MOORE — Just two days after the EF-5 tornado scraped through Moore, one local ministry got their start earlier than expected.
Responding to a community in need, the people of Firehouse Community Outreach began its disaster relief efforts with a building spared just blocks away from Plaza Towers Elementary, an area that sustained severe damage from the tornado on May 20, 2013.
“God’s hand was on the building the whole time,” Heather Boss, director of missions and internship ministry, said. “We didn’t lose a shingle.”
Although one year has passed since the tornado and clean-up efforts, Daren Dabrowski, senior pastor and founder of FCO said there are still people with needs to be met.
“If we don’t have the ability to help someone, we try to connect them to the resources that can,” Daren said. “And I think that as long as we can do that, we’re moving in the right direction.”
FCO spent nine months devoting their time to processing the needs of families directly affected by the tornado, keeping their building up and running all from donations. Daren said daily trips to the mailbox became an event, where he found support in the form of checks.
Pastors Daren and Denise found the location through a church planting group in the Chicago area, and found that Moore was the place they had been waiting for. Although their plans to move from Chicago were not until the late summer of 2013, the tornado prompted the ministry doors to open much sooner.
“For eight years they prayed for more,” Heather said. “More of God and what God wanted for them. And God gave them Moore.”
After years of searching and planning, the location in Moore was set. Little did they know this area would show up again on another radar; one with bright red warnings and panicked weathermen. As soon as they heard about the tornado, Daren said his mind was made up, and he made plans to do what he had been waiting 25 years to do.