Hurricane Sandy: Our first response is prayerPosted: October 31, 2012
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
You have no doubt been captured by the images in the news with regard to Hurricane Sandy and the devastation that is unfolding still. The East Coast has been turned upside down and the accompanied snowstorm that is following will also be deadly.
United Methodists have always responded to times of crisis with great energy and support. Our gift, in every natural disaster, though is Long Term Recovery. We discovered in Mississippi that UMCOR was the first on the scene and will be the last to leave.
Some of you will want to respond quickly. Let me suggest that your first response is prayer. The second is to open your pocketbooks, your checkbooks and your heart and give. Your gifts will enable us to do the long-term recovery that will be on going. It would be appropriate to prepare cleaning buckets continually as those we have in storage will be deployed immediately. We will listen to our leaders among our UMCOR and UMVIM leadership to offer assistance as we are requested.
When the time is right, we will respond with work teams to participate in the recovery and rebuilding. We have among us gifted, talented and prepared teams to be a part of this faithful response.
Web and mobile donation
As you consider your response, financial gifts are needed now to ensure that our faithfulness can be sustained. You can donate now. Here’s how. Donate to UMCOR US Disaster Response, Advance #901670, and select Hurricanes 2012 from the drop-down menu. You can also text the word RESPONSE to 80888 to give an immediate $10 donation. I give thanks for all you are already doing. We in Tennessee are well acquainted with devastation from storms. May our response be strong!
> CLICK HERE to donate to UMCOR Advance #901670 now
Expecting Greater Things,
Bishop William T. McAlilly