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Photo Credit: Amberle Rogers This photo was taken inside the Winston Medical Center.

The amount of devastation I have seen in the past few days is absolutely unreal. At times, I felt like I was having a bad dream….at times, I felt lost in my own hometown….at times, I felt overwhelmingly scared…and even a little bit out of my wits.

I wish there was a way to un-see what I have seen…I wish there was a way to undo the devastation, the heartbreak, and the death…but unfortunately, there is not.  What I can do is spread the word about the tragedy….spread the word about how to help…spread the word about needed supplies…and spread the word about the amazing strengths that these communities have…the amazing faith in Christ they have…and the amazing go-getter attitudes they have. 

Photo Credit: Amberle Rogers

Photo Credit: Amberle Rogers

We do not know why this had to happen to our little communities–only God knows that–but what we do know is that we have the strength to cleanup and rebuild. We do not know why loved ones had to be lost–only God knows that–but what we do know is that many lives were spared, and that it is a miracle in itself. We do not know why things had to happen the way they happened–only God knows that–but what we do know is that we have to look past the sadness…look past the negative…look past the rubble…and have faith that everything happens for a reason. God knows what He is doing.

Photo Credit: Amberle Rogers

Photo Credit: Amberle Rogers

For we walk by faith; not by sight. 2nd Cor. 5:7

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There is no need for me to continue to explain the damage and devastation because the pictures say it all.

As y’all take a look at the photos below, please continue to keep Louisville (Jordan Circle, South Church Street area, Eiland Plaza area, Richardson Road, Brooksville Road area, McCullough Road area, East Main/HWY 14 area) and Noxapater (Tuck Wilkes Road area, Liberty community, Mars Hill, Four Corners, and Center Ridge area) in your prayers. Please continue to donate and volunteer–just because the excitement of the tragedy has worn off a bit does not mean we should forget and move on–we should remember and push forward.

#MississippiStrong

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Please stay tuned to the blog as I will be revisiting my hometown throughout the recovery process to share it with all of you! 

Also, if you have photos, stories, a list of needed supplies (for specific areas), and so forth. Please email me here–I would love to share the stories and get the word out to help those in need!  

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

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