SF Church Helps In Oklahoma
by Brian Kirk, Meteorologist/Reporter
June 12, 2013 6:05 PM
A little less than a month ago Moore, Oklahoma was the site of a unprescedented tornado; more than two miles wide and winds estimated at nearly 300 miles per hour. It's power captivated the nation. Just the previous day, a smaller town just south-east of Moore named Little Axe, had been trying to recover from their own devastating experience with a tornado.
On May 19th, a powerful tornado ripped through the small community and claimed two lives and destroyed over eighty homes. The next day while the clean up began and the community was grieving, another tornado hit the suburbs of Oklahoma City. First responders left the town of Little Axe in order to give assistance to the north.
That left jobs undone, and the work began to be too much for the residents of the small town. That's when word spread to 'the ransom church' in Sioux Falls. Immediately they gathered tools, machinery, and trailers and drove 12 hours south to help out the residents of Little Axe. Greg Noteboom ,a sound engineer from the church, traveled with his wife and the group, they found themselves in the middle of the devastation, and of the hope.
One group of neighbors told Greg and the volunteers the story about how 16 people and 4 dogs squeezed themselves into a bunker-style storm shelter that was only designed to hold 4 adults.
"They were in there for over an hour as the storm carried on above them rattling their steel door, we went in for two minutes and felt enclosed, and that 'get me out of here' feeling"
The church says it's really easy to put things into perspective when you are trying to help families who have lost everything.