As a Kentucky town recovers from a devastating storm, church members open an unlikely relief center.
By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle
MAYFIELD, Ky. — Before the tornado, Penny Wade Smith grew frustrated with the neighborhood behind her business.
Rob Smith shared his wife’s concern.
As the Christian couple saw it, the residents had become a nuisance — responsible for dumping trash and beer bottles in the yard of Wade Farm Financial Services.
“A couple of years ago, I started thinking about moving somewhere more desirable in town,” said Penny, 56, whose late father, Kenny Wade, started the tax and bookkeeping service for farmers in 1985. “I just didn’t want to go through all that trouble to move all my IT (information technology) and everything.”
Instead, Penny — whose family attends the Reidland Church of Christ in Paducah, Ky. — expanded her building and put up a wooden fence “to keep out the undesirable element of our neighborhood,” as she described it.
Then came the night of Dec. 10.
The storm also knocked down the fence separating Penny and Rob from that “undesirable element.”
This story appears in the February edition of The Christian Chronicle.