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Variety

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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Big things

Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.

Zechariah 4:6b


Big things are happening downtown and they are all due to the Spirit of the Lord! Glory! Friday’s update is coming soon!

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Shine Your Light

Do you ever think that what you do doesn’t make a difference? You should never believe that lie. We each have to do our own part whether it seems little or big to us. The result of each person doing their own part is always greater than we could have imagined.


Think of the part you play as one tiny little light. It might not seem like much to you. If you could see what God sees you would see everyone’s lights shining and even though they are miniscule little lights on their own, together they make an impressive display. So don’t be afraid to give if it is just some change. Don’t be afraid to offer just an hour of time to help someone in need. Don’t be afraid that you aren’t making a difference unless you aren’t doing anything at all. Let your light shine.

“You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill can’t be hidden.
People don’t light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before people in such a way that they will see your good actions and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:14-16

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Read All About It!

Last night as we were setting up for everything, a man came up to me. He said, “I read about you all in the newspaper and I wanted to donate a few dollars.” Then he put some money in my hand. I turned around as he walked away. I saw him get into his van. He had stopped at the intersection and just jumped out.

That was so encouraging to me. Knowing that there are others out there that care and want to help us extend a helping hand to those who have fallen through the cracks of society. You can see the article that was in the Tulsa World here.

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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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Encouragement

With Jesus as our high priest, we can feel free to come before God’s throne where there is grace. There we receive mercy and kindness to help us when we need it.

Hebrews 4:16 (ERV)

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Here’s a question

Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard? The LORD is the eternal God, Creator of the earth. He never gets weary or tired; his wisdom cannot be measured.

Isaiah 40:28 (CEV)


This grasshopper is one of God’s creatures. Now think about all of the different kinds of grasshoppers there are. Or maybe think of all of the breeds of dogs. Scientists still do not understand everything about every living thing. God does. He created it all.

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