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Responding to Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut

Typhoon and flooding

People who love God and neighbor in the Greater Northwest,

If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and the healing.

I Corinthians 12: 26, The Message.

Tragic death. Terror. Devastating loss. Heroic rescue. Miraculous generosity. Recovery.

When we watch the news coverage of Hurricane Florence on the Atlantic coast of the United States and Typhoon Mangkhut ravaging the Philippines and Northern Mariana Islands, we feel the hurt, and we see what it takes for healing to begin. In every natural disaster lives unravel in ways that take months or years to put back together.

We have neighbors in North Carolina and in the Philippines, who need our love to put their lives back together. And we have United Methodist partners who can carry our love to heal what was broken in these storms.

On Sunday, September 23 or 30, please give what you can to put your love to work by giving to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). You can give through your local church by marking a donation to the U.S. Disaster Response fund (#901670) or the International Disaster Response Fund (#982450). 100% of your gift will be used for response work relief with no administrative overhead.

Or you can give online at You can include your church name when you give so it will be recognized.

And as you give, pray for the people whose lives are disrupted and for those who are responding.  Also say thanks for the United Methodist connections that give us confidence that our gifts are used wisely, for the purpose given, to benefit all God’s people.

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky

Greater Northwest Area

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