Humility, devastation, awe, willingness, miraculous…
These are a few words that come to my mind when I think of the tornado that hit Mayflower and Vilonia Arkansas. There are so many stories and testimonies of people’s survival through this tornado that I have heard that makes their lives a miracle. Seeing where several trees should have fallen on top of a house but didn’t. One of the trees was even twisted and fell the opposite way. The house has minimal damage from the tornado.
I went and helped with my father’s church in Mayflower several days after it hit the town. Although their church has damage, it is still usable. In fact, it is being used as a relief center and resource center. Not only are they giving out water, clothes, food, and other essentials to those who need their needs met, but they are also providing two meals a day since the day after it hit. To me, this is the love of Christ working through others. If someone needs prayer, they (we) pray. I heard stories from individuals we met and from individuals with whom we worked. One lady who was volunteering was driving over an hour for a couple of days just to volunteer.
The devastation was indescribable. As we were sorting through food and items such as pull-ups, wipes, and toilet paper, I was humbled. These are items I take for granted daily. I thought to myself, “what if I lived here and just lost EVERYTHING I owned including these small items?” This was definitely life changing for me.
It’s amazing when I talk to my parents to know that people have driven from Texas, Missoruri, Tennessee, across the state of Arkansas, and even Virginia to help volunteer and/or bring donations. That’s amazing. These aren’t all people that they know. They just drove until they found a place to take donations. That is perfect love. God is LOVE.
Mayflower will forever be changed by the “simple” acts of kindness that others have shown. There are already testimonies coming from those around there. I know there are many other churches and organizations that are doing their part, too. I pray that Lakeside Assembly in Mayflower can be the light house to their community. Their light is shining a little brighter right now, and I pray it continues to brighten as time goes on.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’