Days 224-226: Joplin Tornado Cleanup

This weekend Jerod and I went on a mission trip to Joplin, Mo. to help with tornado cleanup. I hope these photos give you a glimpse of what a tornado can do. I have seen so many tornado destruction pictures in my lifetime, but none of them prepared me for how it looked in person. I know these photos don’t even begin to show the trauma these people went through. Yet talking to the Joplin residents, it’s amazing to see how resilient and grateful they all are. The rest of my photos are posted on facebook.

One of our pastors and his sleepy son saw us off Friday afternoon as we traveled to Joplin, Mo.
We cleaned up a family’s yard, even though rubble still surround it from all sides.
These flowers, growing amidst all the destruction, prove that life continues after tragedy.
The moon rises behind the Joplin high school, which is still in chaos. The kids will go to school in the mall and several other locations this year.
Our fellow helpers worked hard on painting the ceiling, as you can see.

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