A Plea for Help

Edited to add: We’ve personally seen the damage, met the families and attended Christ Church which is the church responsible for  distributing the money that is being sent. This is a very real and urgent need for which we can personally vouch.

Below I’ve pasted an email that I received from a friend of mine.  Kelly Crawford (the Crawford family is one of the families that lost their home) is the author of Generation Cedar.

Brothers and sisters in Christ now is a time we can show Christ’s love to the world by loving one another, please pray about helping these families who have lost so much.

If you’ve been watching the news this week, you’ll know that over 300 people were killed by tornadoes which ravaged the south.  One of those killed was Tom Lee, a wonderful, faithful, homeschooling father of thirteen children.

Tom’s final heroic act was to throw his body over some of his children, while crying out to God to spare them and their mother.  God, in His wisdom, took Tom, but heard his petition, sparing the rest of the family

The Lees didn’t have a basement to get into and the tornado was on them so fast, they didn’t have time to do any more than huddle together in the den of their home.  The mile wide tornado struck them with full fury, demolishing the entire home and leaving them trapped for hours under the remains of their two story home. So now this family has lost their husband and father, as well as their home.  Their insurance doesn’t cover their needs, medically (some of the children are still in the hospital with serious injuries) or physically.  They’re in desperate shape.

On the same street, another godly family, friends of the Lees, the Crawford family, huddled – along with other neighbors (with a combined 25 children!) who’d been able to make it into the Crawford’s basement in time, the only home on the street with a basement, as the tornado completely demolished their home above them.  While we PRAISE GOD! for sparing all of these dear ones, they are now completely homeless, as are their in-laws who had a home beside them and which was also demolished.

The Crawford family, after managing to crawl their way out of their own wreckage, were the ones to first arrive at the Lee family home and to begin to dig them out. Rescue and medical personnel were not able to get to them for six and half to seven hours, due to the severity of the devastation in the area.

Good friends of ours are on the ground assisting the families, having driven from Georgia with much needed supplies.

Peter Bradrick, who has been coordinating help for these families, has just set up a site where people can go to donate money to these families, as well as one other, the Boyd family (who has significant damage to his home, but it’s still standing).  Each and every single penny donated will go to the family specified.  The site he’s set up has a “chip in” button, making donating very convenient.  The site can be found here:

http://www.bradrick.org/helpalfamilies/

Here are a few other links you can go to to learn more of these families.

http://www.visionforum.com/news/blogs/doug/2011/04/9416/

http://www.visionforum.com/news/blogs/doug/2011/04/9417/

Family and friends, we encourage you to do what you can.  It may not be much, but every single little bit helps.  And please, forward this information to as many as you possibly can, including those within your church communities.

Thank you so much!

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4 Responses to A Plea for Help
  1. Deven
    April 30, 2011 | 6:17 pm

    We are from Mobile. Our prayers & hearts are with you all.

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  2. Brit @MomAnswersWithBrit.com
    April 30, 2011 | 11:52 pm

    This is just aweful! I’m an insurance adjuster, so I have been dealing with the severe damage caused by tornado’s in our contry recently. Reading an actual story of a family’s loss just makes me want to cry! I will be praying for them!

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  3. chantelle
    May 2, 2011 | 8:28 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with those families.

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  4. Jennifer
    May 5, 2011 | 2:20 pm

    Thank you for posting this. The Lee’s attended church with some friends of ours in the area. I know they have been doing all they can to help them out, and we have prayed for them at every opportunity. God faithfulness has been our mainstay here.

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