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Newsletter 12-22-16

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THANKFUL NEEDS

Grateful Thanksgiving!  What a season of thankfulness and grateful expectation as we stop to truly reflect on who God is and what He has done through us.  God is good! … All the time! … God is good!

For as much as we give thanks to God we also give thanks for you, the volunteers, who opened your hearts and allowed God to use you as His hands, feet, and voice in the world.

Luke 6:31 “Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them!

As we give thanks for the past and present, we also look ahead with grateful expectation.  We know that many families are still in need.  Moreover, we know that many will answer the call and serve those needing recovered from 2015 and 2016 storms in Oklahoma.  We give thanks in advance for YOU!

You are needed now to bring the hope of recovery into reality for hundreds of families across the state!

FROM HOPE TO HAPPINESS

Meredith is a disaster survivor from the storms that rolled through the central part of Oklahoma in the spring of 2016. Meredith lives with her son, who is attending college and is a member of the National Guard.

The storms that came through Meredith’s part of the state pounded her home with heavy rain and powerful straight line wind. The wind ripped shingles off the roof allowing a lot of rain to fall into her home following.  Pieces of the ceiling fell to the floor in four different rooms; Meredith’s room, her son’s room, the kitchen, and the dining room were left a mess.  Before help arrived the mold grew on the remaining drywall in all of these rooms.

Meredith had no idea who to call, but on her way home from work one day, she saw a tool trailer bearing our logo in use by an OKUMC-DR volunteer team.  She stopped and asked our project manager for help, who then forwarded her information to a case manager, and hence the recovery process began. Through help provided by OKUMC-DR, Meredith and her son got a new roof, new ceilings, paint, and great peace of mind.

Recovery = Volunteers

BEING THE CHURCH

Spring of 2015 and 2016 brought on disaster statewide.  There were 66 of the state’s 77 counties affected by these two storm seasons.  There are many families still in great need of assistance.  Our greatest need in helping these families recover is for volunteers.  We need the “church”!  The church universal spoken to by God saying “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these, you did it to Me.’ (Matthew 25:45)

Serve God by serving those in need.

Volunteer now!

To join us in the recovery efforts sign up online.

If you have questions about volunteer opportunities contact us.

We will coordinate all work projects to include supplying materials and tools needed.  Our project managers are experienced in all phases of recovery work and can teach the skills necessary to accomplish the task.  We will also help your team find lodging.  Volunteering made easy!

ONCE UPON A DISASTER, OR WAS THAT TWICE

Agnes is a survivor of multiple devastating disasters. In 2012, her mobile home was destroyed in a wild fire in the central part of the state. She was forced to use all her savings for a down payment on a used mobile home, and to replace the belongings that she lost in the blaze. Not long after paying off the mortgage on her new home in 2015, a massive storm rolled in that caused major flood damage to her access road and electric lines, as well as major wind damage to her roof, which led to extensive water damage in her home.

Agnes received relief funds through FEMA, but became a victim of contractor fraud, and lost those funds without receiving proper repair work to her home in return. With her home’s condition getting worse and with no idea where else to turn, she applied to Crisis Clean-Up. OKUMC Disaster Response claimed her case. Once in the recovery process with OKUMC-DR, funding for repairs to her home were secured through case management, volunteer teams were paired to the job through volunteer management, and work site supervision and problem solving was accomplished by project management. Because of the efforts of OKUMC-DR, Agnes now has a new roof, new siding, new windows, new floors, new insulation and sheetrock. And above all, Agnes now has hope.

Hope of Recovery = Volunteers

RECOGNITION

Thanks to our wonderful disaster volunteers providing survivors with the help they need.

Scottsdale, Arizona - Pinnacle Presbyterian Church

Team of 4 worked on 2 disaster survivor’s homes accomplishing drywall, framing, tape/mud, texturing…

Denver, Colorado - AmeriCorps NCCC Southwest Region Earth 5

Team of 10 worked on 3 disaster survivor’s homes accomplishing roofing, muck-out, flooring, insulation, drywall, tape/mud, painting, texturing, siding, framing, windows, doors…