May 26, 2013 “Praying Your Way Through Need”
ILLUSTRATION – Rhonda Crosswhite emerged as a hero in the aftermath of the devastating tornado that ravaged Moore OK last week. Rhonda is a sixth-grade teacher at Plaza Tower Elementary School in Moore, the school that was hit so hard and in which several people died. It would have been much worse had it not been for the selfless efforts of teachers and administrators like Rhonda Crosswhite. When the alarm sounded Rhonda gathered six of her children into a restroom and literally draped her body over the bodies of the children. She said that one of the little boys kept saying, “I love you, I love you, please don’t die with me.” Rhonda, with her school teacher voice, screamed over the noise of the tornado, “Quit worrying; we’re fine, we’re fine; I’m protecting you.” As Rhonda listened to her children screaming and sobbing she said she did what people say public school teachers are not supposed to do in school: “I prayed – and prayed out loud!” She cried out, “God please take care of my kids.” She may get sued by the ACLU, but Rhonda Crosswhite, in the crucial moment knew the only hope was to cry out to God in behalf of those children.