“We are a generous people and, at times like these, we can demonstrate the power of our connection by rallying to support the many needs of our sisters and brothers dealing with this tremendous storm and flooding. Please continue to be in prayer for those who have been impacted by the storm and the flooding and especially those working to provide relief.” Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe
What can you do?
Donate to UMCOR. This organization is known for being among the first to enter a disaster situation and the last to leave. They are among the most reputable relief organizations – 100% of the money donated goes to the relief effort. Many churches are taking up offerings to send to UMCOR Click here to donate. You may also send your donation to the Conference Treasurer with the memo line “Hurricane Harvey”: 11816 Lomas Blvd. NE, ABQ, NM 87112. The funds we receive will go to the UMCOR US Disaster Response fund.
Make UMCOR Relief Supply Kits. Many of our churches are already creating UMCOR Relief Supply Kits for home cleaning, personal hygiene and schools. For instructions on how to create and transport kits, Click here. Kit storage & best methods of transportation have been changing by the day. Please contact your District Disaster Response Coordinator if you have questions.
Pictured: Conf. Disaster Response Coordinator, Rev. Vernon Baker with CCYM kids making relief supply kits at Sacramento.
Relief Bucket Storage Locations for Transport:
From Kevin Bushart: FUMC Hereford, Texas has plenty of storage space for buckets. When we get a load we will send them to the affected area. Please feel free to contact us to bring your buckets by 806-364-0770 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ABQ District – St. Paul’s UMC – Donna 505-298-5596 or stpauls95UMC@hotmail.com
El Paso District – Morning Star UMC- Diana – cell: 575-496-3595
Certified Early Response Team (ERT) Training – Our Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, Rev. Vernon Baker has been in communication with his counterparts at each impacted Conference as well as with UMCOR and UMVIM leaders. Our team is part of the overall plan on how to serve affected families as efficiently as possible. The first deployment of our ERT will be going to heavily damaged Corpus Christi, TX on Sept. 25th.
The NM Conference is fortunate to have a passionate, experienced & well-equipped ERT, but we can always use more hands and feet of Christ. We have several training sessions this fall and into the early spring. Contact Hap Escue: 505-453-2800 or email@example.com.
Pictured: Trainees learning how to tarp a damaged roof.