#LoveYourNeighbor - A New Journey for Serve Moore

By Devin Swank, Partnership Coordinator

Love thy neighbor as thy self. It’s a phrase we hear all the time growing up as children; children still learning what it means to respect and care for needs that are not our own. As we get older we seek to still pursue the truth that everyone deserves a love and respect that we expect in return. But what does this look like in reality? For one organization here in Oklahoma it is transforming the way they do mission and outreach.

Serve Moore has been around for 3 years and has made a name for itself as a disaster relief organization who uses volunteers to bring help to its neighbors in Moore, Oklahoma. They started out as a simple hashtag on twitter, spreading the word that we are all able to come out and serve more during times of devastation. Now 3 years down the road, the tornado relief is done and Serve Moore is finding themselves in a new position to serve this city. With any disaster there are periods of renewal. The short term looks like general clean up and muck out while the long term looks more like rebuilding and starting over. However, what happens when there is not a disaster? Does renewal still take place? Serve Moore is at position where the answer is yes! Renewal should be happening day in and day out and shouldn’t just be something we look to in times of devastation.

Serve Moore’s new approach is to simply love neighbors through the use of other neighbors willing and able to give up their time and work towards the renewal of homes, businesses, parks, and even cities. With this new approach will come a new name, a new mission, and even broader horizons. Serve Moore hopes to unite neighbors all across the metro of Oklahoma City so that it doesn’t just limit itself to Moore. When Serve Moore began, it was all about serving. This is still true today. But as they begin down the trail of renewal, a reason for ones service must be more than just an obligation to help, but instead an inner yearning that calls us to serve out of love. When you look at in terms of Christianity, we are neighbors and we are all called to love our neighbors as ourself.

To stay up to date on what’s happening with Serve Moore, visit their website at: http://www.servemoore.com/.