The Mid-South District, LCMS coordinated efforts through Peace as a central location to the two of the hardest hit communities of Mayflower and Vilonia, as well as other areas of central Arkansas which were affected. There are still needs for reconstruction in the area. If you would like to know how you can help, please go to the "launch form" button below on this page.
If you or your family were affected directly by this tornado and desire assistance, please use the "launch form" button below as well.
The evening of Sunday, April 27, 2014, an EF4 Tornado with winds approaching 200 mph destroyed parts of Mayflower and Vilonia, Arkansas. 3 years earlier, Vilonia and the surrounding area had extensive damage from a different tornado. Other parts of central Arkansas were also greatly affected, and 16 people's lives were lost in this particular storm which covered close to 50 miles. As Lutheran Christians who value our Lord's mercy and love for our neighbor, Peace was selected as a central point for reaching out in response to the needs of our fellow communities, in addition to the various other disaster response teams. The leadership of the LCMS Disaster Response visited the area and were able to tangibly assist with some of the needs before needing to travel to other parts of the nation which had also suffered severe storms and destruction in the continued path of this same storm system.
Peace and the Mid-South District, LCMS also invited the Lutheran Church Charities response team to assist with coordinating clean-up efforts, as well as bringing in two teams of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs for nearly a week. During this time, the Comfort Dogs visited Mayflower Elementary School and Vilonia Primary School, as well as Conway Regional Medical Center, whose Emergency Department received over 100 patients the night of the storm.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, the Holy Cow Smokers from Lamb of God Lutheran Church in Flower Mound, Texas, came to feed residents and workers in the affected areas. They used Peace as their home base, and were a blessing to the residents and recovery workers in providing hope and Christ's love, as well as marvelous meals of brisket, pulled pork, and burgers.
Please keep the affected residents of our communities in your prayers. We have seen God's mighty hands at work in the response.