MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – Right now, many churches are offering food, clothing and shelter to those affected by the May 20 tornado.
Church members are usually the ones helping the community.
But one church that was in the path of that tornado has had to focus on themselves as well.
We first met Diane Isam last week, standing in the rubble of her home.
She is thankful her family is fine.
Her deep faith in God is helping her keep the wreckage in perspective.
“It’s just things that just makes it more convenient to live here,” Diane said. “I know it’ll be OK. It’s just knowing there’s a hard road ahead but when everybody’s so generous, you have this hope.”
Diane is married to Ron Isam, who is the Sr. Pastor at New Beginning Fellowship church, which was also destroyed.
“People just walked up to us at our home and said ‘can we help you? Can we pick up stuff?’ It was just random,” Ron said.
Like those caring Oklahomans, Mid-American Christian University came to the rescue as well, allowing the congregation to hold Sunday services there.
“It’s very important for the church just to be together,” Ron said. “Not so much in a sermon or service, that’s good, but also just being together.”
Having lost their home and their church, the Isam’s have had to turn inward to focus on themselves more than they’d like.
Ron’s son, Caleb, says Sunday was the chance for his father to get back to what he does best.
“Today is one of the best days that he could have to reach out and minister to the people that come through these doors,” Caleb said. “Give them a word from God.Give them a step in the right direction.”
A new beginning for New Beginning Church.
With Oklahomans’ help, they have no doubt the next chapter will be even better.
“It’s a part of who Oklahoma is. I know everybody says that, but it really is that way,” Ron said. “I’ve lived in other parts of the country and been around the world and there’s no place really like this.
“Thank God for Oklahoma.”
New Beginning Church will continue with their youth and adult groups this Wednesday.
Pastor Isam said they’ll meet at Earlywine Park for prayer at 7 p.m.