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Visitors encourage peace and joy after Oklahoma storms

Two recent projects, a “Peace Camp” for youths and a benefit concert featuring contemporary Christian recording artist Matthew West, were held to encourage Oklahomans in the aftermath of the May tornadoes.
by Carla Hinton Modified: July 12, 2013 at 5:02 pm •  Published: July 13, 2013

Fedrico said even though attendance at the camp was small, the comfort and support it provided was great, judging from the parents' comments.

“It's important for the children to know that God is with us and to be able to turn to the tried and true word of God in times like these,” she said.

Laughing, sharing

Meanwhile, at Emmaus Baptist Church, 16001 S Western, contemporary Christian recording artist West and his band's lead guitarist, Court Clement, treated about 700 people to an acoustic concert June 28. The Rev. Mike Booth, senior pastor of Emmaus, said West gave the event a personal touch by sharing the stories behind some of his songs. Booth said the crowd was especially thrilled when West performed a humorous song about Oklahoma that he created minutes before going on stage.

“For anybody that was there, it was like they were sitting in his living room with him,” Booth said. “He encouraged people to laugh.”

The pastor said at least one family in the concert crowd lost a family member in the May 20 tornado that struck the Moore area. He said the family members told him they realized they had not laughed since the storm.

“He gave them a little bit of God's word, a little bit of light and a little bit of joy,” Booth said of West.

He said attendees gave as much as they received.

Booth said a love offering collected at the concert, along with a sizable donation from West, will go toward a disaster relief project, chiefly the Furniture Bank of Oklahoma City's efforts to provide home furnishings for storm victims.

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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