You know the story, on May 22, 2011, a tornado touched down in Joplin, MO that was one mile wide. It stayed on the ground for 6 miles devastating everything in its path. You can also watch an AMAZING before and after video of a car driving down the streets of JOPLIN.
It’s amazing that as time goes by, not even 2 months, the images (for the most part) are gone from our mind. Out of sight (TV), out of mind. Fact is, people are still displaced, relief efforts go on.
Tomorrow (Friday) Jerry & Adrienne Garvey go back to Joplin where they lived for two years. In that short time they lived and worked there, they made lifetime friends. The cool thing about the Garvey’s is, they are normal people. Jerry works full time, Adrienne is a stay at home mom. They have two awesome little kids, they volunteer at church. They are normal on the outside, but on the inside they are anything but normal. They are going back to Joplin … giving up family vacation, earned hotel nights through job travel, to work in the relief efforts of that devastated area.
This past Sunday, we (the tribe) took a special offering for them. Not for their food, hotel or travel expenses out there. No, they are paying for that themselves. We gave directly to help the people in Joplin. Victory Church gave $5000.00! For the generosity of a spontaneous offering, I say THANK YOU! And I am soooooo proud of our church. I was blown away … so were the Garvey’s.
Stay connected over the next week by visiting Adrienne’s Blog HERE. (Cool fact, Adrienne was a TV journalist so she writes REALLY GOOD stories. )
If we want God to be great in our lives ...
we have got to be willing to give him an opportunity to be great.
We can sit around and complain and wish somebody would do something … We can do something ourselves!
Way to go Garvey Family!
We are proud of you!