Tornado damage from Oolagah, OK tornado 4.26.91
On this day in 1991 my husband, Russell Hulstine, was at the Copan Handi Mart that night…he ran inside to warn a woman working there that the tornado was almost there…then he headed to Oolagah, OK…
Andover, KS tornado damage 4.26.91
His cousins who lived in a mobile home in Andover, KS got out in time, thank the Lord, before a tornado leveled the mobile home Park of 300. Scary day. Thankful Russell wasn’t killed in Copan as the tornado hit the Copan Hand Mart while he was still in the parking lot!!!
Oklahoma weather, Kansas weather and severe weather in all areas of tornado valley. Sad memories. Especially as we are now in the Spring Tornado Season! ~Mikaela & The Heart 4 Children Ministries Team
Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti (pic credit Mission Direct Haiti)
Heartbreaking video of Haiti during and after Hurricane Matthew via news9.com Hurricane Matthew Hits Haiti Tuesday Remembering the damage of the earthquake there in 2010 before Heart 4 Children Ministries was incorporated and why God wanted sleeping mats made for the children there. We no longer work outside the US, but our prayers go out to them. ~The Heart 4 Children Ministries Team
Please join us in praying for all in the path of Category 4 Hurricane Matthew–Jamaica, Haiti & Cuba! According to John Kassell: “Based on recent recon data, Hurricane Matthew may acquire Category 5 strength with 11pm advisory.” ~Mikaela & The Heart 4 Children Ministries Team
Hurricane Matthew (pic credit John Kassell)
We made contact with Emergency Management in WV as well as Red Cross today. However, since they are still out in the field it is still too early for them to have information for us on how many children need our help. We are closer, though, to getting that information from our Red Cross contact here in Oklahoma. It is likely that we will need to ship the toys, clothes and shoes, though, instead of delivering them in person as Mikaela prefers to do. If you would like to contribute to help us with shipping costs please click on our linkhttp://www.heart4childrenministries.org/?page_id=87 You can pay by check or on our secure PayPal link. As always we appreciate your help. ~Mikaela & The Heart 4 Children Ministries Team
While we are waiting to hear back on what if any help we can provide for children whose homes have flooded in Oklahoma, another state may now need our help.
If you have been watching the news the last few days, you have seen the heartbreaking pictures coming out of West Virginia like this one. We will be checking with the Roane County Office of Emergency Services Director, the hardest hit area there, to offer our assistance for children whose homes have been flooded. Please keep these families in your prayers! For more details please click on the link below.~Mikaela & The Heart 4 Children Ministries Team
Pic credit to newson6.com
We are checking with the Emergency Management Directors of two counties in OK where flooding took place on Sunday, and evacuations and water rescues took place, to see if our help is needed for kids. We will keep you posted so stay tuned. ~Mikaela Hulstine & The Heart 4 Children Ministries Team
We now have the clothes and shoe sizes for one of the families and, of course, what toys they like –with 3 children–that lost everything in one of the OK tornadoes last week, so we will begin working on a box (or two) for them. We are still working to get information on the other family–5 or 6 children. If you would like to help, you can mail your check to:
Heart 4 Children Ministries
387 S. Fenway Pl.
Bartlesville, OK 74006
Or donate on our secure PayPal linkhttp://www.heart4childrenministries.org/?page_id=87 As always we appreciate any and all donations! ~Mikaela & The Heart 4 Children Ministries Team
At least in Oklahoma we could use a break as it already has begun…On March 30 tornadoes touched down in NE Oklahoma and have been rated EF2. See links below for both a picture of the tornado in Tulsa and nearby NE Oklahoma communities from a jet as well as a video of the Owasso tornado by News on 6 helicopter pilot Will Kavanagh. So far we have not received any requests for help, but it is early yet. Woman snaps picture of Tulsa tornado from jet Video of tornado touching down in Owasso, OK
Damage from EF2 Tornado on 3.30.16 Tulsa, OK (Pic credit to newson6.com)
Please keep these folks in your prayers as they work to put their lives back together. ~Mikaela & The Heart 4 Children Ministries Team
2015 was not as busy a year for us as 2013 or 2011 and for that we are thankful as that means that there were less disasters that we were asked to help with. It does not mean that there were no disasters–because unfortunately there were, we helped 2 families in Broken Arrow, OK who lost everything from a tornado in May 2015–but we find more and more that when tornadoes and other disasters strike that the town they hit comes together to help the survivors. This is true in many of the tornadoes that we have offered assistance on since 2013. With that said, though, we were needed last year in May, September and December. Sadly, since our Chickasha, OK office closed in 2014 followed by our Northport, AL office in 2015, all needs must come through the Bartlesville, OK office. We could not have helped the nearly 100 Oklahoma kids that we helped in 2015 without God’s help and the help of those of you who give so that we can help kids. We will be keeping an eye on the weather and on any disasters that happen in the US to see if our help is needed. We hope, as we said earlier, that 2016 is a quiet year for disasters. ~Mikaela & The Heart 4 Children Ministries Team