Oklahoma Church Helps Feed over 50,000 Families in Need
A church in Oklahoma has helped to feed over 50,000 families who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
According to CBN News, Victory Church in Tulsa partnered with small businesses in the area to feed the families.
“Thousands fed, hundreds saved, THIS IS A MOVE!!!” Victory Church Pastor Paul Daugherty wrote on Twitter. God is turning what the enemy meant for evil into something good in Tulsa- so many praise reports coming in! HUGE SHOUT OUT to the DREAM TEAM that’s been rotating in serving our city during this time.
“Thank u to everyone who’s donated to help these meals and groceries happen!”
Daugherty said many of the small businesses the church is working with sacrificed their salary to pay for the groceries.
"And 53,000 hot meals and groceries to people who are laid off from work or reduced in their hours," Daugherty explained. "They’re saying 'if you guys weren’t open, we don’t know where we would go right now.’”
Victory Church is offering drive-in church services on the weekends with Daugherty preaching from the church’s rooftop.
"The mission of our church and every church is: love God, love people, and desperate times call for desperate measures," he said. "We started doing our drive-in services and started seeing so many unchurched people come on our parking lot in desperation and they are getting help and they're getting hope."
The church was able to receive permission from local and state governments to operate despite the restrictions set in place because of the pandemic.
"I called our mayor, chief of police and the governor and said we are helping thousands of people and I think you don't want to stop this. They said, 'you're absolutely right...you guys are an essential business and what you're doing for the poor in our city is what our world needs right now,'" he said.
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