Volunteers Help With Central Arkansas Tornado Relief During Memorial Day Weekend
This past Memorial Day weekend was the initial servant event for our District congregations (and others from around Synod) to help families in the communities of Central Arkansas affected by the tornadoes. On-site registration was provided at Peace Lutheran Church in Conway, Arkansas and teams from several congregations were housed in the Family Life Center at Peace. 67 volunteers from LCMS congregations, including seven Mid-South District congregations, worked on a number of service projects. Much of the work focused on debris removal, which included several chain saw jobs to remove fallen trees. One team of volunteers planted eight oak trees for families who lost trees, as a way to begin to bring new life and restoration amidst the devastation. Isaiah 61:3 says,”…They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” Gift cards to Wal-Mart and Kroger were also distributed to people in need so they could buy food and basic necessities. One lady had just bought a month’s worth of meat the night before the tornado and all of it was a loss.