One week ago, I sat with Mike in the dining room at The Residences at Deer Creek waiting for the tornado warning sirens to be silenced. As Mike looked on his smart phone for news of the storm, he realized that Washington, IL had been hit. One of our dear pastor friends who just adopted our cat, Hope, lives in Washington and we learned with a quick call that she/they were ok but the community had been hard hit by an F4 tornado.
We then learned that Cheryl Malsch’s mother, brother and nephew’s homes in the Lafayette area were severely damaged by storm winds and that Gayle Faga’s son, daughter in law, and twin granddaughters who lived in Washington, IL were safe but knew many people who were now homeless due to the tornado.
In this first week of response, our church has collected school supplies, gas cards and Walmart cards for the community of Washington, and also helped coordinate donations from our community to Lafayette and Washington churches and relief agencies which I took to my pastor friend last week.
This week, we begin a new round of response coordination as we work with the Schererville Chamber of Commerce to collect coats, mittens/gloves and hats for adults and children in the Washington area. Evelyn Jones and I will drive the donations, along with other school supplies collected this next week, to Washington Presbyterian Church so they may immediately be available those in need in the community.
Jesus told his disciples, “For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.' "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You drink? 'And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 'And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' "And the King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'
I look forward to continuing to share the light of Christ in our world with you and am grateful for your understanding of his teachings!
In God’s Love,