On Monday, May 20th a category 5 tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma. This is the strongest category of tornadoes measured. It was 2 miles wide with winds that reached between 200-210 miles per hour. It left 17 miles of destruction behind. More than 240 were injured. The death toll stands at 24.
Soon after the tornado died out Convoy of Hope had a disaster response team on the ground. Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope, said “Our prayers are with the families who have been affected by the Oklahoma tornadoes. Our team on the ground is already providing crucial information that will help us as we mobilize to send emergency supplies and teams to Oklahoma.”
This is not the first time Convoy of Hope has experienced tornado relief. Just two years ago when a tornado hit Joplin, Missouri they were there and still helping today. What they learned while in Joplin is helping Convoy of Hope today in Moore, Oklahoma.
Convoy teams have been working nonstop loading tractor-trailers with relief supplies. They also coordinate response efforts to the Moore, Oklahoma area. Continuing rain and thunderstorms in the area have made response efforts more challenging.
According to Ryan Grabill, disaster response coordinator, “There are thousands of people here that are now homeless and we want to reach to as many of them as we can.”
Utility crews have knocked down broken power lines and put up new ones. Survivors are finally able to return to their homes and retrieve their belongings. This is only the first phase of a full-scale response that will last for many weeks, if not months.
Convoy of Hope began with just two guys handing out food and water from the back of a truck. It is now a global movement where different organizations join together to carry out Convoy of Hope’s mission. Their mission is to feed the world. This is achieved through feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing.
Although it hurts even more when one hits close to home, the organization can respond especially fast. That provides real hope for the survivors.
One survivor, Rhonda Crosswhite, a sixth grade math teacher, used her body as a shield for her students. When interviewed later she admitted, “I did the teacher thing that we’re probably not supposed to do. I prayed — I prayed out loud.”
Many people have experienced the power of prayer in the midst of a huge problem. If you are facing a crisis today, prayer might be the key to moving forward again.
If you need a bit of help getting started, why not pray this prayer? “Dear Jesus, I am sorry for the wrong things I have done in my life. I know I need help to move forward. I want your forgiveness and peace. Please take my life and change me. I want to live for you! In your name I pray, amen!
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