The tornado that tore through Shawnee destroyed a mobile home park and left two elderly men dead and an estimated 29 injured. The death and destruction of the May 20th two-mile wide tornado that beat a path through Moore remains to be seen though news reports suggest that as many as 24 children have lost their lives at a Moore, Oklahoma elementary school. It is estimated that 171,000 people lived within the path of the storm. Aerial footage shows homes in rubble and cars overturned. Two elementary schools have been severely damaged.
Nazarenes on the ground are assessing disaster response strategies working with the pastor from the Moore Church of the Nazarene, located about two miles from the destruction zone. District Superintendent Jim Cooper says that the church wants to be a part of any relief effort to the hundreds without homes, clothing, and resources. He says that there are probably some from the church whose children attended the two damaged elementary schools.
Nazarene Compassionate Ministries and Nazarene Disaster Response will help with immediate relief and long-term recovery in communities that need it the most. The church has mobilized all of the remaining Crisis Care Kits in its warehouses. If you would like to contribute kits, click here to learn how.
Pray for those whose family members have died, homes are damaged, and communities are devastated, and give to NCM’s disaster response efforts today. Donate online by clicking here. Money raised will help Nazarene brothers and sisters and their communities in the destruction zone.
There will be more details coming about volunteer opportunities to aid in the relief effort.