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KC Churches Responding to Joplin Disaster

The devastation in Joplin is staggering and overwhelming. The Church in Kansas City is responding to this mega-disaster which is only about 3 hours away. Here are some examples of what churches are doing in this early stage of relief efforts.

Cedar Ridge Christian

The Cedar Ridge Extend team is meeting this week to work some details, that could include GO! (sending a team to help with initial relief) Give (items and funds) Pray

In the short term, Cedar Ridge is directing people to a great church in the Joplin area that is actively involved in the relief efforts: Christ's Church of Oronogo. They have put together good info and response brief on their website:


"...share your food with the hungry, provide the poor wanderer with shelter, clothe the naked, do not turn away from family... spend yourselves..." -Isaiah 58:7,10

Brian Wright
spiritual janitor

cedar ridge christian church www.cedarridge.cc

Westside Family

A place to GIVE – Westside recommends financial gifts go to “The Convoy of Hope” based in Springfield, Missouri (about an hour east of Joplin). You can give online at their website – http://www.convoyofhope.org

If you want to drop off a check at Westside please make your check payable to “Convoy of Hope.”

A way to GO – College Heights Christian Church in Joplin (http://www.chcchurch.org/the-storm) is organizing teams of volunteers to assist in various ways. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the church at (417) 624-6915. (The church does not currently have email or internet access.) Upon your arrival in Joplin you will need to check in at the Volunteer Coordination Office which is temporarily located at Missouri Southern State University. As you can imagine, hundreds of people want to volunteer immediately, often the best response is to wait a few days.

Be in prayer for the people of Joplin and for the churches and ministries in the immediate area.

MATT Adams
Pastor of Community Impact
Twitter: impactpastor

Heartland Community

Currently, two options for involvement.

1. Buy supplies and bring them this Sunday.
  • Bottled water
  • Hygiene Items (travel size) Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Shampoo/Conditioner, Soap, Tampons and Pads (various sizes)
  • Baby Items: Diapers (any size), Baby bottles, Formula, Baby wipes

2. Boots on the Ground opportunity

Currently, we are waiting for Joplin to declare their need for volunteers to help with the cleanup effort. Bill McMurtrey will be heading down there at that time. If you would like to help out with this effort please contact Bill at 913-271-1477 or fix4_u@yahoo.com

Thank you for rising up to meet these needs,
Dan Deeble & Harold Eastman
on behalf of the Heartland Mission Team


Indian Creek Community

Indian Creek is recommending that medical professionals connect with Heart to Heart International at 913.764.5200. Others please check out this link from the Kansas City Star, with several good connection options:


As Joplin moves past the initial relief phase, Indian Creek will provide recommendations for going to serve in Joplin, and will notify its congregation if it is coordinating teams to go and serve there.

Gary Kendall, Lead Pastor
and the Live Out Executive Team

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1. Rex Bonar wrote:
Olathe Bible Church
Response to tornadoes in Joplin, MO

Here are the current options for involvement:

●To Give:
1. We are partnering with Christ’s Church of Oronogo www.ccochurch.com in providing supplies.
Please follow their recommendations. The items in bold are prioritized. 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

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