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How you can help Joplin tornado victims
St. Louis Business Journal

Date:  Monday, May 23, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CDT

Instead of reporting directly to a command post or the disaster area, Missourians interested in volunteering to help in the Joplin tornado recovery efforts can call (800)427-4626 or 2-1-1, the Missouri Department of Public Safety said Monday.

Those with medical skills interested in volunteering can visit this site.

Anyone who wants to make a donation to help with the relief effort can visit this site or call 800-427-4626 or 2-1-1.

Residents affected by the tornado who wish to notify their friends and family that they are safe, or friends and family who would like to check on their loved ones can go here.

A Prayer for the Devastated
Posted by Women of Faith
24 May 2011

Here at Women of Faith, we are heartbroken over the devastation from the many storms across the southern U.S. So many have lost so much . . . so many want to know what they can do to help. While there are several ways to give, one simple, powerful thing we can do is pray. The following is from our friends at World Vision. Will you join us in prayer?

Dear Heavenly Father,

We come to You in the Name of Jesus asking that You would bring peace, comfort and provision to those impacted by the deadly storms in Missouri, Alabama, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Mississippi. Lord, our hearts break as we hear reports and see pictures of the horrific damage and learn of the loss of so many precious lives.

We do not know how to pray or even ask on behalf of our Nation in this time of crisis, but we know that You are the God of the impossible and we ask that You would raise up an army of people who would be willing to do what it takes to be Your Hands extended in these places and to these Americans who stand in such dire need. Help them, Lord. Show us our part in this and give us the courage to take the action that we need to take to bring honor and glory to Your Name. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.