North Georgia's bishop recently traveled to disaster response sites in South Carolina and North Carolina to visit with residents, talk with Conference leaders, and to offer a hand from our Annual Conference to theirs.
She spent time in both Nichols, SC, and Lumberton, NC -- two of the towns where Hurricane Matthew's landfall in October caused the most destruction. Flooding wasn't predicted in either location and the damage was unexpected, devastating, and wide-spread. In Nichols, 85 percent of the homes and businesses were flooded and are uninhabitable. In Robeson County, where Lumberton is located, 5,000 residents are displaced. This includes a United Methodist church and the long-standing United Methodist ministry, the Robeson County Church and Community Center.
"We are here because North Georgia is one of the only Annual Conferences in the SEJ that is unaffected by natural disaster," explained Bishop Sue. "There is work to do here. Suffering is in our back yard. Please bring teams."
Here are some of the details to share with your church.
Where are North Georgia teams needed?
There are disaster response sites from Virginia to Florida and from Alabama to Louisiana and across Tennessee. Teams are spread more thin than leaders can ever remember. North Georgia has targeted Nichols, SC, and Lumberton, NC, to focus our efforts. There are two places were there is great need and where our teams can currently make the biggest difference. Both are approximately a 5 hour drive from the Atlanta area.
Who can help?
Teams of all skill levels are needed in both locations. From college students, to Bible study groups, to experienced mission teams, there is a place you can serve.
What is the timeline?
Teams are needed in the coming weeks and across the entire next year or longer.
How do we sign up to help?
For South Carolina, contact Chuck Marshall at 803-386-7217
For North Carolina, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-440-9167
Who in North Georgia help me determine the best way to help?
The Conference Mission Specialist, Rev. Scott Parrish, can help answer your questions and give you direction, which can be especially helpful for a first time volunteer! Email him at email@example.com.
What about giving?
There are two excellent ways to give.