Karl Malone, the NBA legend known as “The Mailman,” made a delivery to the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at Louisiana Tech.
Aboard his multi-ton CAT Excavator, Malone lifted a stately oak tree that crashed into the BCM’s chapel in an EF3 tornado that left Ruston, La., with widespread damage April 25 around 1:50 a.m.
Accompanying a video of Malone at work, an observer posted on Facebook April 26, “Karl Malone, former Tech basketball legend and also NBA legend, is manning the yellow CAT machine to help bring down this MONSTER tree on top of the La. Tech BCM.
“He just wanted to help the BCM! Thanks, Karl ‘The Mailman’ Malone. You ‘delivered’!!!”
The BCM, also on April 26, posted: “Early this afternoon, Karl Malone showed up at the BCM with his team & helped get the last big tree off our roof! Thanks to Karl, the chainsaw crew & our students for helping today with a LOT of cleanup!”
Joining the Louisiana Tech BCM along with Malone in the cleanup of two trees that struck the facility and a third that fell nearby were BCM staff and students from Northwestern State University and Louisiana State University along with Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief teams, numerous Louisiana Baptist churches and volunteers from the community, the Baptist Message reported.
“It’s been amazing to see so many people to give of their time and resources,” Kevin Inman, Louisiana Tech BCM’s director, told the Message, newsjournal of the Louisiana Baptist Convention. “We are just so grateful for every single individual who has helped us during this time.”
One alum lamented on the BCM Facebook page, “It’s tough to see this kind of damage to a building that’s been so much more than a building to so many of us.”
Although the chapel was damaged, other parts of the BCM facility were intact. Students will utilize the lobby 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.”
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Source: Baptist Press