How You Can Help The People Of Moore, OK
Editor’s Note: I talked with Southgate (Moore, OK) Baptist Church Pastor Doug Brewer (who also serves as editor of the Oklahoma Baptist) on Tuesday and he said the church is without electricity, so it may be hard to get through to them. He gave me permission to share his cell phone number — (405) 202-6508 — with our readers.
We talked for several minutes, and he told me that the needs there are many — especially for the basics, including water, diapers, baby wipes and other items.
Bro. Doug praised the Lord that he had received no reports of deaths or injuries among their members and that, although the church was in the direct path of the tornado, it had been spared structurally, as far as they’ve been able to determine.
But several church families — at least 15-20, including staff member Noah Hill and his wife, April, who had only lived in their home for three months — have completely lost their homes and many more homes were badly damaged. They have also lost cars and other items. “Even though they might be able to salvage a few pieces of clothing,” he said, “the clothes are filled with fiberglass and they have no way to wash them.”
The church has set up an aid station on their parking lot until the power is restored. It quickly became evident as we spoke (although he did not request it) that the best (and quickest) way to help the people at Southgate and the citizens of Moore, OK, at this point would be to send monetary donations. That way, they can go into Norman or Oklahoma City and buy the things that are most urgently needed.
Since the church may not have mail service for a while, he and I agreed that the donations could be sent to his home address with checks made out to Southgate Baptist Church and the checks (not the envelope) marked “Tornado Relief.” Donations may be sent to: Doug Brewer, 15200 Meadowcreek Lane, Oklahoma City, OK 73165.
I have also just been notified that Lifeword Media Ministries and Antioch Baptist Church (both in Conway) — as well as First Baptist Church in Magnolia — are collecting items to take to Moore. The shipment from Conway will be taken to Moore on Sunday, with another trip planned for June 1. All items are needed, including children’s clothes.
Above all, please pray for the citizens, and our BMA family, in Moore.