Well, it’s been an interesting 48 hours to say the least. I’d like to thank those who have participated – through visits to our site, comments, e-mails and phone calls. And I thought now would be a good time to expound on my recent statements, and how some are interpreting them.
The mission of the church is to care for the people of this community and as Mayor I would welcome that mission. It is not to debate church and state, constitutions or politics, but to “bring life and bring it more abundantly.” I want to celebrate the church for the work she has done, is doing and will continue to do long past this debate.
And as mayor, I want the churches involved in our community, working with government. The First Amendment never mentions the words “separation,” “church,” or “state.”
Our city is on the verge of collapse: spiritually, morally and financially. We are at a crossroads. And I have decided my campaign will focus on the scripture at the bottom of this post.
For the past 13 years our organization has worked tirelessly to provide the full strength of our resources to the church. To date, our combined efforts have impacted and touched more than 161,000 lives.
We started with one medical clinic in an apartment in South Tulsa, a BBQ partnering 10 churches serving the residents of Fairmont Terrace and one mechanic repairing a few cars for single moms and the elderly.
We have grown and now equip and train more than 370 churches to host and run more than 10 medical clinics in underserved areas of Tulsa; we have two mobile units and conduct thousands of medical visits.
We have fixed more than 3,200 cars at four repair sites thanks to thousands of volunteer hours. We have added a 32,000-square-foot facility collecting furniture, cars, clothes, food and anything churches need to serve their community – all to honor the below scripture.
Within 60 days we were able to partner 1,200 Katrina survivors with churches, delivering furniture and necessary items to re-establish homes here in Tulsa for them. Without the church in Tulsa reaching out with after-school and summer camp opportunities, many more youth would go without meals, supervision and safety.
I don’t think there is a constitutional amendment or a letter from Thomas Jefferson that says the church cannot serve the poor; help the police with juvenile delinquency by providing strategic activities for kids; or work with addicts; or read to a struggling child; or work with our minority communities to help them with business plans; or partner with our parks to keep pools open in areas of town that need healthy activities for our youth.
The church is the only largely untapped entity with the fortitude and the magnitude to address these concerns and many more. It is my desire to help strategically map out the needs of the city and match the resources of a coalition of the willing, who will work with city government to make Tulsa a safer and more productive city.
It is the role of the church to help those less fortunate. It is the role of government to protect and help those less fortunate. Why can’t they work together for a common good?
In less than 48 hours, annafalling.com has received more than 2,500 visitors, primarily due to coverage of our rally at the Tulsa Zoo. We have published more than 40 comments – the majority of them negative – concerning that event. I believe every angle has been covered and we are therefore closing comments on that issue.
My views, my statements made there have not changed. We have tried everything and anything but God. And our violent crime rate is nearly twice the national average.
I intend to include God, I intend to include the churches and I intend to include government to find new and creative solutions to address our great city’s needs.
Thank you for your continued support as we work to Transform Tulsa Together.
6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness [a] will go before you,
and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.