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Former BG family hospitalized after move to Joplin, MO

"They were so excited about moving closer to family and they had just bought a new house," said Cindy Musteric who is a family friend of Melody and Chuck Ward. "They were so excited about moving closer to family and they had just bought a new house," said Cindy Musteric who is a family friend of Melody and Chuck Ward.

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - A Bowling Green family had just moved to Joplin, MO about a month before the May 22 tornado. Now their home is gone with a mother and two children in the hospital.

"They were so excited about moving closer to family and they had just bought a new house," said Cindy Musteric who is a family friend of Melody and Chuck Ward.

Cindy couldn't believe the photo she saw on the Internet of her friend Melody who is five months pregnant being helped from the damage in Joplin. Chuck was right there, too. They and their five children were in the basement when the storm hit.

"You don't think it's going to happen to people that you know," Cindy told us. "It just takes you by surprise," she added.

In tears, Cindy called her husband Matt to tell him the news.

"It's one of those moments that if you could hop on a plane and go out there and hold them and do whatever you could," said Matt who is the pastor of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Pemberville.

Both he and Cindy said looking at the destruction in Joplin reminds them of what happened in our area last spring. They know questions come up about why God would do something like this.

"When I find myself in despair and crying out to God and wondering," said Matt, "I look to the cross and there we find God who suffers with us."

As you can imagine, this family that is so religious and so active in the church said they hope you pray for the Wards.

"Beyond that, probably gathering monetary support at this point until we know what the basic needs are," said Matt.

A prayer candle is lit in Cindy and Matt's home is a gentle reminder of a massively violent storm and the prayers that are going out to their friends in need.

"What an awful thing that would be to go through," said Matt. "That kind of devastation...that kind of suffering...and just the sheer fear and then to come out of the rubble and just wonder what's next," he added.

If you are interested in helping the Wards with donations of money, send your contributions to:

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

PO Box 344

Pemberville, OH 43450

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