Hope For A Community In Need (Oklahoma Tornadoes)


tornado23n-13-webAs a community, of people, all should be willing and able to come to one’s aid in times of trouble. A community is defined as: a locality inhabited by such a group. When a disaster strikes a specific community, like the Oklahoma tornadoes, a glorious mechanism begins to turn, inside one’s being, and an act of kindness becomes the normal, from one neighbor to another. This has been occurring since mas has had neighbors. Not only is it visible in the past, but it’s happening in the here and now.

Oklahoma’s communities have been struck by numerous tornadoes, destroying homes, family possessions, and communities. Yet one looks at this calamity and wonders, “How could God allow this to happen to so many families?” If one could only take a step back for a moment, one would realize and witness new relationships being formed from service. One neighbor lending a helping hand to their neighbor. The Oklahoma tornadoes can be looked
on as a disaster, but it can also be an example for one’s Life Palette; “In living out service as a value on our Life Palette, we will discover freedom and live in it.” (Chapter 3, Life Palette)

One might say, “Well, I’m not in Oklahoma to lend my service to.” but there is always a way to aid people in times of trouble. Whether one is simply donating necessities to the people who have been affected by these powerful tornadoes or bestowing their time to rebuild, search, and tend to the affected. God teaches, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45) So begin to serve today. Start somewhere, even somewhere small like holding the door open for one can be of great service.

To the Oklahoma victims, our love and prayers go out to all. Please keep Oklahoma in all of one’s prayers. Convoy of Hope is a organization that we support and are always first on the scene.