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Arkansas Mom of Two Boys Killed by Tornado Getting Through With Faith

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The heartbreaking story of Arkansas tornado victim April Smith is as tragic as it is faith inspiring.

Smith and her family were among those hit by tornadoes last week. Her husband and two sons, ages 7 and 9 took refuge under a mattress in the bathtub as the storm directly hit their Vilonia, Arkansas home. 

The home was swept away in the storm...and so were her sons Tyler and Cameron. 

Family friend and fellow church member Jessica Soward shared the heartbreaking account on her blog, letting the world know and see the faces of two of the fifteen victims taken by the Arkansas twister.

But it's April's faith which has awed just as much as her tragic loss. Despite suffering two broken legs, a fractured pelvis, a husband with head trauma and two children lost, April believes it was God's will. Her belief is only validated by the conversation she had with her youngest son that afternoon before the storm hit. 

As written in Jessica's blog, "She knew that her sons had fulfilled their purpose in life and that they were with the father now. Tyler has always talked about heaven. About how he can't wait to get there. She said she thought it was because he heard them saying how wonderful it would be...some day. But he looked at her Sunday afternoon, before the storm, and told her he was ready to go to heaven. "Will you miss me?" he asked her. "Well yes," she said, "but let's not talk like that now." "How long will you miss me?" he persisted. And she just smiled and said, "I guess until I see you again."

"I have peace," she told me last night through her tears, "I know I have more pain to go through that I probably can understand. But I have supernatural peace. I don't know what God has for me and my husband that our boys couldn't be here for, but I do know that He is good. His plan is good."

A fund has been set up to help the family recover, which you can see HERE. 


Phot Source: Jessica Sowards

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