Tuesday, September 18
The West Virginia South district was featured on their local news for their efforts to assist with hurricane relief. Read the story HERE.
We’re grateful for all churches who are working together to assist those who have need!
Monday, September 17
Hurricane Florence has left the Carolinas, but officials say the worst is yet to come as flooding continues to be a concern. Tens of thousands of homes are damaged, and at least 23 deaths were reported in North and South Carolina. Power outages are widespread, with 430,752 reported outages in North Carolina as of Monday afternoon, and another 9,000 in South Carolina.
Nazarene churches are reporting damage in North Carolina, with more details to come as access becomes more readily available. Beaufort and Morehead City churches are two that have reported flooding so far.
Additional Crisis Care Kits are being sent to North Carolina from South Carolina churches to augment the 1,500 already in place, and other districts nearby are gathering supplies and volunteers for the cleanup effort.
Donations will go to support the long-term recovery process for those with the greatest need. If you would like to volunteer to assist in relief efforts, click the “volunteer” button to register, and you will be contacted when we have an assignment available for your church or team.
Friday, September 14
Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina early on September 14, 2018, with 90 mph winds. One million people were under mandatory evacuations, and thousands of evacuees are housed in emergency shelters. Some interstates, including sections of I-95 and I-40, were closed. A half-million homes and businesses have lost power, and at least 1,000 swift-water rescues have been made so far. Several Nazarene churches are reporting flooding.
The Nazarene Church began preparing in advance and is ready to respond. In the United States, Nazarene Disaster Response teams are mobilized from non-coastal churches and are moving into position to respond.
Nazarene churches are partnering with Heart to Heart International and World Hope to respond once the damage is clear. The church is also poised to distribute Crisis Care Kits to areas of greatest need; currently, 1,500 are stored in North Carolina, and the South Texas District is delivering 3,000 more.
YOUR HELP IS URGENTLY NEEDED
How You Can Help
Please pray for those facing the devastation left by the storms and the ensuing floods. Pray for those who have lost loved ones and homes. Pray for those who are most vulnerable during and after the storm, especially senior adults, individuals with disabilities, and people living in poverty. Pray for the swift delivery of the supplies and care they need, and pray for the months of recovery ahead. Pray for church leaders and churches responding to the needs around them. To send a prayer or note of encouragement, go to ncm.org/pray.
Hurricane Florence will require a long-term response. Once the floodwaters recede, volunteers will be a critical part of the recovery and rebuilding phase. If you are interested in going to the affected areas to help with the disaster response efforts, please click the Volunteer button on the left to register.
Churches and individuals around the world can provide support through the Emergency Relief: 2018 Storm Response fund. Donations will be used for immediate needs, such as water and food, as well as long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts.
To send donations by mail:
In the U.S., make checks payable to "General Treasurer" and send them to:
Global Treasury Services
Church of the Nazarene
P.O. Box 843116
Kansas City, MO 64184-3116
Be sure to put 132652 in the Memo area.
In Canada, make checks payable to "Church of the Nazarene Canada" and send them to:
Church of the Nazarene Canada
3657 Ponytail Drive, Mississauga, ON | L4X 1W5
Be sure to put 132652 in the Memo area.
For any other country, give through your local church or district, designating your gift to Florence Relief Fund.