Working in Oklahoma After Storms; Finishing Well in Texas

June 27, 2023 • United States
Samaritan's Purse volunteers are hard at work in Tulsa County, Oklahoma.

Samaritan’s Purse volunteer teams are providing relief in Jesus’ Name after storms ripped through Tulsa County, Oklahoma. We also just wrapped up disaster relief work in Perryton, Texas.

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Heavy hail and violent winds wreaked havoc on the Tulsa, Oklahoma, area, leaving hundreds of neighborhoods without power and thousands of homeowners with looming questions on what is next.

In the wake of this disaster, Samaritan’s Purse volunteers and support staff are on the ground providing relief to those most in need through home repairs and debris cleanup. So far, we’ve had more than 50 volunteers work alongside local church partners to clean up fallen trees and tarp damaged roofs while proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

For a storm that received little media attention in an area that has at times felt overlooked, God is working to restore this community physically and spiritually. Scores of work orders remain, so please consider coming out to help as the hands and feet of Jesus in Oklahoma.

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As the work in Tulsa continues, pray for our volunteer teams, for local churches, and for spiritual revival in this hurting place.

Perryton Deployment Results in Changed Lives

We thank God for the amazing things He did through Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Perryton, Texas. In just under two weeks, 41 people put their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, with 19 decisions for Christ coming in the first few days.

Samaritan’s Purse responded swiftly and effectively to the deadly EF3 twister, having boots on the ground in less than 24 hours. Over the deployment, which concluded on June 26, we fielded more than 120 volunteers, completing 41 home repairs and cleanup projects.

As volunteers worked under the Texas sun one morning, they began to sing “Amazing Grace” from the rooftops. As the classic hymn echoed through the town, homeowners cautiously walked out of their front doors, perplexed yet curious about where the melody was coming from. Tarping a roof in 90-degree weather did not stop the Samaritan’s Purse volunteers from singing the wonders of God. Just as the tarp covers the damaged roof of the home, the amazing grace of God restores the damaged heart of every believing soul. Because of God’s faithfulness and through the selflessness of our volunteers, the Gospel of Jesus Christ has taken root in Perryton.

We praise God for the tremendous work He has done in such a short time. Continue to pray for volunteers and homeowners alike as Samaritan’s Purse wraps up its work in the Texas Panhandle.

  • The blue tarp printed with the Samaritan's Purse logo serves as a physical repair to damaged roofs and a visual reminder of God's faithfulness.
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