Monday, May 26, 2008

Update On Tiny-Town

We have electricity again! We spent the day at Shanon's house, salvaging what we could...which was not much. It's physically and emotionally exhausting for everyone, but especially those who have lost so much. People here are amazing. EVERYONE coming alongside their neighbors and working together. It truly is inspiring.

Also, for as much devastation as there is, the stories of God's mercy in so, so many lives brings me to my knees.
Thank you for your words of encouragement and especially for your prayers! Here are a few pictures...

This is all that is left of the front of Shanon's (very large) house...the entire roof is nowhere to be found.

This is part of the back...but what the whole thing looks like.

There were lots of pine trees lining the cemetery as you enter tiny-town...this is what is left.

The clean up has just begun. It's the first time I've ever experienced something like this...praying it is the last.


  1. Your pictures along with what is on the news and internet is a huge reminder of not taking anything for granted. Things on this earth are so very temporary, BUT God is an unchanging constant that we can depend on in times such as these. We are praying for both tiny towns!

  2. It is so weird to see you going thru what they have gone thru at home. Thanks for sharing all these pics.

    Got to hold that newborn boy today! Ahhh life is sweet and precious. And listen to T's sweet little voice, "Where Dane go?" "Where Russ go?"
    "Where Dan go?"
    "Where Jedd GO?"
    "Come Grandma!"
    She is just tooooo cute!!! and two yrs old today!!!

  3. Sarah,
    We have been praying.....
    Let us know if you need anything.

  4. So glad you're OK. I can't imagine the eeriness of having all that's familiar be changed in an instant.

    Praying for you and your husband as you minister in these confusing days.

  5. We are all exhausted at our house. Many prayers going up for all, but it has been so encouraging to see the hand of God guiding and protecting even in the tragedy.

  6. Prayers are with you and I know firsthand this is when you will see the best in others and see the Faithfulness of our Father!
    Love, Lorie

  7. Praying for peace, rest, hope, encouragement & wisdom as you help your friends & loved ones in need!

  8. The pictures are amazing. I can't imagine what it must be like to be there and see it all. I talked to trish yesterday and she said she felt like she was walking around in a dream...

  9. I am so sad and sorry to see what your sweet town and friends are going through!! May many people know God's grace through the devastation! I'll keep you and your community in my prayers.

  10. I'm so glad to hear you're ok!! I have been worried all weekend. Some of our family got hit pretty hard in Parkersburg, so sad! I'm praying for you all!

  11. Sarah...What can we do to help? Here is my email addy:

    Please email me info with your church name and addy, and some immediate needs of those who have lost so much. We would like to take up a love offering and send it your way. You guys do with it as the Lord leads.


  12. Oh, Sarah, I am so sorry to hear this. Please know that you are in our prayers.

  13. This makes my heart so sad! I'm praying!

  14. AWOL on my own blog, but still praying for you,

  15. SO sad.
    Followed you home from Lovewell.

  16. This is chilling to look at Sarah. It really is devestating -- it's also amazing to hear the stories of the people whose lives were spared because they "just happened to be somewhere else". God is good.


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