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Recently, natural disaster struck in my own hometown, and the devastation broke my heart. When this happens, you tend to take it personally…like your own family is hurting. Through Hand of Hope and your financial support, we are always poised to help in disasters anywhere in the world God allows. So when tornadoes struck in the Southeastern US and the St. Louis area—my backyard—I was so grateful we were able to act and reach out with a comforting hand in Christ's name to help rebuild and restore those affected. Because when your loved ones are hurting, you want to help in any way you can. Reaching the world begins at home.
So as we team up with churches and other organizations in these areas, I hope you will join with us in prayer for our "family's" needs to be met and for our teams to get the supplies and support to help rebuild their communities.
If you would like to make a donation, your support will help us continue assisting these disaster relief efforts as well as those worldwide.
Thanks to the support of our friends and partners, Hand of Hope is partnering with The Rock Church in Huntsville and Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, Alabama, to provide relief to those affected by the deadly storms.
Please join us in prayer for the people affected by this natural disaster, for the needs, for those who have lost loved ones and homes and for those who have been injured or have been impacted in any way.
Our prayers and support are with those in St. Louis, Missouri, as they recover from an F4 tornado that struck on Good Friday, April 22. Hand of Hope has partnered with Service International to provide cleanup relief for the affected communities in and around Bridgeton, Maryland Heights and Ferguson.
Churches in the area, including Gateway Central Church of the Nazarene and First Baptist Church Ferguson, had just finished their Good Friday services when the weather took a turn for the worse. Although most had cleared the buildings, stragglers were sent running for cover as both churches were hit hard by the tornado—educational wings were severely damaged and roofs torn off.
Many would return home to the same fate. According to St. Louis County Emergency Operations, a total of 1,627 homes were reported damaged and 788 were considered at least partially condemned.
But even amidst the devastating damage, God was clearly working. In the middle of what is considered the strongest tornado to hit St. Louis in 40 years, no one died and only a few received minor injuries.
Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.