LONE GROVE — In times of disaster, local churches are generally one of the first points of assistance, a place where clothing and other items can get to people in need.
But structural damage at the Assembly of God in Lone Grove has complicated matters, outreach minister Teri Beane said. "But we still wanted to help, so I showed up at a meeting and asked the city manager if they needed some help answering the phones or there was anything else we could do,” Beane said. Within the city of about 4,600 people, there were hundreds of people who needed help cleaning up. But there were also thousands who were spared the brunt of the storm, and that meant hoards of volunteers — from Boy Scouts to faith-based and civic groups — were just itching for the chance to help. What City Manager Marianne Elfort asked was for the Assembly of God to take the lead in matching up those in need with those who could help. "It’s kind of the biggest job of all,” Beane said.