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Joplin Disaster--More Examples of KC Area Churches Responding

Make sure to check The Sending Project blog for future updates on how KC-area churches are responding to the Joplin tornado disaster. If you are a KC-area church mission leader or pastor, please let us know about your church's efforts to connect with disaster response in Joplin. Please send your update to: thesendingproject@gmail.com Thank you

Hillcrest Covenant

1) Today the Covenant People Respond shower trailer arrived in the parking lot of Forest Park Baptist Church on 7th and Range Line Road, right on the northern edge of the damage zone.

This trailer needs 2 people per day to operate it. If you know of anyone rearing to go and would like to operate the showers, maintain them, wash towels, etc. please contact Michael Gromer at (913) 915-4873.

2) We are inquiring about Volunteer Team opportunities. In the meantime it’s best to plan day-trips to the area to help with clean-up and tree removal, as well as installing tarps on damaged roofs. If you have a group ready to do any of this, you can sign up through the Samaritan’s Purse website or contact me and we can set something up through a local church.

A GREAT source of current information is a local Joplin radio station that you can stream at: http://www.newstalkkzrg.com/

3) Supplies: Currently they are well-stocked with basic needs, but they are asking to be remembered 2-3 weeks from now! So if you are collecting water, food, and basic needs, it’s probably a good idea to collect them for a couple of weeks before delivery. I can help you locate a delivery point if you need that.

Current supplies they DO need for salvage efforts: Tarps, plastic bins with lids (tote’s), and boxes. If you have these and need a delivery mechanism, you can start with the CPR trailer or contact me for other options.

May God be glorified as His people work together with compassion, mercy and generosity!

J. David Chan
Global Missions Pastor
Hillcrest Covenant Church

Olathe Bible

To Give:

1. We are partnering with Christ's Church of Oronogo www.ccochurch.com in providing supplies. Please follow their recommendations. Please do not donate other items they have not specified.

You can deliver supplies to OBC during office hours (8:30am-4:30pm) beginning Friday, May 27th. We are teaming with Mill Creek Church to truck supplies to the Joplin area.

PLEASE NO CLOTHING except baby clothing & undergarments of all kinds.

  • Baby Food, Formula & diapers
  • Basic Hygiene Products (toothbrush, deodorant, Feminine products)
  • Bottled Water
  • Large Rubbermaid Containers
  • Cardboard Boxes
  • Tarps
  • Trash bags
  • Ziploc Bags
  • Duct Tape / Strapping Tape
  • Can Openers
  • Non-Perishable Non-canned food items
  • Basic Medical Supplies (Tylenol, Bandages, etc.)
  • Chainsaws
  • Bar Oil
  • Empty Gas Cans

2.If you want to write a check and bring it by OBC, make the check out to Christ's Church of Oronogo. All dollars given will be distributed 100% to individuals and families with confirmed needs.

3. There is also need for blood at local centers.

To Go:

We have registered for group trips with Samaritan's Purse beginning June 25th and continuing throughout July. Samaritan's Purse is setting up their base at the campus of Forest Park Baptist Church in Joplin. If you are interested in joining in this disaster relief effort, sign up at www.olathebible.org. More information will be coming as the need is clarified over time.

To Pray:

  • For God to comfort the people affected by the storms as well as the churches and ministries in the surrounding area
  • That God would direct our Church as we respond
  • For safety from more storms for Joplin residents and relief teams as they rebuild

Rex Bonar
Global Outreach Pastor
Olathe Bible Church

Central Church of the Nazarene

The following update was originally sent on Tuesday, March 24th, from:
The Church of the Nazarene
KC District Disaster Response Team

The Red Cross is giving Joplin District Nazarenes permission to begin working in the affected areas on Thursday and Friday of this week. The work will be to help with clean up and debris removal. Many opportunities to assist. Here are the details:

Meet at Carthage First Nazarene at 8:00am Thursday morning. Buses will leave from the Cook Center at MNU at 5:30am. (Coordinated by Tom Craig, District NYI President). Please contact the District Office (913)-381-4466 or kcdistrict@kc.rr.com or http://www.kcdistrict.org/contact.html) if you are sending people, regardless of transportation you choose.

The following items would be helpful:

  • Wheelbarrows
  • Chain saws
  • Rakes
  • Gloves

You will need to bring all the food and water you'll require for the day. There is no way to purchase food in the area. Buses will leave Joplin for MNU at 6:00pm. Bring money for an evening meal along the way or pack enough food for the entire day.

Again, if you are planning to go or if your church is sending a group, please contact the District Office (913-381-4466 or kcdistrict@kc.rr.com) with that information. It is important that we let the Joplin District Coordinator know how many people are coming.

Information will be forthcoming on how we can also help in Reading, Kansas on the Kansas District.

KCD Disaster Response Team

This update was relayed to The Sending Project by:
Forest Fisk
Pastor of Missions Mobilization
Central Church of the Nazarene

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