2013 May Tornado Relief
Oklahoma Conference United Methodist disaster response update N0.
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 www.okumc.org to
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 www.okumc.org. 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
- 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
Methodist Communications' page on Facebook and the VIM website
You also may contact the VIM
disaster response office, Lfoster@okumc.org, 405-530-2070;