The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Faith

April 22, 2013

Local congregations blend in tornado relief missions

ANDERSON, Ind. — Stories from missionaries who lent a hand just after hurricane Katrina rocked New Orleans compelled Don Billey, pastor of Main Street Church of God, to begin leading disaster relief trips to other areas hit by violent weather. On the scene in Joplin, Mo., and Henryville, Ind., during their times of distress, a joint group from two local congregations aided with cleanup and reconstruction.

“We were incredibly moved during the first trip and that was a launching point for us,” Billey said. “When the tornado hit Henryville, the question wasn’t: ‘Are we going to go?’ it was: ‘When are we going to go?’”

In Joplin the team focused on cleaning up the aftermath while in Henryville they rebuilt a pole barn that had been destroyed. Now they are planning a trip for this summer to any location that is in need.

“Everything was pretty much rubble,” said Emily Conner, CNA, describing the trip to Joplin. “We were taking stuff from houses and sorting it and putting it on the street for people to haul off. I was surprised to see all the hope the people still had. They weren’t knocked down. Even though they had nothing, they had hope in God that He would get them through it.”

Billey grew up in Elkhart, Ind., during the time of the devastating Palm Sunday tornadoes. He recalled how they affected family members and friends and wanted to reach out to others in similar circumstances.

“I was moved to see the total devastation,” he said. “It’s one thing to see it on TV but to look from a hill for six miles and to see everything gone — you just can’t describe it. It looked like a war zone. And hearing the people’s stories of lost lives — children torn from parents’ arms and a man who did everything he could to hold on to his wife as she was sucked out of the house.”

Also surprising Billey was the distinct line of destruction from the tornado that left one side of the street intact and the other a pile of rubble. Most notable was the response from all over the world of people who wished to help. He even met a couple from Japan who came in appreciation of the help offered by the United States during their distress.

“I learned that we can do things we think we cannot do,” Billey said. “And we developed relationships with others. We traveled with some from the Aletheia Fellowship and even though we don’t really have a connection and don’t worship the same, we now have a common bond.”

From Here to There: A Series about Madison County residents who travel to help their fellowman. If you know of an individual or civic, school or church group that has embarked on a mission trip in the last year, please email emmagoldiemeyer@yahoo.com.



    


 

1
Text Only
Faith
  • Grief reconciliation workshop series offered First United Methodist Church will offer a five-week workshop series about grief and mourning to help bring comfort and encouragement to participants in their grief journey.

    April 19, 2014

  • FEA - HB0419 - PTP support group - 20 A new kind of support Crystal Everhart’s daughter was only 16 when she announced she was pregnant. The soon-to-be grandmother wasn’t totally sure what to do or who to talk to. At one point, she felt herself start to slip into depression. Nearly three years later, she’s trying to make sure other Madison County grandparents won’t feel the same way.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Davis, Verna mug Verna Davis: Seeking the grown-up version of an Easter basket I'm still enough of a kid to like Easter baskets. I like to fill them and I like to receive them. But this year, I think I want a different kind of Easter basket. A grown-up Easter basket.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Church News: April 19 A compilation of church news items as published in the Saturday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    April 18, 2014

  • NWS - HB0408 - Crash Sperrys 2 Family, friends bid farewell to Jesse Sperry

    The fussing of 10-day-old Autumn Marie Sperry seemed to coincide with the beginning of the funeral service for her father, Jesse Sperry, whose body rested just a few feet away. More than 200 friends and family members gathered at Edgewood Baptist Church this afternoon to pay their respects to Jesse, who was killed April 6 in a traffic accident on Indiana 32.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • 'Dinner in the Dark' set for April 26 Christ Lutheran Church will again host the “Dinner in the Dark,” benefiting Anderson Outreach Center for the Blind.

    April 15, 2014

  • FEA - HB0415 - buddy bags - 03.jpg Local partnerships feed school children during weekends

    Deanna McNeese says it is hard to listen to children talk about being hungry when school is not in session.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0408 - Crash Sperrys 2 Mother of victim: Son was my hero

    "He's my hero, and he always will be." That’s how Janelle Cox described her 23-year-old son, Jesse Sperry, who was killed in an April 6 traffic accident.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Whitefish shortage causing Passover meal problems

    A shortage of whitefish in the Great Lakes region resulting partly from the winter deep freeze is coming at an inconvenient time for Jewish families: the Passover holiday, when demand is high because it's a key ingredient in a traditional recipe.

    April 14, 2014

  • Pope poses for 'selfies' after Palm Sunday homily

    Pope Francis, marking Palm Sunday in a packed St. Peter's Square, ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice. Later, he continued to stray from the script by hopping off his popemobile to pose for "selfies" with young people and also sipping tea passed to him from the crowd.

    April 13, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
More Resources from The Herald Bulletin