Last week, Kathy O’Day, LCC Director of Disaster Response received a thank you card from a family in Crescent City, Illinois expressing their thanks for the work our LERT teams did on their property. The family had multiple trees downed due to 90 mph straight line winds that swept through Crescent City on May 23. The LERT teams were able to safely cut and remove the trees around their home. The homeowner also worked with our team hauling wood with his tractor. In the card sent, they wrote:
“Please thank the LERT volunteers for helping us after the storm damage took out nine trees on May 23. The work went really fast with so many! God bless all!”
In addition to the thank you card, the family also made a monetary donation to LCC to support future disaster response efforts.
Lutheran Church Charities LERT team members consider it a privilege and blessing to be able to serve in the name of Jesus Christ to those affected by a disaster.
Cross – Yorkville/Helmar, Illinois, LERT Team Helps Communities Hit Hard After Storms on Memorial Day
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.
It was obvious to all that Pastor Sifuentes, his wife, Deaconess Elly Sifuentes, and their congregation members are very proud of their church and mission. They welcomed the team warmly and gave them a tour of the church and facilities with the organist insisting on playing their 150 year old mechanical pipe organ for all to hear. They also enjoyed a wonderful international meal of American hot dogs, Mexican tamales, and German potato salad with their staff.
One of the LERT team members summed it up best at the end of the work day saying, “I am so tired but it’s a good tired.”
“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people.” Ephesians 6:7
Lutheran Church Charities welcomes twenty new LERT certified members! On Saturday, May 11, LCC held a Basic LCMS LERT training for new and recertifying team members at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Frankfort, Illinois, led by Kathy O’Day, LCC Director of Disaster Response. There was a total of 31 in attendance, from the following churches and LERT teams in Illinois and Wisconsin:
It is good to see how the LCC Disaster Response ministry is continuing to grow with volunteers willing to share the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ in service to those suffering and in need
These 101 LERT team volunteers came from the following 23 churches in Illinois and Wisconsin
Click the button below to watch the LERT volunteers in action at Walcamp.
Christ Our Savior – Dixon
Cross Helmar – Yorkville
Faith – Oak Lawn
Immanuel – Belvidere
Immanuel – Des Plaines
Immanuel – Dundee
Immanuel – Freeport
Immanuel – Palatine
Joyful Harvest – Johnsburg
Living Waters – Peoria
Lord of Life – LaFox
Prince of Peace – Palatine
Shepherd of the Hills – McHenry
St. John – Wheaton
St. Luke – Montgomery
St. Matthew – Hawthorn Woods
St. Peter – Hampshire
St. Peter – Schaumburg
Trinity – Genoa
Trinity – Lisle
Trinity – Roselle
Zion – Ottawa
Our Redeemer - Wauwatosa
It was a beautiful day to enjoy being outside in God’s creation with much work being accomplished, chainsaw lessons practiced, and teamwork enjoyed with brothers and sisters in Christ. Walcamp Director Bill Indelli expressed his thanks to all present for their willingness to serve to prepare the campgrounds for the ministry they do.