Due to the current situation, the North American Division Adventist Community Services office is asking that assistance be monetary in nature until further notice. Photos courtesy of Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky.
On the evening of Friday, December 10 through the morning of Saturday, December 11th a string of powerful storms and tornadoes swept across six states. A deadly tornado traveled for more than 200 miles and left a path of destruction in many communities and especially in Western Kentucky. The death toll is estimated to be around 100, but rescue efforts and assessment of property damage is still ongoing.
According to the recent report from the North American Division Adventist Community Services, they have not officially touched down in the affected areas but have been active in preparing for a response and connecting with members of the Disaster Response Community to determine the needs they can assist with. Many states have requested Adventist Community Services to help with managing their warehouses and the arrival of donations. Many conferences are offering other ways of assisting from mobile distribution of goods to debris removal.
Adventist Community Services hasn’t been fully activated on the ground since there is still ongoing search and rescue efforts by the Emergency Management in the states affected, and we are waiting for their approval and warehouse locations. There have been a lot of calls and questions, along with a wonderful urgency to help those in need. Due to the current situation, the North American Division Adventist Community Services office is asking that assistance be monetary in nature until further notice.
If you want to donate, please CLICK HERE. A list of donation needs has not been created yet due to the newness of the disasters and will be shared as soon as the information is provided by local authorities.
I ask you to please pray for the families that lost loved ones because of the tornadoes, for the first responders, emergency personnel, our Adventist Community Services teams, and for hearts to be touched to give during this time.Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16
Pastor Joseph Quiles is the Indiana Conference Adventist Community Services and Disaster Response Director.