More Than Meets the Eye
Soon after the northwestern Oklahoma wildfires were extinguished, rains began to replenish grass and grazing lands. To the untrained eye it may seem like life is getting back to normal, unfortunately that’s not the case. Rain may have brought back the grass on the fields, but the cattle that used to graze the land have not repopulated to pre-wildfire levels. This is due to economic factors and the fact that grazing and feeding are still unsustainable. With support from a Midwest Early Recovery Fund grant, Oklahoma Conference of Churches is working to determine the long-term emotional and spiritual care needs related to trauma caused by the wildfires and the ongoing economic realities.