By Jessica Sowards
I’ve never really been afraid of tornadoes. You see, I’m an Arkansas girl, born and raised. I remember the thrilling nights as a kid when my mother pulled us from our beds and we’d spend what seemed like all night giggling under a mattress in the hall with flashlights and teddy bears. It was fun.
And I’ve seen the aftermath, the piles of rubble, the death counts on the news. But you see, I’m an optimist. And all these things I have seen from an emotional distance. So the prevailing theme to them all is the hope that humans are able to cling to, the stories of survival. So I’ve never really been afraid of tornadoes.…
(For the complete article, follow this link. There is also a short video clip at the end of this blog post, filmed a year ago, regarding April Smith, her upbringing and how she came to Christ, and her ministry.
For an additional article with some more information and pictures, read: Arkansas tornado victim's message of hope goes viral. “Show them what my God can overcome,” says a woman who lost both sons.)