Earlier this week severe storms left a path of destruction in the Southwest District producing tornadoes and straight line winds that left many without power in addition to significant damage to property and homes. Porterfield UMC and Albany First are spearheading local UMC efforts to provide for essential needs at this times - food, blankets, clean up teams, etc. Avalon UMC has opened up their doors as a Red Cross shelter. Other local and surrounding area churches in that district are pitching in as well. Conference and district funds have already been released as well as health kits. Dr. Nita Crump, Southwest District Superintendent, is also involved in monitoring and coordinating district team efforts.
The building of Love Thy Neighbor, a food and clothing ministry of Avalon UMC, was completely destroyed. Avalon UMC volunteers took the food to the Leesburg UMC Food Pantry so that the food could still be used by those in need.
Porterfield UMC is serving as a meal prep station, preparing meals - both hot meals and brown bag meals - to deliver to the hard hit areas. The meals have benefitted both residents affected and first responders, line crews and volunteers. Porterfield UMC is also serving their neighbors through the ministry of Loads of Love, washing clothes at the local laundromat for those who still have no electricity.
All churches throughout the South Georgia Conference are encouraged to join the recovery process. Early response teams are needed in the area. Interested teams and individuals should contact Luis Morales, South Georgia Disaster Response Coordinator, at (478) 216-7729 or email@example.com.
To give financially to South Georgia Conference Storm Recovery efforts, please use Conference Advance Special #6796.
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Love Thy Neighbor,