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Preaching relief

Gazette staff December 4th, 2013

Oklahoma Baptists have been preaching the good word for decades, but they’ve also done more than talk.

The state Baptist General Convention recently celebrated 40 years of its disaster-relief program that has assisted people from coast to coast in almost every type of tragedy, including hurricanes, floods, wildfires and tornadoes.

In 2013, disaster-relief volunteers were spread thin as they helped clean up flooded homes in Colorado, provided assistance to superstorm Sandy victims on the East Coast and were on the scene when tornadoes devastated central Oklahoma in May.

The last group of Oklahoma volunteers helping Colorado flood victims returned to the state Nov. 7.

Rotating teams of volunteers put in 10,097 hours to gut 520 homes.

This is evidence that some folks pay attention to the preacher’s words instead of falling asleep during church service.

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