Despite year-end tragedy, the New Year reveals God’s Goodness
Although the media has already stopped covering the terrible storms that hit the center of our nation last month, the holidays were very difficult for people in Kentucky and the surrounding states. So as our hearts and minds embrace this New Year, let’s pray together that God’s mercies – which are new every morning – embrace the families that were impacted by these storms.
God’s Word is not silent when it comes to His heart for people who fall on difficult times. Although God has many names, He is our Comforter in times of distress.
Psalm 46:1-2 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.”
Psalm 121:1 says, “The LORD shall preserve you from all evil and He shall preserve your soul.”
What good news for people suffering from natural disasters! And as He so often does, God is using His church to bring comfort and hope to children and families.
I’m grateful to share with you how God is using The Goodness Project to join together with other saints to bring hope and healing to Kentucky.
Summary of Kentucky Disaster
On December 10th and 11th, a deadly tornado outbreak struck several states. Tornados began in Arkansas and then moved into Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, and Kentucky. The path of tornados stretched up to 250 miles.
Kentucky was the hardest hit, with at least 75 of the 90 fatalities occurring there. Though the damage estimates have yet to be finalized, several outlets believe the costs will be over $18 billion to recover. That number represents hundreds of homes and businesses that were damaged or destroyed.
TGP on the scene!
The Goodness Project immediately sprung into action to Relieve, Recover, and Restore! Because we work best when we work together with other helpful groups, we got in touch with some new friends and got to work.
Former NFL football star George Wilson invited The Goodness Project to join with his Safety Foundation to support Mayfield, KY. He brought along another former NFL star, Bryan Hall. Gateway Church and New Beginnings Church (both from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area) supported our relief efforts with financial and media support.
Along with some other local friends, we helped coordinate and put on an event to provide local families with much-needed items and encouragement.
The event, called Christmas Giveaway, was held at the high school in Mayfield, and provided families impacted by the storms with toys, clothes, food, water, health supplies, and more.
As God so often does, He showed up in miraculous ways. We needed plastic bins to place products in so people could easily carry them away. Someone showed up with hundreds of bins to give away! Someone else showed up with a grill and made food for volunteers and victims. Time and again, God showed His goodness to Mayfield, Kentucky.
How you can help
Though the media coverage of the storms has long passed, Kentucky will need our help and prayers for months and years to come. The Goodness Project will be heading back up to Mayfield in the first quarter to continue to provide essential items and encouragement as the area continues to recover.
Would you not only pray for all of the victims of these terrible storms, but also donate to The Goodness Project as we continue to be the hands and feet of Christ? You can give your tax-deductible donation securely on our website here.
Your financial gift goes into immediate action! Help us care for the families in Kentucky impacted by these tornados today.
On behalf of the team at The Goodness Project, thank you for your continued support. As we continue to feed, clothe, and love the people of Kentucky, we bring your hearts and prayers with us!
In His Goodness,
Bill & Rachelle Fletcher
We want to thank you for partnering with us to provide help and hope to families in crisis!
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