Ep. 12: In the News – Tennessee Tornadoes

Kristy Graham sheds light on the headlines of the devastating Tennessee tornados that ripped through Nashville and the surrounding areas last week. Jump behind the scenes with Kristy as she hears from Shannon Daley, a staff member on the ground. Shannon serves as regional program manager on our U.S. disaster relief team.

When the three tornadoes whipped through the heart of Tennessee in the early hours of Tuesday morning, Samaritan’s Purse disaster response specialists were on the ground just hours later to assess the damage. Now, the ministry is mobilizing volunteers to remove trees, clear debris, tarp roofs, and salvage personal belongings.

Listen as Kristy and Shannon talk about the mass destruction that hit Cookeville – a suburb east of Nashville. Over 100 homes were destroyed, and 18 lives were lost in this county alone. Shannon shares that the tight knit community was desperate for help.

Volunteers have banded together to serve in Jesus’ Name. Over the weekend, the ministry welcomed more than 1,000 volunteers to bring healing to the county. True to the nature of Tennessee’s nickname – the volunteer state – hundreds of men and women continue to help their neighbors in this time of need.

Shannon walks through what a typical day looks like for a volunteer. Fueled with breakfast and devotions, volunteers begin the day with picking up debris, sorting through belongings, and cutting up fallen trees. Each day ends with dinner together as they rest and reflect on what God has done.

Kristy gives thanks to the Rapid Response Team from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association as they continue to debrief with homeowners, locals, and law enforcement that need encouragement. Shannon stresses the importance of local church partnership and explains how quickly it came together to help minister to the community.

“Everywhere we go, we’ve seen that God has provided the right person that was needed at that home to meet a need beyond just the storm.” – Shannon Daley

Samaritan’s Purse continues to work in three Tennessee locations— Cookeville, Mount Juliet, and Nashville.

Our next episode will introduce you to volunteers, homeowners, and pastors affected by the Tennessee tornados. You are a part of the work of Samaritan’s Purse through your prayers and support, and we want you to experience what it is like on the ground with our teams.

An Inside Look

Do you feel that God is calling you to help those affected by the Tennessee tornadoes? Sign up to volunteer.

Learn more about how Samaritan’s Purse is working to bring hope throughout Tennessee in East Nashville, Mount Juliet, and Cookeville.

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