"After the tornadoes came screaming through Moore, I knew I had to find a way to help my friends and neighbors. The support of the community and even other countries has been nothing short of a miracle."
After the tornadoes came screaming through Moore, I knew I had to find a way to help my friends and neighbors. The support of the community and even other countries has been nothing short of a miracle.
Sean, his wife Jacqueline, and their five children live in Moore, Oklahoma where Sean is the lead pastor at the Frontline Church outside Oklahoma City. He started out in graphics design, but fate put him on a different path. Sean and Jacqueline are still active in graphics work, however, as they continue to operate a small print making studio out of their home. Jacqueline will join Sean on the cruise.
Sean is the founder of "Serve Moore," a grassroots disaster relief organization that has made a tremendous impact on Moore's recovery after the tornadoes ripped through their town on May 20 , 2013. While their home and block were damaged, Sean and Jacqueline escaped the worst of the damage. That happened just six blocks away. As soon as the devastation began to come into focus the day after the tornadoes hit, Sean called the officials at city hall in Moore, asked what he could do, and got started. First he mobilized a few dozen friends to start cleaning debris in his neighborhood, but he soon saw that was not enough. He reached out to his congregation, friends, neighbors, and anybody who would listen, and then he started enlisting manpower to go block by block and start moving debris to the curb for pick up.
Within a day or two, he had people working in the hundreds and then in the thousands. They set up a headquarters where they could hand out shovels, rakes, gloves, garbage bags, and they soon had an army of people working throughout the city. As the word spread from there, people were coming in from across the nation and even from Australia, the United Kingdom, and other countries to help. Some stayed two days, others a week or two, and all gave up their time and energy to make things better. As of this writing, Sean's efforts have resulted in over 40,000 volunteers coming to the town to restore its past glory. Says Sean: "This was all done through the grace of God. I just called a few friends and helped organize things. After that, the thing took on a life of its own. It is a stunning testament of what people can do to help one another in the worst of times."
Learn how you too can #ServeEvenMoore with Sean and the many great volunteers who work to make their community a better place.