Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Nappanee church pig roast becomes disaster response event.

Nappanee (Ind.) Church of the Brethren members were looking forward to their annual pig roast on Saturday, Oct. 20. It would be a time of fun and fellowship for the entire church family.

But Mother Nature had something else in mind. Late Thursday evening, Oct. 18, a severe tornado ravaged much of the town and countryside, including the homes of several church members.

Undaunted, the Nappanee congregation decided to go ahead with the pig roast and donate everything to the Salvation Army's feeding station for the tornado survivors.

When the Church of the Brethren showed up with huge pans full of freshly roasted pork and dozens of rolls for delicious sandwiches, Salvation Army volunteers marveled at God's provision and impeccable timing.

In an update from the Brethren in the Nappanee area affected by the tornado, Northern Indiana District disaster coordinator John Sternberg has reported that about a dozen member families were affected, mostly from the Nappanee, Yellow Creek, and Union Center congregations. Three families from Nappanee Church of the Brethren and one from Yellow Creek Church of the Brethren in Goshen completely lost their homes.

--Jane Yount is coordinator of Brethren Disaster Ministries.

Source: 10/24/2007 Newsline

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