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Oklahoma faith groups continue aid to fire victims

Baptists, United Methodists and other faith groups are offering aid and support to Oklahoma wildfire victims.
by Carla Hinton Published: August 11, 2012

Several faith groups continue to reach out to victims of recent Oklahoma wildfires.

Southern Baptists have continued their efforts through the Oklahoma Disaster Relief teams that have been providing ash clean up, meals and other assistance.

“Our feeding units have been serving victims of the fires and volunteers during this critical time, and we have a massive ash clean up plan in place,” Sam Porter, disaster relief director for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, said.

Porter said Oklahoma Baptist disaster relief volunteers have been assisting wildfire victims in other states such as Colorado and New Mexico and now have turned their attention to their own the state.

“Our people have a heart for disaster relief ministry,” he said. “Through volunteering and giving, we show the love of God to people in their greatest hour of need.”

Porter said an Oklahoma Wildfire Relief fund has been established through the Baptist convention.

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma

• To donate to the Baptist convention's nonprofit disaster relief ministry, go to the donation link at or mail tax-deductible gifts to Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, Attn: Oklahoma Wildfire Relief, 3800 N May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112.

Oklahoma United Methodist Conference

• The Oklahoma United Methodist Conference is collecting funds to purchase school supplies for Oklahoma victims who lost their supplies to wildfires. United Methodists are asked to send monetary gifts through their church, to the conference's Volunteers in Mission office or directly to the conference treasurer's office at 1501 NW 24, Oklahoma City, OK 73106.

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