Heavy storms that swept through parts of Middle Tennessee and Kentucky battered the area, causing flooding in several areas. In Tennessee, flooding has claimed the lives of 19 people and immersed well-known landmarks in downtown Nashville.
Clay Stauffer, pastor of Woodmont Christian Church in Nashville, says the lower level of the church, which includes the pre-school, gymnasium and children's wing, was flooded. Several members also lost their life's possessions.
"Some of our members had up to four feet of water in their homes," said Stauffer. "As a congregation we are trying to give them support, as well as provide food, water and toiletries to shelters."
Vine Street Christian Church has posted a blog entry about the damage and recovery at: www.vinestreet.org/vine-street-headlines/2010/5/3/the-monday-after.html
In addition, the regional office of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) experienced extensive water damage in nearby Bellevue. The Disciples of Christ Historical Society in Nashville reports only small amounts of water in its basement.
Week of Compassion has already made an initial response to those affected by the flooding. To learn more about WoC's ongoing work and ways you can support their efforts, go to: www.weekofcompassion.org