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Oklahoma Baptists spring to action in Elk City
May25

Oklahoma Baptists spring to action in Elk City

ELK CITY—On May 16, mere hours after a devastating tornado near Elk City damaged some 100 houses and killed one person, Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) volunteers were responding to the crisis. National news stories interviewed Beckham-Mills Director of Missions Danny RInger, who serves as Elk City fire department chaplain. Ringer was among the first responders on the scene. Sam Porter, DR director for the Baptist General...

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Oklahoma Baptist DR rebuilding the heartland
May22

Oklahoma Baptist DR rebuilding the heartland

KNOWLES–Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) is continuing efforts to rebuild in western Oklahoma after the worst wildfire in the history of statehood. The fires swept over 1,200 square miles in Beaver County alone in early March DR Crews have been serving in and around the area, assisting ranchers that lost thousands of heads of cattle and more than 10,000 hogs in wildfires that swept the Panhandle. The fire started on March 6, in...

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Shining light on Lawton’s Asian ‘Hidden Harvest’
Apr18

Shining light on Lawton’s Asian ‘Hidden Harvest’

LAWTON—It’s 6:30 a.m., Monday. Chunhai Li is loading up his car with Bibles, Christian literature, song sheets and heading out with a few faithful members of Oklahoma City-area Chinese churches toward Lawton. Chunhai is a worker in Oklahoma’s Chinese Hidden Harvest, one among several of Oklahoma’s under-served, overlooked people groups or population segments. Li is pastor of the Oklahoma City, Northwest Mandarin, but every other week...

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Partnership missions: Hay bale donations bless NW Oklahoma
Mar21

Partnership missions: Hay bale donations bless NW Oklahoma

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief has received an overwhelming amount of hay bale donations to help those affected by the outbreak of wildfires in Northwestern Oklahoma. Sam Porter, state director of Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) said, “We put our need for hay on social media and within just a few days, thousands of hay bales had been donated. We’ve had over 6,000 bales offered to us, but it is overwhelming since we don’t have...

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DR TEaM Center dream becoming reality
Mar13

DR TEaM Center dream becoming reality

Almost 44 years after the birth of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s (BGCO) disaster relief (DR) ministry in 1973, DR Director Sam Porter’s dream of an all-encompassing training, equipping and mobilization (TEaM) center is nearing reality on a windy hill about eight miles southeast of Okarche. Porter, who became the BGCO’s DR director in 1998, expects the TEaM Center to be functional soon, thanks to a successful fund...

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Drug abuse & addiction: How the church can respond to Oklahoma’s growing problem
Mar02

Drug abuse & addiction: How the church can respond to Oklahoma’s growing problem

Oklahoma tops the nation’s list of states for prescription opioid drug abuse. A higher percentage (five percent of the population) of Oklahomans, age 12 and older, abuse prescription painkillers more than in any other state. “Addiction remains a priority public health concern in Oklahoma,” states Carrie Slatton-Hodges from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. “While the state has made efforts to...

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