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Oklahoma United Methodist Disaster Recovery...Staying Until Recovery is Complete!

You have likely heard the saying, “If you're not dead, you're not done”.  This needs to be our mantra to push on, to run the race that is laid out in front of us. We must keep fighting and finish the race. Because nothing, not even our lives, is more important than completing the race. (paraphrased Hebrews 12:1, 2 Timothy 4:7, Acts 20:24)

The Oklahoma United Methodist Disaster Response, with the help of partner organizations, and thousands of volunteers from around the country, continue to run the race.  We run to meet disaster survivors where they are, in their time of need, in the midst of home conditions in disrepair from floods, high winds, hail, tornado…

Come run with us until we are done, or until…

The Oklahoma United Methodist Disaster Response ministry has funding through July 2018.  We need your help in ensuring Oklahoma disaster survivors have their home repair needs met by funding this ministry well into the future.

We know God will make you rich in every way so that you can always give freely. And your giving through us will make people give thanks to God. The funds you are offering helps disaster survivors with their needs, but that is not all it does. It is also bringing more and more thanks to God. This funding is a proof of your faith, and people will praise God because of it. They will praise God that you freely share what you have. They will praise Him to see you following the Good News about Christ that you openly accepted. They will praise God because you freely share with them and with all people. (paraphrased 2 Corinthians 9:11-13)

We welcome your generous donations online.  You may also contact our office to learn more about this ministry and the need to continue.

Many weeks are open on the project calendar for your volunteer team to come to Oklahoma.  Our staff will arrange for your lodging, deliver materials and provide oversight on the task to be accomplished. You can register online or contact us for more information.

Help us tell the story of your volunteer service with us.  By collecting your thoughts and stories through a short 4 question survey we can improve our efforts and share the valuable experiences of your mission.  Please take the survey now!

Our disaster partner Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Oklahoma City provides the case management for the 2015 spring storm survivors.  Below are some survivor quotes they received following volunteer work we project managed on their homes.
  • "Words can never be enough to allow you to know how much difference this amount of help can make.  I am 77 and my husband is 82.  God is good.  He works in ways we do not even know exists.  Federal government could not help at time of the flood, yet now coming from Catholic Charities sending materials and someone to install it."
  • "I am still in a state of awe and jubilant wonder at the appearance of a new roof on my dwelling place.  And so I want to thank you."
  • "One day the phone rang.  What she said was like a voice from an angel.  'What do you need?' Air unit inside home was full of mold and mildew was growing.  We had missed it from the 2015 flood.  Without hesitation, air unit was on the list.  My husband was in Vietnam twice and has illness from Agent Orange.  But he can breathe now.  Thanks to everyone."
  • “The people are so pleasant and courteous to me, my kids, and animals.  Very professional and because of this my family and I getting better and doing great.  Thank you for all involved in my case.”

First UMC, Sulphur
H2O Church, Ardmore
First UMC, Lawton
Mary Niblack Baptist Church, Ardmore
First UMC, Okmulgee

NCCC AmeriCorps Earth 4
Chapel Hill UMC, OK
Boston Avenue UMC, OK
St. Marks UMC, OK
Iowa State University, Association of General Contractors Student Chapter, IA
Hugoton UMC Youth, KS
Iowa Presbyterian Partners, IA
Mennonite Disaster Services, OK