Chainsaw Unit Responds Locally to TS Elsa Damage
by Alvin Tans, Unit Leader, Kershaw Baptist Association chainsaw unit
Our Lord instructs us to do good works that he has beforehand prepared for us (Eph. 2:10). Thanks to being a part of SCBC Disaster Relief, we were ready on a one-day notice to remove a huge tree limb from a house in our community.
From the weather brought on by Tropical Storm Elsa, a very large limb came down on a house in Camden during the night, causing damage to the porch and puncturing the roof. The owner called the Red Cross, reaching a leader who is also a member of SCBC DR. The Kershaw Association chainsaw unit was contacted and did an assessment on Friday afternoon. A few phone calls later, we had a team for Saturday morning.
On site we included the homeowner, who is blind in one eye and has other health issues, in a short Gospel devotional. As the work progressed, the owner was impressed with the work of our four senior adult men ranging in age from 63 to 83. He repeatedly said that he hoped to get well enough to become a teammate.
We were able to remove the tree and tarp the roof that day. It was done just in time, as there was a downpour from a thunderstorm that very night!
The downed limb and the recovery work by our unit was a matter of some neighborly curiosity during the day. This was an answered prayer, as I had prayed that our team would have opportunities to work in our own community – to display a loving and caring helping hand to our neighbors.
Pictured above: Kershaw unit volunteers with the homeowner (gray shirt)