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UMs get, give help in hard-hit West, Texas

The Rev. Jimmy Sansom apologized for his inability to recall exactly where he went first on the day after a fertilizer plant explosion brought death and widespread destruction to his small town of West, Texas. “I can’t remember if I went up to the command post,” he said in a phone interview more than a […]

Faith is balm for ‘collective grief’ after tragedy

By Julie Yarbrough, Special Contributor… “We know that trouble produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope.” (Romans 5:3-4, CEB) When an entire community is stunned and shocked by large-scale loss, most recently the explosion of a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, a kind of collective grief envelops everyone touched by the tragedy. Usually […]