A great tragedy befell a town 40 miles north of us, in Oso, WA. After many days of steady rain a huge landslide of mud, rock, and trees along the Stillaguamish River, suddenly let loose, and covered a neighborhood, including slicing the road, route 530, in half. Over 30 people were killed or are still missing. Search and rescue, the National Guard, dogs, and many volunteers supporting the searchers have been working around the clock for over a week. Donations have piled up and hundreds of dollars in gas cards have been donated. Many have to drive an extra 50 miles to get to work, as the road they usually commute on is gone.
In the New York Times Timothy Egan complains that this slide could have been predicted here--http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/30/opinion/sunday/egan-at-home-when-the-earth-moves.html?action=click&module=Search®ion
I can’t imagine how it would feel to abruptly loose your loved ones and everything you own. I expect most to be in shock for some time before reality sinks in. Right now the homeless are only concerned about having a roof over their heads, clothes to wear, food to eat, and for the missing to be found. The funerals haven’t started yet. That will be another hurdle they will need strength for.
Please pray that they all will turn to our Heavenly Father. He is the only One who can truly comfort us in such a time of loss. It will be a long road back but the people of Oso and surroundlug areas will have help from many people and the government. Alderwood Community Church has a motor home that teams will take to the area for the searchers to have coffee, sandwiches, and hugs, when they take breaks. Many other Christians are involved in volunteering for search and rescue teams including our son-in-law. I hope hearts will be touched and that many will be comforted with the knowledge of Jesus. He can help if we ask.