Between a pandemic and power outages, the days can feel like dark times. But at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, there’s a ray of light.
"The church is a house of prayer, it is a house of worship, but it's also a house of refuge, certainly in times like these," said Pastor Derrick Scobey of Ebenezer Baptist Church.
After an Oklahoma City police master sergeant told Scobey about the need for shelter, the church opened its doors to anyone who needed a warm bed, a hot meal, or just some light.
"It's just been non-stop, really over the last 48 hours," Scobey said.
After getting just two hours of sleep last night, Scobey is running on adrenaline.
The church is running on a generator, generously provided by DJ Miller Trucking.
Air Force Reservist Lt. Col Ben Walker has been dutifully refueling it every three hours.
Another volunteer contributing to the cause is Deonna Stoner.
She brought her grandmother here when she lost power at her apartment and has been helping out ever since.
"I think it just shows, for one, there's still good people out here that will take the time to lend a helping hand to others," Stoner said.
The church has had around 35 people cycle through and expects the need to increase.
But they don't expect to have to turn anyone away. Scobey is confident other churches will step up.
Fairview Missionary Baptist Church has volunteered to host their church members in need.
"We will together, we will figure out a way to serve the people," Scobey said
As you might imagine, the church is accepting donations. Everything from monetary donations to food, clothing and toiletries.
You can donate in person at 3600 N. Kelley Ave.
You can also find them on Cash App at $EbenezerBaptistOKC or search for Ebenezer Baptist OKC on Givelify.