Disaster Relief

Mission and Ministry
Typhoon Odette caused massive damage to Surigao City in the northern part of Mindanao in the Philippines in December 2021. With many homes destroyed, people continue sheltering in local churches, day care centers, municipal buildings, schools and sports facilities. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Coast Guard via Wikipedia.

Filipino churches step up after super typhoon

Church leaders and groups are reaching out to survivors after a deadly December storm killed more than 400, destroyed homes and damaged crops in the Philippines.
Disaster Relief
The sanctuary of Dresden First United Methodist Church in Dresden, Tenn., lies in rubble except for the organ pipes and a cross and several exterior walls. Church member Jarrett Snider went to the church after a massive storm system swept through the area on Dec. 10-11 and documented the damage to the building and grounds. Photo by Jarrett Snider via Facebook.

United Methodists respond after devastating twisters

United Methodist churches are dealing with death and devastation caused by the tornadoes that clobbered Kentucky, Tennessee and other states overnight on Dec. 10.
Mission and Ministry
Amber Payne reads a story to children at Dodson Chapel Childcare at Hermitage (Tenn.) United Methodist Church. Hermitage United Methodist Church provided a facility at their satellite campus after a tornado destroyed the nearby Dodson Chapel United Methodist Church in March 2020. The new center opened Sept. 13. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Tornado destroys church, but not its ministry

Though a tornado destroyed Dodson Chapel United Methodist Church in 2020, its child care ministry lives on at nearby Hermitage United Methodist Church.
Disaster Relief
Nyorovai Masvanhise (left) and Tendai Madzukwa survey damage at the United Methodist Mashambanhaka Primary School, some 80 miles northeast of Harare, Zimbabwe, after a storm peeled the roof off of several classrooms. Masvanhise is the school’s development chair and Madzukwa is senior teacher at the primary school. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Storms destroy two church institutions in Zimbabwe

Heavy rains and strong winds wipe out classrooms, offices, a clinic and teachers’ residences in both East and West annual conferences.

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