This weekend, the Central and Southern U.S. experienced an unprecedented outbreak of powerful and deadly tornadoes. A minimum of 50 reports of tornadoes came in from late Friday into Saturday from Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee. According to the latest reports, at least 100 people are feared dead following the weekend tornado outbreak. The Commonwealth of Kentucky was the hardest hit with at least 64 deaths according to the Kentucky governor. Early estimates on the damage are already being reported to be in the billions of dollars.
Please continue to be in prayer for the victims and the first responders, civil and government officials and relief agencies, like the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), who are already on the ground and providing relief.
The Bishop also is urging the people of the Central Texas Conference to continue their long-standing commitment to provide for the least and the lost in times of need and support the relief and recovery efforts by generously giving to UMCOR Disaster Relief. Just as the Maji generously gave their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh in worshipful response to God’s generous gift of the Christ Child, CTC clergy and laity are urged to reach out and help support our sisters and brothers at this time of need.
There are two ways to give. You may give directly to UMCOR via the UMCOR Advance #901670 (click here to donate) or you can make your donation through the Central Texas Conference. If you wish to give via the Conference, please clearly identify and reference with a Remit Code 5559-Disaster Relief Tornadoes Kentucky on your check and send your donations to:
Central Texas Conference
Attn: Disaster Relief Tornadoes-Kentucky
PO Box 50517
Fort Worth, Texas 76105
You may access a remittance form at ctcumc.org/cmgbreakdown.
Thank you for your prayers for and support for these disaster relief efforts.
“Then the king will reply to them, ‘I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.’” Matthew 25:40 CEB