Messages of encouragement and promises of prayers are coming to Moore, Okla., from around the world and the Rev. Tish Malloy, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Moore, said “it means so much to us.”
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“Our material resource ministry is extremely important for two reasons,” said the Rev. Tom Hazelwood, who heads UMCOR’s disaster response in the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America.
On April 12, UMCOR directors approved $3 million grants to both the New York and Greater New Jersey conferences, to be delivered in six-month installments. The Peninsula-Delaware Conference received $500,000 for its Sandy recovery work in Somerset County, Md.
United Methodist coordinators in New Jersey, New York and Maryland are beginning to schedule rebuilding teams for those whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Sandy last October.
When asked to tell a story from his visit to Cuba shortly after Hurricane Sandy swept through the Caribbean nation last October, Rev. Juan Vera, former bishop of Puerto Rico and a disaster response consultant for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), finds it hard to stop at just one.
Until pipes burst, causing the dining room and kitchen ceilings to collapse, the Rev. Eugene Chamberlin thought he could stop the churning waters of Hurricane Sandy from causing major damage to the parsonage of First United Methodist Church in Belmar, N.J. The Belmar parsonage was one of seven deemed uninhabitable by the denomination’s Greater New Jersey Annual (regional) Conference after the storm struck the state in late October.
Across the country, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has trained more than 10,000 ERT members who help people. Their specialized training and credentials allow them to move quickly into a disaster zone once they officially are deployed.
One month after the hurricane-turned-Superstorm Sandy hit, it’s possible to summarize the church’s response in numbers, though these statistics are ever-changing as relief efforts continue in earnest. But the numbers — impressive as they are — show only the tiniest facade of the story.