How people are helping in the wake of Sandy

Hurricane Sandy intensifies need for Connecticut homeless

LEDYARD, Conn. —Southeastern Connecticut Project Homeless Connect was welcomed to a new home on Friday, the Norwich Bulletin reports, and Gales Ferry United Methodist Church volunteers were pleased to be helping the less fortunate, especially soon after Hurricane Sandy. “It’s important to provide these services,” the Rev. James Hensley said during the event, which served about 300 people. “The need is all around us.”

Read more: Gales Ferry event helps homeless with haircuts, food, care

 

British Methodists make grants for Sandy aid

LONDON —The Methodist Church in Britain has agreed a grant of £18,000 ($28,763)in aid to support communities struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The grants made from the Church’s World Mission Fund will go to churches in Cuba and Haiti to help them rebuild their communities, the Ekkelsia website reported. The United Methodist Committee on Relief’s hurricane appeal will receive £3,000 ($4,794) to aid relief in the United States.

Read more: Methodist Church in Britain makes grants to victims of Hurricane Sandy

 

UMCOR Depot West sends supplies east

SALT LAKE CITY — An 18-wheeler semitrailer left the United Methodist Committee on Relief warehouse the evening of Nov. 2 for New York, hoping to give aid to those struck by Hurricane Sandy.”We’ve been prepared for a long time for an event like this,” the Rev. Brian Diggs told KSL-TV.

Read more: Methodist Church sends semitruck of cleaning supplies to NY

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Cyclone Idai survivor Geshem Makufa, 55, is being treated at United Methodist Mutambara Mission Hospital in the Chimanimani District of Eastern Zimbabwe. He is pictured with his wife, Tandiwe Makufa. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

Church embraces cyclone survivors in Zimbabwe

United Methodist offer physical and emotional support as relief efforts continue in hard-hit areas.
Mission and Ministry
A doctor examines a child at a camp for people displaced in flooding in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, near Beira, Mozambique.  REUTERS/Mike Hutchings, please do not reuse.

‘We thank God because we are alive’

United Methodists gather to support cyclone survivors as relief efforts ramp up in hardest-hit areas of Mozambique.
Mission and Ministry
Lydia Chimonyo Girls High School students carry buckets to gather water at a borehole in Chimanimani, Zimbabwe. There is no running water at the school since Cyclone Idai damaged the school’s water plant. Photo by the Rev. Duncan Charwadza.

Church mobilizes to help cyclone survivors

Cyclone Idai left a path of destruction in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, killing at least 180 people and damaging United Methodist schools, churches, hospitals and homes.