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A Shared Experience: Joplin / Moore

Yesterday, we made our way into the heart of the destructive path the Moore tornado left in its wake. Even if you’ve seen damage from an EF5 tornado, it’s still very unsettling. Where the damage was most significant, we walked upon cars that were crushed by the winds like they were aluminum cans and found slabs of concrete where homes once stood.

Talking with survivors, volunteers and even our own Disaster Response Team — one question kept coming up — “Is this like it was in Joplin?” The comparisons to the May 22, 2011 Joplin tornado are certainly warranted and undoubtedly timely.

It was two years ago today that the EF5 tornado plowed through the heart of Joplin, destroying thousands of structures and taking more than 160 lives. Just like the current response in Moore, we were in Joplin within hours lending a helping hand to the people there so it’s hard not to think of Joplin as we assist Moore in the recovery process.

Two years and 225 miles apart, the Joplin and Moore tornadoes will be forever linked by circumstance. But they will also forever be linked by Convoy of Hope and the gracious people who have joined us to help these communities in their times of need. What incredible shared experiences we can all be a part of.

 

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Click the image to download this graphic. Click the image to download this graphic.

#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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