VIM and Disaster Response updates, August 2015

SCJ Mission Academy 2015 set for Sept. 25-27 in Texas

The South Central Jurisdiction Mission Academy brings together those who desire to serve others through hands-on mission to learn, share and discuss healthy and effective ways to do so. This year, the Academy offers a variety of courses, from Disaster Response to Leadership to Understanding Poverty and much more.

This year’s academy will be hosted at Hoblitzelle Camp and Conference Center in Midlothian, Texas, from 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25 until 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. To review course options or to register, visit

If you have questions after reviewing the information on the website, contact Audrey Phelps, Volunteers In Mission and Disaster Response director for the South Central Jurisdiction, at 636-344-0389 or

If you plan to attend, please email Janice and Byron Mann, as they are keeping track of attendees from Arkansas and are available to offer referrals for particular classes.

Notes of thanks from Byron and Janice

Many thanks to those Early Response Team (ERT) trained and certified individuals who responded from around the state to form a team that worked for a week in Nashville after the May 8 storm doing tree work, tarping and debris removal and to those folks who did the same in Scott County. ERTs from Perryville partnered with Red Cross to distribute cleaning buckets in Perry County, thanks!! Two residents in Perry County are connected to the Long Term Recovery effort in Mayflower for assistance if needed.

We would also like to express appreciation to the ERT from Eureka Springs, with helpers from Leslie and Fort Smith, who responded to flood survivors in Madison County after flash floods heavily damaged their properties. Fort Smith ERTs were on standby for referrals from Red Cross and Salvation Army, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) partners, should they have encountered any unmet needs in Crawford County. We were very thankful for our VOAD partners, Arkansas Baptist and Christian Aid Ministries of Arkansas, who responded to Jefferson County where they assisted families with flood clean-up.

And one more thank-you to that lone Early Response Team who arrived to help with the tree on Hodges Cottage at Mount Eagle after the recent wind storm there. (A crane will be required to complete the work.)

—Byron and Janice Mann

More work to do

There are more Disaster Recovery and VIM projects around the state awaiting volunteer workers. To get involved, contact Janice or Byron Mann.