LCC Lutheran Early Response Teams in Arkansas Helping Homeowners With Damage from Catastrophic Tornado
Helping a Couple Who Survived in Home that was Directly Hit by the Tornado
Many of the neighborhoods we assessed in North Little Rock are completely devastated. Mr. and Mrs. C. had a beautiful house overlooking the lake. Most of these homes on the lake took a direct hit from the tornado. Their home and cars were destroyed, and most of their belongings are damaged or gone.
Mr. C. told us his story of survival as the tornado ravaged their home. He had just walked into the kitchen with groceries when he heard the sirens going off and could see swirling wind heading towards him. He shared that he yelled for his wife to run downstairs, but before either one of them could make it to the stairs, it hit.
He was flung across the room and into a wall, and his wife was buried in wood and insulation as the roof was lifted off. He states it was over very quickly, and he just kept yelling for his wife and had to unbury her from the debris.
They are both very traumatized and heartbroken. They are overwhelmed with all that has happened, what they have lost, and what to do to start their long recovery.
LCC and other L.E.R.T. volunteers have been assisting them with tree and debris removal and retrieving some of their items from their home and workshop. Mr. C. comes to their home every day to see what he can find and protect it from looters. Mrs. C. cannot bring herself to return as she is so devastated.
He appreciates the opportunity to share his story, listen to his concerns, offer hope and encouragement, and lend a shoulder to cry on. It is a blessing to be present with the love of Christ during this difficult time.
In ten days, we now have worked at six homes on this same lake. All are neighbors and greatly appreciate our willingness to spend several days to help clear their properties of many, many trees. L.E.R.T. volunteers serving this neighborhood have also taken much time to listen to their stories and share the mercy and love of Christ with them.
Serving a Family with Four Young Children Who Took Shelter in Bathroom
Mr. and Mrs. W., with their four children (ages 6 months, 3, 7, and 12), took shelter in the bathroom as the tornado sirens wailed. Their Jacksonville neighborhood took a direct hit. At least twelve very large pine and oak trees fell on their property. Unfortunately, a large oak tree fell through the center of their home, missing the family by only a foot.
According to his father and uncle, whom we met at the house during the assessment, Mrs. C. and the two oldest children are severely traumatized after the storm and are unwilling to come back to the house at this time.
Mr. C. is extremely grateful for all of our assistance. They cannot believe that we are willing to remove the fallen trees on their property at no cost for people they have never met before, as well as provide them with household items, groceries, and diapers.
Assisting Four Neighbors in Jacksonville with Damaged Property
L.E.R.T. volunteers also worked at four neighbors in Jacksonville that had several large evergreens uproot and fall in their yards as well as through one of the homes. They were very thankful for our willing assistance.
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We NEVER charge those we serve!
Please pray for all of the communities affected by these devastating tornadoes, including the LCMS and LCC Disaster Response volunteers and staff that help during the long recovery process.
LCC works in coordination with LCMS Disaster Response national and local districts of the LCMS.