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Pastor Finds Son But Loses Two Of His Flock In Tornado


 

Pastor D.A. Bennett with his wife Robin and children Jonathan, Garrett and Charis. (saokc.org)St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City served as a shelter during the devastating tornado.

Students from the nearby high schools, which were on lockdown during the storm, were bused to the church after the storm passed.

“And I will say I was really glad for that because my son was one of those students,” the church’s pastor D.A. Bennett told Here & Now.

Although Bennett’s church helped reunite families, he received a call that a mother who attended his church, and her five-month-old baby, were among those who died while sheltering in a 7-Eleven convenience store.

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What the Bible Teaches us About Tragedy

What Can We Learn When Trials Beyond Our Control Hit Hard

The walk of a believer is often fraught with trials and tribulations leading to both defeat and victory. Life’s tragedies, your personal 9/11’s come into our lives seemingly in waves as we face obstacles, which both challenge our confidence and test our faith. Time stood still as the towers fell on that fateful day on September 11, 2001 and lives all over the world were changed forever and the world as we knew it would never be the same. It is only by the power of an almighty God that we are to persevere.

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Oklahoma Tornado Rips City Leaving At Least 91 Dead; Christian Relief Groups Move In

 

 

By Alex Murashko , Christian Post Reporter

May 21, 2013|6:45 am

As darkness fell on the tornado-ripped community of Moore, Okla., and the severely damaged areas surrounding Oklahoma City on Monday, at least 91 people, including children, were reported dead as the search for survivors continued. Many undamaged and secure structures, such as churches, served as emergency shelters for those whose homes were destroyed as the result of the 200 mph winds. Government-funded disaster relief teams were joined by faith-based organizations, some already mobilized from previous disaster efforts, for immediate action.

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Survivors pulled from Oklahoma tornado debris as toll lowered

(Reuters) - Emergency workers pulled more than 100 survivors from the rubble of homes, schools and a hospital in an Oklahoma town hit by a powerful tornado, and officials on Tuesday sharply lowered the number of deaths caused by the storm.

The 2-mile (3-km) wide tornado tore through Moore outside Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon, trapping victims beneath the rubble.

Seven children died at Plaza Towers Elementary School, which took a direct hit, but many more survived unhurt.

"They literally were lifting walls up and kids were coming out," Oklahoma State Police Sergeant Jeremy Lewis said. "They pulled kids out from under cinder blocks without a scratch on them."

Read more: Survivors pulled from Oklahoma tornado debris as toll lowered

Who is Saeed Abedini?

 

Pastor Saeed Abedini is a United States citizen from Boise, Idaho, who has been imprisoned for 223 days in Iran for “crimes against the Islamic Republic,” meaning sharing his Christian faith. Despite internal bleeding and other untreated injuries caused by months of beatings and torture, he is refused medical care and kept in solitary confinement, described by his wife as a “small dark hole.” Today is his 33rd birthday.

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