MADILL—Disaster recovery efforts, which came in the wake of a devastating EF2 tornado that struck southeastern Oklahoma on March 21, will be concluding this week.

Todd Fisher, executive director-treasurer of Oklahoma Baptists, right, prays over Gary Dempsey, director of missions in Johnston-Marshall Association, center, and Cecil Mackey, pastor of Madill, Little City, after presenting Mackey a Disaster Relief check to help Little City

Don Williams, Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) director, said teams will complete their work today, Thursday, March 31, having served homeowners in the area, helping churches and communities affected by the storm.

“DR teams will be departing Madill, First on Thursday morning to return home,” Williams said, referring to Madill, First as DR’s incident command station. “In our response, we helped 40 homeowners with property damage. We provided Madill, Little City with about 500 meals to feed their community. We made 200-plus chaplain contacts. Because of the generosity of Oklahoma Baptists, we provided financial assistance to Kingston, Texoma Southern; Madill, Little City; and six church members that will aid them in paying their insurance deductibles to move forward.”

Fisher presented a check to Pastor Keith Rogers of Kingston, Texoma Southern, center, for tornado recovery. Dempsey and Joe Ligon, Oklahoma Baptists senior associate executive director, were at the presentation.

Williams expressed gratitude to Gary Dempsey, director of missions in Johnston-Marshall Association.

“Gary Dempsey was a great help to our teams,” he said. “More than 40 Oklahoma Baptist churches from around the state were represented in DR’s response, and we are grateful the Lord provided so many to serve.”

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“We are coming alongside the churches and communities to help them move forward,” Williams added. “We do this to show we care and to share the love of Jesus.”