Disaster Response Updates
Nepal Earthquakes 2015
Please pray for the people of Nepal as they mourn the over 8,500 people who lost their lives during two earthquakes in April and May of 2015. More than half a million homes have been damaged or destroyed and landslides and avalanches have cut off access to remote and rural villages.
Through our partnership with Heart to Heart International, The Church of the Resurrection has provided 5,000 hygiene kits that were sent to Nepal just days after the earthquake.
These hygiene kits were packed during our Share Your Heart event on Valentine's Day 2015. Additional kits from that event may also be distributed to Nepal as Heart to Heart evaluates the specific needs in Nepal.
The United Methodist Committee On Relief Response in Nepal
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a non -profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. A ministry of the General Board of Global Ministries, UMCOR is our denominational connection to worldwide disaster relief.
UMCOR is supporting a network of partners on the ground in Nepal who can provide quick-acting relief as well as coordinating with United Methodist Global Ministries Missionaries currently serving in Nepal.
Clean drinking water, water filtration systems, hygiene kits and non food items such as tents, blankets and cooking implements are some of the ways that UMCOR is meeting the needs of people on the ground in Nepal. In addition, 1,200 people have been provided with a 30 day food supply.
To make the most impact and ensure your donation is going to be used directly for those impacted by a natural disaster, please consider donating to UMCOR. Visit the UMCOR website to read more about how UMCOR is providing relief in Nepal and make a donation.
Things to consider when a tornado or devastating storm strikes in our region
Unless you are Early Response trained and part of a Reach & Restore team, please do not go now- if you want to help, when you do go, make sure you are with an affiliated group such as Reach & Restore, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, or some other disaster response organization. Unaffiliated volunteers arriving in a disaster area become a hindrance to coordinated disaster response efforts and take resources away from those who need them the most.
How you can help now
- Stay where you are and pray for the survivors and all of the early responders currently supporting the affected communities
- Donate to tornado and flood relief and reconstruction by using the online giving buttons on the right side of this page
- Prepare to serve by taking one of our disaster response trainings
Cash donations are the best way to ensure that your gift is helpful to the community and individuals in need, and is valuable in ensuring that immediate needs can be met.
Clothing and supply drives are not recommended as they create additional costs for transportation and take attention away from first responders to coordinate delivery and manage storage resources to house the donations.
Visit the Reach & Restore page to view trainings offered and trips scheduled to assist communities recovering from disasters.
Call to Prayer As pictures and stories of devastation leave us speechless and stunned, and as we discern what we might do to help those affected by the tornado and storms in the Midwest, let's first humbly offer ourselves in prayer:
“Oh Gracious God, we come to you aware of our fragile state as we live on this magnificent earth. Lord, we are seeing and hearing stories of people who are hurting in the Heartland. Be with individuals and families as they face unique situations. Help us to rise up as a nation of people to be and do the very best that we can for each other. You know the needs, God, and we ask that you help us to prioritize and respond as a nation, a community and a church that we might give our best, as well as teach our children and pass along a legacy of amazing love and resiliency. We pray all this in the name of our resurrected Lord, Jesus the Christ, Amen.”
For more information about Resurrection's Disaster Response Ministry please contact Stewart Curtright, Mission Entry Points Program Director. Stewart.firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-544-0710.