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posted May 22, 2013, 6:48 AM by Debra Dowdle

We are all stunned by the magnitude of the damage and loss of life resulting from the tremendous tornado that struck Moore, OK yesterday. And, of course, there were more tornados in the two days previous, and there are more predicted for today, both in the Midwest and in Texas. Undoubtedly, questions are already being asked in your districts as to how we can respond. Attached is a message from my counterpart in the Oklahoma Conference, Richard Norman. It gives good information, both as to what we can do and what we should not do.

 

Richard's directions were for the churches in the OK Conference. In addition to sending money to that conference directly, we should also consider sending funds to the advance for UMCOR US Disaster Response, #901670. Also, people can text 80888 from a cell phone to make an automatic $10 donation for UMCOR. These donations will be undesignated and will be used by UMCOR where most needed..

 

I will be sending other information as it becomes available. For now, prayer and donations are most needed. However, you can also start now motivating your local church members to be thinking about forming UMVIM teams for long term recovery. Undoubtedly, there are families whose homes are damaged, if not destroyed, that are underinsured or without insurance that will need help to rebuilt.

 

Shalom,

George

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Debra Dowdle,
May 22, 2013, 6:48 AM
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