Commemorative ‘tornado’ issue coming sooncomment (1)
April 12, 2012
By Jennifer Davis Rash
Hours turned into days. Days turned into weeks. Weeks turned into months. And here we are about to mark the first anniversary of the April 2011 tornadoes that stunned our state from top to bottom.
For some the chaos calmed down by summer and life returned to normal. But for many the nightmare still stares them in the face every day as they steadily continue rebuilding efforts.
While the tornadoes will forever be part of Alabama’s story, they also showcased the heart and hands of Alabama Baptists at a level few have experienced.
The Alabama Baptist staff has had the privilege of sharing the countless stories across the state almost weekly since the deadly events occurred. And the plan is to continue with updates going forward.
But the staff could not let the one-year anniversary go by without something special focused solely on the events that changed life forever for Alabama citizens and Alabama Baptists. What started as a “what if” conversation in mid-January turned into an all-out, all-hands-on-deck project for the state Baptist paper staff by mid-February.
And at the time of this writing, the staff was only days away from releasing the 56-page commemorative issue depicting “A story of rescue, response, recovery and rebuild” to the press to be printed and mailed in time for the April 22 special day of remembrance in many Alabama Baptist churches.
The special issue is in addition to the routine weekly papers and will be available through Alabama Baptist churches. Nearly 250,000 issues are being printed and mailed to the churches for distribution. The plan is for every family in Alabama Baptist life to receive a copy of the issue.
The Alabama Baptist is able to provide this as a gift to the churches because of the generous support of the sponsors noted below.
For more information about the issue, call 1-800-803-5201.