Clergy members offer encouragement to Woodward tornado victims

Clergy leaders in Woodward are offering encouragement and tangible help in the aftermath of the storm.
BY CARLA HINTON chinton@opubco.com Published: April 21, 2012
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Hunter, who also serves as lead police chaplain for the police department, said she is encouraging adults to cry if they need to.

“It just blesses my soul to be able to reach out to them.”

Both Hunter and Davis said many Woodward residents are still in shock.

“The devastation was just overwhelming and it happens so fast,” Davis said.

“One woman told me they have already cleared the debris of two homes in her neighborhood that were destroyed by the tornado. It just changes the entire look and feel of your neighborhood.”

Hunter said she predicts the city's clergy and faith community will be called upon in the months ahead to counsel, encourage and come to the aid of citizens reeling from the destruction.

The city, she said, will rally.

“Woodward is an amazing place to live. People just want to help and they will,” Hunter said.

Like Dirks, she said she is sharing the message that the Lord is present in the aftermath of the storm.

“It's going to take some time but God is bigger than all of this. We're going to take this bad storm and make good come from it.”



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