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January 13, 2023


Dear HFI Reservist,

We are making an appeal to you as a Hope Force Reservist, asking that you please consider participating in the relief efforts in Selma, Alabama. 

Thursday afternoon, Selma, Alabama experienced the horrors of a winter tornado ripping through the community.   The tornado tore across the town leaving several communities in shambles.  Low income neighborhoods and once beautiful, stately historic homes all suffered wind, tree and debris damage. 

Our advance team arrived today to assess the damage and we met Miss Arnetta.  A massive oak tree was laying across to top of her home with branches sticking into the bed where she had been resting only moments before.   She told us, "I got down on my knees then and there to thank God that I was ok and made it out safely.  My neighbors have been incredible, and they are helping me with transportation, cutting up the tree on my house and even helping to patch up my house."

Miss Arnetta is one of many who have suffered great loss in the wake of this terrible tornado.  We are asking you to come and deploy with us to help with much needed assistance on behalf of the residents of Selma.

This will be a roof tarping deployment, and you are needed! Even if you are not comfortable on a roof, you are still needed in other areas of service. This will be an excellent opportunity to put your love of God into compassionate action on behalf of people who are in great need of help and hope in this dark hour.

What You Need to Know:

  • Housing: Plan to sleep on the floor – bring mats/cots & sleeping gear
  • Meals: Provided by Hope Force

What you need to do now:

  • Conduct a self-assessment: "Is this a good time for me to consider deploying?"
  • Pray about participating
  • If you may be available, SIGN UP HERE  and fill out the form completely
  • Prepare your deployment gear & supplies
  • Communicate with family, friends and employer about possible deployment.  (They may even want to support you in this adventure. If they want a tax deductible receipt, they can give online on the website and click on the dropdown link "I want my donation designated towards":   Alabama Tornado Response  and write your name in the comment section.
  • Complete any unfinished paperwork immediately, including a background check, if you have not already done so with Hope Force. (Details to follow, after you notify us of your interest to go.)

If you cannot go at this time, please consider giving to the response – and please pray for these efforts!