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Tornado April 27, 2011
The Joy of the Body of Christ
Through these catastrophic events we are learning more about the beauty of the body of Christ, His servants, and the love of people as a whole. God has provided for all of our immediate needs such as shelter, food and clothing. It has truly been overwhelming to be served by so many that have swarmed in the early hours to support us!
" I want to give a special thanks to the unbelievable outpouring of love from so many people. From our church body at Hardin's Chapel who has provided in so many ways, to the stranger that drove from Atlanta who we only met at the work site. At every turn we are experiencing support. THANK YOU, from the deepest place in my heart."
The Alpha Ranch insurance coverage will take care of approximately 60% of total loss. However, due to recent changes in the policy that left them without insurance on the house, there will be needs to fill.
A financial gift is the most convenient and powerful way that many can help. We are accepting online donations here by visiting the PayPal "DONATE" button below. Additionally, we can now receive checks or messages via our temporary PO box below. Make checks out to Alpha Ranch and indicate "Disaster Relief Fund"
All donations are tax deductible. We thank you in advance for your generosity!
Who we are
Alpha Ranch is an independent living ranch offering assistance for young men who are coping with a difficult transition into adulthood. The facility, located in beautiful Shoal Creek Valley near Ashville Al, offers opportunities for personal improvement in a peaceful environment.
Objectively speaking, we encourage and foster spiritual, social, and vocational growth.
Alpha Ranch is a not for profit, interdenominational ministry supported by local individuals and churches.
The Heart Attack
I've often spoke of an extreme spring day from my childhood memories when it rained, snowed, sleeted hailed, and then the sun shined all in a few hours. April 27, 2011 is another extreme spring day when I experienced a very dark hour and also the very brightest hour of my life. Wednesday morning around 8:00 AM as I tried to do minimal labor my chest pains increased. By the time my wife and daughter had driven the 30 miles to the nearest hospital, the pain had become near unbearable, and my heart rate had dropped to 18 beats per minute. As I hovered in a near-unconscious state I relayed to my wife and panicking daughter that I wasn't going to make it. My words recalled were- "But I am going to a great place and I am at peace." As the the doctor and nurses successfully opened the first artery (that was100% blocked) I began to feel my life come back to me. To that I say "Thank God from whom all blessings flow."
The Destruction of the Storm and the Salvage of Lives
That evening as I lay in the recovery unit I watched in awe as that ominous funnel cloud moved across the state toward my family and home in Shoal Creek Valley. As the weather report announced that surrounding communities were under threat I became increasingly tense. I then heard the words that will be with me forever..."It's on the ground moving down County Rd 22". I knew that was us...
My wife Phyllis frantically called cell phones until she made contact. The voice on the other end alerted her- "We've lost everything, everything's gone!" Our home, the home of our daughter and son-in-law, the barn, our shop and many of our animals.
Soon we found out that our entire family, including the boys at the ranch and 20 plus neighbors had sheltered in our daughter's basement and were safe. I can truly say, that was the darkest and then brightest day of my life!
The Reality of Loss
Three days later, after receiving 3 more stints, I was released from the hospital. I was told I had 80% and 90% blockage in those 2 arteries and partial blockage in my 4th.
As we made our journey back to our home, the reality of the magnitude of the destruction set in. Phyllis and I surveyed the ranch and found horror and destruction through tear blinded eyes. The hard work and labor of hundreds of people over 22 years was wiped away in 30 seconds.
However, from that very hour forward, I realized that our loss was miniscule compared to our precious neighbors on each side. Many had lost parents, sons, daughters, fathers, husbands, wives and children. Our prayers are continually for them in their sorrow and mourning. Our hope in Christ and promise of his unfailing love we pray will envelope them and our tangible mission is to be the hands and feet of Christ during these extremely difficult times.
A photo of the main house at Alpha Ranch taken one month before the tornado.
The main house at Alpha Ranch 3 days after the tornado with founder and director Gary Liverett, and his wife Phyllis. The initial surveying of the devastation was incredibly hard to take.
Alpha Ranch Before the Tornado
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Alpha Ranch After the Tornado
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"For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38, 39
This is the account of events by Gary Liverett, founder and director of Alpha Ranch.
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