Almost 150 volunteers leave for Oklahoma on Sunday, to help with tornado relief.
The plan to go was made after the devastation in Moore, Oklahoma, but the several tornadoes in the week after, in the Oklahoma City area, Abundant Life Christian Center's manager of missions and outreach, Mark Haywood, told us that volunteers from here will probably also be deployed to oter communities.
The mission, however, remains the same: to help people who've 'lost everything' try to salvate some of their personal valuables (including pictures and papers) from the wreckage, and to help them start to rebuild. Volunteers from here will be doing basic digging work, while offering what comfort they can.
Abundant Life, in East Syracuse, is spearheading the effort, but is being joined by volunteers from several Central NY churches: Southern Tier Family Life Church of Binghamton; River of Life Church Syracuse, NY; Church On The Rock of Oneida; Syracuse Salt of the Earth Ministries; and Peoples AME Zion Church of Syracuse.
After Sunday's extended service, the volunteers will board buses, to arrive in Oklahoma tomorrow. They'll work for a week, arriving back here next Sunday.