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Helping in Oklahoma

May 23, 2013


It’s so easy when a disaster happens to feel helpless.  We ask ourselves “how could I possibly make a difference?”  As Christians, we are called to share the love of Christ with others, and in a time like this, one of the best ways we can do this is to pray for the victims in Oklahoma.  We can be the church.

We can pray for:
The husbands, wives, brothers, sisters and family members as they mourn their loss.
The communities as they start to piece back together.
The families as they search for the reason why?
The families who have lost everything in the destruction.
The countless volunteers who are pouring in to help.

While prayer is the most important thing and it is also something we can all do, there is another way that we can be the church.

We. Can. Give.

There are many organizations who are accepting monetary donations and are working to help provide relief to those victims in Oklahoma.  These organizations are already on the ground in Oklahoma working tirelessly to help provide relief.

  • The United Methodist Committee on Relief is taking donations for the victims in Oklahoma.  To give to the UMCOR Tornado Responses, visit here.  On their website you can also get information on how to put together relief-supply kits for people during times of crisis.
  • Another organization working in Oklahoma and around the world is Samaritans Purse.  To read stories of the tornadoes in Oklahoma go to their website.  Samaritans Purse is also asking for volunteers to go to Texas and help with the relief.  To learn more about volunteering check out their volunteer network.  Finally, to contribute monetarily to Samaritans Purse, go here.
  • Locally there is another way you can help.  This Saturday, 5/25, beginning at 8am, The Galax Fire department, Cornerstone Community Church and God’s Pit Crew will be at Wal-Mart in Galax collecting supplies to take to Oklahoma.  They will be collecting supplies such as: canned foods, bottled water, and personal hygiene items.  You can also donate to God’s Pit Crew by going here.

If you can’t give, that’s okay.
It’s in times like this that the Church can be the light we are called to be.
So pray.
Pray for the victims, families, and volunteers as they start to piece everything back together.
Then give.
Then pray some more.
Be the church.


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