Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) volunteers were in action responding to the outbreak of tornadoes in Oklahoma in late April and early May.

Oklahoma Baptist DR has been serving in hard-hit areas the state, including Sulphur and Morris. On the morning of May 7, DR volunteers were heading to areas including Barnsdall and Bartlesville to assess damage from devastating tornadoes the evening before.

According to Jason Yarbrough, state director for DR, teams serving have “seen significant fruit” while serving.

“We are trained, prepared and equipped to be able to serve people and communities at this great hour of need, all to demonstrate the love of Jesus,” said Yarbrough. “As we have been able to serve in the areas of debris clean-up, chainsaw work and meal preparation, we are also having Gospel conversations.”

Yarbrough, who said Oklahoma Baptist DR has averaged 170 volunteers serving daily, noted that there have been the following spiritual decisions/results:

  • Three people have made a profession of faith;
  • 40 gospel conversations;
  • 175 ministry contacts;
  • 300 chaplain contacts; and
  • 60 Bible distributed.

In addition to this, Oklahoma Baptist DR has prepared 8,000 meals, offered 300 showers and done 140 loads of laundry. The ministry has received more than 150 requests for assistance across the state, to which they continue to respond.

For ministry updates, or to make a tax-deductible donation to help Oklahoma Baptist DR serve storm victims, visit www.okdisasterhelp.org.