Texas Baptist Men Disaster Relief responded to needs in Lindale, Texas, and Yukon, Okla., this week after tornadoes blew through the East Texas town and an ice storm laid havoc to homes in the neighboring state.
Ralph Rogers, vice president of TBM Disaster Relief, said 20 volunteers are continuing to assist in Yukon—a response that began Dec. 4—comprising three chainsaw crews, two skid steer units and a heavy equipment unit.
As of Wednesday, he said the teams had completed 104 jobs that included debris cleanup, tree trimming and the removal of fallen branches and limbs from homes. He said the volunteers also had distributed 72 Bibles in the area and made 58 ministry contacts while presenting the Gospel at least eight times.
"Once again, Texas Baptist Men volunteers have answered the call to provide help to hurting people," Rogers said, noting that two people made professions of faith as a result of TBM's witness. "God was still at work, and TBM volunteers were dedicated to the task of sharing the love of Jesus."
Meanwhile, a chainsaw and heavy equipment unit of six volunteers worked to clear debris and branches in Lindale this week after a tornado blew through the area Dec. 12.
Ben Moberley, coordinator of TBM's chainsaw units, said there was "a good two to three days' work" in the area, totaling four chainsaw jobs and eight hours of heavy equipment work.
First Baptist Church of Lindale provided food and lodging for the volunteers.
The work in Lindale has been completed, Rogers said, and the units are heading home. Moberley said Yukon relief efforts will likely be completed by this Friday.