Mission Teams needed in SC, TX

August 3, 2016

Disciples disaster response is serving with the people and neighbors of Columbia, SC, which suffered massive flooding last October, and Rowlett, TX, where a tornado struck on Dec. 26, 2015. Help is needed to continue these responses.

The mission in South Carolina marked the launch of a new, collaborative partnership with the disaster ministries of the United Church of Christ and the Church of the Brethren. Working cooperatively, our organizations were able to secure grant funding from the Central Carolina Community Foundation, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, and the United Way of the Midlands. These funds have enabled the purchase of building materials for homeowners needing assistance; a smaller portion has also off-set some administrative and volunteer-coordination expenses. By working together and pursuing this grant support, Disciples (and UCC and Brethren) giving has been stretched, increasing the impact of financial gifts and the service of volunteer mission teams. The work in South Carolina continues, and teams are needed to serve from now through the end of October. Please visit this page to learn more and sign-up today.

When a tornado blew through Rowlett, TX and neighboring communities the day after Christmas, the people of First Christian Church sprang into action. They offered immediate assistance to neighbors whose lives were unexpectedly torn apart by the storm. The church had a strong desire to be a part of the long-term recovery, so Rev. Ann Dodson and Erin Harwell became active in the formation of the community’s long-term recovery group. First Christian became a part of a network of churches and social service agencies offering assistance, offering supplies and volunteer labor to those who cannot make a proper recovery on their own. In June, long-term volunteer Steve Huston arrived at First Christian to help with the coordination of volunteer efforts. While the damage from the tornado was significant, Rowlett fell just 61 homes shy of the benchmark needed to qualify for a more robust federal disaster assistance package. Local agencies and faith groups have responded, but outside resources are needed to help fill the gaps. Mission teams are being scheduled through the end of next summer. Please visit this page to learn more and sign-up today.