Albany Area Storms

Devastating straight-line winds and tornadoes have resulted in significant damage in parts of our Southwest District. The United Methodist Churches of that district have moved quickly to alleviate suffering and provide for the basic needs of storm victims.

Porterfield Memorial UMC and Albany First UMC are spearheading local UMC efforts to provide for essential needs at this time, providing food and blankets, coordinating clean-up teams, washing laundry, and more. Avalon UMC and Albany First UMC are serving as Red Cross shelters, housing those displaced by the storm. Other local and area churches are offering the love and hope of Christ and doing all they can to help.

Conference and district funds have already been released. Dr. Nita Crump, Southwest District Superintendent, is monitoring and coordinating district team efforts. Allison Lindsey and Luis Morales are involved in ongoing assessment and response efforts.

Advocate Article:

United Methodists work to bring relief, hope to storm victims

Emails from Bishop Bryan:

Alive Together in Christ as we bear one another's burdens

The United Methodist Church is at work


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How You Can Help:

All churches throughout the South Georgia Conference are encouraged to join the recovery process.

Work Teams
Luis Morales, Conference Disaster Coordinator, is currently working with several teams from South Georgia and surrounding conferences in partnership with the Dougherty County Emergency Management Agency to coordinate chainsaw and work teams needed in the Albany area. Early response teams and interested individuals should contact Luis at (478) 216-7729 or

Special Offering
Conference and district funds have been released to the impacted areas. Special offerings to continue helping with long-term recovery needs may be sent to the South Georgia Conference Storm Recovery efforts. Please use Conference Advance Special #6796. Mail checks to PO Box 13145, Macon, GA 31208.