By Susan Maskin
Hits Small Kansas Town.” The headlines I read from my computer on May 5, 2007 glared at me. I opened the newspaper,
The Wichita Sunday Eagle, the next morning and learned more. “Devastated:
Tornadoes tear through region, leveling Greensburg…On May 4, 2007 at about 9:45 PM, Greensburg, Kansas was “blown
My friends, Linda and Bob, lived in this town and watched as the tornado destroyed
everything in its path.
a little wind do so much damage? A tornado is more than just wind. It’s a strong storm. It looks like a narrow funnel
spinning round and round very fast. Some tornadoes have had wind speeds up to 300 miles per hour. People have described the
sound of a tornado as “roaring,” like a freight train. Tornadoes occur in many parts of the world, but most are
in the United States.
When I heard
of the tornado destroying 95% of Greensburg, I worried I wouldn’t get through to my friends by phone. Surely, the phones
weren’t working. I tried to call anyway, and to my relief someone answered. They said their house was one of the few
homes in the town still standing. However, there was damage to it. Many of the windows were broken. Roof tiles littered the
floors and grass was scattered throughout the house. Trees had fallen. Car windows were shattered. There was no electricity
and no water.
Kansas sat destroyed in less than 15 minutes. My friends Linda and Bob could not believe what remained. “The wreckage
is indescribable,” they said.
How could God do this to them? What was God’s purpose in this terrible event? These are difficult questions, but the
brave people of Greensburg looked to God, not away from Him. In doing so, they found their answer. Perhaps the tornado was
a message: Take care of God’s creations.
of Greensburg, like others around the globe, had been hearing about environmental problems. As they rebuilt their town, they
decided to “go green” by using alternative sources of energy including solar and wind power, planting trees and
rebuilding their homes with concrete.
Image courtesy of BNIM Architects, Kansas City
friends of the environment, Greensburg is helping God show everyone around the world how to care for our planet that He created.
It is the hope of Greensburg that people from all over the world will follow their lead in creating an environmentally friendly
town and showing love for God’s creation.
© 2008 Susan Maskin