Our U.S. Disaster Response coordinators recently returned from the first trip in response to the EF3 tornadoes in Albany, Georgia that occurred January 21-23, 2017.
According to The Weather Channel, "the tornado death toll now tops the toll from all of 2016, and is the deadliest January for tornadoes in the U.S. since 1969."
The trip was very successful in bringing help and hope to families who were affected by the storms.
Working with volunteers primarily from Albany Christian Church, 9 sheds were built for 9 families whose homes sustained damage. The sheds are the first step in the rebuilding process--symbols of hope while also serving the practical purpose of being a safe place to store any salvageable belongings that were not destroyed.
We are also very thankful for the volunteers from Ft. Ogden Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Shellman, Christway Christian Church, and First Christian Church of Bainbridge who served during the weekend. A special thank-you to the folks from Lutheran Trinity Church who graciously provided meals for the volunteers and our staff members during the build-days. Praise God for the Body of Christ coming together to serve those in need!
Our recovery work will continue for the Albany, GA community in the coming weeks and months. Below, you will find photos taken by our staff members. Please continue to pray for our partnering churches as they seek to reach out to their surrounding community with the love of Jesus Christ.
If you wish to make a donation to be used towards the families affected, please click the button below and be sure to choose the "U.S. Disaster Response" option in the drop-down Designation box on the form.