marking the 3rd Week of Advent, and the first anniversary of the western Kentucky tornadoes
Sunday December 11 marks the start of the third week of Advent, traditionally the week of JOY. For many in western Kentucky, the joy is hard-won and tinged with grief, as this weekend (December 10) also marked one year since the deadly and devastating tornado outbreak in western Kentucky. The most damaging reach of the outbreak was a long-track tornado that tore through 11 counties, destroying thousands of homes, with especially severe impacts in Mayfield and Dawson Springs. Communities across the area are in the early phases of long-term recovery, with years of rebuilding still ahead.
Disciples have a strong presence; many congregations in the area responded quickly to the needs of their neighbors, and remain in close collaboration with Week of Compassion.
There is great need for volunteers, especially with so many counties across Kentucky in the midst of recovery, both from Dec 2021 tornadoes and the 2022 summer floods. "Don't forget us," says Rev. Rachel Nance Woehler, Minister to the Christian Church In Kentucky West Area, noting that one year on, rebuilding is just getting started in many communities. For information about multiple volunteer opportunities, fill out a volunteer interest form.