“How Long, O Lord?” Psalm 13:1
A heartfelt thank you for your support of our deployment this past Memorial Weekend to Watseka, Illinois. We were on the ground Friday through Sunday, and because of the outpouring of support – both people and resources – we were able to finish all the affected areas from the 90mph winds that went through that area! All of you are a blessing to them and us! Thank you.
LCC continues to provide financial assistance to families in Nebraska, through Trinity – Fremont, Good Shepherd – Fremont, and Christ Lincoln – Lincoln, that are still recovering from the flooding this spring.
Yesterday, LCC Disaster Response received an invite from Rev. Ross Johnson, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Disaster Response Director, and Donna Williams, Northeast Kansas District Disaster Response Coordinator to go into Linwood, Kansas. It was hit with an EF4 tornado with winds of 170mph that was on the ground for 32 miles. At times, it was a mile wide which devastated both Linwood and Lawrence.
Linwood is a small rural town of approximately 400 people, located 30 miles west of Kansas City, Missouri. They greatly need our expertise and assistance.
Jefferson City, Missouri
We also received an invite from Kent Kunkel, one of the Missouri District Disaster Response Coordinators (and also an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog handler) into the Missouri capital of Jefferson City. The Missouri tornado tore a 32-mile path through that area causing devastating damage, especially in one of the poorest sections of Jefferson City.
Meanwhile, we still have teams working in sections of the Northern Illinois District (NID) from the storms that have taken down limbs and trees, and caused flooding.
“For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you,
Do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13
Please keep all the above people in your prayers, including all the LCC Disaster Response volunteers and staff as we deploy out in various locations.
Please consider a donation to the LCC Disaster Response General Fund or LCC Equipment Maintenance & Fuel Expense Fund so that we may continue to show the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.
Your prayers, support, and involvement help Make A Difference – in the name of Jesus to those suffering.
Serving Together, Serving Others in Need, as We Serve Jesus!
Lutheran Church Charities
LCC works in coordination with LCMS Disaster Response national
and local districts of the LCMS.
LCC LERT Volunteers Help Residents in Watseka, Illinois, Recover from Tornadoes, Storms, and High Winds
LCC LERT Teams Respond to 90 mph Straight Line Wind Storm in Watseka, Illinois
Within 24 hours, Lutheran Church Charities had boots on the ground early Friday, May 24, with staff and volunteers to begin damage assessments to provide chainsaw and heavy equipment assistance over Memorial Day weekend.
On Saturday, May 25, 40 Northern Illinois District (NID) and 8 Central Illinois District (CID) LERT team members worked together to clear trees and debris from 19 homes. On Sunday, May 26, 11 NID LERT team members, along with Denney Smith from Calvary, completed boom lift and chainsaw work that was begun on Saturday.
Helping a Widow with Extensive Damage to Large Farm
As she watched the teams work on her property, she was so happy and in awe of everything that was done in two days with LERT volunteers. All received hugs and many thanks for helping restore her home, giving her hope as she continues to wait for insurance for other work to be done.
Cleanup After Devastating Storm
Kathy O’Day, LCC Director of Disaster Response
(Saturday, May 25, 2019 – WCIA / Miranda Meister)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Mahlah’s Groomer Happy to Receive Help
LCC never charges those we serve and will never profit from our service as Christians. We have established a fund to help offset equipment and operating expenses for our volunteers and purchase equipment as needed.
Please consider a donation to the Lutheran Church Charities Disaster Response Equipment Maintenance & Fuel Expense Fund so that our LERT disaster response teams may continue to show the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie, Hannah and Jacob (LCC Staff), Angel (St. John’s – La Grange, Illinois), Levi (Immanuel – East Dundee, Illinois), Susie (St. Peter – Arlington Heights, Illinois), and Tobias (Lord of Glory – Grayslake, Illinois) also enjoyed spending time with all those in attendance, including NID President, Rev. Dr. Allan Buss.
Several other communities – such as Bolingbrook, Naperville, Romeoville, and Oak Lawn – experienced flash flooding after 5” of rain fell in 1 hour.
Lutheran Church Charities also assessed damage on Tuesday in Sauk Village, Illinois, and Dyer, Indiana, after a tornado touched down in these communities that straddle the Illinois-Indiana border. It is reported that 100 homes were damaged between these 2 towns with much tree and roof damage. We will continue to monitor storms throughout this week and assess any damage that occurs to determine if assistance is needed.
Please keep all in your prayers, including the safety of our LERT volunteers as they serve those who are affected by the storms. We ask that you prayerfully consider financial support to help us help the individuals in the communities who are trying to recover from the storm damage.
This training was developed by LCC to teach experienced LERT team members how to assess homes that have been flooded to determine how volunteers can provide muck and gut services and mold remediation. It also covered how to assess tree and home damage after a storm, tornado, or hurricane to determine how volunteers can provide chainsaw services and possible roof tarping.
Through the presentation of various scenarios, LERT team members were shown how to complete LCC LERT work orders for volunteers with an accurate description of damage, equipment needed to safely and effectively complete work, and any other special instructions to pass along as jobs are assigned to teams during a deployment.