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Year later, ‘Where Was God?’ still making impact
May12

Year later, ‘Where Was God?’ still making impact

It has been one year since the premiere of the documentary “Where Was God?” at the Moore Warren Theatre May 16, 2014. The award-winning film, which featured the Baptist General of Oklahoma’s disaster relief director Sam Porter, continues to make an impact. The documentary that follows the lives of several families and individuals who were impacted by the May 20, 2013 tornado that struck the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, has...

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Oklahoma Baptists Disaster Relief responding to storm damage in Bridge Creek, other areas
May07

Oklahoma Baptists Disaster Relief responding to storm damage in Bridge Creek, other areas

BRIDGE CREEK –As the May 6 storms devastated large parts of Central Oklahoma, volunteers with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) disaster relief teams immediately responded to needs. According to BGCO disaster relief director, Sam Porter, the BGCO trained relief volunteers are serving among some of the hardest-hit areas, including Bridge Creek, which is in close proximity to where the BGCO’s Mobile Command Center is...

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Reflections: Bombing images haunted Williams
Apr14

Reflections: Bombing images haunted Williams

Joe Williams is familiar to his innermost being with the terms Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Compassion Fatigue. You could almost say he wrote the book on them, or at least edited it. But, he had to deal with the terrible images of death and destruction on a deeply, intimately personal level before he could begin to help others deal with the images and issues that plagued them after tragedies such as the bombing of the...

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Reflections: Bombing attacked Poes’ marriage
Apr14

Reflections: Bombing attacked Poes’ marriage

Oklahoma City Police chaplains Jack and Phyllis Poe weren’t inside the Alfred P. Murrah federal Building when a truck bomb exploded outside at 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, but the after-effects of that explosion nearly tore their marriage apart. “One of the things we really didn’t understand is, as caregivers, we want to make a difference, but we didn’t realize that you can give yourselves away. And, Phyllis and I gave ourselves...

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Springing into action!
Apr07

Springing into action!

Early spring storms’ response includes new DR volunteers, units Recently-trained volunteers and two new recovery and repair trailers were among Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) disaster relief responders when early spring storms spawning tornadoes slashed across the state’s central and northeastern sections March 25. Clean-up and feeding efforts by BGCO disaster relief volunteers in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro...

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Gov. Fallin attends Oil Patch Chaplaincies’ job fair
Apr07

Gov. Fallin attends Oil Patch Chaplaincies’ job fair

ELK CITY—Tom Beddow has a compassion for those who work in the oil industry. As coordinator for Oil Patch Chaplaincies for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO), he has been burdened for those who recently have lost their jobs due to the downward turn in the oil and gas industry. With the help of Mike Terry, president of Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, Beddow was able to connect with Gov. Mary Fallin’s office...

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