Oklahoma Tornado: UM Conferences respond

United Methodist Annual (regional) Conference disaster relief coordinators are meeting and planning to send money and deploy mission teams as soon as they get the word from the United Methodist Committee on Relief that the time is right for teams to go into areas affected by tornadoes.

Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner sent $2,000 to each bishop in the Central Texas and Oklahoma conferences to assist their disaster response teams. The conference is gearing up to send mission teams to both conferences when the time comes, said Dan Gangler, director of communication, Indiana Conference. Indiana was hit hard by tornadoes in 2012.

Michigan Area Bishop Deborah L. Kiesey called for prayers and donations.

Let us join our prayers together that all might be surrounded by the presence of God and strengthened by the prayers of people across the nation,” she said.


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