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"For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and
not for disaster, to give you a FUTURE and a HOPE." ~Jeremiah 29:11
Disaster. On May 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm, the 8th deadliest tornado in U.S. history ripped through the city of Joplin, MO. This EF5 mile-wide tornado had windspeeds over 200 mph and showed no mercy on anyone or anything along its 6 mile path.
_Devastation. More than 1000 people were injured, and 161 lives were loved... and lost. The tornado traveled slowly at just 25 mph, destroying more than 7,000 homes, 500 businesses and 5,000 jobs as it went. But amidst it all, there was still One that remained steady and unchanged...Jesus.
_Help. And God asked us as a ministry to do something to help the people of Joplin remember that. He said, "They need to see something beautiful. Help them see Me in the devastation."
_Call. He called us to turn the ugliness of disaster...into the hope of something beautiful. This is the story of how we answered that call.
_Hope. The Hope Memorial is a 7.5 ft. x 14.5 ft. piece of redeeming art made from the debris and wreckage taken from the Salvation Army Thrift Store site at the corner of 26th and Main Streets in Joplin.
_Team. set apart worked together with a team of 20 diversely gifted artists and creatives for six months to create The Hope Memorial. Each person donated their time and expertise to this project. In addition, these ten organizations donated either finances, materials and/or expertise to make The Hope Memorial possible: Adventure Indoors, Architectural Building Systems, Colonial Presbyterian Church, Eagle Auto Stripping, The Home Depot, Joplin Family Worship Center, Lakeview Village, Regal Plastics, The Salvation Army (in Joplin, St. Louis and Kansas City), and Wholesale Sheet Metal.