Lifting Oklahoma tornado victims up in prayer


Local churches, clergy come together Wednesday for special service at Tubman-King


Even though they didn’t know the victims, clergy and members of Daytona Beach’s Black churches gathered Wednesday to offer up prayers for those affected by the massive tornado in Oklahoma.

Daytonans pray at Tubman-King Community Church on Wednesday for the victims of the tornado that devastated Moore, Okla.(ANDREAS BUTLER/DAYTONA TIMES)

Daytonans pray at Tubman-King Community Church on Wednesday for the victims of the tornado that devastated Moore, Okla.

A prayer service, organized by the Daytona Beach Black Clergy Alliance, was held at Tubman-King Community Church at noon.

“Our special events coordinator, Rev. Monzell Ford, thought it would be appropriate that the clergy do a memorial in support of those devastated in Oklahoma. We got the word out and came out to lift up in prayer. We can’t be there, but we can pray for them,” said the Rev. Dr. Ronald L. Durham, pastor of Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.

On Monday, a tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., killing 29 people including nine children. The storm also injured 240 other people and 2,400 homes were damaged in the cities of Moore and Oklahoma City.

Reports on Wednesday indicate that about 10,000 people have been displaced because of the tornado.

The tornado was 1.3 miles long and had winds ranging from 200 to 210 mph, which would make it a category EF5 storm – the most powerful of its kind.

‘Could have happened here’
“Prayer is the key that unlocks relief for those affected by the storm.

We pray that these prayers reach those families and neighborhoods.

Although this happened in Oklahoma, we are all one community. This could have happened here,” said Durham.

Prayers at the Daytona Beach service went up for the first responders, children, government officials, communities impacted by the disaster, families of those who died and were injured, volunteers and victims.

Pastors who are members of the Black Clergy Alliance and a few others from the area led the prayers.

Offering to help victims
The organizers said they accomplished their goal.

“I think that the prayers were spirit-filled and focused. I think that we accomplished what we aimed to do. We wanted to lift up prayer for the victims of the storms as well as draw our community together,’’ commented Bishop John T. Long of Tubman-King.

“We are familiar with storms. We have had hurricanes here in the past. We asked for prayer, now we pray for others.’’

An offering also was taken up for those affected by the tornado. Those funds will go to the American Red Cross to help with relief efforts.
Rain may have had an effect on the turnout on Wednesday. It also was held during the lunch hour.

Despite the rain and the short notice planning the event – it was organized in 24 hours – Durham and others were pleased with the participation. About 40 people attended the prayer service.

“This is the mission of the church. We are here to help people in ministry. If we don’t come together, are we living up to the mandate and charge that we have been giving as servants of God,’’ Durham asked. “This is a natural byproduct of what we do on a day-to-day basis in our churches.’’

2 Responses to Lifting Oklahoma tornado victims up in prayer

  1. Kaleigh Kubiak

    Dear all familys of the victems,

    I just wanted to tell you that yall are in my prayers, and somtimes i take life for granted but now like that sure made me think real hard how fast life could be taken from some one and i just hope to the good lord that yall are ok and as long as yall are still giving and listening to gods word Yall Are sure to make it!

    <3- Kaleigh Kubiak
    Diboll Texas, 75941

  2. Father in Heaven,

    Families were torn apart this past week when a tornado ripped through their homes and devastated their lives.

    Parents lost children. I can’t imagine the sorrow and pain they face now, but you know, and you care.

    Lord, bring them comfort.

    Help them to know their children are your children too, and that you hold them in your arms, safe and secure in a place where there is no more sorrow or fear.

    These same parents are having to now rebuild their homes, and their lives. Be their foundation as they build. Be their cornerstone, and their strong tower.

    And as they rebuild, let them find rest and hope beneath the shadow of your wing.

    Children lost parents. From one day to the next, their world has become a frightening and unsure place.

    Father, they are your children, and you care for them like no other. Give them comfort and draw them near.

    Let angels be at their side, so close they can feel them and know they are not alone.

    As they try to make sense of their world, let them see through your eyes, and help them know there is a home beyond this one, a forever home, where they will be together again.

    Pour grace, hope, and love into each life affected by this tragedy as only you can. Grace that grows greater and stronger than the deepest sorrow. Hope that sees beyond the rubble of today. And love, your love, that lasts forever. It goes beyond the temporary separation of death by entwining each life with your golden strands of love that will never be severed or broken.

    In the name of Jesus, who took time for the children and said that the Father’s kingdom is made up of ones like them, be with your children — young and old — and help them find hope and healing in your arms.


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