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A Message From Pastor Matthews

Pastor Matthews takes a moment to share a timely message of faith and encouragement for the families and friends affected by the tornadoes that struck several counties in Alabama on Wednesday, April 27, 2011.

A Message to April’s Storm Victims

More About The Storms…

Tuscaloosa, AL – President Barack Obama described the loss of life as “heartbreaking” and called the damage to homes and businesses “nothing short of catastrophic.”  He promised strong federal support for rebuilding and plans to view the damage on Friday.  Over several days this week, the powerful tornadoes — more than 160 reported in total — combined with storms to cut a swath of destruction heading west to east.  It was the worst U.S. natural disaster since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which killed up to 1,800 people.  In some areas, whole neighborhoods were flattened, cars flipped over and trees and power lines felled, leaving tangled wreckage. Wednesday was the deadliest day of tornadoes in the United States since 310 people lost their lives on April 3, 1974.  Given the apparent destruction, insurance experts were wary of estimating damage costs, but believed they would run into the billions of dollars, with the worst impact concentrated in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham….

While rescue officials searched for survivors, some who sheltered in bathtubs, closets, and basements told of miraculous escapes. “I made it. I got in a closet, put a pillow over my face and held on for dear life because it started sucking me up,” said Angela Smith of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, one of the worst-hit cities. In Birmingham, Alabama, which was also hard hit, Police Chief A.C. Roper said rescue workers sifted through rubble “hand to hand” on Thursday to pull people from destroyed homes.

Source: Verna Gates; www.Reuters.com