Hurricane Laura Update: Praying, Giving, Waiting


September 2020 Update
The North Georgia Conference continues to communicate with our neighbors in the Louisiana Annual Conference following Hurricane Laura. The state is overwhelmed by the scale and scope of this disaster. Louisiana is still in the emergency phase and evacuated locals are displaced well outside the direct path of the storm.

Our Louisiana Conference counterparts are coordinating with their government, faith, and nonprofit partners as well as with UMCOR. They confirm that prayers and funding are what is most useful at this time.

"At this point, our giving to UMCOR is the best and most helpful strategy," said Rev. Scott Parrish, North Georgia's Disaster Response Coordinator. "The Louisiana Conference will need us at a future date and they pray we remember and respond at that time when they can accommodate us."

August 2020 Update
We join together in prayer for all in the path of Hurricane Laura. The storm brought significant damage, power outages, flooding, and tragic loss of life. North Georgia Conference leaders have been in regular communication with the Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church. UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) has readied its response in coordination with local Disaster Response coordinators. 

There are three ways we in North Georgia can help:

  1. Pray - Be in prayer for all in the path of the storm
  2. Give - Give through your local church to UMCOR (mark your gift for US Disaster Response) or through the UMCOR Website
  3. Wait - Do not self-deploy. Trained and badged Early Response Teams stand ready to serve, but any mission team should only respond when deployed by the North Georgia Conference. We are able to do the greatest good when disaster response efforts are coordinated across our connection.
While there is a long road to recovery ahead, the Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church responded with hope the morning after the storm: "The sun rose this morning and God is with us."