Chaplains Deploy to Mississippi Tornado Aftermath

By   •   April 30, 2014

Sifting through piles of garbage, some residents looked for anything salvageable, or even something of sentimental value they could hold on to.
Checking out the damage, friends and neighbors in Louisville were still trying to sort things out. "Utter chaos," is how one person described the scene.
Stevie Herrington, a 37-year-old forestry teacher, was counting his blessings to be alive, despite his home totaled. "God is good," he said Wednesday. "I thought I was in bad shape but my neighbors literally have nothing left."
One of the heartbreaking stories included a daycare that was destroyed, killing one of its workers who died clutching a 4-year-old girl, who survived.
Some even rode their bikes over and found a convenient, if not sobering reminder, of the storm that hit 48 hours earlier.
The activity around destroyed houses on Wednesday was brisk, as neighbors and friends from unscathed parts of town came over to lend a hand wherever they could.
Downed power lines were a common site in Louisville.
Huge trees were severed, some completely uprooted, and houses left as a skeleton of what they once were—just three days ago.
Some were still in shock, but many Louisville residents were thanking Jesus after Monday's monster mile-wide tornado passed. "Just praised God that I'm still alive," one resident said.
Just picking up the debris and belongings strewn out in people's yards seemed insurmountable in Winston County, which has suffered great damage and at least nine confirmed deaths. Some residents talked about "finally starting to regroup."
Rapid Response Team chaplains Al and Toni New, along with Mike and Pookie Mattingly, pray with two Louisville, Miss., residents outside the RRT Mobile Command Center on Wednesday afternoon. You can help give the hope and love of Christ by praying for and supporting this chaplaincy ministry at
Sections of houses were snapped off, laying in yards and driveways. Police and other first responders circled the neighborhoods and kept guard in some of the dangerous areas, power lines dotting some of the roads.

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  1. Abigail Oni says:

    Thank you BGEA for your labor of love, and for comforting the weary souls. I am so sorry for those who lost their loved ones, homes, and properties that they have labored for over the years. I just want them to know that with God, all things are possible. I pray for restoration for them all in Jesus Name. Amen.

  2. Doris Espinosa says:

    I praise the Lord for the rapid assistance provided by the ministry and the inner strength among the victims as they face the consequences of the calamity. May more people know the Lord in the midst of the trouble through the ministry. Stay strong in your work

  3. Beverly says:

    Thank you, thank you, for coming to Mississippi.

  4. Gracie Guajardo says:

    Have faith god is with you! : )

  5. Angie Wright says:

    I will pray for those and all of them that just needs support, love. I pray that God will help everyone who has lost their homes and those who need Angels to hold them tight. Amen

  6. john McKinnon says:

    I praise the Lord for what y’all do..

  7. Joyce Paul says:

    LORD JESUS alone can supply the Grace we need for each trial we face.

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