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Tornadoes in our Backyard
Following the severe storms Friday night, friends of KMBC have been inquiring about our safety. We are safe. While taking shelter in the basement of the Helen Mathews Luce Chapel, we concluded the final service of the spring revival in prayer, worship, and a timely Spirit-anointed message from Rev. Rodger Moyer on living out our faith in tangible ways. Though the storm curved around us, the tornados launched their assault on villages and towns within the footprint of our influence. Our parent organization, the Kentucky Mountain Holiness Association, has churches scattered throughout the region. Our students minister in these churches each week.
The Burning Fork Church in Salyersville is pastored by Rev. Eddie Dennison, a KMBC alumnus from 1984. The Burning Fork Church borders the Mountain Parkway. Motels, restaurants, and stores line the Parkway there. After the tornado swept through, not one of these businesses was left standing, but the Burning Fork Church remains! Praise God. Now, that church is serving as an aid station for displace people. The church had relatively light damage compared to the surrounding loss. Pastor Eddie Dennison and his people have served 1700 meals in the last two days. The KMBC faculty, staff, and students are making 600 sandwiches to deliver today.
Our Index Community Church is in the West Liberty community, but is separated from the town by a mountain. That mountain seemed to block the tornado from the church’s side of town. The tornado flattened West Liberty. The town is closed to gawkers. Lineman and emergency personnel are trying to restore order. Faced with such tragic loss, the Index Community Church is trying to help people. Pastor Mike Frisby, a KMBC alumnus from the 1970's, has at least eight families in his church who have lost their homes in the West Liberty area.
Woodsbend Community Church had damage. Pastor Bud Angus has lost neighbors. Barns and livestock have been destroyed. Ten college students and about twenty from Mount Carmel went to help Bud Saturday. They cleared trees that had been downed by the tornado that swept above the Woodsbend Community Church and parsonage. The buildings remain. The community is shaken.
Broken dreams, lost lives, and hurting people. We are assessing how we can best help. Once utilities are restored, some of these areas will be reopened, and then we can send some teams of students, faculty, and staff in to help.
People are asking what you can do to help. It is very early in this disaster recovery. However, KMBC is positioned to assist people through the auspices of our Kentucky Mountain Holiness Association churches. If you would like to help in the aid and recovery process, you can give online:
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Cash gifts can also be sent to KMBC at PO BOX 10, Vancleve, KY 41385. Mark your check for “Tornado Relief.”
We will see that your gift is used to feed and minister to needy, hurting people who have lost so much. We have the network in place to provide services through our strategically located churches. We are helping, and we thank you for your help.