4/29/2011 - Tornado Victims - Message from Judson
Dear Friends of Judson College:
Our state is reeling from last Wednesday's devastating tornados. President Obama, traveling today with Gov. Robert Bentley, declared our state a disaster area, thus making federal funds available for clean-up and rebuilding.
Whereas we're grateful our area and our campus were not part of this horrific destruction, our hearts grieve for the loss of life and the loss of property in the Birmingham, Cullman and Tuscaloosa areas.
Judson's missionary-in-residence, Laura Lee, sponsored a campus-wide prayer service on Thursday night for the suffering families of our state.
We're waiting on the search-and-rescue workers to finish their task before we plan work trips to the ravaged areas. We've been advised to stay away from the scene at this time until their job is completed.
Judson's director of faith-based service and learning, Susan Jones, has been in touch with state relief agencies and will make our campus community aware of volunteer projects that will take place during the coming weeks. Students on campus during short term will have ample opportunity to help.
Susan's office has been collecting bottled water and non-perishable food items this week-items the relief agencies have told us are most vital at this juncture.
Criminal justice professor Dr. John Weber, a resident of Tuscaloosa, has made us aware of the Tuscaloosa County "Spontaneous Volunteer Management Team" and their efforts in these days in partnership with the St. Mathias Episcopal Church. John will continue to be a good resource as we consider how we can be helpful in the Tuscaloosa area-the devastated area closest to us.
The Judson College campus community continues to pray for our friends throughout the state in the wake of this destruction, and we fully intend to "put feet to our prayers" as service opportunities crystallize in the coming days.
With sincere best wishes,
Dr. David Potts