Earlier this year Bishop Wayne appointed new diocesan Disaster Response Co-Coordinators. They are the Rev. Maria Evans, who has just accepted an interim pastorship at Christ Church in Rolla, and Janet Thompson, member of Calvary Church in Columbia, who in her day job is the Boone County District II Commissioner. They have hit the ground running with this early onset of flooding season, and will be providing the diocese with ongoing updates.
Our first call to action comes as snow melt, blizzards, and torrential rains hit the upper Midwest, creating record flooding. Much of the flooding has occurred in Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota, although some parts of the Diocese of West Missouri have also been affected.
Being people of good will, we want to help. Right now, here’s how:
- Pray. God is listening. God is with all of us. With God’s help, we will come out the other side of this disaster.
- Donating money to Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program or a diocesan or parish fund in the affected region, such as the Diocese of Nebraska flood relief.
- Attention. Listen for news of additional flooding. Listen for stories of family and friends in your own parish with ties to affected areas. Watch for updates in diocesan publications. Share your stories and concerns with our dio coordinators.
During this emergency, Maria and Janet will continue to participate in ERD’s weekly conference calls with leaders in the affected and surrounding dioceses. Their first such call took place on March 22, 2019, with updates from leaders on-the-ground gauging degree of flooding from normal spring to catastrophic, and sharing specific resources and funds set up, like the DioNebraska site and video.
With God’s help, working together as a diocese, we will be able to better prepare ourselves for emergency situations that occur within our jurisdiction and those outside the diocese for which our assistance might be helpful.
*Note: Please do not donate or organize donations of physical items without a specific request for that kind of aid. It creates collateral damage by diverting resources from critically needed activities to working with the shipments of goods. Immediately after a disaster, money is best.
*** This article was taken from the Diocesan iSeek weekly email sent out on Friday, March 29, 2019 ***