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Young Adults From Bryan Church Make Mission Trip To Moore, OK


MOORE, Oklahoma Wreckage still lines the streets of Moore, Oklahoma nearly three months after a deadly tornado there.

And people across the country are doing what they can to assist with the cleanup efforts.

This past weekend young adults from Bryan-College Station headed there to help.

A group from First United Methodist Church in Bryan made a difference for a day.

They are images still beyond belief the first time you see the devastation here in Moore, Oklahoma.

An EF-5 Tornado with winds upwards of 210 miles an hour devastated the Oklahoma City suburb May 20th killing 25 and injuring some 377 people.

But help continues to come.

On Saturday 12 young adults from First United Methodist Church in Bryan spent the day helping their friends in the Sooner State.

Myriah Johnson of Bryan grew up in Oklahoma and organized the trip.

"We all prayed about it and knew this was something that we really wanted to do was come up here," said Johnson.

Here in Moore the damage could end up costing over $2 billion. Nearly three months after the tornado debris still litters entire neighborhoods like this one. FEMA's deadline for picking up all this trash is this week.

Douglas Burdette lives across the street from where the Texas team was working.

"This window got hit with something right here and just literally exploded into the house," said Burdette who lives on the Oklahoma City dividing line with Moore.

His daughter who is a substitute teacher and granddaughter survived the destruction at Briarwood Elementary a short distance away.

He says because of prayers.

"There was a lot of injuries at the school but they all survived it. Just a total miracle," he added.

Meanwhile church members like Young Adult Minister John Wayne McMann worked at two sites leaving only slabs as signs homes once stood here.

"You see an event like this and you can't help take notice and be moved by it," McMann said as he worked.

The reminders remain as the city even tested the tornado sirens during our time here.

"We're going to stay right here and keeping on going rebuilding and see new neighbors come in," said Douglas Burdette.

Hope on the horizon with hands here to help.

Residents say church groups from many other states have also been coming to help.

Disaster responders say the volunteer workers helping cleanup are saving homeowners upwards of $10,000 at these sites as some insurance plans don't cover demolition.


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