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Driving to Alabama…

Dear Prayer Warriors,

As some of you know, Stacy and I volunteer with a ministry that works with victims of crime, trauma, and disaster called Victim Relief Ministries (VRM).  We have been asked to go to Hamilton, AL to work with the victims of the recent tornadoes that destroyed that town. Because Tuscaloosa is the media’s primary focus, the majority of people do not know that in Marion Country, where Hamilton is located, almost as many people have died as Tuscaloosa. When the neighboring county of Franklin is included, more people have died and property destroyed than Tuscaloosa. Unfortunately, the people in these two counties have received little government disaster assistance from the state of Alabama so far, and there is an absence of the American Red Cross, Samaritan’s Purse, also. VRM is focusing their efforts in this area to meet unmet needs for now.  So as Patrick and I prepare to leave tomorrow morning for Hamilton, AL we ask that you lift up the following cares to our Savior:

1)      Please pray for these victims who have lost everything. Pray for their safety as they sleep outside in makeshift tents, because no one has come to help them set up shelters.

2)      Pray for the State of Alabama, the American Red Cross, and other ‘physical aid’ organizations, that they will send aid to help the people of these counties as well.

3)      Pray for the search and rescue teams who are searching for survivors and loved ones who have been reported missing. Pray for their emotional and physical protection as they are exhausted and the work is overwhelming and traumatizing.

4)      Pray for the VRM Chaplains and Crisis Responders, some who have been in Hamilton since Friday, as we minister to the lost and the hurting. May the love of Jesus be shown and the Hope of Good News shared to the hurting.  Please pray for our spiritual, emotional, and physical protection as well as endurance.  May all we say and do be guided by the Holy Spirit.

Thanks for praying for us, VRM and the victims of this disaster.

If you feel led to give, please do so through the VRM website at There’s a donate button on the bottom of the front page.

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