Sharing stories of HOPE and survival in Washington, IL, after November 17th, 2013
"...since we heard “the noise”, God has allowed Bethany Community Church to be the conduit from which over 13,000 people from all over the country have flowed to serve our community. " - Pastor Ben Davidson
"Cody Semlow stands in his front yard, taking it all in. His car sits in the neighbor's drive. It had been parked on the street. The twister picked it up and parked it there." Photo by Greg Mills. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
"...have a meal on me, and know we are all praying for all of you..." - Kathy Ungaro
"It means a lot to the kids to rebuild there and be a part of rebuilding Washington...." - Sally Williams
THE PHOTOS: Debris is scattered across Dallas Road after a tornado ripped through the homes on 11-17-13
Photo by Brianne Hoerr
"The Trails Edge Subdivision...looked as if a high powered bomb had been dropped from a plane in the air on our neighborhood..." - Wayne Starnes
"So this is what it feels like to be in a tornado...."
- Marilyn Gee
"I was running across the parking lot to the church....The tornado was behind me..." - Vicki Scott
"He replied, 'Jess, we don’t have [a] home.”
- Jessica Uftring
"I [was] just frozen in place, I was scared. The door was stuck..." - Michael Blaine
"We begin to hear and feel the pressure of the incredible strength of the wind upon the house..."
- Rebecca Vannette
"I could hear it, see, and feel the suction. My ears were popping...” - Zach Schildt
"Trying to take in the volume of the devastation to our home and neighborhood once again made it hard to breath...." - Terry Felix
"I turned over, looked up and saw the bright, blue sky, a startling sight....." - Joanne Doyle
"There are no words to speak of the depth of my feelings of both loss and gratitude......"
- Susan Gorman
"I know that there are a lot of people struggling with their emotions and feeling that their emotions are not valid......" - Kristen Brown