IMPORTANT UPDATE -- After yesterday's severe weather and a tornado in Little Rock, Arkansas, I’m on my way there this morning to assess the damage and connect with our partners about a response. Meanwhile in Mississippi, our team continues serving today. Go here to sponsor 10, 20, 50 or more meals as we respond to this Spring's weather disasters, and see below. --Gary

Our team has been going into the devastated neighborhoods of Rolling Fork, providing meals to families who faced the nightmare of an EF-4 tornado ripping through their community.

Over the past week, we've met so many amazing people, including this grandmother (pictured above with members of her family) who shared her story of barely surviving the storm.

+ + One grandma's story...

She was home with her grandchildren when the tornado hit. As the twister was literally overhead and the roof of her home was being taken away, she gathered her grandchildren and rushed to a part of the house that had not yet been destroyed. She could feel the force of the winds as she literally held on to her family to keep them from being taken away by the tornado.

Yet somehow, when we met this beautiful woman with her family, she still was beaming with hope. Our team gave them meals and offered to pray for the family. As we prayed, it was this woman's faith that shined through. Then, as we were leaving, she took one of our chefs by the hand and started walking with him. The tornado hit less than a year after her husband had passed. Yet despite it all, she knew God had covered them and protected them.

+ + We're feeding tornado victims this weekend...

This weekend, Mercy Chefs is continuing to serve as the PRIMARY source of food -- chef-quality meals -- for Rolling Fork and surrounding communities.

I want to keep this lifeline of practical relief and hope going for this grandmother, her family and many other families who have just lived through a devastating natural disaster.

Will you help?

Just $35 will help sponsor 10 meals for disaster victims. Perhaps you can donate more. I trust the Lord will lead you.

Go here to help feed tornado victims this weekend and into next week while we continue other vital efforts:

Many here have lost loved ones to the storm. Just about everyone in town has seen their homes or property damaged or destroyed. It's hard to imagine how this community will recover.

But then we meet people like this grandmother, hear her story of survival and experience her faith and hope in the midst of tragedy....

...and we are reminded that there is hope, as we look to God and stand together through the storms of life.

This is why Mercy Chefs exists. To meet people in the midst of disaster and feed body and soul. Thank you for standing with Mercy Chefs as we stand with these communities.

God bless,

Gary LeBlanc, Mercy Chefs