Many of you have asked how you can help with tornado relief efforts. I am doing my best to reach out to individuals in the community who were directly impacted by this terrible storm. Over the next few days I am sure there will be more opportunities that we can share with you, but for now we will direct our attention to a friend of mine, John Yancey.
John is the Lead Pastor of Lighthouse Christian Church and he lives in Donelson. His home was in the direct path of the tornado and his neighborhood has downed power lines, trees, and many homes have severe damage. This morning I visited the neighborhood to look for ways to help. There are many people in this neighborhood who could use our help. Here is a message from Pastor John that was posted to his Facebook page.
From Pastor John:
Facebook friends and church family – most of you know that the Donelson community was one of many to suffer significant damage in the tornado earlier today. Clean up started early this morning and will continue for many days ahead. The roads were almost impossible this morning but traffic is starting to be able to get through. Many of our fellow believers are going to start serving in the community to help with cleanup in the next few days. If any of you are available to join in, The Donelson Fellowship will be a staging area for helpers to gather and team up.
Jennifer and I will be cleaning up damage, cutting up trees, etc at our house (3120 Knobview) in Donelson.
Many of you have reached out to me and asked how you can serve – come and join us any afternoon this week. Bring gloves, chainsaws, wheelbarrows… whatever you think could contribute. We love our church family and our Nashville friends.
From Pastor Josh:
Pastor John asked that we not come in the morning. Utility crews and other work makes it difficult to get through at that time.
So tomorrow I will be leaving New Hope at 11:30 AM and working in the neighborhood until 4:00 (possibly 4:30 PM)
This will also be the case on Friday.
Please let me know if you would like to help. firstname.lastname@example.org
We DO NOT need to take a caravan of cars to this location. Power lines are down across the roads and parking is limited. I went and scouted the location and talked with Pastor John and some neighbors today so I could see exactly where we needed to park and assist.
Please meet at New Hope with gloves and work clothes, bottled water, and any of the above equipment.