Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Call for disaster help in Tulsa


The Andrews family is among those in west Tulsa who lost homes in tornadoes last year. Living with the couple in their mobile home were the elementary-age daughter, a nephew, and grandmother.  

The home suffered a direct hit, and all their belongings also were lost. Without insurance or savings, the family despaired of recovering through its limited resources.

Then management of their case was picked up by Oklahoma United Methodist Disaster Response Ministry.

On Nov. 14 volunteers from Tulsa-Faith UMC arrived to help the family, which had moved into an aged mobile home in need of much repair. They coated the roof of that home with waterproofing, built a front porch, made electrical repairs, removed and replaced insulation and drywall, and repaired floors.

The deeply grateful family worked alongside the volunteers all day.

The Faith UMC team was so moved by the encounter that the church committed to further help the Andrews family, completing more repairs and providing funds to service the home’s heating unit and install a new water heater.

They truly blessed the Andrews’ family and made Thanksgiving and Christmas especially enjoyable.

Faith Church’s spirit of helping and giving also blessed the Disaster Response Ministry. We thank its people for contributing to this success story.

Weather extremes in 2015 left so many Oklahomans in need of help, and the Disaster Response Ministry is staffed and ready to support hundreds of volunteers. Project managers and volunteer coordinators are trained, experienced, and equipped to support them in service to disaster survivors.

The vast majority of this ministry’s work is with survivors who live on the fringes of economic survival and thus are in greatest need of support.

Please take a moment and discern how God has positioned you to help. Then connect with us at www.okumc-dr.org/contact.

— By Disaster Response Ministry staff


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In the Tulsa area, Disaster Volunteer Days have been scheduled Jan. 23 and 30 by the Oklahoma United Methodist Disaster Response office. People of all skill levels are welcome. Work will range from debris pick-up and demolition to renovation inside homes. Sign up



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