Today marks four years since an EF5 tornado devastated the town of Joplin, Mo. More
than 150 people lost their lives in this tragic event. It looked like a bomb had
gone off. Entire neigborhoods were reduced to rubble, trees stripped of all their
leaves and branches, even the grass was torn from the ground leaving the bare dirt
in it's wake. But out of the ashes has risen something beautiful and powerful. A
worship movement has emerged with steady strength and determination to host the
presence of God in a way that brings hope to all those who
This movement is built on community. Worshippers all over the Southwest Missouri
area are valuing connection and relationship with each other more than personal
preferences or worship styles. Since February 2015, worshippers have been gathering
regularly for 24 hour worship sessions held at different church locations through
out the area. To date, more than 30 different worship leaders have joined and almost
as many churches have been involved.
"I don't know if I've seen unity among churches and among groups like we did there
(in Southwest Missouri)...you could see people were really hungry for God."
Dustin Smith, Integrity Music Artist and Songwriter
This show of worship and community has garnered the attention of others from different
places around the United States. One of those is Dustin Smith, Integrity Music Artist
and Songwriter had this to say about the worship movement emerging from Southwest
Missouri, "I don't know if I've seen unity among churches and among groups like
we did there (in Southwest Missouri)...you could see people were really hungry for
Without fear, worshippers are opening their hearts to each other and to Jesus and
God's presence is beginning to move among them in powerful ways. The next gathering
will be held on May 29th-30th at Calvary Baptist in Joplin, Mo.
If you are interested
in attending one of these gatherings, more information can be found at
UNITEWorshipGatherings.com or on the
Facebook Page These events are free and open to the public. In addition
to the worship, there will be a 24 hour ongoing potluck so bring some food to share.
Email correspondence can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.