LCC Disaster Response Second Team Serves Homeowners In Louisiana With Recovery Efforts After Hurricane Ida
Lutheran Church Charities and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCSM) Southern District thank the following L.E.R.T. disaster response volunteers that deployed to serve Hurricane Ida-affected residents in Louisiana this past week.
Good Shepherd, Elgin – David Vollrath
Immanuel, DeKalb – Pete Springmire
Immanuel, East Dundee – Matt Flynn
Immanuel, Shobinier – Fran Collier
Lord of Life, Elburn – Larry Zagorski
Shepherd of the Hills, McHenry – Alan Holm
St. John, Wheaton – Marty Johnson, Jeff Johnston
This team provided many days of chainsaw work, cutting, and removing downed and damaged trees from affected homeowners’ properties in Slidell, Hammond, and New Orleans. They worked with Pastor Ed Brashier, Southern District Disaster Response Coordinator, and a team from Flower Mounds, Texas, through the Southern District Office in Slidell, Louisiana.
The team spent the first three days clearing many large downed trees off of three neighbors' properties in Hammond. Each property had extensive home and tree damage, making their homes uninhabitable until repairs are done. They had the opportunity to speak to two homeowners who are still staying in temporary housing in Houston, Texas.
Both expressed their gratitude for all of the assistance to make their home accessible to them and start them on the road to recovery, which they know will take some time. The team left each homeowner a slice of their tree with a cross in it to remind them that Jesus Christ is with them always.
Pastor Ed is welcoming and receiving L.E.R.T. volunteers through November, who are willing to deploy from around the country to provide chainsaw assistance. More importantly, the volunteer L.E.R.T. teams are offering the hope of Jesus Christ in the hard-hit communities of Metairie, Slidell, Lacombe, Hammond, Houma, Baton Rouge, and other cities.
Please continue to pray for all of those affected by Hurricane Ida and for all of the public works, volunteers, and LCMS and LCC Disaster Response teams who serve them. If you are so moved, please donate generously to help LCC support the recovery efforts in Louisiana.