Brookfield church sending crew to tornado scene

CREATED May. 21, 2013

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BROOKFIELD - A team from Elmbrook Church in Brookfield is preparing to help with the Oklahoma disaster area this weekend.

They had originally planned to head to Texas for relief work when the storm hit.

“[They] stopped us and said do not come Sunday. Storms are going to going through that area,” says team leader Mary Ann Lee.

The group from Wisconsin would have arrived in Oklahoma City at about the time the tornado hit if they had left when planned.

“We had to go through Oklahoma City to get to Texas. So, God was gracious,” says Lee.

Many of those same Elmbrook volunteers are regrouping and preparing to leave later this week.

This time they will help out in Oklahoma. For years Elmbrook has sent teams to natural disasters.

“We always say we’ve come because Jesus sent us,” says Lee.

The Elmbrook team will meet up with semi trucks from Samaritan’s Purse in Oklahoma. Samaritan’s Purse coordinates volunteer response for churches across the country.

Now Elmbrook is waiting to hear how many volunteers are needed, when they need to leave, and how long they will stay.