Situation Update from Don Scott - April 18

Situation Update, West, Texas from Don Scott, Central District Superintendent
3:45 p.m. April 18 - I have been in conversation with Jimmy Sansom (pastor at West FUMC), Laraine Waughtal (Conference Disaster Relief Coordinator) and Kyland Dobbins (Conference Mission Experience Coordinator).  At this time, Jimmy and Laraine are in the process of assessing the need, both short term and long term.  At present there is no need for persons to come to West.  They are still in the search and rescue mode.  It will be at least another 24 hours before they are through. 
We have begun a relief offering conference wide (see Conference Website).  As time passes, there will be other needs.  We will advise as those arise.  This will be a long term recovery.  Please be in prayer for all.  Laraine will be updating me soon.  As a note, UMCOR has already contacted Bishop Lowry to offer assistance.  When Laraine walked in to the Red Cross Center in West, her badge had UMCOR on it.  The Red Cross official shouted, “Yes! UMCOR is here!”
With God’s strength and resources, together we will be a vital part of the team rebuilding the community.
Specific Prayer Concerns:
Casey and John Nader (Associate Pastor at Grace, Copperas Cove) on the deaths of two of Casey’s uncle’s who were firefighters on the scene when it exploded.
Boyce Vardiman (Retired Clergy) on the death of his nephew who was also at the scene when it exploded.
Prayer Service Tonight
There will be a Prayer Service tonight, 7:00 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 5420 Bagby Avenue, in Waco.
Blood Drive
The Carter Blood Mobile will be at First United Methodist Church, Cobbs and Lake Air, Waco, from 8:-12:30 this Sunday, April 21st.  The blood mobile will be parked down by the Family Life Center. 
Thank you for your prayers.