Rebuild Tornado-Destroyed Church
$4,125 of $5,000 goal
This is how it went: we had a nice dinner, then the priest gave a few words, then they gave an introduction about me and I was up next. As, I was prepping my iPad ready to get up, the host said he got a call that a tornado would be passing by and we were in its path. He asked for us all to get into this tornado safe zone in the hallway for 5 minutes then return. I was thinking, 'such cautious measures, nothing ever happens, I'll take my iPad and review my notes in there while we wait'......this is what happened next. I documented it, as it happened (please see video). --> http://bit.ly/2oMPWQa
I would like to raise money to help rebuild this church and for the church to decide on what is best, could be to help the people who go to that church whose homes were destroyed or to rebuild the church itself. Let thrn determine what is best. Any contribution, even $1 would benefit this community/town of 1,200 residents.
This same event and church was featured on CNN, please read: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/04/30/us/tornado-destroys-texas-church-trnd/index.html
There were 9 tornados. This one, by the grace of God, did not take 43 lives when it destroyed the church we were in.
Tornado #5 Eastern Canton Tornado…
Estimated Peak Wind: 145 mph
Path Length /statute/: 40.05 miles
Path Width /maximum/: 1760 yards
Start Date: 04/29/2017
Start Time: 06:08 PM CDT
Start Location: 10 S Canton / Van Zandt County / TX
Start Lat/Lon: 32.3991 / -95.8756
End Date: 04/29/2017
End Time: 07:28 PM CDT
End Location: 6 NE Emory / Rains County / TX
End Lat/Lon: 32.954 / -95.6987
Summary: This tornado began as tornado #4 dissipated and the supercell cycled another tornado about a mile to the east and northeast. This tornado quickly grew to a large tornado, becoming slightly less than one mile wide at its widest point. The tornado was at the strongest near Interstate 20 and FM 17 just north of Canton. The survey crews found continuous damage between Canton and Fruitvale, and then additional damage as far north as Emory, and Lake Fork. Several homes, businesses, and farm buildings were damaged or destroyed in the 40 mile continuous damage path.
This tornado occurred for over an hour, and spanned most of Van Zandt, and nearly all of Rains Counties (Emory) during the 80 minute track.
There are currently efforts in the area to help provide essentials to the survivors/victims. Thanks to those of you who have contributed, please help us with this drive.
Thanks Monica, we are thankful that I was invited to be the guest speaker and thankful that my family was kept safe. That community and the people at that ceremony reminds me of where I grew up so I was looking forward to motivating and inspiring the new grads. You all and the community are dealing with the aftermath, so I want to do all I can. We still have some way though to help give you funds to rebuild and/or help out families. There are lots of people with big hearts being generous! Stay tuned, we will meet or exceed our goal!
Eduardo, thank you so much for doing this for our community and church. We are so very, very grateful that you and your beautiful family were able to walk away from this unharmed. Thank you to all who are supporting us through prayer and financial support. You, too, are being lifted up in our prayers. May God's heavenly grace shower down upon you! Monica