UMC Flood Relief

Flood ReliefOne Drop Of Water That Leads To A Flood

One drop of water is insignificant.

One trillion drops can stop an entire city!

In Louisiana, in a short time, millions upon millions of drops of water fell from the sky inundating the people, their pets and their homes with flood waters. Four parishes have been declared disaster areas because of this flood. There is much devastation and chaos.

Like snowflakes, individual water droplets are singularly beautiful, even innocuous and not all that forceful. But when they get together, their power becomes an overwhelming flood, sinking entire homes and killing people.

One Drop Of Grace That Leads To A Flood Of Love

Yet, just as much as drops of water coming together can wreak havoc upon a community, so too can United Methodists when we come together to bring grace and love to people devastated by flood waters.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working with FEMA and other national disaster response organizations, including the American Red Cross, Lutheran Disaster Response, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, and the umbrella group, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD). They are helping those affected by this flood with warehouse space, cleanup buckets, distribution assistance, and shelter for evacuees—opening hearts, minds and doors to those in need.

Banding together, United Methodists can take on the flood and show people how God is working their midst.

The best ways to help are to assemble and send cleanup buckets and to support the UMCOR U.S. Disaster Response Advance, #901670, with your donations.

And praying, always praying.

Dear God, we pray hope and peace to our brothers and sisters in Louisiana. We ask for your healing touch upon the land that is flooded. May the waters recede and the time of rebuilding begin. We will not forget them now or when the rains stop. Protect them especially the vulnerable. Watch over them. Amen.

Connecting to Advance Mission Work

Mission Work

We live in a busy, fast-paced world. Time is filled with meetings, travel, budgets, family, and community. It seems 2015 was just yesterday and now March 2016 is here. It is not difficult to get caught up in our daily lives and lose track of the people around us. It is easy to never look up and see the needs of the world that surrounds us. It’s easy to never experience or connect with any sort of mission work.

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Meditation Monday: Refugee Relief

 

Photo of Syrian refugees coming ashore on the Greek island of Lesbos that accompanied the Guardian‘s editorial (9/3/15) condemning “the refusal to intervene against Bashar al-Assad.” (photo: Angelos Tzortzinis/Getty)

 

Matthew 25:35b: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

The refugee humanitarian crisis in Europe has given me pause to ask the question, “What can I do?”

As an individual Christian I can pray. Pray for the refugees who in seeking to do better by their families, are often victimized on the journey to freedom from hunger, tyranny and violence. Pray for those caring for them. Pray for an end to the wars that are causing these refugees to flee from their homes in terror. I can also, through my local church, provide financial support by giving to the Advance projects directed to aid people in the most need.

As General Secretary of the General Council on Finance and Administration, I am incredibly grateful to be a part of the process of connecting United Methodist annual conferences, districts, local churches, and organizations, as well as individuals and families to those agencies, missionaries and affiliated groups who are in the trenches, serving persons displaced by the fighting in Syria and Iraq.

GCFA, through the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) processes the gifts that come into the church and sends it to those in need. One hundred percent of all Advance giving goes to the chosen mission project or ministry.

Refugee Relief

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If you would like to take part in this ministry, contributions to UMCOR’s ongoing work with the refugee relief in Europe and the Middle East should be made to the International Disaster Relief Fund, Advance #982450, at www.umcmission.org/Give-to-Mission/Search-for-Projects/Projects/982450. UMCOR has allocated $2 million to provide the basics of life to persons displaced in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and Turkey.

 

Prayer:

Lord, Jesus having been found a stranger in his own hometown, we know you as the God to the outsider, the migrant, the ones who find themselves in a foreign land. As you once walked in the cool of the garden with Adam and Eve, help us to also walk with those who have been displaced by war and violence as they journey to somewhere safer, Lord. Bless the gifts of food, time, and finances that are given throughout the UMC connection and all people of faith that strive to keep your commandment to love one another as ourselves. Amen.