ASHLAND, Ky.- Eddie Byers rolled the Send Relief semi-truck up to the Appalachian Ministry Center on Monday and the work began.

By Tuesday morning, he was on the way to storm-ravaged western Kentucky and Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, with enough roofing material for 480 homes, meals and plastic totes.

“We’re going to be hitting five different spots,” said Jamie Elkins, who works in the Ashland center. “We’re hitting four spots in Kentucky and one in Tennessee.”

Elkins said 240 rolls of roofing and 10,000 furring strips – thin strips of wood used to level or raise walls and ceilings. He said they also packed some meals and plastic totes for tornado victims to store personal belongings.

“I pray you would consider helping in this ministry and praying for us,” Elkins said.

Byers, who has volunteered with Send Relief since August when he drove supplies to Hurricane Ida in Louisiana, said it’s a matter of showing God’s love.

“Personally, I’m an Acts 1:8 person and we’re commanded to do our missionary work at home and abroad,” he said. “I’ve made several trips to Hurricane Ida and saw the destruction and damage there. It really hits home when it happens right here in your own backyard. A lot of times you don’t think it will happen to you and I’m sure that went through a lot of people’s minds in Mayfield. It’s imperative that we go to help and show God’s love.”

Byers is a Kentucky Baptist who lives in LaGrange, Kentucky.

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