I have had so many sweet and thoughtful emails and texts regarding the devastating F-4 tornado that blew through Joplin, Missouri yesterday at five o’clock. Andrew’s family is thankfully all ok. All of their homes are undamaged. That being said, Joplin, Andrew’s home town, is pretty much destroyed. The hospital where my sister-in-law is a doctor was obliterated. The daycare that our niece attends is gone…several teachers at my nephew’s school are unaccounted for and the death toll will be rising well above 100. The tornado wiped out a Walmart and Academy Sports (among many, many other businesses and homes) killing people who were there just doing some Sunday afternoon shopping. My sister-in-law and brother-in-law have been actively working to help (her at the make-shift hospital and him pulling people out of Walmart) since the storm. Please be praying for the city of Joplin. I have always said that Joplin is a great town. There is so much character and history there…so many wonderful, mid-western people…this is very, very sad.
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