Salvation Army major: ‘Joplin changed me’
Thursday, July 14, 2011
It is not just the images of the mass destruction from May 22 that have seared themselves into Major K. Kendall Mathews’ mind. It is the real-life effects and experiences he had while serving with the Salvation Army in Joplin weeks after the tornado destroyed one third of the town.
“Joplin changed me. It changed who I am,” Mathews said recently.
Mathews serves the Salvation Army as the Columbia/Jefferson City regional coordinator, and he was asked to go to assist in relief efforts in Joplin. He was there from June 11-23, aiding in the transition to long-term recovery.