I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for their calls, emails and messages that comforted us after the town of Childress was hit by a tornado Sunday night. We were actually at the park when it hit, but we quickly scrambled to our neighbor’s basement for safety. Electricity was out for about 14 hours on our side of town. There were a few homes lost, plus lots of wind and hail damage.

We spent our entire day Monday with a work party from church cleaning up the trees that were blown down all over town. It was an excellent opportunity to do “ministry” in the community. All I can say is I’m glad I don’t do that for a living, because my body hurts from head to toe. I’ve decided that tornadoes are like 3 year old children … they come over, drag everything out and leave a huge mess for you to clean up.

Here are a few pictures of us working, or you can see all of them here. I’ve seen the actual picture of the tornado, but I don’t have a copy of it yet. I’ll post it when I can.

We mainly had debris and bunch of trees down at our house.

We couldn’t get our vehicles out of the drive till we moved all the broken limbs.

I got my buddy Rickey to give me a ride so I could get the limbs at the top.

I hope I don’t have to use another chainsaw for a long time.

Our neighbor’s pickup. We’re not sure where the metal came from.

This home was a total loss. We attend church with this sweet older couple. They were in their living room when the roof came off and the hail started beating on them. Everything they had was either gone or ruined. I felt so sorry for them.

Me, Lindsey (AIM girl) and Taylor resting at another tree that our group removed.

This boat just showed up. No one knew who it belonged to or where it came from.

A really nice home where we worked that had all the paint beat off and windows broke out by hail and high winds.

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. NB says:

    Glad to hear that no one was injured! Tornadoes stink. Sorry about your damage. The boat…wow!

  2. brandon price says:

    Wow that is craziness! I’m glad you all were able to do some much good after the fact.

    I’ve never experienced a tornado before, and I think your pictures are as close as I’d like to get.

    Glad you’re okay.

  3. roadtripray says:

    Glad to hear that you’re okay.

  4. Shane Coffman says:

    What a day!

    I’m so glad you guys are all right.

    Ironically, it’s events like this that bring a community together.

  5. Emma says:

    What a new perspective for
    Father’s Day….So very thankful we are all safe and sound….Things can be replaced…People can’t!!
    And as far as the Church of Christ…You KNOW you ROCK!!
    The best ministry is what y’all are doing for Childress! Way to Go!

  6. Tim Archer says:

    Glad you’re safe and well. God bless your continued ministry to Childress and to your family.

    Grace and peace,

  7. johndobbs says:

    Great work Trey. Reminds me of another storm.

  8. Stoogelover says:

    Wow! I had no idea that was happening out your way. Glad you are safe and that you have such a heart for ministry. You said the chain saw tired you out … you did fire up the engine on that saw didn’t you? :)

  9. blogprophet says:

    Wow! can’t wait to see what good comes out it, though

  10. jel says:

    Glad y’all are ok!

    Sunday was a bad day for Storms

  11. Anonymous says:

    The t.v. left us thinking it wasn’t a big deal so your dad and I sat peacefully watching some old show on television. We are so thankful that all of you are okay.
    I feel very sorry for the people who did have so much damage and maybe no insurance. I do know you Childress Christians will be in there helping wherever and however you can. I’m proud of all of you. Mom

  12. Kim says:

    We are so thankful you are all okay.
    It is mind-boggling what a storm can do. We are still cleaning up trees from the ice storm last winter.
    I know the town of Childress is blessed to have a church family that will immediately jump in and provide help where needed.

    We are praying for all of you and thanking God for your safety.

  13. Stephanie says:

    thank you for all your help in the community…what a great thing to do…take care of yourself…but what a mess…steph

  14. Kyle Parker says:

    I saw that tornado going through your area on my super-nerdy weather radar. I’m glad things turned out ok for you guys. THe Parker family will be praying…

  15. willow says:

    WHAT A GREAT SERVICE YOU ALL PROVIDED. I spent the entire day just raking and picking up branches just in the front yard. Thankfully the city came by towards the end of the day with the prisoners and picked up all those branches and half trees. What a blessing that was.

    My prayers go out to all the people that got alot more damage then we had.

  16. Adam Gonnerman says:

    Some parts of the U.S. are really taking a beating this year. Glad to hear you and yours are fine. Also glad I no longer live in tornado alley….

  17. James says:

    God is so honored by the things you do. Thanks for the encouragement.

  18. sherryfisher says:

    Glad to hear you are ok! I was praying for you when I heard about it. May God use all this to His glory…through you and your good heart!

  19. preacherman says:

    I am so glad you and your family are okay. Sorry to hear this news. You, your family, the church and the town will be in my prayers today.

  20. Brie says:

    Speaking as another resident of tornado alley- glad that you guys are OK. And hey, taking care of people is the reason we’re around, right?

  21. Brooke says:

    Wow, glad everyone is ok. I have been oblivious as to what is going on outside of camps this past week. I know the community of Childress is very thankful to have a church group like yours. Tornadoes are very devestating, I am still in shock when I am home driving down Hwy 86 looking around and seeing nothing there.

  22. Zach Detwiler says:

    Wow, what a great picture it was of ministry too! Man everyone reached out and did a treffic job. Today was our first day back at the clinic.. (we are running it out of the back door, literally).. it’s going really well.. Power lines still down across the front parking lot! We are all still cleaning and ol Trey is … AT A RANGERS GAME!! Man the life of a preacher.. 😉

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  24. BrandonV says:

    I wanted to ask a question? Do you think God controls the weather when things like this happen? I asked this question to many people and you be suprized how many different answers I recieved. Lord willing I will be doing a website for Jesus soon! Amen!

  25. Marci's minute says:

    I just wanted to say thank-you for all of the amazing things you have helped with for our community. I think it is awesome!

  26. Marlo B. says:

    Yikes Trey – glad you are ok!

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