Samaritan's Purse Responds After Oklahoma Tornadoes

May 9, 2022 • United States

Teams are on the ground in Seminole, Oklahoma, to help homeowners in Jesus' Name. We are also responding in Rockingham County, North Carolina.

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Samaritan’s Purse has deployed to Oklahoma, where severe storms on May 4 spawned numerous destructive tornadoes. A twister ripped through Seminole and damaged as many as 100 homes.

Disaster Relief Unit #5—a tractor trailer filled with relief supplies and equipment—was deployed May 6 from our Southwest Ministry Center in Coppell, Texas.

Our teams are on the ground working with local officials, emergency management, and church partners to assess needs. We have established a base of operations at our host church, Immanuel Fellowship Church in Seminole, and volunteers have been sent out to serve in the community.


Teams are working in Jesus’ Name, assisting homeowners in clearing trees and debris from yards, patching damaged roofs, and helping with other clean up. Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains are also there to provide spiritual support and encouragement to hurting homeowners.

An additional deployment is now underway in Rockingham County, North Carolina, where a May 6 tornado caused varying degrees of damage to about 100 homes. This is a day-volunteer-only response (start date: May 9), and our host church is Fairview Baptist in Reidsville.


As we help these suffering families pick up the pieces of their lives, please pray that our work there would help them know they’re not alone. Pray also that many would experience the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as we demonstrate God’s love for them in word and in deed.

Note: This article was originally published on May 6 and has been updated on May 9.

U.S. Disaster Relief Samaritan's Purse mobilizes and equips thousands of disaster relief volunteers to provide emergency aid to U.S. victims of wildfires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. In the aftermath of major storms, we often stay behind to rebuild houses for people with nowhere else to turn for help.

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