Hope Even After Brothers Were Killed In AR Tornado

(Vilonia, AR) Two of the 13 victims of Sunday’s EF-4 tornado in Vilonia, AR  were brothers.

Investigators say 7-tear-old Tyler and 8-year-old Cameron Smith died when a tornado torn their home to pieces.

Their parents April and Daniel are in stable condition at separate hospitals.

Daniel is at St. Vincent in Little Rock, and April is at UAMS, also in Little Rock.

Daniel was told about his two boys being killed on Monday, April was told Tuesday.

A blog post written about the Smith family has had an incredible impact on those many.

Written by Smith family friend Jessica Sowards, it talks about the moments before the tornado hit.

People are moved by the message of optimism and faith:

“For those of you who have been worried about April and Daniel, worried that they would not be the same, that they could not carry on past this loss, please don’t worry any more. I have seen her hope. It is anchored in eternity. It is the kind of hope that saves people. And that’s not just the optimist in me talking.

For those of you wondering how a mother could serve a God that might allow this, understand that Tyler and Cameron knew Jesus. Just a couple of weeks ago, they led a friend to Christ. They aren’t over. Their story hasn’t reached the end. They aren’t even really gone. They’ve just moved for now. And we will miss them.

Like April told Tyler on his last day on earth, we will miss them until we see them again, April and Daniel more than any of us.

While none of us understand it, we must take up her lead and know that even still, God is good. And we must understand that while we may love these boys, God loves them infinitely more. He loves them perfectly. And with his knowledge of the lives and futures of the Smiths, God took them home.”

To donate funds to the family, Click Here.

An alternative, for those that don’t like donating online, is to mail funds to:

April and Daniel Smith C/O
That Church
901 East Kiehl
Sherwood, AR 72120


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