Eleven Woodlawn Chapel members are travelling to Calvert City, KY as partners with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to rebuild homes damaged by tornadoes in December of 2021.

Woodlawn members will be staying at the First Presbyterian Church of Calvert City and dispersed to areas still engaged in rebuilding. When the December tornadoes struck the areas surrounding Calvert City, members of the small church of about ten members knew they had to respond. Working with their Presbytery and with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the church’s members turned classrooms into dormitory space for visiting work teams. The church will provide a midweek worship service for our team, along with a couple of dinners. PDA has created a video about the Calvert City church’s efforts that can be viewed here.

Work rebuilding from the catastrophic tornadoes that ripped across several states has continued for two years. The storms left a long pathway of destruction and ended the lives of more than 100 persons. As a mission team, Woodlawn members will be partnering with religious relief groups committed to long-term recovery efforts. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is the emergency and refugee assistance ministry of the Presbyterian Church (USA). It focuses on long-term recovery efforts, and provides training in disaster preparation and awareness for local congregations. It works collaboratively with ecumenical partners both domestically and internationally.