Feb 5 Tornado Damage at Union Univ in Jackson, TN, and Along Path from AR to TN -- Pray for Recovery

CEN encourages Christians to pray for Union University as it was the site of tornado damage Tuesday evening, February 5. Pray for quick and effective recovery efforts, and for their communication system to the outside world to be restored, and for all those students and families and staff that are affected. Classes are canceled until Feb. 13 for now. Others in the path of the tornado and storms are in Arkansas, Tennesee and Mississippi. Pray that God's name will be glorified, and that people's hearts will be touched with the gospel message and the Hope of Jesus Christ through efforts of prayer, caring and sharing.

Tornado Strikes Union University 

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) Feb 5 -- Union University in Jackson, Tenn., sustained heavy tornado damage Tuesday evening at approximately 7 pm when a line of heavy thunderstorms rushed through the area.

At 8:15 central, news and information director, Tim Ellsworth, reported that students were still trapped by debris in their dorms. At least four of those students have been rescued. Dorms in both the men's and women's areas have been destroyed.

"We currently have no serious injuries that we know of and rescue operations are still continuing," Ellsworth said. "Many buildings sustained heavy damage."

The Union University Web site is down and Ellsworth said the school is trying to find an alternate means for posting information. Currently Ellsworth said the school is working on an alternative means of trying to provide parents with information but that power was completely out on campus.

Ellsworth reported that many cars on campus sustained damage. The roof on Jennings Hall was nearly completely gone as well as other buildings having sustained damage.

Classes have been cancelled at least for the rest of the week.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

Compiled by Chris Turner, media relations manager for LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.