TOR-NIFIC Birthday


Photo by  Nikolas Noonan  on  Unsplash

First I want to thank God for allowing me to live through this weather once more, and to thank you all for taking the time to celebrate my birthday with me through social media.

 May 20th is going to be a day and night to remember; not only because I got overwhelmed with birthday wishes from friends and family near and far. But also, because according to some it was going to be a “Historic Tornado Outbreak Day” and at the same time a friend of mine was having her baby! Mi TUCAYO. Bless this baby’s life and all those born that night, amid rain and winds, and hail and tornadoes.  


So, here is the deal when it comes to this kind of weather. I, being born in Honduras, never, ever have seen extreme weather like I’ve seen in Oklahoma.

So, when May 20th night came, I was taken back to 2002 when I was in the apartments in College. I remember taking off like crazy in my car to go to the Engineering building at Oklahoma Christian University. And under extreme rain and by the grace of God I didn’t go into the ditch when I slid. It was a scary moment for sure. You see, when you are not used to it and find yourself in this situation your brain can’t think right. I surely was not informed on how to handle these situations then, but now I know a little better.

But here is what I don’t understand, and will never understand – why Oklahomans when meteorologists say “Seek Shelter Now” instead of doing just that, instead go outside?? Why?? When I first experienced this, I remember being hidden under my pillows and others were outside taking pictures and videos, what?? I still wonder what “take shelter immediately” means for some.


So, on May 20th night, you bet YA, I was hiding in my pantry while others were outside taking pictures and videos. My husband was one of them and was able to see a transformer blow out (left us with no power til next day). I was lucky enough to get the video from a neighbor who was outside videoing the lightning.

Goes without saying, I am grateful for the community we have in this neighborhood. I feel a sense of protection from everyone. We all stayed in touch and were all made aware of the weather going on outside. This is so valuable and meaningful for our family. SHOUT OUT to you! SHOUT OUT to my Family, Friends and Co-Workers for caring for our well-being.

Please lets keep those feeling the wrath of nature in prayers, those being evacuated and those left homeless.

Overall, I had a TOR-NIFIC Birthday!

This is a cool video! Watch it :).

Video by Nick H.


Bartola Kuruvilla

Bartola is the Children’s Minister and is married to Thomas (TJ) Kuruvilla. They are current foster parents of a wonderful 5 year old boy. They love serving within the church and outside of it as opportunities present themselves. Being an adopted kid herself, Bartola has a heart for missions and grew up as the result of Mission Predisan in Honduras. As a Loving Wife, Mom, and Children’s Minister: she is astonished to see how God’s hand has worked in her life.

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