Help is still needed in Henryville, Indiana after tornados sweep through the village.
It’s amazing how quickly life can change. The community of Henryville, Indiana knows first hand the reality of that comment. Over the course of 24 hours life in this town went from normal to any thing but normal. On the evening of March 2nd, 2012, Henryville was hit with an EF4 tornado that completely transformed lives, homes, and this entire town. Life went from daily routines of school, work, and errands, to a life of picking up scattered pieces of their homes, looking for priceless memories, and searching for loved ones.
Today, 2 weeks later, residents of Henryville are still putting their lives back together, and for many, life will never be the same because of the lives that they have lost during this devastation. Within 48 hours of hearing about the disaster of the storms, we at International Aid immediately knew that we must help. Calls began being made to partners as relief materials we gathered and scheduled for delivery. We were able to fill a truck and deliver tarps, work gloves, rain suits, safety glasses, and paper products to help with the beginning stages of clean up. We dropped these materials off and made our way through the community. The sights were nothing but saddening to the heart.
Last week, while traveling to meeting in Kentucky, International Aid President and CEO, Brian Anderson found himself traveling through Henryville. Remembering the sights from two weeks before, not much had changed. Although a large portion of debris and brush had been cleared, life is anywhere but near being back to normal. If these lives have ever needed help, it’s now more than ever. The major storm has passed, the dust has settled, the volunteers have returned to their jobs and homes, and now the community of Henryville is left to piece life back together.
Please continue praying for this community, that God’s love would shine to them during this difficult time in their lives, and may they be reminded that no matter how alone or lost they feel, God is with them every step of the way.