I am saddened by the news of the Joplin Tornado of 22 May, 2011. My prayers are with those who have lost their homes and businesses and especially with those who have lost loved ones.
Fulbright-Romania colleague Charles Harris, my good friend who taught for four semesters in Sibiu between 2008 and 2010, reported at about 9:00 A.M. CDT today (on Facebook), as follows:
Charles Harris Dear Friends, 2 independent witness reports say my sister, Sally, is dead. Official confirmation will require DNA tests, fingerprints, photo recognition, etc. The rest of the family is okay, but, as I said before, homeless due to the destruction in Joplin. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this time!
May God be with us all, and may He bring solace and peace to Charles and to the Harris family in the days to come. Amen.