Christians in storm-ravaged towns in central Illinois have come together to begin the clean-up process.
The tornado that hit the town of Washington last week cut a path about an eighth of a mile wide from one side of the community to the other. It damaged or destroyed as many as 500 homes.
Pastor Thomas Heren of Our Savior Lutheran Church says members of his congregation prayed in the church basement until the storm passed.
He hopes the disaster can help residents grow their faith in God, who he says is “stronger than any storm.”
The twister that devastated Washington had winds of 190 mph and stayed on the ground for 46 miles.
In other faith news, the band "Jars of Clay" is giving away a song from their new album through a promotion to raise money for relief efforts in the Philippines.
All the proceeds from the single "Fall Asleep" will be used to support the Red Cross in the aftermath of the typhoon which hit the country back on November 8th.
Dan Haseltine of the band says, "By using the video and song as a means to raise funds to help in the clean up, we felt it would be a wonderful way to respond.”
You can watch the video online at Jars of Clay’s website, then download the song "Fall Asleep" and donate to the relief efforts. The group hopes to raise at least $50,000.
By the way, Jars of Clay is launching their Christmas tour on December 4th. That tour benefits Water Mission, a charity the band founded ten years ago to help combat the AIDS epidemic in Africa.
You can learn more about their efforts at JarsofClay.com.I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.