Hayes said he toured some of the storm-ravaged areas in Moore and Shawnee and quickly realized that the church must be prepared to provide long-term assistance to individuals and families who lost their homes.
“I talked to residents and prayed with them. Really, television and pictures doesn't do it justice — so many people lost everything,” he said.
“I've told my people that this is a marathon. It is not a sprint. It's going to take some time for us to get people back on their feet. We are here to help them for the long run.”