Yesterday a massive tornado ripped through the heart of Joplin, Missouri. 89 are reported dead. 400 with serious injuries in this town of about 48,000. Treating these people is proving difficult because St. John’s Hospital was right in the heart of the path of the tornado.

Bishop Mansholt reports Peace Lutheran Church’s facility was totally destroyed, only the front pillars left standing.

They’ve not heard if any members of the congregation were among those killed or injured, but given the size of the community and number of injured, the probability is high.

Let’s keep this whole community in our prayers this week.