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Disaster Response

May 21, 2013      Donate Now!

2013 May Tornado Relief
Breaking News

Oklahoma Conference United Methodist disaster response update N0. 2

By Richard Norman

Dear Oklahoma United Methodists:

Bishop Hayes today expressed his sadness and suggested ways to respond following the deadly storms in our state:

On Sunday and Monday of this week, unbelievable devastation from several tornadoes has taken its toll on life and property in our state. We grieve with all those who are affected, and we invite concerned brothers and sisters from all faith communities to join us in prayer as we ready ourselves for the long road back to recovery.

Our trained United Methodist disaster response teams are ready to provide assistance once allowed into the affected area, and our United Methodist churches and agencies have already opened their doors to survivors.

If you desire to help at this time, I especially invite you to donate a monetary gift. You may donate directly online at  to '2013 May Tornado Relief,' which is a special giving channel established by the Oklahoma Conference of The United Methodist Church.

All funds received will go to Oklahomans affected by the storms. You may also send funds through a United Methodist church in Oklahoma. Another channel for donations is the denomination's United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).

May God bless us all as we lean upon each other and upon our Creator who is seeking to heal, restore, and bring wholeness out of this brokenness.

Your servant in Christ,
Bishop Robert E. Hayes Jr.

UMCOR sending equipment to Oklahoma

We will be receiving equipment and supplies from UMCOR (the United Methodist Committee on Relief), to help us respond to this weather disaster. A truck will bring these items from the UMCOR Sager Brown Depot in Louisiana to Oklahoma City. This truly embodies the effectiveness of our United Methodist connectional ministry. Oklahoma United Methodists regularly support UMCOR by assembling emergency kits for people in other parts of the nation as well as globally. Now we find ourselves receiving. Praise be to God.

UMCOR is sending to us: generators, air compressors, disposable protective suits, bedding kits, shovels and rakes, cleaning buckets (also known as "flood buckets"), and more.

How you can help

  • Pray for those affected and those serving in tornado-damaged areas.
  • Donate funds. Click the red “donate” button on this page. You also will find it at  Also, you may donate through your local church or send checks to the Oklahoma Conference Treasurer's Office. On the memo line, note "2013 May Tornado Relief."
  • Do NOT deploy as groups or individuals to the affected areas at this time. Prepare to register for a Volunteers In Mission team when the call goes out for in-person help.
  • Do NOT collect clothing or other supplies at this time. If specific needs are requested, that will be shared with you.

Watch for future e-mail updates, and find information on Oklahoma United Methodist Communications' page on Facebook and the VIM website

You also may contact the VIM disaster response office,,  405-530-2070;,  405-530-2032.

You can help

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Office of Mission

1501 N.W. 24th St.,  | Oklahoma City, OK 73106-3635 |

Disaster Response is a ministry of Volunteers In Mission - Oklahoma Conference of The United Methodist Church.