This past weekend Melvin Wittkamper, Maintenance Director of Grace Baptist Church, was part of a disaster relief team, working to clean up some of the devastation that was left after several tornadoes ripped through the country's heartland. Melvin described the trip as "an experience that really can't be put into words." After being escorted by the Indiana State Police, he and the team began clearing tree trunks and debris with their equipment.
"One of the most memorable parts of the trip was reconstructing a church cemetery that had been completely destroyed," Melvin shared. Mt. Moriah Baptist Church's building had been ripped away, leaving only the foundation. Beside the church building had been a cemetery that had special meaning to the church body. Every single headstone had been knocked over. Melvin and several others were able to clear the area where the cemetery was located and restore each headstone to its proper location.
Steve Parker, member of Grace Baptist Church, will be heading up a work team that will leave this Saturday.
Over the next few days Grace will be collecting items for the southern Indiana towns hit by the tornadoes. If you would like to contribute, the items that are most needed are listed below. Contributions can be dropped off at the Little Chapel anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or before or after any church service (Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.).
Water and sports drinks
Diabetic drinks and snacks
Microwavable foods since most will be staying in hotels
Toilet paper and paper towels
Diapers, formula and baby food
Pet food, leashes, collapsible crates
Canned fruits, kids snacks and drinks
Candles and matches/lighters
Tarps, trash bags, gloves
First aid kits
Manual can openers
Cleaning supplies, bleach (big item)
Entertainment items for kids and adults
New underwear and socks