OUR STORY

"Cutting Straight to the Truth"

OUR ORIGINS The Poplar Bluff group had formed a Chain Saw Disaster Relief Unit several years prior to Katrina. They wanted to share the Good News and the Hope that is to be found in Jesus Christ through their service to victims of disasters. They decided that tree removal for home owners that had been struck by a tornado, hurricane or ice storm, would be a great way to serve. So, they put together a trailer stocked with Stihl chain saws and safety gear and they did safety training with their volunteers. When storms hit; they responded. They found that this was a great way to serve because it met the needs of many who otherwise couldn’t afford to clean up trees that had fallen on top of their homes. It was also the perfect opportunity to remind victims that there’s no better place to turn in times of disaster than to turn to the Lord and that there’s no safer place to be, than in His hands. Katrina was unlike any other storm. The area devastated by Katrina was far more widespread than anything that Poplar Bluff had ever responded to in the past. The Poplar Bluff group knew right away, they needed more people. That’s where Valley Church came in to the picture. With nearly 3,000 people calling Valley Church ‘home’; it was a perfect fit and God put the two of us together. They had equipment and we had people; and it was just what many of us were looking for; a hands-on way to serve. Valley Church volunteers worked along side the Poplar Bluff Chain Saw Unit in week long stints during the months of September and November of 2005 and January and March of 2006. The experience left many of us with memories we’ll never forget. After removing a huge tree that had been lying on someone’s house and then gathering together, joining hands and praying for that person and their family; these victims of Katrina were often overcome with emotion. With tears and hugs, they’d show us their gratitude. VALLEY DISASTER RELIEF BEGAN After the post-Katrina tree removal had finished, many Valley Church volunteers felt that it was time to put together our own Chain Saw Disaster Relief Unit, so that we could respond to both local and national disasters. So, we prayerfully moved forward, first with fund raising efforts and then with the purchase of equipment. Now, nearly two years to the day from when Katrina hit New Orleans, Valley Church has its very own Chain Saw Disaster Relief Unit. We’d like to thank Clive Power Equipment and Mississippi Valley Stihl for generously donating some of our equipment. We’d also like to thank the many individuals from within and from outside of Valley Church that have made financial contributions to support this ministry. A special Thank You also goes out to our Brothers & Sisters from Cane Creek Stoddard Baptist Association of Poplar Bluff who have helped guide us along the way and who we will always look forward to working with in the future. To God Be the Glory!

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