Trinity Lutheran Sunday school class travels to aid in Joplin relief efforts

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Photos by Ruth Rethemeyer
Pictured above: Sunday school youth who aided in relief efforts

Last week adult and youth members of Trinity Lutheran Church's Sunday school classes traveled to Joplin, Mo to help with clean-up from the May 22 tornado.

The group helped The Martin Luther School prepare for their upcoming school year, which will begin on Wed., Aug 17.  The crew cleaned desks, books, the library, toys, and storage bulbs.

Ruth Rethemeyer said, “We tried to clean off as much of the dust as possible so when teachers begin to move their belongings back into their classrooms, they will not have to clean it first.”  The school is part of The Immanuel Lutheran Church which had suffered roof damage requiring ceilings and floors to be replaced.

Pictured right: Group of the youth clean dust from desks.

Since the tornado hit Joplin, the school has been used as a central storage hub for the relief efforts going on throughout the distressed areas of Joplin to serve meals, provide showers, cooling centers, food, clothing, and supplies.

Rethemeyer said, “After working at the school until 3 p.m. on Wednesday our youth toured Joplin. The sights we observed were devastating.  Pictures we had seen prior did no justice for what we saw.  It is something I will never forget and neither will all those who came along." 

Rethemeyer said, " As we were driving back home several of the youth expressed how badly they wanted to return and help more.  The children also gave the Immanuel Luther Sunday School a check for $434 dollars to help them with their relief efforts."

Rethemeyer asks for everyone to keep the Joplin community in their prayers.