Rusty Tugman Opens Doors for Relief Alumni Testimonials from Tornado Victims, Volunteers

Rusty Tugman (94) Senior Minister, Alameda Church of Christ, Norman, Oklahoma

The Alameda Church of Christ, which has four OC alumni on its ministry staff and one OC alum on its eldership, was extremely involved in the disaster relief efforts of the May tornadoes. 

Through its partnership with the Churches of Christ Disaster Response Team, Alameda housed approximately 2,200 volunteers from all over the nation and provided more than 20,000 meals for volunteers. Those volunteers totaled more than 8,000 workdays and 50,000 hours of service. They provided direct assistance to approximately 500 families who had been affected by the storms. 

Alameda also serves as a distribution center for Churches of Christ Disaster Relief, Inc., and has provided basic life necessities, furniture, appliances, and financial assistance to hundreds of people. 

Our church family has been honored to be a source of healing for so many people whose lives were turned upside down in an instant. But we know that the healing comes from God’s grace, of which we are only conduits. 

I am so proud of so many Christians, literally all over the world, who had the vision to see, in the midst of the storm, a great opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ. Our sincere hope is that God has been honored through these efforts.

Fall 2013

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