Disaster Relief

Mission and Ministry
Early on the morning of Nov. 26, a violent 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Albania, claiming over 20 lives, injuring 600 and collapsing buildings. Courtesy of Google maps.

Church mobilizes after earthquakes rock Albania

United Methodists seek ways to offer material help and emotional support in hardest-hit areas.
Local Church
A contractor in protective gear studies one of the last remaining lots being cleared of hazardous soil in Paradise, Calif., on Nov. 4, 2019. Wildfires have damaged or destroyed at least 198,392 acres in the state. Photo by Staff Sgt. Amanda Johnson of the California National Guard. Courtesy Defense Visual Information Distribution Network.

Response to wildfires deepens with experience

Some people dig in while others leave or work to help fire survivors. Responses are evolving as Californians get more experience dealing with wildfires.
Mission and Ministry
Protesters throw garbage at the entrance of the Immigration and Emigration Direction nel Moise, in the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, October 28, 2019. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares.

Help for Haitians stymied by political unrest

United Methodists have helped the Haitian people through an earthquake, hurricane and cholera epidemic in the past decade, but political turmoil is sidelining efforts for now.
Mission and Ministry
Vivian Chigweshe, right, stands in front of her home, which was destroyed by Cyclone Idai in March. She is among the survivors who will have a new house built with support from The United Methodist Church. Standing from left are lay leader Chirobwe Kupeti and the Rev. Jairos Mafondokoto, Masvingo District superintendent.  Photo by Chenayi Kumuterera, UM News.

Church continues to aid Cyclone Idai survivors

Eight months after deadly storm, conference support helps survivors rebuild in Zimbabwe.

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