by Billy Roper

Please remember our White brothers and sisters who were injured or experienced property loss and damage during the recent storms and tornadoes in Arkansas, Missouri, and Illinois in your prayers. I toured some of the worst storm-ravaged areas yesterday, and saw a lot of destroyed homes such as this one. One town I visited, Clinton, was still mainly without power, with many downed trees, billboards, and signs, and many businesses missing their roofs.

Our home was also damaged by the storms. Through God’s grace none of our family was injured, however, although it was a scary night, to be honest.

Yesterday afternoon I spent helping pick up tree limbs, branches, and debris from the devastation, and a lot has been accomplished, but it will be a while before we will be able to get our own house repaired, I’m afraid. Fortunately it is still livable, for now.

Thank you for your continued prayers as we continue to pick up the pieces and try to figure out how we’re going to get our damaged eaves and overhangs repaired. Most of all, we are thankful to be healthy and whole.

Update: Today we will be going down to the area south of us, where some of the worst tornado damage occurred, as the regional cleanup effort continues. I will have a report on the status of the debris removal and relief operation as it is ongoing. Thankfully, none of the injured persons have died, and some have been released from the hospital. Based on much of the devastation we’ve seen, that was extremely lucky.