Oklahoma City Tornado
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
ORH is still attempting to help the churches and communities in the Oklahoma City impact area.
Yesterday, I spoke with Rick Carter of Beth Haven Baptist Church and Ron Lindsey of Suburban Baptist Church. Both of these men were greatly encouraging as they told me of their continuing efforts in their community to help all the people.
Both expressed the weight of care which has been on them. They said that they are still providing help to the community through their distribution efforts. Both said they were still helping people rebuild their lives as best they can. Pray that God will bless their efforts.
Ivan Moore of Immanuel Baptist Church asked us to pray for his ministry in the Oklahoma City area. He is a church plant very close to the devastation area. He wrote the following.
“Hi Bro. Milton, Well things are starting to settle down. The city is working night and day to clean the debris from the destroyed areas. We at the church are working to disburse funds to needy families. As our church is a start up ministry these storms have impacted us in several ways one of which is financial. We didn't have the funds to pay our rent in June, but the Lord provided at the last moment, which we were so thankful.
Another way in which our church has been affected is that many of the areas where we evangelized are just gone. They no longer exist which is very strange and sad. We would really appreciate your prayers concerning our ministry as we try to continue to reach out to the families in Moore. Also any financial help that could be given to Immanuel would be greatly appreciated. We are so thankful for Operation Renewed Hope during these days as it has already proved to be a tremendous help during this disaster. Thank you so much for caring and praying for Immanuel and the people of Moore”
The reality of natural disaster is the complete alteration of the impact communities. Although there is intense ministry opportunities during the early days of the disaster, there can also be complete loss of families with no return.
Please, ask God to help all these men, their communities, and their ministries to assess, recognize, and engage in the new life that they will face in the coming days.
Pray that the workers will be able to rest and renew their strength which has been depleted by the intense demand of helping thousands.
ORH will not forget these communities and those who face the total alteration of where they live, work, and make their futures. Please, do the same.
Operation Renewed Hope
4928 Necessary Court
Blue Springs, MO 64015