The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team revealed that 11 people have turned their lives to Christ following another tornado tragedy in Oklahoma, which on Wednesday officials said has claimed the lives of 20 people.
"God sheltered them, then He saved them," said Michael Glassey, an RRT crisis-trained chaplain from Riverside, Calif.
The U.S. was rocked by a number of tornado outbreaks in May, first in Texas that left six people dead, and then in Oklahoma two weeks ago where the death count reached 24, followed by yet another that hit the Oklahoma City area on May 31 and caused 20 deaths. more >>
World Vision is looking to do more for the tornado victims of Moore, Oklahoma and parts of Missouri.
The organization is increasing its staff size and sending out more responders, but because of the extra labor force, World Vision needs extra supplies and more help.
"While we don't yet know the extent of the damage and need, we're heading into the affected area with tarps, buckets of clean-up supplies, water, and personal hygiene kits. And we'll shuttle more supplies from the two response centers we have set up in Moore," Phyllis Freeman, World Vision's director of domestic disaster response, said in a release. more >>
One of the largest churches in America, Lifechurch.tv, with campuses throughout Oklahoma, including two in Oklahoma City, reached out to local residents to spiritually minister and offer physical relief to them after last Monday's devastating EF5 tornado churned through the center of the state.
"Four children whose families are part of LifeChurch.tv were amongst the fatalities of the Moore tornado," Lori Bailey, director of communications for LifeChurch.tv, told The Christian Post on Tuesday. In total, 5,300 people in the area fall within the LifeChurch.tv community, and the church reported contacting 1,500 families over the phone following the twisters.
"As we make contact, we have learned of 82 families within our church whose homes have been lost," Bailey shared via email. The church, which also has campuses in Florida, New York, Tennessee, and Texas, reported working with "about 150 families personally," assigning one contact per family. more >>
As residents in Moore, Okla., recover from the damaging effects of an EF5 tornado which ripped through the center of the state on Monday, a faith-based outreach organization is teaming up with celebrity singer Joe Jonas to provide relief to the local community.
Convoy of Hope, a faith-based nonprofit which works internationally to provide disaster relief and community outreach, is partnering with Joe Jonas of The Jonas Brothers on-site in Moore today and tomorrow to provide necessary supplies, including food, water, and emergency equipment to residents hoping to gain some stability after seeing their homes ravaged by Monday's tragic natural disaster.
After supplying the community with necessities such as food and water, Jonas and the nonprofit volunteers will transfer into supplying cleanup supplies, such as trash bags, so residents may begin to clean-up the damage caused by Monday's tornado, which tore through 13,000 homes, multiple schools, and a hospital, killing 24 people in its destructive path. more >>
An interdenominational missions organization is looking for nominations of unsung heroes, those who are tackling the issues of poverty, sex trafficking, HIV/AIDS, the need for clean water, homelessness and other needs in today's society, for its second bi-annual Epoch Awards to be held later this year.
"We want to uncover every rock of people doing incredible work around the world, but with little to no recognition," said Jeff Shinabarger, founder of Plywood People and event organizer. "Everybody knows somebody giving their lives for others that could really use funding to continue their effort. We want to honor those people that no one knows about and give them a platform to keep doing good."
Epoch (pronounced "Epic") Awards was birthed out of the heart of Tim Abare, COO of Adventures in Missions, located north of Atlanta in Gainesville, in January of 2011. Organizers say anyone can nominate an unsung hero who is actively serving others and whose bravery is rather unknown by going online to http://epochawards.com/nominations/nominate/. The nominations close next Thursday (May 30). more >>
As Thursday, May 23 marks the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, The Christian Post highlights a global faith-based charity which has been working for the past decade to end this painful and embarrassing medical condition that affects 50,000 women in new cases per year, worldwide.
Mercy Ships is a faith-based medical charity that deploys the world's largest private hospital ship, Africa Mercy, to several ports along the coast of West Africa to provide local inhabitants with first-rate medical professionals, top-notch medical and surgical facilities, and sanitary conditions for recovery and healing.
Since 2003, Mercy Ships has performed more than 2,790 successful procedures to correct obstetric fistula, a medical condition which occurs during child birth, when the baby gets lodged in the birth canal. more >>