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Oklahoma octogenarians hammer home the value of acting on faith

A group of Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers, including several in their 80s, stays busy volunteering as part of the Nail Benders crew from First Baptist Church of Duncan.
by Carla Hinton Modified: February 21, 2014 at 2:56 pm •  Published: February 22, 2014

Nail Benders are sponsored by their home church and do a lot of work around Duncan, Phillips said. However, he said they don't let distance stop them from aiding those in need, such as the Little Axe tornado victim. The Nail Benders also have traveled to Wyoming, Kentucky, Texas and Mississippi to help.

“We figure we're as good carpenters as they come. We don't back away from anything,” Phillips said.

Vincent said he has had some health issues with his back and had a knee replaced over the years, but he still has been able to pick up a hammer or another tool to aid a needy homeowner.

Vincent said he owned an oil field supply company in Duncan and started working with Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief in 1994, when volunteers were needed in the aftermath of an earthquake that rocked the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles.

Dave Karr, training coordinator for Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief, an affiliate of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, said he's grateful for the Nail Benders' servant leadership and work ethic.

“I'd like to see the younger men work alongside these older men and take advantage of their experience and learn from them,” said Karr, 70, of Norman. “I just thank God for them, and I appreciate that they are available to us.”

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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