Wait, Pray, Give: Responding to March Tornadoes

3/4/2019

There is heartbreaking news of devastation after severe storms and tornadoes swept through Alabama and into parts of Georgia on March 3.

"I am praying for the families of those who lost their lives in Alabama, and for these dealing with wreckage in Alabama and South Georgia," said Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson. "Prayers also for the first responders and those helping directly, including Rev. Robin Wilson, pastor at First UMC, Opelika, Rev. Jeff Wilson, Opelika District Superintendent, and North Georgia’s own Rev. Laura Eason, a deacon working with the victims."

In our Conference, the small town of Pine Mountain in the LaGrange District had damage from the storm. Pine Mountain First UMC had power Monday, so opened the church for people to gather for a warm meal and to charge electronics. The church has also been a Red Cross distribution site for water, snacks and paper products. 

For others in the North Georgia Conference, our immediate response is threefold: wait, pray, and give. Following UMCOR protocol and a shared understanding with our sister conferences, we are asked to not self deploy. The North Georgia Conference has been in contact with both Alabama West-Florida and South Georgia conferences and we stand ready to help as we are needed.

Financial donations may be made to any North Georgia United Methodist Church. Mark gifts for NGUMC Fund #4390 US Disaster Response.


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