It was clear driving home from church on Sunday the 17th that the weather was anything but ordinary.
But what we witnessed in Palos Heights was nothing like that which others experienced a number of miles to the south of campus in Washington, Illinois. A tornado leveled homes as it carved its way through the town. Washington is home to a handful of Trinity students, including one student who was home that weekend with two Trinity friends. Thankfully, the family and the Trinity students were safe in the basement, but the house was destroyed.
The responses on campus are many.
One of the women’s basketball team members is from Washington, and although her home was spared, she is heading up a fund drive at Trinity in cooperation with a church there. A psychology class has sent cards and a donation to express encouragement and support. The student Service Outreach Corps and the Office of Community Service are in contact with organizations on the ground in Washington to learn of needs our students could address.
And our prayers—including a special prayer service on the 25th—continue.
In a world that groans under the destructive weight of tornadoes and typhoons, I’m grateful this Thanksgiving for a campus that responds with Christian love and action.