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Paragould ministry planning to help Oklahoma tornado victims

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PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) – The American Red Cross has promised to assist the tornado victims in Oklahoma, and so has one local ministry.

The Mighty Mountain Moving Ministry in Paragould is hoping to offer the victims some relief through prayers and a meal. Before the ministry can do that, its founder says he needs some help from here at home.

"If we have that [kind of destruction] in Paragould, Arkansas, we would want somebody to help us, and we would want just the support and help from everybody," said Tim Eason, who created the ministry. "That's what we're supposed to do."

The devastation in Moore, Oklahoma, is strangely similar to what Eason saw after a tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, in May 2011.

"What the people in Oklahoma are going through, I kind of got an idea of what they feel like," he said.

Eason went with some of his coworkers to Joplin twice in 2011 to serve food and hold prayer meetings for the victims.

"It was just unreal the stories that you can hear from them, what they've been through and all," he said.

He started his ministry in Paragould so that he could help other areas affected by disasters.

"I'm not in the business to make money," he explained. "I'm in the business to help God's children."

To do that, Eason bought a trailer last year that was used to haul race cars. He is now trying to quickly finish turning it into a mobile kitchen.

"It's got the big tank for grilling. On the other side of it, it's got a good cooker on it – a three-burner cooker," he said. "Then, I've got a sleeping quarter inside it where I can just go wherever and stay."

Where he plans to stay next is Moore, Oklahoma. He is preparing to go there Friday, May 24, to feed and pray with the people whose homes were destroyed.

Before he goes, he has a last-minute request for the community. He hopes in the next few days that people can donate enough cooking supplies and food to take with him to serve in Oklahoma.

"I'll take [donations] up to about 10:00 Thursday night," he said. "I'd like to be ready and set to go by Friday morning."

Eason says people should contact him soon to donate items or to learn more information about his ministry. The number to call is 870-476-5257.

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