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I love the way that God works! It’s not always the same thing over and over. The provision is always there but the way it comes in is different. For example, Search & Rescue Outreach Ministries usually receives donations of money that are used to purchase the food that we prepare each week. However sometimes things are changed up a little. Last week Jerred went to the big box store to get the food for us to bring out in the streets and a man who was also shopping bought everything we needed. Glory!


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Clean Socks

We take clean socks for granted. But when you wear the same socks for a week at a time, clean socks are a luxury. Something as small and as simple as clean socks can bring a broad smile to a weary face. This is one of the ways that doors are opened to ministry. This is how people can see that we really care about them.

People don’t just want to hear that you care about them; they want to see it and feel it. It is the difference between the world around us that makes promise after promise but rarely delivers and the people of God who live and speak what they believe. Follow through makes a bigger statement than your mouth ever can.

If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?

James 2:15-16 (NKJV)

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Bye Bye, July

July’s weather has been pleasant and trying all at the same time. There were so many days with a high temperature only in the eighty’s. This is July in Oklahoma and last summer we didn’t much see a high temperature that wasn’t triple digits. The lower than normal temps were the pleasant part. Our area had quite a bit of rain during July, complete with Severe Thunderstorm Warnings and Flood Warnings. While I welcome the rain to soak the dry and parched ground, the rain is hard on the people that Search & Rescue serves downtown. These are people who are living outside. When it rains, everything they own gets wet. With the humidity, it is usually easier to get rid of the soggy belongings and find replacements.

That is where we come in. Each and every Friday at the end of the feeding downtown we open up the back of the truck and try to meet the people’s clothing needs. The demand for clothing has certainly been higher this month. Search & Rescue has received a large amount of clothing donations in the month of July. All those clothes are going right out into the streets. It is our goal to keep the things that are in greatest demand stocked on the truck each week. We have a wonderful team member, who has such compassion for the people we serve that she makes it her personal mission to scour garage sales and thrifts stores to fill in the gaps. What a blessing, not only to the people downtown but to the Search & Rescue team! I have to say, I love the fact that even if you can’t come to downtown Tulsa on a Friday night and participate in the ministry you can touch the people with your donation.

I am excited for what August will bring us… bye bye, July!

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Top Ten for July

These are the ministry’s top 10 needs for July. These are all things that we give away to people downtown.

  1. Sheets (too hot for blankets but some nights can still be chilly)
  2. Men’s shorts and jeans, waist sizes 32 up to 38
  3. T-shirts size XL and L
  4. Bibles
  5. Travel size toiletries, especially shampoo
  6. Backpacks
  7. Men’s shoes
  8. Socks
  9. Women’s underwear, size 6, 7, 8
  10. Belts

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Top Ten for June

Here are the top ten things that we need on the truck. These are things that we will give away.

  1. Men’s jeans and shorts (waist sizes 30-40)
  2. XL t-shirts and tank tops
  3. Men’s tennis shoes
  4. Socks
  5. Gas card (to get fuel for the food truck)
  6. Men’s underwear
  7. Backpacks and bags
  8. Large Print Bibles
  9. Travel size shampoos and conditioners
  10. Canned food with a pull top

Our list changes depending on what we have available at the time and what the weather is like. We always accept blankets, coats, and winter clothing. This is just how the needs are ranked right now.

{Search & Rescue Outreach Ministries, INC is a 501©(3), non-profit organization and is run by donations. All donations are tax deductible and donors will be issued a receipt.}

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