US tornado disaster: How to help


Tornado season started early in 2012 as a series of storms swept across the central U.S. last week from the Great Plains to the Ohio River Valley and Southeast.

Severe damage was reported in several states with the worst damage occurring in southern Indiana. Dozens of residents lost their lives while hundreds lost their homes.

Nazarene Compassionate Ministries USA/Canada stated that no damage was done to Nazarene churches, according to the districts affected. Some Nazarene families did incurred personal loss, however. 

Local churches have mobilized and are responding accordingly to the disaster. In addition, churches across local districts have organized to assist neighboring communities where residents were affected, even if there is not a Nazarene presence there. The love of Christ is being lived out in tangible expressions of compassion.

Churches on the Alabama North District are responding to those affected in Huntsville, Alabama. Also, three teams of local volunteers were organized and are responding to the disaster in Harrisburg, Illinois, which was severely affected by the tornadoes. Local churches across the East Tennessee District have also organized and approximately 30 volunteers are helping to clear debris and assist residents in Smithville and Monterey, Tennessee, and other affected areas.

Henryville and surrounding communities on the Southwest Indiana District request assistance. Plans are currently underway to help these communities. This area was hit hard by the storms and more volunteers are needed to assist with cleanup. NCM will communicate information on how teams can register to go and assist when a safe and accessible staging area is identified. A crisis service opportunity to assist in southwestern Indiana has been added to NazServe. Click here to view.

Disaster response begins with the local church – first with resources available in the local church along with other community resources, providing disaster relief consistent with the mission of compassion. When the needs surpass the local church, it is augmented by district involvement, including volunteers and additional resources. Finally, the general church, through combined resources of a great global family of Nazarenes, can pray, volunteer, and give, thereby multiplying the capability of the disaster relief response effort.

As always, the general church may assist through monetary donations. The funds collected will assist those in affected areas. The recovery response will stretch beyond these immediate days into the coming months. Financial contributions will assist long after the media has left and families are still rebuilding their lives and communities.

To give through Nazarene Compassionate Ministries online, click here.

To send donations by mail, make checks payable to “General Treasurer” and send them to:

Global Treasury Services
Church of the Nazarene
P.O. Box 843116
Kansas City, MO 64184-3116

Be sure to put ACM1041 – USA Tornadoes in the memo area.

In Canada:
Make checks payable “Church of the Nazarene Canada” and send them to:

Church of the Nazarene Canada
20 Regan Road, Unit 9
Brampton, Ontario L7A 1C3

Be sure to put ACM1041 – USA Tornadoes in the memo area.
–NCM USA/Canada

 

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