Blogger interview with World Vision on tornado response

Editor's note: On Tuesday evening, World Vision blogger Dan King conducted a Skype interview with Romanita Hairston, World Vision's vice president of U.S. programs, about how World Vision plans to help those affected by tornadoes in the U.S. Heartland, and her recent experience in the tornado zone in Joplin, Missouri.

I was sitting in the delivery room with my wife early on the morning of April 28, and we turned on the TV to pass a little time. Flipping over to the news, we saw video of a mile-wide tornado ripping through Alabama. It was part of what’s been termed the "2011 Super Outbreak." As we were about to welcome a new life into the world, our hearts broke for the victims of such a devastating storm.

More recently, on May 22, another tornado demolished a large portion of Joplin, Missouri. These storms have brought devastation that’s not only hard to explain, but even harder to imagine.

World Vision has been on the frontlines, providing initial relief to tornado survivors in Missouri and Alabama. Thanks to a friend at World Vision whom I contacted on Twitter, I was able to talk via Skype with Romanita Hairston about what their team is doing, and how we can help.

I asked Romanita the following questions:

  • What’s the situation like on the ground in Alabama and Joplin, Missouri, today?
  • How is World Vision helping, and what’s the local church’s role in the recovery efforts?
  • How can people help, financially or otherwise?
  • What stories of hope are coming out of this disaster?

Watch the following YouTube video of our interview for her encouraging answers.


This post originally appeared on Dan's blog,

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