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Ed Young Leads Relief Efforts in Wake of Devastating Dallas Tornadoes

April 6, 2012 - Grapevine, TX

A recent series of tornadoes in the Dallas area has left many community members wondering how they can pick up the pieces and rebuild their lives. A local church congregation is seeking to answer that question, however, through the implementation of community relief efforts. The congregation, Grapevine's Fellowship Church, has prepared a Rapid Response Team to help the areas of the community most severely affected by the recent round of storms. Fellowship Church is led by pastor Ed Young, also a nationally known author and speaker.

CNN reports that, while the tornadoes in question have not yet claimed any known casualties, the damage done has nevertheless been significant. Between six and 13 tornadoes hit the area, well before the Dallas tornado season usually starts. While no deaths have been reported, there have been several people rushed to hospitals, and well over 150 homes destroyed.

Fellowship Church is no stranger to tornado relief efforts. In fact, the congregation belongs to the Dallas and Tarrant County Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) group. Pastor Ed Young and the church's leadership team are currently on high alert, ready to dispatch their many relief workers to the areas in most urgent need of supplies and medical attention.

Fellowship Church's rapid response team is by now well-seasoned and expert in handling these emergencies, having participated in numerous relief efforts in the past. Ed Young and his congregation have previously partnered with World First Ministries and the American Red Cross.

According to the pastor, however, the response team is especially passionate about these relief efforts in their own backyard. "We have a desire to help our community any way we can," notes Ed Young. "When something tragic like this happens, the first thing we do as a church is ask 'What can we do to help people?'" Ultimately, he says his congregation is standing by to assist Dallas residents however they can. "In response to what happened today, our team is ready and able to bring healing to these areas."

While the church's emergency response team is made up of volunteers, which hardly means they are amateurs. Of the 95 core members of the emergency response team, many have received high-level training in rescue and relief efforts. The group's rich experience includes relief work in New Orleans, Galveston, and more.

Presently, the response team is standing at alert. Relief organizations encourage volunteer groups to await confirmation before going into the field, to ensure that relief teams are coordinated and orchestrated appropriately.

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Ed Young, Jr. is the founding pastor of Fellowship Church outside of Dallas, Texas. He has written more than a dozen books, including his latest release, Sexperiment: 7 Days to Lasting Intimacy with Your Spouse. The book, written alongside wife Lisa, has garnered a great deal of attention for its unconventional take on the importance of sex within a marriage. Ed Young and his church lead a variety of community service and relief efforts in the nearby Dallas community.


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