“We need hundreds of volunteers each week, not just dozens.” This was one of the sentiments of Tricia Major, member of Our Savior Lutheran Church (Louisville, KY – Indiana District) and also an integral part of the Indiana District’s Lutheran Early Response Team. Tricia and many others have been helping to coordinate volunteer efforts in Indiana following the recent tornadoes on March 2nd. The towns of Henreyville & Marysville, IN were especially devastated by these storms. Although these storms happened a month ago, there is still great need and people are still hurting. Today, Tricia just reported that a man and his two special needs children who live with him are in need of a getting a roof on their trailer (the roof was ripped off their trailer by a tornado).
There is still a great need in the Indiana District for trained chain-saw crews as well as volunteer teams who can help remove debris. Those with experience providing cost estimates for labor are also in high demand.
Rarely, if ever, will a disaster be cleaned up within a week. The towns of Henreyville and Marysville, IN are a testament to this fact. And yet, in spite of this tragedy, the members of the LCMS have stood up to provide Christ’s mercy in word and deed to these people and continue to do so. Please remember these people in your prayers and, if you are able, consider volunteering. Right now the Indiana District is in desperate need of voluneteers. If you have a youth group or other group that would like to provide support please contact Lutheran Church Charities online at www.lcc.org to register your group. If you would like to give a financial donation in support of the work of LCMS Disaster Response in the towns of Henreyville & Marysville, IN please write “Indiana Tornadoes” in the memo line of your check and mail it to: LCMS, P.O. Box 66861, St. Louis, MO 63166-6861. The Lord be with you!
- Rev. Dr. Edward O. Grimenstein, Manager of Disaster Response