Greensburg pastor to share storm story at next LIR

Jeff Blackburn, pastor of the Greensburg Mennonite Church, will speak during the Nov. 22 session of Learning in Retirement at Tabor College about the May 4, 2007, that nearly wiped out his western Kansas community.

The people of Greensburg refused to die and have spent the last three years in miraculous transformation, according to Blackburn.

He will talk about the disaster, the highs and lows of the rebuilding process, the challenges faced and overcome and what is in store for the future.

Blackburn has spoken before numerous groups, including bringing the keynote address to the 2010 Kansas Mennonite Disaster Service annual meeting in January of this year.

He will share his experience with the tornado, the rebuilding of the community and lessons learned concerning small-town prepared?ness for a major disaster.

Pastor of the Greensburg Mennonite Church for more than 15 years, he and his wife have one daughter, who is a senior at Fort Hays State University.

Although the rebuilding process and serving the spiritual needs of the community is a demanding job, Blackburn recently returned from a three-week learning tour of Nepal in October.

Learning in Retirement meets regularly through the fall and spring semesters.?The program begins at 9:45 a.m. in the lobby of the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on the Tabor College campus in Hillsboro.

Fees are $4 per session or $15 per semester ($29 per couple), payable at the door. Registration allows for optional lunch for a discounted fee in the cafeteria after the session.

For more information, contact Connie Isaac, coordinator, at 947-5964, or

The next LIR program, planned for Monday, Nov. 29, will be the annual Christmas coffee.? The Hope Valley Christian School will present a musical program.

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