The hearts, prayers, and hands of NRB member organizations have been with the tornado-battered communities of Moore, OK, since a top-of-the-scale EF5 tornado impacted the city and adjacent areas, killing at least 24 and injuring more than 240 others.
Volumes of tweets and web posts calling for prayer were sent out as the situation unfolded Monday in Oklahoma, from organizations big and small, near and far.
“Certainly heartbreaking to see the devastation in Oklahoma,” commented First Baptist Orlando. “Pray for comfort and restoration. May the people affected feel God's presence and lean on Him for strength in the coming days.”
“Lord fill our friends with your strength and your hand of courage,” prayed Faith Radio in Montgomery, AL, before citing Psalm 31:2.
“I'm praying for those in and around Moore, OK, who need divine assistance, spiritual encouragement, and physical rescue,” added Chuck Swindoll, Founder and Senior Pastor-Teacher of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, TX.
Also in response to the devastation, NRB member organizations including The Salvation Army, Samaritan’s Purse, and The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association have sent teams to aid survivors and first responders.
The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) is providing food, beverage, and spiritual support while coordinating with Local and State Emergency Management.
"As the focus in Moore moves from search and rescue to clean up, The Salvation Army will be providing assistance – food, hydration and spiritual counseling – to everyone involved,” reported Major Steve Morris, The Salvation Army’s Arkansas-Oklahoma Divisional Commander.
Samaritan’s Purse, meanwhile, is providing emergency assistance, including cleaning and repairing damaged homes. And crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team have been deployed to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of those impacted by the storm.
“Our prayers are with all of those who are suffering because of this massive storm,” said Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham. “We are going to stand by them and do everything we can to help them recover physically, emotionally, and spiritually.”
“Our hearts are breaking for all of those in the path of this horrific tornado,” added Jack Munday, International Director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. “Words can’t do justice to the pain that is being experienced in and around Moore. Please pray continuously for all of those who lost loved ones.”
Also on the ground is Feed The Children, the largest charity in Oklahoma, which is located just 10 miles from Moore and has been actively leading the charge for relief to the victims.
“Feed The Children is one of the nation’s largest charities, and we will always respond to disasters such as the tornadoes in Oklahoma,” said Corey Gordon, Feed The Children’s Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, who is also a member of the NRB President’s Council. “But this time it’s personal, as this is in our own backyard and many on our own team lost their homes. These are our families, friends, and neighbors. We will be working here for the long-haul.”
To support relief efforts, visit the websites below or text “DISASTER” to 80888 to make a donation to Feed The Children, text “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation to The Salvation Army, and text “SP” to 80888 to make a $10 donation to Samaritan's Purse. You can also call 1-800-627-4556 for Feed The Children, 1-800-SAL-ARMY for The Salvation Army, and 1-800-528-1980 for Samaritan’s Purse.
According to The Salvation Army, $10 will feed a survivor for one day; $30 will provide a box of food for a family of four; $100 will provide snacks and drinks for 125 survivors; $250 will provide one hot meal to one hundred people; and $500 will keep a mobile feeding unit operational for one day.
PHOTO ABOVE: A Salvation Army team member consoles a tornado victim. Photograph courtesy of The Salvation Army.
Published: May 23, 2013