One year later, Joplin residents still recovering from tornado
Friday, May 25, 2012
Joplin, Missouri
By NCN News Staff
This week marked the one-year anniversary of the EF-5 tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri.

Residents commemorated the anniversary by walking through some of most affected areas on the "Day of Unity," May 22. The city continues rebuilding homes, helped by organizations such as the Church of the Nazarene, which is currently building three homes. A Nazarene Work and Witness team is scheduled to complete the buildings between July 8 and 13, aided by additional teams and congregations in the two weeks prior.

Soon after the tornado hit Joplin, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries personnel drove to the city and delivered multiple palettes of water, Crisis Care Kits, and personal hygiene items. Nazarene Disaster Response and Heart to Heart International coordinated efforts to deliver half a ton of Crisis Care Kits to the area. Carthage Church of the Nazarene distributed kits throughout the area and served as a staging and training area for volunteers. A group of 800 Nazarenes were approved to enter the area on May 26 and 27, when they distributed kits and water, ministered to victims, and helped in any way they could. 

At least eight Nazarene families in Joplin lost their homes and two Nazarene doctors, including MidAmerica Nazarene University Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Larry McIntire, had major damage to their respective offices.

There are two Nazarene churches in the greater Joplin area: Joplin Calvary Church of the Nazarene, which reported some damage to their church and parsonage, and Joplin First Church of the Nazarene, which suffered no damage. Jim Dillow, superintendent for the Church of the Nazarene's Joplin District, reported no damage at the district office, which is located in the nearby city of Carthage, Missouri.

The Associated Press reported that the twister tore a six-mile path across Joplin and damaged more than 50 percent of the 50,000 person-city. Officials released a list of 232 people officially reported missing or unaccounted for on Thursday, May 26, 2011, and the final death toll rested at 161.

An EF-5 tornado is the highest rating a tornado can receive, and denotes winds of more than 200 miles per hour.

Continued prayer is requested for the people of Joplin. 
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