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Monday, May 20, 2013

OUR NEIGHBORS UP NORTH

Please keep our neighbors to the north of us in Moore Oklahoma in your prayers.  Unfortunately, the death toll is climbing and the destruction is unreal. :(

Tomorrow, we face another day of possibly devastating weather.   It seems the storms this week have been unbelievably violent!

We are in the hands of the Lord.

4 comments:

JJ said...

Praying for you, Minich family!

Chiara said...

Gee, never seen anything like this, in Italy we are experiencing very miserable weather this spring, lots of flooding and landslides, but after this I will never ever complain again because it's cold and wet.

kyhtak said...

I can identify with the folks in OK. Our house was at the edge of one of the tornadoes that ripped through northwest Georgia / southeast Tennessee the evening of April 27, 2011.

I say, "on the edge," because the major funnel was still on the ridge at the top of our property when the storm went by us. A small side funnel touched down on the south edge of our property, and went across the yard. Our only damage was a dented gutter, a dented drip edge on our well-house roof, a few downed trees, and the tops of some of our trees near the house being twisted out.

One lady on our road died, less than half a mile north of us, (after the twister crossed the ridge and descended into our valley), and 2 or 3 more died on our road, within a mile of our house. (We live out in the country, which minimizes loss of life and property damage from storms like this, simply because there are fewer people and man-made structures within its reach. It does NOT minimize the trauma to those who suffer loss of loved ones or major property damage.)

No pictures can come even close to depicting the devastation a storm like this leaves behind. It looks like a war zone . . . or worse.

You drive along the road, and everything looks fine. Round a bend, or turn a corner, and there is destruction everywhere you look. Trees uprooted. Tops twisted out of trees. Formerly wooded hillsides a mangled combination of downed trees and still-upright trunks with all their branches ripped off and strewn everywhere. Sheet metal dangling from mangled trees . . . or from the branches of perfectly normal trees outside the tornado's path. House fragments, papers, clothing, everywhere. Pitch black where there should be lighted buildings, street lights, and traffic lights (if you happen to drive through town after dark). Drive a little farther down the same road, and everything is "normal" again, except for power outages, which only become obvious if you're out and about between nightfall and daybreak.

It is surreal . . . something that defies explanation and "documentation" without actually, physically, being in the middle of the destruction.

These people need our prayers, and our help. It will take them a long time to recover. Buildings can be rebuilt . . . but lost loved ones can't be brought back, and trees don't recover so fast. These are a constant reminder, for years to come, of what happened.

One "good" that comes out of this carnage, though, is the kindness and caring of our fellow humans. I cannot tell you how many people drove up in our driveway to make sure we had everything we needed . . . water, batteries, food, whatever. They crossed all political and denominational barriers. Red Cross. Salvation Army. Baptists. Seventh-day Adventists. Other groups I don't remember, or that didn't identify themselves. Different groups set up shower houses, meal trailers, whatever they could that was needed, in the most heavily-damaged areas. "Unofficial" individuals and small groups went up and down affected stretches of road, chain saws in hand, looking for ways to help others "dig out." People we didn't know, from a different denomination, came and helped us cut up tree tops that fell close to our house and out buildings.

And yet, as you mentioned yesterday, Christie, even in situations as devastating as tornadoes, fires, floods, hurricanes, etc, everyone reading this is far more blessed than the orphans (and even whole villages) in many parts of our world. No one comes to their aid. No one checks to see whether or not they have their needs met. No one even cares if they live or die.

Christie Minich said...

Kathy,
When we were in Ukraine taking Erika around Kyiv, a man approached us. He was from The U.S. teaching English to college students.
He said to us, "I have never seen a handicapped child the entire time I have been here." And it dawned on him..."where are they?"
We told him what happens to the handicapped. He was stunned. He brought his students over and asked them, doesn't it bother you that children are treated badly and locked away?
Their response was chilling. "Out of sight out of mind." I don't think he saw his students in the same light after that. :(

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