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Paragould ministry planning to help Oklahoma tornado victims

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

The Mighty Mountain Moving Ministry in Paragould is hopingto offer the victims some relief through prayers and a meal. Before theministry 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 supportand help from everybody," said Tim Eason, who created the ministry. "That'swhat we're supposed to do."

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

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

Eason went with some of his coworkers to Joplin twice in2011 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 helpother areas affected by disasters.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eason says people should contact him soon to donate items orto learn more information about his ministry. The number to call is870-476-5257.

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