The Rock Assembly church in southwest Oklahoma City served as a command center for emergency services after the May 20 tornado.
For the two weeks following the devastation in the Oklahoma City-Moore areas, about 400 emergency workers utilized the church’s resources and proximity to Oklahoma City’s damaged areas.
“I feel more hope for my country,” said John Gifford, the church’s interim pastor. “We’re not just sitting around waiting on somebody to do something for us. We’re Americans, and people are saying, ‘What can we do to help?’”
Gifford said he was overwhelmed by the response, not just locally, but from across the country.
“We’re all one body, and a body functions better when it acts like there is a brain that connects it all together,” he said.
It also improved relationships among church denominations that came together to provide assistance.
“The storm blew away some walls between denominations,” Gifford said. “It blew away some things that we’ll rebuild, but it blew away some things that we never needed anyway.
“My confidence in American people all over this country is sky high right now.”