Operation Compassion Continues Tornado Response

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By , April 22, 2020

More than a week after several tornadoes ravaged Hamilton and Bradley Counties in southeast Tennessee and Murray County in north Georgia, Operation Compassion continues to respond to communities in need. As damage and destruction became apparent, Operation Compassion began to assist victims immediately.

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Operation compassion Responds to Southeastern Tornado Outbreak

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By , April 14, 2020

Sunday afternoon and into early Monday morning, the southern United States was living through a server tornado outbreak. Destruction and death were spread out across a large swath of the southeast as wave after wave of severe storms kept training its way across the region. With storms beating down on North Georgia and southeastern Tennessee, home to Operation Compassion, the reality of helping our immediate neighbors came into focus.

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Operation Compassion Leader David Lorency Passes Away

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By , April 3, 2020

David B. Lorency, president of Operation Compassion, passed away unexpectedly early this morning April 3, 2020. He was 75.

Lorency spent 48 years in ministry with the Church of God, characterized by reaching the poor and underprivileged, starting with outreach to sailors and street witnessing in Norfolk, Va. He began coffee houses, servicemen’s centers, and beach ministry stations which grew to reach thousands of youth.

Throughout his ministry, Lorency also served as a pastor, where at each location his leadership focused on the needs of that community and encouraging the church to respond. He was an Evangelism Director for Northern New England, Chicago Metro and California. Lorency was responsible for starting more than 100 ethnically diverse churches.

In 2000, David Lorency was selected to serve as Executive Director of Operation Compassion, a non-profit international disaster relief organization. He has guided and directed the growth and development of Operation Compassion from a small charity starting with a pick-up truck and $200 to an organization handling more than 1,500 semis or more per year. Lorency has been instrumental in OC’s financial growth as well. In 2006, he was named president.

David Lorency has been married to his wife, Laura, for 54 years. They have four daughters, four sons-in-law, eleven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Operation Compassion (operationcompassion.org).

Operation Compassion Responds to Nashville Metro Area Tornadoes

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By , March 3, 2020

In the dark of night and shrouded in heavy rain tornadoes struck the Nashville Metro area about 1:30 am leaving scores of damaged homes and businesses. More than 45 buildings had collapsed after losing their roofs and the torrential rain flooded many upper floors. Four countries in the greater Nashville area reported fatalities as the numbers continue to climb as rescuers continue their search and rescue efforts.

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Operation Compassion and Partners Sends Aid to Puerto Rico

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By , February 27, 2020

A few weeks ago, Puerto Rico was hit with a devastating earthquake on the southwest side of the island. Since that initial earthquake, there have been hundreds of aftershocks that have continued to rattle the island. Scientists are calling this event an earthquake swarm, including 11 earthquakes that were 5.0 or greater in magnitude. The largest earthquake occurred on January 7th with a magnitude of 6.4. So far, 4 fatalities have been reported with multiple injuries.

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