Back Oklahoma Mission Journey Diary: Day 3
July 11th, 2013
By Kaylan Christopher, Staff Writer
TUESDAY, JULY 2
Starting off extra early in the morning, the team checked in with ServeMoore, a local disaster relief organization. We were assigned to clear out a drainage ditch for the city of Moore, the first team ever sent to this area.
Not sure what to expect, we found was possessions, memories, and other random items from a nearby subdivision scattered throughout it.
Geared with rakes, shovels, chainsaws, work gloves, goggles, and lots of sunscreen, the team worked for hours to clear out the debris—opening up a clean path.
We ran across prom pictures, shoes, furniture, DVDs, electronics, quarters and butter knives stuck in trees—and a few spiders and snakes along the way. Evidence of people's lives were strewn everywhere by the deadly storm.
Imagine if all you owned was ripped away from you, either completely destroyed or littered somewhere around Nashville. As believers, if we were to lose it all, there's good news in bad times—we'd still have Jesus. That puts things into perspective, doesn't it? That's what we wanted those in Moore to know too.
It's amazing what can happen in a group of believers when they work toward the same cause. Some of us had only known each other for a few days, but it only took a few hours for hearts and minds become united under the banner of Jesus and what He'd called us to do.
The work was backbreaking. The sun beat down. There was too much to do in too little time. But within a matter of three days, Moore was a better place, we became more like Jesus, and He was lifted high. That's what matters most. That's why we came.
Want to read more from the Oklahoma Mission Journey?
Oklahoma Mission Journey Diary: Day 1
Oklahoma Mission Journey Diary: Day 2