When God works in our lives, there's a story to tell. We share these stories to celebrate and remember how the powerful love of Christ changes our world.
In early 2011, a series of tornadoes ripped through the midwestern and southern United States and left entire neighborhoods and towns in rubble. As residents mourned the loss of loved ones and sorted through the remains of their homes and businesses, local churches reached out to help. LifeChurch.tv responded to the devastation through partnerships with churches in Alabama and Missouri, as well as our own locations in Oklahoma.
In Alabama, we worked with Church of the Highlands as well as Convoy of Hope to provide immediate relief with hundreds of thousands of pounds of supplies. We also helped fund the restoration efforts to rebuild local churches in the area.
The tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri, left nearly 40% of the population homeless. We teamed up with IgniteChurch.tv, a Network church that housed volunteers from churches and associations around the country. Two million pounds of food and water were distributed and thousands of volunteers were mobilized to help with the cleanup. We've formed a missional partnership with IgniteChurch.tv to help with ongoing rebuilding and restoration in Joplin.
When tornadoes struck the Oklahoma City area, nearby campuses quickly contacted families who lived in the affected neighborhoods to check on them and ask if we could serve them in any way. We contributed needed supplies, and hundreds of individuals participated in cleanup efforts. Several families have established a team to help residents in one neighborhood with restoration efforts like finding grants, acquiring new housing, and meeting basic needs.
Serving our neighbors near and far was more than a way to provide relief—it was a chance for us to begin restoring hope by expressing God's unending love.