By Kara Witherow, Editor
A popular meme states, “It’s never a good sign when Jim Cantore comes to town.”
Cantore, a meteorologist and on-air personality for The Weather Channel, is a famous figure in hurricane reporting and is well-known for being in the middle of the worst weather.
But on April 27, South Georgia residents have nothing to fear from Cantore. Instead of reporting from the eye of a hurricane he’ll be the keynote speaker at the Conference Discipleship Teams’ “Witnessing Through The Storm” event.
“Based on our experiences these past several years with hurricanes, straight-line winds, tornadoes, and flooding, responding to natural disasters feels like it has become our ‘new normal,’” said Allison Lindsey, Associate Director of Connectional Ministries. “During these times, churches have a tremendous opportunity to be a witness in their communities, and this event is designed to equip both individuals and congregations to be prepared and explore what their niche can be in their communities and throughout the connection.”
“Witnessing Through The Storm,” set for Saturday, April 27 at Cordele First United Methodist Church, will be a day of exploring the many ways individuals and churches can be prepared in the event of a natural disaster and “be the church” in their communities and throughout the world. An all-day event, it begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.
“This will be a day of equipping, inspiring, building capacity and preparing for our future impact in disaster response ministry,” Lindsey said. “The Conference Outreach and Missions teams are organizing this event for those who are seeking to learn more and are also offering advanced training for those who have been engaged in response ministries.”
In addition to Cantore, the day’s other special guests include Cathy Earl, UMCOR’s Director of Disaster Response and U.S. Partner Relations, and Jenny Phillips, Global Ministries’ Creation Care/Sustainable Development Program Manager.
The Conference Disaster Response Team will be collecting UMCOR hygiene kits and school kits the day of the event. Click here for information and instructions on assembling these kits.
Click here for more information about the “Witnessing Through The Storm” event.
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