The Father’s Emergency Mercy Association
The crash and slash of the tornado season has disrupted normal life. At the same time, it has revealed a normalcy accelerated. Every day congregations extend compassion alongside gospel.
The poor are fed and tended and the mentally struggling cared for by the Jesus House every day. And during storms, they just have to step up the game. We prayed this week during our Wednesday Chaplain’s Hour for this city and all involved.
The Concerned Clergy for Spiritual Renewal stepped up the game and gathered many congregations on Wednesday evening for praise and prayer and giving and hugging and checking in with each other. Every day they coordinate and help in many ways. It was a joyful time and sober focused on a God of answers.
The City Reach efforts of the Gate took a higher purpose and urgency and intensity and extended arms across the nation into OKC with great coordination. It stirred my soul to visit and watch this team become a warehouse exchange for those in need.
Frontline does what Frontline does. What an incredible coordination of hands and feet on the ground they have done facilitating efforts of many churches to be where best impact can help. My son took a day and drug clutter from mud blocked passages to trucks that could haul.
Life Church locations leapt into action.
First Baptist Downtown is moving with alacrity.
Feed The Children interconnects many churches such as Faith Tabernacle in the circle of provision.
Catholic Charities, BGCO, IPHC, Methodist, and on and on the list goes of activated TFEMA.
The Church did not wait for federal funding or Red Cross millions, they just leapt into action. Phone banks and FaceBook exploded with response that is focused on face-to-face assistance.
Will we forget? In a week, will this just be a litany of FB pictures and emotional moments? When the media moves on to the next story, where will we be? Will we have a united thrust or go back to our individual efforts?
There are many daily emergencies that need our attention. Sure, no one can work on all of them. But we can choose can’t we? We don’t have to wait until natural forces of a world struggling under the curse of disconnection with the Father pummel us into showing our love one for another.
Just a thought. What if the Church Intentional began to pick prevention emergency response? Would major disaster be averted instead of intersected? Could we cause the kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven? A few in the city are looking at just that.
The curse of fatherless homes and all the ills that surround seems to be stirring. 111 Project is focusing on foster care from the churches to the community. The Mentoring Project is focusing on teaching men to mentor children needing male role models. The Shepherd Center is focusing on examples and fatherless father training in the hardest hit tragedy census tracts where fatherless homes are 50-80% of the population. Others are moving. Some of these same congregations mentioned above are working to stop an evil before it spreads worse.
Think this way. 40% of our children go to bed without the natural father in the home and 34% without any father in the home. What would you do if 40% of OKC metro was hit by a tornado? It is. It is insidious and gradual instead of a one day blow out. But, it is.
The tornado of Fatherless Homes rips our city apart every day.
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