Let's say "BYE" 👋 to 2016...

It’s been a big year for us.

With your help, we reunited a family with their quadriplegic son.
We gave disabled neighbors more freedom
We made single moms proud of their homes
We granted a woman’s dying wish.
We almost lost — but then SAVED — Serve Moore. 

And, let’s not forget, we relaunched so we could Serve More.

 

Now, we’ve got even bigger dreams for 2017.

We’re expanding volunteer projects to even more neighborhoods next year. We will help renew school buildings and community centers. We will build new accessibility ramps. And we’re gearing up for what’s looking to be a very active tornado season next Spring. All this in an effort to love our neighbors more.

All these dreams turned into reality because of you. Neighbors were loved and served because you gave or you volunteered — or BOTH! This is YOUR nonprofit and we’ve done all this beautiful, important work together. So, thank you. Thanks for your unwavering support and your commitment to seeing your neighbors loved.

 

Let’s make 2017 Serve More’s best year yet.

Serving our neighbors costs money. But not a lot. We push every dollar to make sure we’re getting the most bang for the buck. In fact, there’s a list below of just how little it costs to make a HUGE impact on your community. Check it out:

$25 One Volunteer trained to respond to house fires & tornados.
$250 Home of a Disaster Victim secured and precious belongings saved.
$500 Home of a struggling Single Mom made safe and beautiful through repairs.
$1000 New freedom for a Disabled Veteran with an ADA-compliant accessibility ramp.

How much can you give? Can you give freedom to a disabled vet? Or could you train a Disaster Volunteer to help in times of trouble? Maybe you could give safety to a single mom? With just a few more days left in the 2016 Tax Year, consider making a tax-deductible donation today!

We're thankful for our disabled neighbors.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! We truly have so much to be thankful for so Serve More is counting down the days to Giving Tuesday with a special series of blog posts about thankfulness. 

Today, we’re thankful for Sonja & Jazmine. For more than two years now, Jazmine has dealt with with tumors, spinal issues, and a neurological disease that gives her chronic pain. Multiple visits to doctors and hospitals landed Jazmine in a wheel chair just before her senior year in high school. So Sonja called us in 2014 asking about how volunteers might help her daughter get in and out of the house  so she could continue attending school.

We consider this a pivotal point in the history of Serve More. That phone call opened our minds to the power of volunteers and a wider mission of loving our neighbors through many kinds of disaster. Jazmine’s was the first wheelchair ramp Serve More Volunteers ever built. And this new passion for loving our disabled neighbors is what eventually gave birth to our Mobility & Accessibility program. 

These days, we’re serving neighbors all across central Oklahoma who are looking for more freedom to get in, around, and out of their homes. We’ve met teenagers disabled by disease or injury, veterans in need of modifications after returning home from battle, and elderly neighbors needing more accessibility in their homes. 

But we’re just getting started. Your donations make it possible for us to open this program up to disabled neighbors in need of volunteer help. This Giving Tuesday, you can create thankfulness among your neighbors with a small donation. 

Again, enjoy a wonderful holiday with your friends and family. We look forward to celebrating Giving Tuesday with you soon!

We're thankful for neighbors who ask for help.

We’re counting down to Giving Tuesday, a day that people all over country use to remember how thankful they are and to create thankfulness in others by giving. As we count down, we want to tell you some stories of our own thankfulness — neighbors and friends who’ve made this organization possible. 

Meet Rickey. His neighborhood is in need of renewal. The neighborhood is mostly poor families living in older homes in need of repair and beautification. Rickey himself is a single grandfather who cares for his grandkids part-time. Let me tell you something — we’re thankful for Rickey

We’re thankful for his huge heart and joyful smile. We’re thankful that he cares for his grandkids and his neighbors. But we’re also thankful he asked for help. Neighbors asking for help is the very first step in the process of community renewal. Without them, we wouldn’t have that spark that ignited the movement of Serve More for the south metro and that has now grown to all of central Oklahoma. 

Here’s the deal. When Rickey asked for help, Serve More Volunteers were able to respond because together, we’ve all worked hard to set up our nonprofit to love our neighbors. We’ve secured tools and supplies to do the work. We’ve purchased materials for repairs. We’ve accepted donations to coordinate teams of volunteers. In short, we couldn’t have done it — nor continue to do it for the rest of Rickey’s neighborhood — without your donation. 

Prepare for Giving Tuesday. Donors and Volunteers have already created thankfulness in Rickey’s life. Will you consider making a donation to renew the rest of Rickey’s neighborhood and create even more thankfulness? 

We simply can't do it without you.


#WeAreThankful for Donors

$508,522

I want you to think about this number. It's a big number. Half a million dollars. I don't know about you, but that's more money than I've ever had in my lifetime.

Get this. Serve Moore Volunteers saved our neighbors more than HALF A MILLION dollars this year! By connecting people who need help with free labor and donated materials, we have renewed 287 homes in the Oklahoma City metro. That's stupendous. 

$168,000

Now think about this considerably smaller number. Not even half of that first number. In fact, it's less than a third. This is all it takes Serve Moore to mobilize and coordinate those volunteers and materials to renew homes and lives all over central Oklahoma. What's more — every one of those dollars comes from donors.

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Donors have graciously and generously given 100% of our operating budget. Let's just say that we're blown away by this. These gifts make it possible to bring teams of hundreds to project sites, to provide materials when a family has nothing, to continue the incredible work of renewing homes and lives. 

$3 for $1

What's all this mean? Well, it simply means that Serve Moore generates $3 in benefit to the community for every $1 donated. So #WeAreThankful for donors. For their commitment to generosity. For their support of this great work. Guys and gals, we simply could not do this without you. 


Not yet one of our donors? Well, we can fix that! 
Serve Moore Donors make the work possible. Their pledges and gifts keep the train on the tracks and keep the hammers swinging. They're a great group of people and you can join today.

#WeAreThankful for Our Neighbors

We're reflecting on the many things for which we're thankful this week — a Week of Thankfulness of sorts. As we've thought about the many groups of people for whom we're thankful, an interesting thought came to mind. We're very thankful for the many thousands of people whom we serve! It might not seem immediately obvious why but let us explain. 

When we're referring to people who need or use our services, as a team we've agreed to never use the word client. There's nothing wrong with the word inherently. Many nonprofits use the term to great success but we've never felt like it was very "us." Right from the start, the people in need have been our neighbors, friends, and fellow residents of the communities we serve. While it may not be the most business-savvy decision, we use any of those words before we call someone a client. 

So we're thankful for our neighbors. You trust us during some of the hardest times in your life. You trust us to treat you with respect and love. You trust us to be good neighbors. Serving you by mobilizing people to help renew your home is one of our greatest honors. We've always agreed that running Serve Moore would never be a "job" but had to be a "calling." Every single day, you make that calling possible with your trust and patience. For that, #WeAreThankful.

#WeAreThankful for Volunteers

Sometimes we take for granted that we know Serve Moore's story so well. We've lived it every day for more than two years. A few days ago, however, I got to tell the story to someone who had never heard it. That got me thinking. We have such an incredible story because we have so much for which to be thankful! So here it is — our Week of Thankfulness — our chance to express just how deeply grateful we are for this incredible story. 

Our story began with people. What started as about 50 of our local friends wanting to do something — anything — to help those hurting after an EF-5 tornado tore through our communities turned into more than 50,000 people giving their time to help us recover. We never could have predicted that inviting people to #ServeMoore with us would result in so many people answering that call — let alone that a nonprofit passionate about serving and loving people would be born out of that movement. 

We are thankful for the tens of thousands of volunteers who have given their time to the people of central Oklahoma. You are our first and greatest resource as a nonprofit. You are the reason we are able to do what we do. And you will continue to be the key to connecting the people who need help with the people who want to give help. In January, Serve Moore will begin to organize and train local, individual volunteers to work to renew homes and renew lives. So thank you for inspiring us. Thank you for being the beginning and the continuation of this incredible story.


If you're local to the central Oklahoma area and you're interested in volunteering regularly with Serve Moore, give us your contact info and we will email you in January with dates for our Volunteer Launch events!

#ServeMoore as told by Katie & Grant

This week, Katie and Grant drove with their team from Lexena, Kansas to help out our community. This was their second time coming, their first being the summer of 2013. Two years later, they were able to see the progress made, as well as help out families who were affected by the most recent storms this last spring.

When asked about their favorite part of the week, Katie told us about a woman she met while scouting for uncovered needs in a neighborhood. "Her house was hit by the tornado in May. She is crippled, so she was unable to reach her shelter in time." Miraculously, the lady survived the storm! Katie was able to bring comfort by sitting and talking with her, as well as offer hope by informing her about the services offered by programs like Serve Moore.

Grant recalled the joy on a homeowner's face when a finished project was handed back over. "We just finished painting the outside of house when he came out to talk to us. You could just tell how grateful he was." What was the most important part of this week? "Definitely interacting with the people!" they both agreed.

Volunteers are able to give local homeowners free labor, but the biggest gift they offer our community is taking the time to talk with and listen to our residents' stories. It's incredible how much of an impact that truly has on people's lives.

"The last tornados were a lot more destructive," Katie said while reflecting back on their first trip. Grant added, "It was heartbreaking seeing that much damage for the first time. But, it's so cool to see all the progress!"

You too can be a part of the progress we're making to bring renewal to Central OKC. To hear more stories like Katie and Grant's and find out how, go to www.servemoore.com.

Chasing Pavements Project

"I recently volunteered for a day with your organization," university student Ellie Gray wrote in an email to Serve Moore. She and her friend Emily Andreoli, both students of the University of South Carolina, were on a cross country road trip from North Carolina to California and back, filming their adventures and posting updates for their online readers.

The tornado swept through Moore while Ellie and Emily were in Houston, contemplating what they should do to break up the monotony of the drive ahead of them. For the next few days, the radio inundated them with news of the relief effort in the wake of devastation, so when Emily’s mother suggested the women make a stop in Oklahoma City and spend a day volunteering in Moore, the idea was welcomed with enthusiasm.

"We were so glad we had the chance to stop in and do what we could for the little time we had to help the people who were affected," Ellie says in her email. After documenting what turned out to be an emotional day while they volunteered with Serve Moore, they wrote with this thought in mind: "We wanted to share the video with you to show how much the experience touched us. We hope it will raise awareness of the need."

Read more about Ellie and Emily’s experience in their own words and watch their heart touching video at Chasing Pavements Project.

Serve Moore thanks Ellie, Emily, and all the volunteers prompted by many and varied reasons to serve Moore.

Serve Moore, Oklahoma from Chasing Pavements on Vimeo.

Natives of compassion

A common theme is developing as more people gather in Oklahoma to volunteer with ServeMoore. Complete strangers from one end of the nation to the other are happily rubbing elbows as they work under a common cause. Alien to one another, but familiar in the light of grace and selfless kindness. 20130607_160439 Locals serve alongside visitors from Seattle and Ohio; all natives of compassion.

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Volunteers going the distance

Efforts in Moore by notably impassioned and responsive volunteers over the last several weeks have kindled a spark of interest in people from all over the world. Employees of QuiBids recently volunteered with ServeMoore and were moved by the outpouring of support from people who live conveniently near and from others who traveled the distance.

“While there, we met a group of volunteers from Israel,” one employee said. “There were two guys there from Texas, too. Some people just showed up and asked if they could help once they saw us. It was definitely touching to see the hearts of others”

There is a long list of tasks left to be accomplished, which means we will be serving central Oklahoma in cleanup/rebuilding efforts for the foreseeable future. But with such generous and continued volunteer efforts from people near and far, that seemingly endless to-do list will be fulfilled sooner rather than later.

Moore Family Portraits

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As we've helped you clean up the remnants of your homes, we've seen thousands of ruined photos. We'd like to help you start regaining your memories on Father's Day, June 16th. The Austin Stone Story Team is coming in with professional photographers, cameras, and backdrops so that you can have professional photographs created for free. The images will be ready the very next Sunday!

If you've had photos destroyed in the storms, please join us at Frontline South OKC, located at 4501 S. I-35 Service Road, any time between 9am - 1pm. Email info@frontlinechurch.tv with any questions.

Story of God moving in Moore

The following is an email that was sent to stories@servemoore.com email address. A story about Linda Dowling and Madison Park.

… a cool story of the Lord's grace and abundance out of work in Moore. The day started off with flash floods delaying efforts and causing a relatively low turnout of volunteers, about 80-100 from the reported 3000 the day before. It looked pretty grim. Our zone only had 2 people assigned including me, and the other guy had to leave early. We knocked on some doors, handed out some water and sandwiches and I took him back to his car. I circled back around to some of the more damaged areas to see if there was any need for help.

It started with the standard question to Linda Dowling and her husband Pete, “is there anything you need, cleanup, water, sandwiches, etc. Like many others in the area, she was in a sort of mental shock. There’s so much damage most people don’t even know where to begin to start. Her almost automatic response was they really needed nothing and felt fortunate. While she said this, I was taking note of a broken windows and glass storm door, debris piled in their front entry and over her entire yard, and planks of splintered 2x6’s driven through remaining mangled garage door panels into the wall. I suggested a couple of things we could do. She went on to ask for one small thing. She said, “You know Tony, I need to clean the glass out of two front rooms, (dark because they were boarded up) do you have a light or flash light of some sort?” I pulled the boards from the windows to reveal a bigger mess than expected inside. There was a huge amount of work to do. I made a call to Chris at the Serve Moore headquarters for more help. Before I even got off the phone men from Wisconsin came offering water. They joined in the cleanup. Soon after more volunteers arrived, and again as the team Chris sent arrived. As fast as the jobs could be pointed out people were pouring in asking, “What can I do?” Within an hour not only were the Dowling’s garage, entry, home and yard cleared, but their flower beds looked like they were freshly landscaped. Linda was overjoyed gratitude and hope.

Earlier, Linda told me her granddaughter called her after the storm to check on her. Once she knew grandma was safe, the next question was about the condition of her park across the street from grandma’s house. We had our next job!

The existing crew went to work along with more folks from Texas, Duncan and just others who plugged in thru Front Line’s post just looking for ways to help. At the playground, large sheets of metal, plastic parts and wood were wrapped into the equipment. Wood fence panels littered the area. We found the mulch base infused with glass, insulation and other debris. The crew worked hard to clear the entire area of the park and playground removing the top 3-4” of mulch. A call to Minick Materials explaining the situation and the need for new mulch was met with one question, “What’s the address?” The volunteers prepared the playground for the new mulch and moved on to two more houses to clean up. Everyone worked tirelessly until about 7:30 PM when someone asked for the time. The next day Minick dropped 30 cubic yards of mulch at the site. Linda acted as the eyes and ears at the site on day two and stayed in contact. Another call to Chris at Serve Moore and he sent another army of volunteers to finish the park job in short order. Linda sent another message: “The workers are here!”

Linda was kind enough to send more pictures at each step of day two.

What becomes clearly apparent through this is that the volunteers benefit some too through this. Together thru giving and service comes the overwhelming outpouring of God’s grace at work within us and increased hope for everyone involved. This kind of amazing stuff is happening every day in Moore, Shawnee, Newalla and other affected areas.

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A few observations

The following is an email that was sent to stories@servemoore.com email address. These words are the words of Steve Curry

Hi Guys,

I wanted to give you guys an update on my experiences in Moore that last few days. There is a lot going on there that I am not involved with nor am privy to, so this is my very narrow view of what was happening around me.

I emailed you guys earlier telling you that I was in Moore on Wednesday, our first really organized day there. Due to the short notice we expected maybe 200 volunteers and hoped for 500, but 3000 came. Though we were not yet allowed into the really devastated areas, there was still much that we could do and it was awesome to see God's people working together and ministering in Jesus' name.

Yesterday (Saturday) I arrived at the Volunteer headquarters just after 8 am and found that it was already full of people and material. After the first group of workers were sent out, a call went out for anyone who had led a C-group, house church, cell group, bible study, VBS, pretty much anything. We had about ten raise their hands and that became my group. We went to the corner of Janeway Ave. and SW 4th where a tent had been erected, split up into three groups, and the groups went out into Zones 1, 2 & 3 (roughly from SW 4th St. on the north to SW 19th on the south, and from Telephone Rd. on the east to Santa Fe on the west) which encompassed a square mile. This is one of the hardest hit areas and in the middle of that square mile is the spot where Plaza Towers Elementary School had been. Each person in each team had forms which allowed us to record people's addresses, names, and needs. It was also a release form for the City of Moore so work could be done by the volunteers without danger of liability for the city. The beauty of the forms is that it allowed the people on the teams an opportunity to interact with everyone they found at home, discover their needs, and pray with them. It took several hours for the teams to cover the Zones, though in some areas there were no homes left and nothing that could be done. Nearly 13,000 homes are either severely damaged or completely gone, and it is hard to get your head around that number until you see it.

After each team had finished canvassing its zone, the forms were returned to me at the tent and I called for a runner to return the forms to the headquarters. The forms were then quickly sorted, addresses were texted to me, and workers were sent by the busload to me at the tent. The workers were then split up into groups of 10 or 15 and sent them out on foot with an address and description of the projects to be done. A team leader was assigned to each team of workers and we traded phone numbers. Several times during the afternoon one of the team leaders called me with special requests; a chainsaw or a bobcat, ice or water. I was able to call that in to the headquarters and the needed material or tools were dispatched quickly. So it went all day until a storm moved in and we ceased operation about 6 pm.

A few observations:

The release forms were a great idea. No one on any of the teams canvassing the Zones had anyone refuse to pray with them. Repeatedly through the day I heard reports from our people that the victims of the storm just wanted to talk to someone about their experiences. Our guys and gals listened and prayed, and I think that was probably as important or more important than anything else that we did. For me, one of the most impacting things was to see how Father is linking His people together. In our canvassing teams there were two Baptist guys who had driven from Mississippi to help, one lady who had come by herself from near Chicago, two ladies from Victory Church, a mother and her grown daughter from Life Church, and three guys from Frontline. The people that were sent over on the busses to work were black, white, Hispanic, Asian, and a few ethnicities that I could not identify. The people that were set up cooking food right next to our tent at 4th and Janeway own a BBQ restaurant in Texas and had moved their mobile operation to Moore to cook for anyone who needed it. They gave away food to victims, volunteers, anyone who looked hungry and a few who didn't. All in the name of Jesus. There was a long haired sandal-wearing guy walking down the middle of the street carrying a laundry basket full of bottles of water, making sure no one got dehydrated. A doctor and his nurse walked around in the devastated neighborhoods giving tetanus shots to anyone who wanted one. A few of our people got them.

When I was in Moore on Wednesday I got separated from the guys that I came with, so went into a neighborhood and linked up with some Baptist kids from OU. We raked, shoveled, and filled up trash bags together. As we worked I thought about June 6, 1944, D-Day. In the darkness of that early morning thousands of Allied paratroopers parachuted into France, behind the enemy lines. In the darkness, few were able to hit their drop zones accurately and many men found themselves alone, cut off from their platoons. With their little cricket-clickers they began to signal to one another in the night, and slowly an army began to coalesce. However, the men found that as often as not, it was an American GI making a rendezvous with a Canadian, who had earlier found a Brit and a Free Frenchman. But this did not matter as they has a common goal and a common enemy. That is how it is in Moore. We are all seeking to serve Jesus and are doing our work in His name. The minor doctrines that usually divide us are just not that important there.

My prayer is this: Father, help us to serve you and these people well. Help us not to over-promise and under-deliver, as Your church has done for years. Let us do our work with excellence and in a way that reflects your loving kindness to the people of Moore. Amen

I am heading down there again tomorrow morning. Hope to see some of you guys there.

In Him,

Steve

Sheds of Hope sheds hope

While working with ServeMoore.com to help link those who had needs with those who had items/services to donate, I was amazed at some of the situations volunteers have been able to resolve. It often takes clever thinking and resourcefulness to connect the dots. Now, if someone had told me about this effort called Sheds of Hope before I worked with ServeMoore, I wouldn’t have thought much of it.

But then I started reading the horror stories from tornado victims.

“We had some of our things in storage before the tornado. I can see our storage unit and it’s intact, but the storage company said they’re not allowing anyone in for safety reasons... They’re planning to bulldoze our unit on Saturday.”

Now I see how Sheds of Hope offers the perfect solution for families with an immediate need for storage as they begin the process of rebuilding.

Sheds of Hope will be building permanent, on-site storage for tornado victims to use while their homes are being restored/rebuilt. Families will own their sheds outright, meaning they will not pay storage fees and won’t be subject to the whims of a storage company. And since this is all sponsored by The Presbyterian Church of North America’s Mission to North America (MNA) and their partner churches and organizations, the sheds will be built at no cost to the homeowner.

Some families may even be interested in helping to build their own sheds, a positive and proactive endeavor which Sheds of Hope believes will remind them of the hope of The Lord.

Follow this link to read more about Sheds of Hope.

Monday at 3:45

An email that was sent to stories@servemoore.com email address. The follow are the words of Aimee Myers.

On Monday at 3:45, I parked my car behind the Walmart Market on 4th street. Wearing my work shoes and skirt, I stepped out into a thick layer of mud and a fog of chaos. I looked down Eastern Ave and knew I had to walk through emergency vehicles and downed power lines to get to my son's in-home daycare.

I made it further down the street and saw entire blocks of houses shredded; my walk became a run. Not a block beyond this destruction, my little guy sat in a state of blissful ignorance swinging his little feet from a chair on the front porch of a house that stood mostly untouched. His only recognition of my terror was that there was a storm, and it was really hungry. He said he could hear it growling as it ate things outside the house.

I informed him we would have to walk a long ways to get to mommy's car, and it is very dangerous, so he would need to stay very close. I carried him as long as I could, but he was a ball of energy due to his excitement of getting to see all the "good guys" everywhere (police officers).

As I held his tiny 2 year old hand in mine, I wanted to feel joy and gratitude that he was safe. But I was being crushed with the heavy sadness and despair around me. I realized I had his squirmy little body in my arms while jumping over downed power lines together like super heroes, but other parents were experiencing the darkest grief. Other families were still looking for loved ones or walking around in a stupor covered in mud.

For days I had no clue how to process this dark dichotomy of feelings. I was able to kiss all three of my children before bedtime. I hugged them so many times they were sick of me. Every time I slipped into my clean sheets or read a book to my children, I felt sad or guilty.

Friday afternoon I walked into the Serve Moore headquarters. We were put in trailers and worked in homes helping clear debris for families in the same neighborhood I had to walk through to get to my son. I was given a task and a purpose to help victims deal with this darkness. By helping them find the light, I found mine. There were groups of people everywhere eager to help with nothing in return. I looked around and saw God in every face I encountered. God has not left Moore. He was right there in that moment for me, and I knew He never left. - Aimee Myers

From across the pond

Today toward the end of the day an older gentleman walked over to the admin area. He was looking around so I asked if I could help him. He said he was just curious what we were doing. I explained that there were people who were taking information we were getting back about the houses and putting it into spreadsheets, that I was working on emails and social media and still others were answering phone calls.

Then he began to tell me his story.

His name was Brian. He was from Manchester, UK. He explained that he was on his way to Brazil to see a football (what Americans call soccer) match. He said it was cheaper to fly from Manchester to Amsterdam to Detroit to OKC and then fly on to Brazil than flying straight to Brazil.

Before he knew it, air fares had quadrupled and he found himself stranded here. My response was "I am so sorry you can't get where you were wanting to go." But his response was incredible. "This is so much more important. I am not even bothered."

Not only did we have people from all over the states coming to Moore, OK to serve us, people from across the "pond" are here, helping strangers put their lives back together again.

Tools of relief

We saw the tornado rolling in on the news. It hit. We assessed the damage to our Frontline family and then began to serve Moore. As we walked through a devastated city, we knew something had to be done and that a few tools would be handy. Tool one: Prayer. We set aside time to pray together, to pray with victims, to pray with the first responders. On Wednesday, we hosted a citywide prayer gathering where we prayed as the Church. We were also able to raise several thousand dollars for a local church planter, Andrew Burkhart of Love and Justice Church, who lost his house.

Tool two: Availability. We went to the Moore Community Center and said, "what can we do to help?" Over the next few days, we turned into a shoulder that the Red Cross and the City of Moore could lean on to turn out thousands of volunteers to assist in the clean up.

Tool three: Technology. We started using social media right away to tell the story of the relief efforts and IT BLEW UP. We had people from all over the nation from as far north as Alaska offer to help. We took people up on it. We asked for money to buy the necessary tools, we asked for volunteers to wield the tools, we asked for water and food to sustain the workers. Technology made it so easy to gather the resources needed.

Just a day into the relief efforts MIT showed, yeah - that MIT. An online software called http://moore.recovers.org was gifted to us. The City of Moore began using the software too. Basically, it works like this. One person has a need. One person has a solution. We put the call out on Twitter for people to man the website and over 30 people have been trained and have solved so many problems. We've gotten clothing to families in need. Hot food to hungry kids. Even found a grandma with medical issues who was not able to get out of her house (due to age and sickness, not home damage) and was forgotten about by neighbors.

Tool four: You. Yeah, you have been so helpful, so generous. We're very thankful for the many people who have been able to serve on the phones, on the ground, online, and in prayer. This effort is not going to be done overnight. As a matter of fact, we'll probably be having a conversation on how you'll be able to help a year from now, the destruction is just that bad.

We serve a mighty God and the efforts we are seeing are a picture of the perfect world to come, the Kingdom of God. We live in a broken world. A world that is plagued by disasters, both natural and man made. A world that is plagued by death and sickness. A world that is plagued by sin. The brokenness leaves no one untouched. It affects us all, BUT it is calling out for a savior!

During this time, we are pointing people back to the savior, the true hero. Not the person doing the good work, but the hero Jesus who came and died and is bringing recovery and healing to His people and through His people.

My first day at HQ

Today was my first day at HQ. I have been back at the office taking care of other details. When I got to HQ, however, I was so blessed by what I saw. I saw a visible expression of Christians being the body of Christ.

I saw people being the hands and the feet and the mouths and the head. It was absolutely incredible. Each person was operating in their own gifting.

I saw heads making decisions and leading. I saw hands doing. I saw mouths explaining and proclaiming. I saw brains administrating. I saw feet going.

What a beautiful picture of what God called us to.

None of us would be able to do this on ourselves. None of us have enough money or resources or favor with the right people to make a dent in the problem. What is so cool, however, is that when we all bring what we can to the table, it changes things.

When money is brought by many and organizational skills from many more and leadership from some and resources from others and time from yet more still, we find ourselves equipping the problem to bring together a solution.

We are called to be the body of Christ. We are to love our brothers and sisters in such a way that the world knows we are His. My prayer is that this expression of love and sacrifice of those for so many would cause a shift. My prayer is that we wouldn't just be "good people" but that we would be known as Christians who serve and love because we were first served and loved.

Cemetery cleanup

This was an email sent to us about the work that was done at the cemetery on May 22nd. Hi,

My name is Karla. My sister Lisa and I went to the Moore cemetery to volunteer. Both our parents are deceased and buried there. We were looking for our parents monument but we could not find it. There were several turned over where we could not see the name. We were getting concerned because we could not find it. We ran in to Caleb Foster. We asked him if he would help us with a monument. He said that he would but he was told they should not move them. We told him we thought it was our parents. Caleb and a couple of guys came over to help. It was not them. He asked us the name and we told him Padgett. Caleb said that he was just working on that monument. It was knocked over and he took us to it. He and some of the guys helped us put the monument back together. We found the vases and finished working in their area. We cleaned off my dads military foot stone and told Caleb how much we appreciated his assistance. We discussed that my dad had received a Bronze Star in the military.

Caleb was so awesome. He had genuine concern not only for the city and the residence but also for the people that were all around him. Caleb was working hard and talking to the volunteers. He was talking to about The Lord and inviting them to Frontline.

Thank you Caleb! Bless You!