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#HelpMoore

Our digital community is incredible. Many have begun to show support for Oklahoma survivors by posting their own creative use of #HelpMoore to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. We’ve put together a downloadable graphic to get you in on spreading help and hope.

Save the image to your mobile device, have a friend take your photo showing your support and post to your favorite photo sharing community with a message like:

“I’m doing what I can to #HelpMoore. Will you join @convoyofhope and I in showing our support for tornado survivors in Oklahoma? Get your #HelpMoore graphic at: convoy.org/helpmoore”

Download 8.5×11″ Poster
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Go #HelpMoore.

Check back as we’ll be updating this post with some of your posts.

 

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Jeremy Denief, a videographer at Convoy of Hope is selling his car and riding his fixed-gear bike to work for a personal documentary. Jeremy Denief, a videographer at Convoy of Hope is selling his car and riding his fixed-gear bike to work for a personal documentary.

Bike to Work Day

My quadriceps just reminded me of something. Today is National Bike to Work Day and to celebrate, a co-worker invited me to join him for his ride in this morning.  Jeremy Denief, a videographer for Convoy of Hope, put his car up for sale and is riding his bike everywhere for the next six months as part of a documentary he’s filming. What’s film-worthy in America is normal practice in Japan where Convoy of Hope has distributed 600 bikes to survivors of the 2011 tsunami.

This morning’s ride brings to mind several conversations with tsunami survivors in Japan last month where riding a bicycle to work is just as much of a cultural norm as fish for breakfast. Upon arriving at the relief center that Convoy of Hope helped build in Higashimatsushima I met a husband and wife who stopped in for tea. I learned quickly that they had only survived the massive tsunami because of a decision to leave their earthquake damaged home and check on their daughter. After the tsunami wiped out their home and belongings they were very grateful for Convoy of Hope’s help with food and relief supplies. When I asked what was most helpful I honestly expected to hear about food and water but their answer surprised me. “We each received a bike” the woman explained, “it helped us to get going and to find a job.”

Her answer brought images to mind of all of the bikes I had seen riding about in Narita, Tokyo and Sendai the days prior. Later I asked Pastor Ito, who oversees the center, about her answer. He explained that for many Japanese, their bikes are their cars, and to have a bike is to be able to live a healthy and productive life. Suddenly, 600 bikes takes on a whole new meaning for me. That’s not 600 people riding to the park a few weekends or 600 people riding to work once a year, that’s 600 people empowered to restart their life after a devastating disaster.

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Convoy of Hope helped rebuild this home that was destroyed the the EF5 Joplin tornado. Convoy of Hope helped rebuild this home that was destroyed the the EF5 Joplin tornado.

Joplin is Rising Up

Today, Convoy of Hope photographer Jeremy Denief and I had the opportunity to make the 75 mile trek from Springfield to Joplin, Mo., as the city prepares to commemorate the two-year anniversary of the devastating tornado that struck on May 22, 2011. Where there once was a path of destruction left by the tornado, businesses and neighborhoods are rising up.

Among the reconstructed houses are 10 homes built (2 more on the way) by Convoy of Hope and our partners. We were able to spend good time visiting with a couple of the homeowners and they shared their gratitude for how Convoy of Hope has impacted their lives. We’ve been working in Joplin since the day the tornado hit and we’ve been documenting these homes since they were nothing but cleared lots. It’s nothing short of moving to stand in the newly built living room of thankful homeowner Doug as he thumbs through photos of what was his destroyed home.

As the two-year anniversary gets closer we will share more stories and photos and video right here at The Hope Supply.

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