Hours after a tornado ripped through western Bexar County with winds up to 100 mph, TBM assessors were on the scene looking for ways disaster relief volunteers could help people affected by the storm.

The next day, a TBM chainsaw team of about 10 people fired up its equipment and began removing fallen limbs and trees from people's properties and roofs for free. By the end of the first day, they had used nearly every piece of equipment they had to completely clear properties and were set to continue working the following day.

In between sawing limbs, the volunteers visited with residents of the community they were serving. They comforted and encouraged people. They offered to pray with those they ministered to.

"A disaster affects people in many ways," TBM Chief Executive Officer Mickey Lenamon said. "The most visible way often is the fallen trees or damage to houses. But the people in the neighborhood we're serving lived through a tornado. They're still processing what they've experienced. Our volunteers are trained to help them work through that. In response to Christ's call to minister to the hurting, we aim to provide help, hope and healing to every person we serve."

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