Storm after storm ‘bordering on absurd,’ pastor says

Storm damage in Texas. (Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery photo)

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NORMAN, Okla. (BNG)—Oklahoma Pastor Mitch Randall views the tornados, hailstorms and floods that have hammered the region as almost surreal.

mitch randall130Mitch Randall“It’s been one crazy May,” said Randall, pastor of NorthHaven Church, a Baptist General Convention of Texas-affiliated congregation in Norman, Okla.

A tornado hit NorthHaven in early May, causing minor damage. An additional 24 inches of rain followed, and it caused flooding in Norman homes and businesses. 

Mitchell and many others he knows need new roofs after recent hailstorms.

“It really is bordering on absurd right now,” he said.

Perhaps the worst happened over the Memorial Day weekend when 17 people were reported killed in Texas and Oklahoma.

northhaven roofdamage425Roof damage at NorthHaven Church in Norman, Okla., after a tornado struck the building. (Photo: Mitch Randall)But storm victims in Texas and Oklahoma aren’t going it alone.

CBF Disaster Response is coordinating the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s response through its stage organizations in those states, said Tommy Deal, CBF disaster response director.

Deal has contacted partners through the North American Baptist Fellowship Disaster Response Network, and with Texas Baptist Men and with Texas Baptists’ Disaster Response office.

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“Each of these is in the process of ascertaining what areas have been affected, what the immediate and long-term needs are, and what churches are doing which we may come alongside and help,” Deal said.

He also issued a call for donations—along with a plea against individuals or churches responding without registering with relief organizers first.

“Please, do not self-deploy nor collect items to send/deliver that have not been asked for,” Deal said. “Our partners on the ground will know what is needed and will let us know.”

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