Local groups come together to pray, help Oklahoma

Local groups come together to pray, help Oklahoma

ROCK HILL, S.C. — Dozens gathered Wednesday night in Charlotte to lift up Moore, Okla. in prayer.

Pastor Brenda Stevenson believes the same faith that brought them through the storm will help them recover.

"We care and you will rise and be healed each day," Stevenson said.

For the first time, audio recorded on a cellphone as a tornado hit Briarwood Elementary in Oklahoma revealed those in the building prayed.

Teachers pray now as they listen to it just as they did then, huddled with their students in the eye of the storm.

"We said 'God protect us. Send angels around us. I know you're stronger than this tornado,' the teachers were praying," said one of the teachers.

Everyone in the school survived and no one was hurt.

As Moore rebuilds and Stevenson's congregation prays, another local group is hard at work.

Families at the House of Bread International in Rock Hill collected bottled water, clothes, and baby food to help the victims.

"It doesn't just impact Oklahoma, but everyone across the world -- people who know what it's like to lose a loved one," said Steven Phillips with the nonprofit.

To learn how you can help the victims of the Oklahoma tornado, click here.