Disaster Repsonse announces completion of “Let’s Finish This”
Oklahoma’s Disaster Response ministry has announced the completion of the “Let’s Finish This” initiative.
The initiative called for United Methodists in Oklahoma to help complete work on many homes that were damaged by state-wide floods in 2015.
Efforts to help families move toward recovery were led by Rev. Richard Norman for three years. Norman, the coordinator for the Disaster Response ministry, said personal stories and statistical data are being gathered in order to fully share about the work that’s been completed.
“One of the most difficult aspects of my ministry in Disaster Response has been those past disaster events in which we were not able to ‘finish’ serving those in need,” Norman said. “This initiative and the surrounding support elements of the 2015 Recovery have shown us that we can ‘Stay Until Recovery is Complete’ and finish that which God has laid before us to do.”
One of the realities the ministry faces is that recovery work does not truly end; there’s always a need to address current needs and to prepare for the future.
Norman is thankful for the churches, volunteers and community organizations who worked together to complete recovery projects this summer.
“It is my sincere prayer that God will help us to find a way to continue to ‘finish’ serving the survivors of future disaster events.”
Donations to support recovery work through Disaster Response can be made online at www.okumcmission.org/dr.