The student and adult participants in Moore, Ok, have officially completed day 1 of their work!
Tuesday morning we usually have a Great Send off that includes a massive circle of prayer, and enthusiastic exits as the crews leave the lodging facility for their first day of work. This week was just a bit different. We all gathered in the church parking lot in order to receive directions to a neighborhood about 2 miles from the church that had been completely devastated and leveled by the tornado in May. When we all arrived in the neighborhood, Caitlyn was able to point out at least half a mile of complete destruction left from the path of the F5 tornado. We were able to see where it completely demolished one neighborhood, crossed a main road, and leveled another neighborhood. Plaza Towers Elementary school stood right outside of these two neighborhoods, where now the grounds were bare.
We spent a few minutes in our normal giant circle as Kyle, the worship speaker, lead us in prayer, but then each of the 5 crews split off in different directions to prayer walk as a team. After about 30 minutes of being in these two neighborhoods, several of the crews drove to the grounds of the elementary school. A wire fence has been erected to protect the grounds so that construction will be permitted in the months to come, and on this fence, hundreds of people have come, prayed, and left tshirts, stuffed animals, and letters as a memorial to the fallen teachers and students.
Our five crews made it to their worksites shortly after our prayer walk. We’ve heard story after story of the destruction the homeowners witnessed and the emotional toll it left in their lives, but our students and adults are reviving their spirits-sharing the hope that we have in Christ to brighten their future.
In Isaiah, the Lord has a cherubim touch Isaiah’s lips with a coal from the altar, and He atones Isaiah’s sins. Why? Because shortly after, the Lord says, “Who shall I send, and who will go for us?” Isaiah heeds the call and says, “Here I am, Lord, send me.” The Lord then tells him to go and SAY to these people… God cleansed him, and touched his lips that he might GO and boldly SPEAK the good news of the Messiah.
This week, 67 students and adults acknowledged and accepted that very call. They quit talking about it, and started acting it out. Less talk, Moore walk.
Please be in continual prayer for strength, safety, and boldness. More photos to follow…