LCC Lutheran Early Response Teams Help Homeowners in Arkansas with Property Clean-Up after Catastrophic Tornado
On March 31, an EF-3 tornado at 165 mph tracked just over thirty-four miles from West Little Rock through North Little Rock, Sherwood, and Jacksonville leaving a path of destruction, injury, and death.
FEMA now reports that 3,000 structures have major damage or were destroyed throughout the LCMS Mid-South District in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Sherwood, and Jacksonville, Arkansas. Lutheran Early Response Team (L.E.R.T.) volunteers from multiple states and districts, including ours, have been volunteering to serve those in need.
Kathy O’Day, LCC Director of Disaster Response, and seven LCC L.E.R.T. chainsaw volunteers joined with other volunteers from different states to serve those in need in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Sherwood, and Jacksonville, Arkansas.
L.E.R.T. volunteers completed work at twenty-eight sites in two weeks, with several of these multi-day work sites due to the extent of the damage on large properties. They were able to provide debris removal, utilize chainsaws and bobcats to remove many downed and damaged trees from tornado-devastated properties, and provide emotional and spiritual care to families who lost their homes.
In one neighborhood, several pine trees fell on and between four yards of homes. None of the homeowners knew how they would be able to remove these large trees. They were very appreciative of L.E.R.T. assistance, care, and crosses given to them.
The LCMS Mid-South District sincerely thanks the Lutheran Church Charities L.E.R.T. volunteers from the following churches that served those in need:
Immanuel, Dundee – Matt Flynn
Immanuel, Shobonier – Fran Collier
Lord of Life, Elburn – Vince Miller, Larry Zagorski
St. John, Wilmette – Tom Morrison
Trinity, Davenport – Ken Stotmeister
Brookfield, Brookfield – CJ Kraft
In two weeks, we made a difference in the lives of those we served with chainsaws and emotional assistance, as well as offering the hope and love of Christ to a hurting community.
LCC never goes where we are not invited.
These are just a few of the many ways L.E.R.T. volunteers are present with physical assistance and caring hearts. It is a blessing to be able to bring Christ’s hope, mercy, and compassion to this shocked and hurting community.
If you are so moved, please donate to the LCC Disaster Response Fund or LCC Equipment Maintenance & Fuel Expense Fund so that we may continue to show the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation
LCC works in coordination with LCMS Disaster Response national and local districts of the LCMS.
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