As we can only imagine, it has been a life impacting weekend for many in the Midwest and South this past weekend. I have made follow up calls to gain greater information on what has been the churches response to the recent tornadoes.
During these difficult times it is crucial that we communicate the needs of those affected and clearly articulate how the church does and can respond in times of disaster.
In the US send checks to:
Global Treasury Services
Church of the Nazarene
P.O. Box 843116
Kansas City, MO 64184-3116
In Canada send checks to:
Church of the Nazarene Canada
20 Regan Road, Unit 9
Brampton, Ontario L7A 1C3.
* Be sure to put ACM1041 USA Tornadoes in the Memo area.
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To date we can report that none of our districts are reporting damages to any of our local churches. However, some of the families in our local churches have incurred personal loss. The local church has mobilized and is responding accordingly to the disaster. In addition the churches across local districts have organized to go and assist neighboring communities where persons are affected even if there is not a Nazarene presence in the immediate community. The love of Christ is being lived out in tangible expressions of compassion.
Our District Superintendents report local churches on the Alabama North district are responding to those affected in Huntsville Alabama. Three teams of volunteers have locally organized and are responding to Harrisburg, Illinois, which was severely affected by the tornadoes. Local churches across the East Tennessee district have organized and have approximately 30 volunteers are helping to clear debris and assist residents in Smithville and Monterey Tennessee and other affected areas.
Henryville and surrounding communities on the Southwest Indiana district are requesting assistance. Plans are currently under way to assist these communities. This area was severely hit and there is a request for more volunteers to assist with cleanup. We will communicate information on how teams can register to go and assist as a safe and accessible staging area is identified.A crisis service opportunity to assist in Southwestern Indiana has been added to NazServe. You can view it here.
Disaster Response begins with the local church – First, with resources available in the local church, along with other community resources, providing disaster relief consistent with the mission of compassion to the affected local church and community. When the needs surpass the local church it is augmented by district involvement, coming alongside with volunteers, organized on, and combined resources to minister more effectively to meet the needs beyond the capability of the local church. Finally the General Church through combined resources of a great global family of Nazarenes, can partner together and with other relief individuals and agencies, praying, volunteering, and giving, thereby effectively multiplying our capability to offer a broader disaster relief response.
As always the General community may assist through monetary donations. The funds collected will assist those in affected areas. The recovery response will stretch beyond these immediate days into the coming months. Your financial contribution will assist long after the media has left and families are still rebuilding their lives and communities.