An Oklahoma church gave away groceries at their drive-in church service attendees in response to coronavirus pandemic.
Churches have been forced to halt worship services due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The 13,000-member Victory Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is among the those. Head pastor Paul Daughtry and his staff came up with an idea to continue an in-person way of worship while still following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
With the permission of the city mayor, chief of police and state governor, they hosted a drive-in worship service right in the church’s parking lot. A 30-feet high scissor lift was set-up in the middle of the parking lot as a pulpit.
“Man, I lost it,” Pastor Paul said. “I was up on that scissor lift, and I said, ‘Listen, if you need hope tonight, give me a honk,’ and, man, the honks started going off in that parking lot – hundreds of honking cars.”
About 1,000 cars drove-in to attend the first Saturday night drive-in worship service.
“It was crazy,” Paul recalls. “It was strange because I can’t hear their voices but when I said something and I heard horns honking. I started crying because it just reminded me that people are just desperate to hear the hope of the gospel.”
Through a local FM radio station and online live stream, thousands of people heard the worship service.
The Tulsa Dream Center partnered with the city food bank to give out groceries to anyone in need. They handed out over 10,000 groceries to families in the community.
“A lot of the people, when they were coming to receive the groceries, they were in tears, getting laid off from work. And saying, ‘Thank you for not limiting who you give to,'” pastor Paul said.
Reference: Fox News