Fallin hosts religious service for hard-hit Moore

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — A week after an EF5 tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., killing 24 people, including 10 children, residents are trying to muster their strength for the long process of recovery.

At a televised memorial service at First Baptist Church in Moore last night, Governor Mary Fallin (FAL’-ihn) urged those hit hardest to hold on to hope during trying times. Backed by choirs and religious leaders, Fallin quoted from Psalm 46, which says God is our strength even if the mountains tremble.

Rabbi Veder Harris read from the first book of Kings, saying that God wasn’t in the storm, but is in the “still, clear voice within us.”

Earlier Sunday, President Barack Obama visited the Oklahoma City suburb, telling residents that “folks are behind you.”

The White House has said the Federal Emergency Management Agency has already provided $57 million in rebates and incentives to help build some 12,000 storm shelters in Oklahoma, which the White House says “can be the difference between life and death.”

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058-a-19-(Governor Mary Fallin, R-Okla., at prayer service Sunday for tornado victims at First Baptist Church of Moore)-”in our God”-Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin says the community can lean on faith to get through the aftermath of the tornado. ((note length of cut)) (27 May 2013)

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060-a-09-(Waynell Mayes, Briarwood Elementary teacher, at prayer service Sunday for tornado victims at First Baptist Church of Moore)-”louder and louder”-Teacher Waynell Mayes says she and her students sang as the storm approached the school. (27 May 2013)

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APPHOTO OKSO113: The Ambassador’s Concert Choir sings during a memorial service for the tornado victims at the First Baptist Church in Moore, Okla., Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool) (26 May 2013)

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APPHOTO OKSO111: Jennifer Doan, bottom left in neck brace, sits with her fiance, Nyle Rogers, right, during a memorial service at the First Baptist Church in Moore, Okla., Sunday, May 26, 2013. Doan, a teacher at Plaza Towers elementary school, was trapped under the rubble after the Moore tornado. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool) (26 May 2013)

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APPHOTO OKSO110: Lynn Manning, right, a Moore school teacher, and Tim Herbel, second from right, join in the prayer during a memorial service for tornado victims at the First Baptist Church in Moore, Okla., Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool) (26 May 2013)

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APPHOTO OKSO106: Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, right, her husband, Wade Christensen, second from right, and others hold hands during a memorial service for those affected by the Moore tornado at the First Baptist Church in Moore, Okla., Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool) (26 May 2013)

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APPHOTO OKSO102: Four-year-old Keltin Marazzi, center, performs with other Moore schoolchildren during a memorial service for those affected by the tornado at the First Baptist Church in Moore, Okla., Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool) (26 May 2013)

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APPHOTO OKSO101: Jennifer Doan, left, is embraced by her fiance, Nyle Rogers, right, during a memorial service at the First Baptist Church in Moore, Okla., Sunday, May 26, 2013. Doan, a teacher at Plaza Towers elementary school, was trapped under the rubble after the Moore tornado. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool) (26 May 2013)

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