Volunteers in Mission & Disaster Response updates: Jan. 1, 2016

Early Response Team training at Mount Sequoyah: choose Jan. 14 or Feb. 11

As United Methodists, we are blessed to be able to respond following disasters and be a Christian presence. Effective response requires preparation, so Early Response Team (ERT) training at Mount Sequoyah Retreat and Conference Center in Fayetteville will teach disaster response protocol and include the opportunity to be certified for early response. The one-day class will be offered on Jan. 14 and Feb. 11; choose the date that works best for you.

The Rev. Troy Conrad, Northwest District disaster response co-coordinator and pastor of Farmington United Methodist Church, will lead the training. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and class begins at 9 a.m. The fee of $25 per person includes materials and lunch. To register, visit www.mountsequoyah.org/portfolio-type/mount-sequoyah-programs.

Donations needed to finish recovery work in Mayflower and Vilonia

Most tornado recovery repair projects in Mayflower and Vilonia are complete, but there are still several rebuild projects pending. Volunteers are scheduled—Christian Aid Ministries and the NOMADS are committed to staying in the area until the efforts are complete—but funding is running short.

“Recovery is over when the last need is met or the resources are exhausted,” says Janice Mann, disaster response co-coordinator for the Arkansas Conference. “At this point, it looks like it may be the latter. We have priority projects identified, and are hoping to at least have enough funds come in to finish those.”

Send donations to the Arkansas Conference UMC, 800 W. Daisy Bates Drive, Little Rock, AR 72202, designated for “Central Arkansas tornado recovery.”

Teams forming now for U.S.-based flood recovery work

Arkansas Conference Volunteers in Mission (VIM) has received requests for VIM Teams and Early Response Teams to travel to the Central Texas, Detroit, Oklahoma, Rio Texas and South Carolina Conferences to assist in recovery from recent floods. If interested, contact Byron Mann at vim@arumc.org. We will announce possible dates as soon as we can confirm them with the host sites.

For information on any Volunteers In Mission (VIM) project, contact the individual listed or Byron Mann, Conference VIM coordinator: vim@arumc.org or 870-826-0268.

For Disaster Response (DR) projects, contact Byron or Janice Mann, DR co-coordinators: disaster@arumc.org or 870-703-8359 (Janice).

On Facebook, join the group “Volunteers in Mission & Disaster Response – Serving Arkansas & Beyond” for updates.