A tornado event story
- This is only indirectly related to our world of amateur radio, which
serves to make friends of persons from entirely different social and
Here is a nice true story that I heard during this mornings sermon. You
might find it as heartwarming as I did. I am a member of the United
The community of Harvest, AL was hit very hard by the tornadoes of April
27th. The oldest UM church in Alabama is in Harvest, Ford's Chapel
UMC. It was severely damaged and the original 200 year old structure
was completely destroyed. What was left of the church was used to
provide food and shelter services to the nearby residents who lost
everything. During one of their meal services a gentleman approached
the lady pastor and handed her a card with a phone number on it. He
told her to call the number and a person would be at the number to talk
about the church's needs. She did and had a very interesting
conversation with a man and woman in the New York City area. They said
they were expecting her call and that they would send a letter to which
she should respond with a request for ten thousand dollars. A check
would be returned immediately upon receiving her completed response.
She was a bit hesitant and was not sure if this might be a hoax. She
asked to whom the church should thank for such a benevolence. The man
replied that it was coming from her Jewish brothers and sisters in
Brooklyn, New York.
Later that day she received a call from the Imam in Huntsville. He said
that a group of the Muslim women wanted to come help serve meals at the
church and would be there the next day if they were needed. The pastor
explained that the church would be serving "ham" that had been donated.
They would be there, he said. They were serving ... not eating.
And who said the world cannot live in peace!