Even as the 2019 spring season in Oklahoma has brought disaster and destruction, Oklahoma Baptists have stepped forward to share the light and hope of Jesus with those who have faced loss.
Don Williams, state director of Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (DR), has been encouraged to see Oklahoma Baptists coming together to “prepare meals, mud-out homes, provide shower and laundry services, and more, all while sharing the Gospel.”
Williams said, “Since April 30, disaster relief volunteers have worked in 26 communities across Oklahoma, all at no charge to the people served. We are currently working in Kingfisher, Konawa, Fort Gibson, Muskogee and Webbers Falls.”
In addition to volunteer works, numerous other Oklahoma Baptist churches have given supplies, housed response groups and provided food.
Made possible by generous gifts to Oklahoma Baptist DR, nearly 50 Southern Baptist church members who were affected by the disaster were provided with financial assistance through their local church. In addition, churches whose facilities were affected by disaster received financial assistance toward restoration.
While the property and physical recovery continues, the relief efforts have led to notable spiritual renewal, as well. According to Williams, at least seven Oklahomans have made professions of faith in Christ because of the work of Oklahoma Baptists DR volunteers sharing the Gospel, in the aftermath of floods and storms.
“The work is far from over,” Williams added. “But Oklahoma Baptists have stood together, shining Jesus’ light in our broken and hurting communities.”
For more information, or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.okdisasterhelp.org.