The North Carolina Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NC VOAD) has been honored as 2017 State/Territory VOAD of the Year by the National VOAD organization for the rapid and coordinated response to Hurricane Matthew. The award was recently presented to Ann Huffman, president of NC VOAD and NCCUMC disaster response readiness coordinator, at VOAD’s 25th… Continue Reading→
Posts and information about the response to Hurricane Matthew.
What’s it like to man the Disaster Response Call Center for the North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church? The chairs are pretty comfortable, the hot coffee is brewing, the company is good, and the work…well, it has eternal meaning. When the phones ring, the stories pour in — stories from God’s people who… Continue Reading→
“Frisco Mo” is a hardy man who defines self-reliance. At 87, he loves telling his seafaring stories and reliving adventures from years as a fisherman. Living on Hatteras Island when Hurricane Matthew blew through, he remained undaunted, though his situation was very dire. Before daylight on the morning of the storm, Mo was in his… Continue Reading→
As we prepare to enter Holy Week and in honor of Jesus, who suffered on the cross, Bishop Ward encourages us to be generous in giving to a mission project to alleviate suffering in the world.
Last week, March 20-24, volunteers from the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church (NGC) were busy in Lumberton making the noises that Early Response Teams make: clanging, banging, and dragging. Ten people from the NGC were on the scene, including cabinet and connectional ministries team members. Scott Parrish, mission specialist for the NGC,… Continue Reading→
Bishop Ward encourages churches to lift up the ministries of UMCOR on UMCOR Sunday, March 26 (or another Sunday that works best) and receive an offering in gratitude for the assistance the North Carolina Conference has received from UMCOR.
John’s house on Martin Luther King Drive in Lumberton had been growing mold since Hurricane Matthew flooded the area in October. Water had breached the house up to waist high and left a nice layer of moisture to help the mold spread from floor to ceiling. Saturday, January 21st, a volunteer team of 25 from… Continue Reading→
Twenty-five NCCUMC staff members traveled to Lumberton on January 26 to assist with disaster response work. Many of these folks have spent previous days volunteering at Hurricane Matthew worksites, but this was the second official staff work day. Douglas Ward, NCCUMC information technology director, installed Wi-Fi at Chestnut Street UMC, while others worked at a flood-damaged house,… Continue Reading→
Bishop Ward gives a report on the conference Mission Endowment Fund, which has made a grant of $60,000 to the Conference Disaster Response Ministries to be used for Hurricane Matthew recovery.