Student disaster recovery responds to Tulsa tornadoes


In response to Wednesday night's tornadoes that brought devastation to many homes and families in Tulsa, Oklahoma, BOUNCE Student Disaster Recovery has announced a mission opportunity for students to help the city in its road to recovery.

Reports from CNN reveal the storms took one life, left dozens injured across the state and caused massive devastation in the Tulsa area and some damage in other cities including Moore, which is still in recovery from the catastrophic 2013 tornadoes.

As a branch of Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR), BOUNCE provides the opportunity for student ministries to help communities bounce back from devastation. Damage assessment has begun in Tulsa, and David Scott, director of BOUNCE, said he is working on coordinating student lodging and project assignments for the summer mission trip, which will take place July 27 to Aug. 1.

"We have a number of long-term ministry relationships in Oklahoma, both in Moore and Tulsa," Scott explained. " As we rolled out our summer schedule, we knew we were returning to Moore (July 13-18). We designated Mission 7 (July 27-Aug. 1) as a disaster response week in the event something happened, so we are ready to go. We have already had student ministers who are interested in Mission 7 in Tulsa, and Mission 5 in Moore."

In addition to Tulsa and Moore, BOUNCE is mobilizing students to five other locations throughout the summer. For more information on BOUNCE summer opportuntiies, visit texasbaptists.org/bounce.

"We look forward to mobilizing students into these communities to serve our neighbors in their recovery efforts," Scott said.

TBDR has been mobilizing volunteers of all ages to Moore and Shawnee, Oklahoma since June 2013. Church groups and individuals have helped clean up debris, work in donation centers, and rebuild homes. In coming weeks, they will also be assessing damage in Tulsa and coordinating trips for church groups and families.

How can you help?

  • Consider signing up your student ministry for one of the seven BOUNCE mission opportunities this summer.
  • Sign up for TBDR's volunteer corps for information on upcoming volunteer opportunities in disaster-affected areas like Moore and Tulsa.
  • Donate funds to help provide food, building materials, or other needed supplies to help families impacted by disaster.
  • Pray for those affected by the disasters and for God's light to shine bright through TBDR volunteers as they serve others and display Christ's love.
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