Many are wondering if the OPC will have an organized disaster response effort in Oklahoma. The devastation there is immense, and it seems to have increased in recent days. (I personally experienced the warnings of “severe weather” and “tornado watch” while I was there on Wednesday night…a bit harrowing, indeed!)
In our disaster response efforts, we rely heavily on the local church in leading those efforts. Grace OPC in Norman, just 5-10 miles south of the devastation, is not very big and currently has no deacons. (That’s not to suggest that Pastor Todd Dole and the congregation are not willing to do what they can!) Additionally, we are relieved to find that up until now we do not know of any OPC families who have been directly impacted by the tornadoes, thank the Lord! Thus, we are finding that, in these early weeks post-disaster, there is not a lot that we can do directly as a denomination, besides lifting up these folks in prayer.
We do know of Christian families who lost their homes. Many of these are connected to the Doles via their homeschool co-op. It would be wonderful to be able to minister to them. But at this point, it is simply too early for us to be even able to have much meaningful contact with them.
Grace OPC has been thankful to receive an abundant supply of financial gifts (donations and gift cards) for use in ministering to those who are hurting. For those who desire to have a place to send donations, Grace OPC in Norman is willing to receive such donations. The Committee on Diaconal Ministries is willing to receive funds designated for Tornado Relief, although we are not actively soliciting those at this time.
Please understand that we do want to help and are willing to lead in this effort at the point that we find we are able to do this in a meaningful manner. Please pray that the Lord will guide us in these matters.Payable: Deacons Fund Noted: Tornado Relief Grace OPC 310 N. Findlay Ave Norman, OK 73071 Payable: Orthodox Presbyterian Church Noted: Tornado Relief OPC Administrative Office 607 N. Easton Rd. Bldg E Willow Grove, PA 19090