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Baptist volunteers from Oklahoma supply comfort, aid

Columnist Anthony Jordan gives praise for the Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers who serve those traumatized by disaster.
BY ANTHONY JORDAN Published: April 28, 2012

When tragedy strikes, I take great joy in pointing to an army of volunteers who are first on the scene, trained and tireless in meeting the needs of hurting people. I speak of the band of brothers and sisters called Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief. They serve tirelessly, without pay and perform dirty jobs, as well as provide warm meals for those still in shock from the trauma of disaster.

In Woodward, as in place after place across our state, nation and world, those in the bright yellow shirts and hats give themselves away without reserve and pour oil on the troubled waters of people in need. With every meal and every touch, the love of Christ is evident. Their listening ears, comforting hugs and soft prayers bring the presence of God amid tragedy and despair.

I give praise to the Father for the thousands of trained volunteers who serve. Join me in praying for those in Woodward who have lost so much.

Anthony Jordan is executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.