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4-18-12 Adventists Reach Out Following Tornado in Woodward, Oklahoma
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By Pat Humphrey, Record editor
Southwestern Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
 
Adventists in the Woodward, Okla., area are making a difference,
 
  Rick Mercer, pastor of the Woodward church, visits with victims of the tornado in what was once the Hide-Away Trailer Park. Photo by James Bokovoy.
 following a tornado that killed five people and destroyed 89 homes and 13 businesses on Sunday, April 15, shortly after midnight. A couple, Bob and Mary Huff, who are members of the Woodward Seventh-day Adventist Church, hearing the warning of inclement wearer, debated whether or not they should report for work at Walmart on Saturday night. After some discussion, they decided to head for work,and when they returned home the next morning, discovered that their mobile home had been destroyed. The trailer had landed approximately 75 yards away from its original location.
 
   
  What was once a carpet store
in Woodward, Okla., is now rubble.
Photo by James Bokovoy.
 

In the aftermath of the storm, Jim Landelius and James Bokovoy, pastors in the Oklahoma Conference, along with Randy Mercer, pastor of the Woodward church, have been helping to sort through the debris at Hide-Away Trailer Park, where the Huffs lived. Three neighbors of the couple, a man and two children, who also lived in the same trailer park, were among those who lost their lives in the storm.
 
A bright spot among some very dark moments for the Huffs was when James Bokovoy discovered Mary's wedding dress among the rubble. Also, their pastor, Rick Mercer, happened upon a page from the Bible study lessons that he had used to study with the Huffs prior to their baptism.
 
   
  Very little remains of the trailer homes of Hide-Away Trailer Park. Photo by James Bokovoy.  
Shortly after the storm, Rick Mercer visited the local shelter where storm victims were housed to encourage the residents and to pray with those who requested prayer. Adventist Community Services is working with VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) to locate a place to set up a distribution center in Woodward. Native American Ministries of Oklahoma is also donating $10,000 to help to continue with feeding efforts after other local agencies have completed their work.
 
Please continue to check the Southwestern Union Web site and Facebook page for updates and information on ways you can help with the relief efforts.
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