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Loading water into a vanby Emily Barney

On Sunday, May 22, 2011 an F5 tornado ripped through a 6-mile stretch of Joplin, Mo. killing more than 150 people—the deadliest single tornado in 61 years. With roughly 8,000 structures damaged, many organizations, churches and individuals continue to lend helping hands nearly three weeks later.

The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary is one of many organizations reaching out to the people of Joplin. Faculty and staff contributed cases of water along with cash donations to Convoy of Hope. Human resources coordinator Dan Shaffer explains, "...with Convoy of Hope's buying power ($1 equals $7) and the cases we took to OTC, AGTS will provide over 200 cases of water for the Joplin crisis."

(Left: AGTS staffers Gary Mundt and Steve Mirramonti load a van with cases of water to take to a drop-off site.)

tornado recoveryAGTS VA representative Andrew Haire, along with chaplaincy student Derek Henson, participated in search and rescue efforts during the first week. They have since aided the health department with immunizations and provided crisis intervention at local churches. Haire said, "...we went to be a blessing and provide hope to hurting people, but we were blessed in return."

AGTS counseling professors Dr. Angela Reid and Dr. Johan Mostert, with more than 26 students and members of the counseling department, have also been working in Joplin to help meet the emotional needs of those affected.

(Above right: Andrew Haire, AGTS VA/chaplaincy representative, and Joe Barney, husband of AGTS student Emily Barney, help with search and recovery.)

You can contribute to the Joplin relief efforts at



Updated: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 11:46 AM

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