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Local pastor travels to areas hardest hit by Kentucky tornadoes, details devastation

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – As Kentucky residents continue to pick up debris from a devastating tornado earlier this month, an Oklahoma pastor traveled to some of the worst-affected areas to help with recovery efforts. and let the Oklahomans know the extent of the damage.

The ongoing devastation caused by the tornadoes sweeping through the eastern part of the country is heartbreaking.

Pastor Derrick Scobey of Ebenezer Baptist Church said: “It was horrible to see the total devastation. “It looks like a cinematographer from the set designed this to set it up for a disaster movie.”

Pastor Scobey traveled to Kentucky last week, stopping at Mayfield and Bowling Green, showing KFOR via Zoom the extent of the damage.

“I’m actually standing [here] right behind me was where the family of seven was and then right down there, the whole family of five were killed,” he said, adding that one of the deceased has yet to be found.

He’s currently working with World Vision and others to distribute items like heaters, blankets, clothing and food, and the positive thing he’s seen is how other people, including the Oklahomans, reached out to help.

“Pastor Josh Curry, principal pastor at Frontline Church has reached out and wants to send in a large donation,” he said. “You’re seeing the Oklahoma standard. That is a beautiful thing to see. “

David Vontungeln from the Oklahoma Farm Bureau has been a farmer for more than 40 years and he says he has seen similar generosity, especially from the state’s farming community.

“Those are really blessings,” he said. “We’ve been through this before and know how difficult it can be, so we’re always looking forward to reaching out and helping. Disasters like this really bring the farming community together.”

Pastor Scobey said he has spoken with many of the families that have been affected, and one that stands out to him is their resilience.

“I saw debris all around me; he said. “But people are not broken… that’s what I’m seeing. Strong Kentucky. ”

Both Vantungeln and Scobey are encouraging the Oklahomans to help, whether that’s through their organizations — the Oklahoma Farm Bureau and World Vision — or others.

In addition, KFOR’s parent company, Nexstar, has partnered with the Red Cross and is making donations. For that link, click here.

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JACLYN DIAZ

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