Bishop Ward and Al Miller, Director of Disaster Ministries, share exciting news about the goals and work of Disaster Response Ministries in the North Carolina Conference.
BISHOP WARD: Grace and peace to you God’s Easter people.
As water rose in eastern North Carolina following Hurricane Matthew and then Hurricane Florence, God’s people rose up to respond. Al Miller is our Director of Disaster Response Ministries and you will be delighted at the update that he’s about to give.
AL: We recently received information from UMCOR that we have received a $6.4 million dollar grant for hurricane recovery. We are excited about it. This goes in addition to the $1.4M that we received back in October and this allows us to continue our operations through December 2020, so our plans are to impact as many homes as we can and get people back home again.
BISHOP WARD: We are in particular need of volunteers to use these resources to muck out homes that have yet to be touched and to rebuild homes. How many centers do we have now across our conference?
AL: We currently have eight and we’re creating six more satellites to go with that. I’m happy to say that we have 521 cases in active case management. We’re working on over 100 homes now and we have 36 people that have returned home already. Our goal is to get into a thousand zone. Our goal with the help of “STEP” from the state is to impact and get more than 1500 people home by December of next year.
BISHOP WARD: Thank you for your efforts, your generosity, your time, your presence in the midst of this area so impacted. Your gifts bring help and healing to the lives of God’s people. Thank you and share this good news with your congregation.