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May 22, 2013, 1:30 PM

May 22, 2013

This blog comes to you on the heels of the devestating tornado that passed through our beautiful state.  I know men and women everywhere are wondering what they could do to help in a time like this.  Scripture says, "Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this:  to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world." (James 1:27)  We all want to respond, and that is great.  This is our job as children of God.  We should have a desire to help all those who are in distress.  During a time as this, it doesn't matter race, financial status, or religion.  We have a duty to help.  I believe God has instilled this into all of us.  So, how can I help?  The first and most important thing is prayer.  Everyone that has been affected by this tragedy in some way, whether they are victims, volunteers, survivors, families, or whomever, these folks need our prayers.  Ultimately, it is God's healing hands that will give closure to these folks.

Second, we can help by giving items.  There are many ministries involved in relief efforts right now in Moore and surrounding areas.  Three of those ministries that are personal to us here at Folsom are Bridge Builders for the Cross, 1040i, and Arms of Compassion.  These are not ministries that you need to wonder how much of your money is actually going to the affected areas.  John Hewett, director of Arms of Compassion, said earlier that it costs in the neighborhood of $40 per day do run a generator.  I have no idea of the number generators that are on the ground right now, but I do know it is hundreds.  Money is the best thing to give.  The relief workers need supplies.  Refugees need essentials for living.  Churches and organizations throughout the metro area are spending hundreds of dollars per day feeding all of the above.  It is critical you find what is needed and give.  These people who have lost everything do not need the added stress of trying to figure out what they will eat.  I pray as we move through these next several days that we can all become involved in helping God's creation in their time of distress.  May God bless you!

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