By Message Staff
RUSTON – Former NBA legend Karl Malone recently gave an assist to the Louisiana Tech Baptist Collegiate Ministry, whose chapel sustained significant damage from an EF3 tornado that touched down in Ruston Thursday, April 25.
Malone, a Summerfield native and Louisiana Tech alum, used his construction equipment Friday to help BCM staff and students remove a large tree that had fallen onto the roof of the chapel during the height of the storm.
Kevin Inman, director of the Louisiana Tech BCM, said Malone is among the many volunteers who have stepped up to help the BCM to clean up the chapel and grounds.
The staff also was joined by BCM staff and students from Northwestern State University and Louisiana State University, Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief Teams, numerous Louisiana Baptist churches and volunteers from the community.
“It’s been amazing to see so many people to give of their time and resources,” Inman said. “We are just so grateful for every single individual who has helped us during this time.”
While the chapel was damaged, other areas of the BCM complex were not impacted. Students will utilize the lobby to meet for worship, lunch meetings and other outreach activities while the chapel is repaired.
“We ask for your prayers as the BCM moves forward with plans to repair the roof and interior of the chapel, and grounds of its campus,” Inman said. “And pray for our students as they finish the quarter strong.”
Nearly $4,000 has been raised for clean-up efforts at the BCM through a PayPal account that has been established. To donate, visit https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/latechbcm. Donations also may be sent to: BCM, 801 West Alabama, Ruston, Louisiana 71270.