Please Pray for Alabama.
Allen is from Birmingham and his entire family lives there. We were watching the radar horrified as the tornados were leveling parts of the area, during video footage Allen would point to the landmarks he grew up with that were being destroyed. He was constantly on the phone fielding calls from concerned friends and checking on his family. His sister is a student at the University of Alabama and was just on the rim of campus when the tornado hit Tuscaloosa.
The tornado missed her by 800 yards.
This is a portion of Gardendale where his parents live.
We are so incredibly grateful to God for sparing Allen's parents, grandparents and sister. We don't know yet if all his friends are alright but we haven't heard anything so of course we're hoping the best.
The devastation to the area is heart-breaking.
Borrowed from Layla at the Lettered Cottage
Chattanooga also sustained damage though not nearly as severe, our alma-mater, Covenant College, had to evacuate their entire campus for the year (as did the University of Alabama) as they have no electricity or water on Lookout Mountain.
Allen's father is part of the search and rescue in Birmingham. If you are looking for ways to help in the relief effort please consider the following: