I love to travel. I recently enjoyed returning to the state of Kansas to visit with old friends and become better acquainted with new ones. In May 2007, the town of Greensburg, KS was destroyed by an F5 tornado. I had watched a lot of television coverage of the devastation and rebuilding process, and was eager to see the new town. One of my favorite memories was visiting The Big Well. I had heard that the world’s largest hand dug well was filled with debris during the devastation, but was quite thrilled to see it’s resurrection with a new museum built surrounding it as it’s home. The museum documents the history of Greensburg from it’s beginnings, detailing the events of May 4, 2007. Ten people lost their lives and the museum honors them. In the rubble of a tornado that leveled this community, there was little remaining for families. On display is a small porcelain depiction of the last supper, donated by a family. Most of the figurine is untouched, with the exception that nearly all of the heads are missing. There is one intact figurine, and it is in the center. The figure of Jesus is fully intact. On display there is also a hand written note. It states, “If all you have left is God, you have all you need.” That says it all.
Contributed by Joe Lynne Rader, Silverton Friends