So many people! So many needs! Where do we start? We can’t help everyone but everyone can help someone!
August 4-9 was a great week of helping in Pacific Junction!
Trinity Lutheran Church, Glenwood IA became our LERT team’s home away from home. Some of the team who stayed at Trinity slept on the floor or cots while others ‘drove in’ for the days they worked.
Our adventures began at 8:00 AM on Monday morning with a meeting at the Pacific Junction Fire Station. After twenty-three volunteers received a bright yellow LERT vest, gloves, masks, and an assignment, they were off to one of two homes that we were focusing on helping them to rebuild.
During the week, meals were lovingly prepared for our team by the ‘happy helpers’ at Trinity in Glenwood. The Boone and Southwest Circuit LERT trailers were on-site in Pacific Junction to provide tools needed for the reconstruction projects. 720 people/hours were logged in during the week as we mucked and cleaned out, added floor joists, installed headers, did electrical wiring, made trips to Menard’s and sheet rocked.
On Wednesday, Duane Tracy, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Spirit Lake, was interviewed by Iowa Public Radio. He was told that the interview would be aired in September. He shared the mission opportunities LERT provides.
We added ‘blood, sweat and tears’ to our project. We all donated sweat, Marcus Mundt donated blood as he was in the wrong place at the wrong time when a 2X4 fell from the ceiling. I added the tears as I worked with a mom, age 41 and in the later stages of MS, and her 9, 11, and 14 years old children. I was asked to drive them to Council Bluffs and help them shop for clothes to attend the funeral of the mom’s father who died at age 61. The family’s house was underwater for four weeks so all their clothes needed to be replaced. They have lost so much. The love and attention that the children showed to their mom, as they fed her and attended to her needs were very heartwarming and it was hard to hold back the tears.
I also went to Percival, a small town south of Pacific Junction, after being contacted because they had heard the Lutherans were helping in the disaster area. There is so much need! There are houses in Percival that are still not cleaned out.
Please contact me if you are willing to help in the rebuilding at Pacific Junction or Percival. For additional information and photos, check out the posts on the IOWAY Facebook.
God bless you, Ellie Menz