Lutheran Church Charities was invited by Pastor Andy Weden, North Wisconsin District Disaster Response Coordinator and Pastor Paul Scheunemann from Tabor Lutheran Church in Mountain, Wisconsin to deploy chainsaw Lutheran Early Response Teams (LERT) and much needed heavy equipment to help the residents with tornado recovery. Mountain is a small rural town of approximately 850 people located in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Wisconsin.
Lutheran Church Charites LERT team members deployed August 22 through August 25 with chainsaw operators, draggers and heavy equipment, such as the boom lift, bobcats and tractors with grapples. Thirty-six LERT team members were able to complete work for 23 elderly or disabled congregation and community members that had multiple trees down or damaged surrounding their homes.
A woman called Kathy O’Day, LCC Director of Disaster Response, after receiving the phone number from one of our teams working in the area. The woman’s elderly mother had a tree on her roof and needed help to have it removed. Within an hour, we had a team begin working at the home. The next day, the daughter sent a message of thanks to Kathy for all who responded.
On Sunday, August 25, Rev. Dwayne Lueck, North Wisconsin District President traveled to Tabor Lutheran Church in Mountain. He visited the LCC LERT teams work sites with Kathy O’Day and personally thanked each team member for their willingness to serve in their district and to let them know what a blessing they are for what they do. It was very special that he took the time to come and express his appreciation to all.
The following LERT teams from several districts were represented:
LCC LERT teams continue to make a difference by showing those affected by disasters LCC’s mission to share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need as we serve in this community.
LCC never goes where we are not invited. We NEVER charge those we serve. We pick up all of our travel, hotel, and meals costs. We put boots on the ground within 24 hours (often fewer) from the time we get the invite.