As most of you have heard, a massive tornado ripped through the very heart of Moore, Oklahoma yesterday afternoon. The path of the tornado was within 5 miles of Love & Justice Church. The aftermath was devastating, destroying neighborhood after neighborhood. Many lives were lost, including children at an elementary school. Our city has suffered much through this ordeal. For some of us, in a moment, everything was ripped from our hands.
Shortly after the tornado, we learned that Pastor Andrew and his wife, Hilary, lost their house. In the same moment, we learned that Hilary’s parents lost their house as well. At this time, we have had multiple families with minor damage to their homes. Praise the Lord, no one from our church was injured! But many of our friends, family, and co-workers lost everything. Our hearts break for the city, and we want to be a light while we as a community begin to rebuild and heal. But in light of all, we know that God is good and faithful. We are grateful that many lives were spared, and we mourn for the lives that were taken.
We know that those affected will need places to stay, resources, food, clothing, and prayer. As a church, we are trying to do what we can to meet these needs. We have had people generously bring all manner of donations to help those in need. We have had numerous volunteers here organizing and preparing to serve families. And now, we are waiting to be told when we can go into the city and begin to clean, hand out necessities, and pray with people. But until then, we are taking donations at Love & Justice Church. We have also opened up a Tornado Relief Fund that you can give to online.
Later today, we will be meeting with various Acts 29 churches throughout the Oklahoma City metro area to create a plan for how the Church in our city can impact, help, serve, and love people who have been impacted by this tornado. May Jesus shine forth his light through the churches, bind up the brokenhearted, and give hope and healing through his name.