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After Texas tornadoes, church members participate in rescue mission — for cats

"They can hear them meowing through all the debris," says minister's wife.

Tornado damage in Rowlett, Texas. (PHOTO BY SYLVIA BUSTILLOS)

Members of the Western Heights Bilingual Church of Christ in Dallas took part in a family’s rescue mission — for cats — after a deadly tornado struck the nearby town of Rowlett, Texas.

“The family is desperately trying to save their cats,” Sylvia Bustillos, wife of minister Mike Bustillos, posted on the congregation’s Facebook page. “They can hear them meowing through all the debris.”

After hours of searching, one of the family’s cats was found and rushed to the vet. The animal, trapped under rubble for three days, looked like it would be OK, Sylvia Bustillos posted.

In Rowlett, Texas, members of the Western Heights Bilingual Church of Christ in Dallas pray with victims of a Dec. 26 tornado after helping them move debris and search for missing cats.. (PHOTO BY SYLVIA BUSTILLOS)

The church members spent four to five hours moving debris and prayed with storm victims, Mike Bustillos told The Christian Chronicle. It was an incredible experience and the residents were grateful for the assistance, the minister said.

The Dec. 26 tornado was part of a massive storm system that caused outbreaks of severe weather — which also included blizzards and floods — across the states of the Midwest and South in the U.S.

In Texas, Churches of Christ and relief groups across the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area are assisting in recovery, including the Saturn Road Church of Christ in Garland, Texas, and the Serving God by Serving Others disaster relief ministry of the Prestoncrest Church of Christ in Dallas.

Following are relief ministries associated with Churches of Christ that are responding to recent weather-related disasters. If you know of additional churches or ministries collecting funds and assisting in relief efforts, please post links below.

Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort Inc.

Churches of Christ Disaster Response Team

Disaster Assistance CoC

Church members assist in debris removal in Rowlett, Texas. (PHOTO BY SYLVIA BUSTILLOS)
Storm damage in Rowlett, Texas. (PHOTO BY SYLVIA BUSTILLOS)

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