, Church Extension, Pension Fund and others to the devastation in the western part of Kentucky. As our Sisters and Brothers continue to deal with the aftermath of Friday’s tornadoes, understand that recovery will be a long process. Our West Area Pastors are continuing to ask that you:
- Pray for all of the people whose lives have been overtaken by this storm.
- Give to the Week of Compassion and designate your gift for Kentucky-tornado relief: https://www.weekofcompassion.org/donate.html.
- Do not attempt to come to Western Kentucky to assist until a request for assistance has been made. The need will arise.
- Get Organized – identify who in your congregation wants to help and what skills they have, as well as what other resources (financial, material, and human) you have available. Do you have folks who are able to tarp roofs or help clean up debris? Do you have the ability to transport goods? Do you have gifts and skills in communication? The more prepared you are, the more quickly you will be able to mobilize when needs arise.
Here are the updates I have received. Please know that conditions are changing and my attempt is to provide information to you as quickly as possible.
Dawson Springs continues to be in a Search and Rescue phase. There are 12-15 families who are known to have had damage to their homes. Dawson Springs continues to allow only residents in to the city.
Princeton is continuing to salvage what is left from the damaged homes.
Mayfield is continuing to to salvage what is left from the damaged homes.
First Christian Church – On Monday, Pastor Milton and church members were able to remove the communion table and other important documents from the church building.
Second Christian Church – Pastor Sherrill continues to reach out to and contact church members.
Bowling Green continues to provide for the community.
Pembroke & Benton both have a few families with damage to their homes.
Other areas in Western Kentucky are still being affected by the lack of electricity, downed trees and electrical wires.
I will continue to provide updates on the regional website, as they become available, so that we may all stay on top of this situation.
Let us pray. Lord keep us in your presence as we continue to seek your guidance. We ask Lord that you will continue to provide shelter and comfort for those who have been impacted by the storm. We say thank you for the acts of kindness and prayers that have been sent from around the world, We continue to ask for your healing, strength and peace, in Jesus’ name, AMEN.
Donald K. Gillett, II
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) In Kentucky