On January 25, a 500 feet wide, 150 mph EF-3 tornado was on the ground for 9.5 miles through Fultondale, Alabama, leaving a path of destruction that killed and injured residents as well as destroyed homes, schools, and businesses. This tornado was located just a few miles from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gardendale, where Pastor Ed Brashier, Southern District Disaster Response Coordinator, serves. They are now one of the churches in this community that have committed to serving the disaster-affected residents for the long road of recovery they are currently facing.
Pastor Ed Brashier wishes to express his appreciation to Lutheran Church Charities and its donors for the financial assistance already received that was used to help with immediate needs and temporary housing costs for church members affected by the tornado. Lutheran Church Charities has been asked to help provide additional financial assistance for several families from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and community members that suffered a loss of their homes, belongings, and livelihoods. This financial assistance will help families with hotel costs, rent, and security deposits.
Tom is a resident referred to Messiah Lutheran Church by the City of Fultondale, Alabama. He has lost his home and the cars he drove and was working on. He had no insurance and was so appreciative of the $500 Pastor Ed Brashier gave to him to extend his stay in a hotel until such time as he can purchase an RV to live in on his property. Messiah intends to continue to show the mercy and presence of Jesus Christ to this resident in need.
Pastor Ed Brashier and Good Shepherd’s L.E.R.T. team began assisting homeowners within hours after the tornado struck. They are helping residents sort and move the debris to the street for city pickup and are beginning to assist with the demolition of homes that were significantly damaged by the tornado and deemed uninhabitable.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will be serving their disaster-affected congregation, school, and community members in the name of Jesus Christ through this long-term recovery process. Please prayerfully consider donating to help Good Shepherd support these families as they recover from this devastating disaster.