Shortly after the tornados hit in Sunnyvale/Garland/Rowlett, Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Disaster Response ministry trained many members of Tree of Life Lutheran Church to respond. During the training, it was suggested that a committee be formed specifically for disaster response.  This was done and a work day was set to help clean up debris.  Read more about the work day here.

On the work day, 200 flood buckets were given to Tree of Life to distribute to local area donation centers.  They were provided by the Disaster Care Ministry of Beautiful Savior LCMS.  This and the training prompted Tree of Life to ask the question, "What is our niche when it comes to disaster response?"  We continued to pray to God for direction.

The committee started to think about all of the roofs that needed to be replaced and how many nails would be left in the yards.  Two committee members stepped up to find quality magnetic sweepers at a reasonable price.  Another committee member applied for a Thrivent Action Team.  These funds allowed us to purchase 6 magnetic sweepers, rakes and buckets.

3 volunteers took them out for the first time on 3/5/2016 in Garland, TX tornado zone 6.  They walked over 6 miles in streets and alleys for 4 hours.  This small team also handed out 2 gift cards and one recovery binder.  We also prayed with one family to help find them a new home.


2016-03-05 Magnetic Sweepers from treeoflifelcms on GodTube.

Thank you Thrivent for providing funds for these magnetic sweepers.

Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.