Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
The South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church is immediately responding to the weekend tornado outbreak that left a deadly trail in six Midwest states. We also need your help to show our connectional love and support.
Through your generous support, the conference is sending $20,000 of disaster response funds to the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference, led by Bishop Bill McAlilly, to use in the immediate response.
We have shown in previous similar disaster response situations that our conference has a desire to walk alongside those in need. We invite you to give a monetary donation to our conference. 100% of the donations will be sent to the Tennessee-Kentucky Conference. Click here to give online. You can also give through your local church. Your local church will then send the money to the Administrative Services Office. Or you can mail money directly earmarked for Conference Advance Special #6798 to Administrative Services, PO Box 7227, Macon, GA 31209.
You may also give to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) through this link (US Disaster Response and Recovery #901670). UMCOR will be on the ground and will be assisting devastated areas.
Early Response Teams
If you are interested in serving in the affected areas, please contact your District Disaster Response Coordinator (see list below).
At this time, supplies and ERT teams are not yet needed. Money will allow our brothers and sisters to provide relief in areas that were damaged in the coming days and weeks. We will continue to communicate needs as we hear of them.
Finally, please keep those who experienced loss or trauma from the storms in your prayers. Suffering after a storm is unimaginable, especially during Advent and Christmas.
We are grateful for your support during this time.
Coastal District Coordinator
Northeast District Coordinator
North Central District Coordinator
Northwest District Coordinator
South Central District Coordinator
Southwest District Coordinator
To South Georgia early response team (ERT) members and other volunteers:
We all have watched the devastation that Hurricanes Ida and Nicholas left in Louisiana and other Gulf States. The Louisiana Conference has asked for ERT assistance. Our district coordinators are working on deploying to help support relief efforts. This is your opportunity to put your training to the task!
Even if you have not taken an ERT class (check for classes at www.sgaumc.org/erttrainings), you might be able to join a team. If you are interested in serving, please check your schedules and let your district coordinators know of your availability. The six district’s coordinators are listed above. We will post deployment dates here as they are finalized.
South Georgia Conference Disaster Coordinator
Connectional Ministries Team Leader