Church members pitch in after deadly tornadoes
Churches of Christ are cleaning up and offering aid after an outbreak of deadly storms across states including Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Indiana and Illinois.
The Branson Tri-Lakes News in Missouri reports on a group of volunteers that helped clean up the property of the Branson Church of Christ after a storm swept through the area. (The story incorrectly refers to the minister, Tim Kidwell, as “the Rev.” and “pastor.”)
Kidwell … said he couldn’t help but smile when he saw more than 50 volunteers show up Saturday to help his church get back on its feet.
“It just makes a guy show his teeth,” Kidwell said. “You smile, and you can’t stop smiling, seeing all these people, happy to be here to work.”
The church itself sustained relatively minor damage, but the tornado left its property a tangled mess of fallen trees and limbs. About 10 of the volunteers were (church members), while the rest came from other Churches of Christ across Missouri and Arkansas.
“With the equipment and people they brought, they did in three hours what would have taken us a few weeks,” Kidwell said.
He said the volunteers moved out into other parts of the tornado-hit community after cleaning up around the church.
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