OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – A local pastor’s plan to help sick and homeless community members around his church is coming to fruition after another local church stepped in and donated his gymnasium for shelter.
A donated gym is going to be a temporary facility for now at the Wildewood Christian Church in northeast Oklahoma City. They need volunteers to help these people in need.
“It’s wonderful,” said Sandy Lynn Patton, pastor of WWJD Westlawn Church and initiator of this homeless relief project. “It’s perfect.”
It’s a blessing for Patton and those she’s trying to help.
“We want you to be street sick,” Patton said.
Rewind to the middle of this week. We told you the story of Patton’s project to help the sick and homeless population around his church. It’s a community she says she knows well. Patton even said she thinks there are about 100 sick people in tents with the flu, COVID-19 or worse in cold weather in that area.
“They report to me. They have had a fever for about three days with chills. Sometimes they have nausea, vomiting and diarrhea,” Patton said. “It is so cold. I’m afraid they’ll get sicker here or even die.
The main problems they originally faced were an undersized church with staff also recovering from illness and crowded homeless shelters. However, days later, his plan came to fruition with Derrick Scobey, senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, stepping up and donating beds and food.
“We just want to help in any way we can,” Scobey said at the time of the donation.
“I’m still wiping the tears from my eyes,” Patton said at the time of the donation. “You know, it’s wonderful.”
Now, a full installation has been donated by Pastor Dwayne Rodgers to the Wildewood Christian Church in northeast Oklahoma City. They donated their church gymnasium for shelter.
“I fought all night with enthusiasm because I knew we had the facilities to do great things,” Rodgers said.
Rodgers said after seeing KFOR’s first two stories on the situation, he knew he had to make the call.
“It’s a great opportunity to challenge our congregation, but also to be true to scripture and help those who are the least among us,” Rodgers said.
According to Rodgers, they made some renovations to their kitchen, restrooms, and heating and HVAC systems. It made him feel like it would be a perfect fit. Now, Patton said it was just a matter of finding volunteers to help set it all up.
“Pray for me and pray for those who coordinate with me, number one,” Patton said. “We can’t do anything without God’s help.”
Right now they still need help with transportation, clothing, blankets, donations, and finding people who need the help they provide. The YMCA parking lot on 4th Street is being used as a gathering place for everyone involved.
If you are interested in helping, Pastor Patton wants you to call him at (405) 716-0881.
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