Pillars of Strength Among the Rubble


Moore, OK (May 23, 2013)—In the midst of horrific tragedy, stories of survival, strength and compassion are emerging. The Salvation Army is on the grounds, amongst the chaotic pile of rubble that once were homes and schools. There is no doubt, mourning is taking place in staggering numbers on the streets of Moore, Oklahoma tonight. The Salvation Army, known for its on-site food and hydration services, is quietly serving those who have been deeply affected by the storms with a team of trained stress management persons.

About two hours after the tornado hit, Major Steve Morris, Divisional Commander, was checking on The Salvation Army’s local church members. Upon entering the disaster site, he remembered that a soldier of the Oklahoma City Corps lived in the affected area. Concerned, he made his way to their residence to check on their health and welfare. Upon knowing all were okay, he prayed.

On Wednesday, Emotional and Spiritual Care teams had the opportunity to pray with 604 individuals while making contact with many others. Providing hope and compassion, be it a bottle of water and encouraging smile, or simply an open ear to hear stories of survival, The Salvation Army is a pillar of strength for those whose walls have literally crumbled around them.

Even while volunteers, employees and officers are on the ground in Oklahoma helping both those who are responding and those affected, The Salvation Army leadership is in prayer for all. International Leader of The Salvation Army, General Linda Bond sent the following note to share with her teams in Oklahoma:

“You will know that the Army world will be praying tomorrow, and of course, the people of Moore, Oklahoma will be placed before our Salvationists for prayer. How grateful I am to Salvationists who immediately moved into action and will continue to give the kind of practical service that resonates with the heart of Jesus. We are honoured to be linked with your people. God bless you richly.”

About Salvation Army Texas

The Salvation Army in Texas serves more than 919,500 people and families a year through its 84 local centers of operation. Daily it serves 9,612 hot meals and shelters 2,885 people. For more information please visit our website at www.salvationarmytexas.org or contact your local Salvation Army.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org .