TBM has activated two chainsaw teams as well as an assessor to begin serving hours after a tornado that ripped through Deep East Texas Wednesday evening. 


The ministry also has placed three additional chainsaw teams on standby to serve if needed. 


At least two people were killed by the storm, dozens were injured and significant damage was sustained in Polk and Jasper Counties. About 9,000 people lost electricity.


“This was a large storm that affected a large area,” said Dwain Carter, director of TBM Disaster Relief. “Within 24 hours of the tornado, our teams are delivering help, hope and healing during some of the toughest days people can go through. Please pray for our teams as we seek to serve as the hands and feet of Christ in this situation.”


TBM chainsaw teams consist of volunteers who remove fallen trees and debris from houses and property near houses for free after storms. In the last 12 months alone, they have cleared limbs from hundreds of properties after tornados and windstorms.


In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, volunteers will be following social distancing protocol. Every volunteer will have his or her temperature taken daily and wear a mask.


TBM can respond so quickly to disasters because of prayer and financial support. All donations designated for disaster relief support TBM Disaster Relief efforts. To give online, visit TBMTX.org/donate. To give by check, mail it to TBM, 5351 Catron Drive, Dallas, TX 75227.

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