Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Southern Seminary Is Hammered by Another Storm

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary along with most of Louisville and indeed much of the midwest and northeast are all reeling after the latest winter storm which laid several inches of ice and several more inches of snow over the last two days. This comes almost on the heels of Hurricane Ike, a storm that many are still cleaning up after.

There are over 180,000 homes without power (including our own) in Louisville, and over 800,000 in Kentucky. Our seminary has enacted emergency measures to ensure the safety of its students. Heritage Hall, one of the large meeting rooms has been turned into a shelter for families without power and two dorms that still have power have been used to house single students.

Our campus's beautiful trees were most severely affected. We have lost many beautiful flowering trees, snapped like kindling under the weight of ice and snow. Others which have not lost branches may still see a very late leafing as their tender buds have been destroyed.

Here are a few pictures of some of the damage. Venturing out today, I found that most of Louisville has trees that have fallen across roads, into houses, and through power lines. The damage is going to take a long time to clean up.

Please pray for all the people in the wake of the storm, but pray especially for those without power or sources of heat as the temperature drops. Please also pray for the safety of the cleanup crews who are working to cut damaged limbs and restore power. Further, please pray for us seminary students and Boyce College students and our ministries to the area. We want to be a blessing to the lost around us at this time.

Here is a link to a couple more pictures.

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