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UMCOR responding in Afghanistan and Haiti


UMCOR supports Afghans in need In collaboration with long-standing partners, UMCOR is providing humanitarian relief and is prepared to assist with refugee resettlement. For more than 40 years Afghanistan has been wracked by wars, civil strife, invasion and massive amounts of arms shipped in from outside forces. It is one of the poorest countries in the world, with high infant and maternal mortality rates, and millions of Afghans have been displaced as refugees over these many years. Today the ...

UMCOR responding to Haiti earthquake disaster


In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, on Saturday, August 14, Haiti was hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that caused widespread destruction in the western region of the country. Please join others and extend prayers of comfort for those who died and those who are still missing. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working with partners in Haiti in finding ways to meet the immediate needs of survivors. Please join UMCOR by making donations through the work of the International ...

Ragan Chapel UMC building destroyed by March 25 tornado; Congregation determined to rebuild


On Palm Sunday 2021, the members of Ragan Chapel UMC gathered for Sunday morning worship. They could not gather in their beloved church building because just a few days earlier it had been destroyed by an EF-2 tornado that also killed five people in the Ohatchee community. Instead, the Ragan Chapel congregation joined their neighbors at Ohatchee UMC and lifted prayers, shared holy communion and sang praises to God. During the service, Danny Poss, the pastor of Ragan Chapel UMC, shared that on ...

North Alabama United Methodists respond to March 25 tornadoes


On Thursday, March 25, 2021, multiple tornadoes left paths of destruction across Alabama. In Calhoun County, five lives were lost. In that same area, the Ragan Chapel United Methodist Church building in Ohatchee was destroyed. Other communities throughout Alabama also suffered damage to homes and businesses. As often happens, after winds of destruction tear apart buildings and lives, the United Methodist connection drew closer together to reach out to individuals and communities as the hands and...

Disaster Response Update: March 25, 2021


As everyone is aware, we are in the middle of a major disaster.  FOR RIGHT NOW, unless damage is in your community, please stay away from the impacted areas so that Emergency Responders can do their work and make it safe for relief efforts.  Please be praying for all those affected by this event.  You may also go to our Conference webpage and donate funds directly for this disaster. ( Watch for more information from our Disaster Response Team and from the Disaster...

Disaster Response Update: March 17 - Severe Weather Day


Update: March 18, 2021 We are thankful that so far there have been no reports of serious injuries or deaths in our most recent disaster.  However, there has been widespread damage. If you, or someone you know, did receive damage and needs help to clean up the debris, please text me at 205-907-2657 with location and contact information.  Texting will be the best way to communicate with me.  This will ensure that we can meet the needs that may be out there. Continue to remember those affected by ...

Disaster Response Update: Help for Fultondale


The needs in Fultondale and parts of Jefferson County continue after the F3 tornado that struck January 28. We have been approved for an emergency grant of $10,000 to assist with short-term housing, which is still a need.  Below is a request for help from the city of Fultondale for additional debris removal as well as contact information to volunteer.  Please contact them DIRECTLY if you can assist.  You can also assist by sharing financial support directly on our Disaster Response Website (http...

Disaster Response Update: Hurricanes and US Disaster Response


September 21, 2020 The Alabama-West Florida Conference is requesting assistance from ERT Teams. The Team Leader must be UMCOR ERT Trained.  Primary needs will be home clean-up, debris removal, and some tarping. To register your team, email: In His Grace, Randy Burbank Disaster Response and Recovery Coordinator for the North Alabama Annual Conference Email:   September 16, 2020 UMCOR is responding to storms in the Gulf and wildfires in the West.  ...

UMCOR expands efforts to respond to coronavirus pandemic; launches COVID-19 Response Fund


The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is expanding its efforts in the fight against COVID-19. UMCOR has launched a giving campaign, “Sheltering in Love,” to assist vulnerable communities in the United States and around the world. Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, UMCOR has been working with health boards, medical professionals, disaster management coordinators and faith leaders to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. Partners in China, Africa and the Philippines ...

Disaster Response: Easter Sunday Storms


April 13, 2020 8 a.m. Our prayers are for all of those impacted by the Easter Sunday Storms from Texas to the East Coast. Please let me know of any damage in your area in one of three ways: Email:   Text: 205-907-2657   Telephone: 205-932-4266 (leave a message if no answer) Remember that in every disaster our Disaster Response Warehouse in Decatur can always use volunteers. Call ahead to see when you can help. In His Grace, Randy Burbank Disaster Response and Recovery ...

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