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Pancake Supper-October 17, 2017

Union Cross Moravian Church will have a

Pancake Supper Fundraiser
on

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

from 5:30 until 7 PM

All Proceeds will go to Moravian Disaster Response (MDR).

The Board of World Mission has been kept busy with multiple Category 5 hurricanes, earthquakes in Mexico and wildfires across the Western United States.

The Moravian Disaster Response team has sent a trailer to Texas filled with supplied collected and donated by congregations in Southern Wisconsin.  This trailer of supplies and tools are already being put to work. 

Financial support has been sent to Eastern West Indies Province.  Information about the extent of the damage in EWIP is still forthcoming. What we know so far is the Emmaus Moravian Church and manse on St. John were destroyed, and Bethany Moravian Church (also on St. John) has lost much of its roof.

2 Corinthians 9:7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Come out and support this most worthy cause and enjoy the pancakes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hurricane Matthew Response Update

worldMission1HURRICANE MATTHEW RESPONSE

The Board of World Mission is responding to the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in cooperation with Global Partners and Local Congregations

As Hurricane Matthew passed through the Caribbean and up the coast of the U.S. the BWM was in contact with global partners and local congregations to monitor the effects of this violent storm.  Following the appeal sent out last week for funds to help us respond, the BWM wanted to follow up and communicate the information we have received so far, and the specific requests for assistance known at this point. Please note that in each case listed below there are immediate relief needs, but also longer term ongoing needs to support rebuilding and re-development. Any gifts given to the BWM and designated “Moravian Disaster Response” can be used for both immediate and longer term needs. Please consider making a donation with this general designation to help us best respond to the needs communicated by our partners.

Haiti

Haiti has been the most impacted of our global partners. The BWM asks for your prayers for the churches in Haiti as we have learned of the death of at least four member of the church there due to this storm. Many church members have lost their homes to the winds and flooding, and church buildings have been destroyed. Please visit www.moravianmission.org/haiti to read a letter from the Chairman of the Moravian Church in Haiti explaining the current situation and need for assistance.  The Board of World Mission has sent an initial donation of funds to assist with immediate needs and will look to assist with specific rebuilding projects moving forward.

Cuba

Much of the damage in Cuba was concentrated on the Eastern end of the island in the area of Baracoa. Our closest Moravian ministry in Guantanamo (located Southwest of the hardest hit area) reported some damage to homes and minor flooding. We are staying in communication through the Moravian Church in Cuba, and in partnership with the Armando Rusindo Mission Foundation to reply should specific needs arise.

Jamaica

Jamaica was luckily missed by the strongest parts of the storm. Heavy rained caused flooding in the streets in some areas, which mostly receded fairly quickly following the storm. Br. Paul Gardner has offered updates on this situation, as well as helping to connect the BWM with information on the ongoing situation in Haiti, as this area is a mission area under the supervision of the Jamaican province.

East Coast of the United States

Emergency response has continued in several areas due to rising rivers leading to further flooding following the rains of Hurricane Matthew. The BWM is in touch with our ecumenical partners who will be coordinating volunteer opportunities on the ground. These opportunities will arise after the initial emergency recovery phase has been completed. The BWM may be in need of some volunteers to drive our MDR tool trailers to the areas of need in North Carolina or Florida. Please contact us if you may be willing to do this. We also welcome volunteers willing to help manage the details of willing volunteers and connecting them with specific opportunities given the many locations impacted by this storm. The BWM will be using the funds we receive to help support these recovery efforts and would love to pair the funds with volunteers on the ground.  Make a Donation Donations to help support MDR as it partners in the recovery can be made online by going to moravianmission.org/give. Please use the online giving form, and in comments designate the Donation for “Moravian Disaster Response”.  Donations within the U.S. can also be sent directly to the Board of World Mission at the address below. In the memo line of any checks please write “Moravian Disaster Response”.  Board of World Mission PO Box 1245 Bethlehem, PA 18016 Canadian Churches may send donations to the following address in order to receive full tax credit for your donation and they will be sent along to the BWM: Moravian Church in Canada 600 Acadia Drive SE Calgary, AB T2J 0B8 NOTE: We are requesting funds be designated for general disaster response to allow the BWM to respond with the flexibility needed in this ongoing situation. All funds under this designation will be used for disaster response.

Volunteer

If you are interested in getting information on joining teams to help in the recovery and rebuilding efforts for this, or other disasters, please use this link to enter your contact information, and the BWM will follow up with you regarding any specific opportunities to get involved.

Please contact the BWM with any questions.
Northern Province Office: 610.868.1732
Southern Province Office: 336.773.1732
Justin Rabbach
Director of Mission Engagement  Board of World Mission justin@moravianmission.org

BWM Hurricane Matthew Response Update

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Hurricane Matthew Disaster Response

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MORAVIAN DISASTER RESPONSE
Hurricane Matthew Hits Caribbean Partners and Possible U.S. Landfall
Please share this information broadly and with individuals in congregations
The Board of World Mission has maintained contact with our partners as we have tracked the path and impact of Hurricane Matthew. This Category 4 storm hit with 145 mph winds and the full extent of the destruction caused by this storm is not known at this time. However, reports have come of flooding, blocked roads, washed out bridges and widespread damage to homes and other buildings. The death toll is expected to rise over the next few days.

While southwestern Haiti was hit most directly, we have also been in contact with partners in Jamaica and are awaiting word from the Moravian Church in Cuba as to the full extent of the damage there. We are currently watching and waiting to see if the storm will make landfall in the U.S. with possible impact most heavily on Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas in the coming days.

As the threat of more damage continues and recovery efforts begin, Moravian Disaster Response (MDR) asks that you take a moment in prayer for those affected, that they may find safety and that emergency responders are able to reach those in need. Pray also for those who are even now beginning the recovery phase following this damage.

MDR and the Board of World Mission is monitoring the situation and is in contact with partner organizations as immediate and long term needs are assessed. If you are feeling called to help respond, please see avenues for donating and volunteering below.

Make a Donation
Donations to help support MDR as it partners in the recovery can be made online by going to moravianmission.org/give. Please use the online giving form, and in comments designate the Donation for “Moravian Disaster Response”. Given the many areas affected we are asking for this general designation of gifts to help us be flexible in sending funds quickly to where they are needed most.

Donations within the U.S. can also be sent directly to the Board of World Mission at the address below. In the memo line of any checks please write “Moravian Disaster Response”.
Board of World Mission
PO Box 1245
Bethlehem, PA 18016

Canadian Churches may send donations to the following address in order to receive full tax credit for your donation and they will be sent along to the BWM:
Moravian Church in Canada
600 Acadia Drive SE
Calgary, AB T2J 0B8

NOTE: We are requesting funds be designated for general disaster response to allow the BWM to respond with the flexibility needed in this ongoing situation. All funds under this designation will be used for disaster response.

Volunteer
If you are interested in getting information on joining teams to help in the recovery and rebuilding efforts for this, or other disasters, please use this link to enter your contact information, and the BWM will follow up with you regarding any specific opportunities to get involved. Please not we will not be involved immediately with recovery efforts internationally, but will contact partners about possible longer team recovery needs.

Please contact the BWM with any questions.
Northern Province Office: 610.868.1732
Southern Province Office: 336.773.1732

Justin Rabbach
Director of Mission Engagement
Board of World Mission
justin@moravianmission.org

Wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alberta

worldMission1MORAVIAN DISASTER RESPONSE

Wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alberta

The city of Fort McMurray in Northern Alberta evacuated up to 80,000 people yesterday afternoon and evening as a result of a wild fire that engulfed areas of the city.  The situation is very much evolving, today’s weather is expected to be worse than yesterday.  Municipal, Provincial and Federal resources are in place to respond. The Canadian Red Cross is coordinating the support for evacuees.  As of this morning the only folks in Fort McMurray are first responders, fire fighters, and police.  Although an estimated 1600 buildings have been destroyed, we have been advised this morning that there were no casualties or fatalities.

The focus today is on protecting critical infrastructure and fighting the fire. Municipalities south of Fort McMurray have established reception sites for those fleeing to the south.  Oilsands Operation Camps north and south of Fort McMurray are being opened to the thousands who had to evacuate. The Board of World Mission is monitoring the situation and is in contact with partner organizations as immediate and long term needs are assessed. If you are feeling called to help respond, please see avenues for donating and volunteering below.

Make a Donation Donations to help support MDR as it partners in the recovery can be made online by going to moravianmission.org/give. Please use the online giving form, and in comments designate the Donation for “Moravian Disaster Response”.  Donations can also be sent directly to the Board of World Mission at the address below. In the memo line of any checks please write “Moravian Disaster Response”.  Board of World Mission PO Box 1245 Bethlehem, PA 18016 NOTE: We are requesting funds be designated for general disaster response to allow the BWM to respond with the flexibility needed in this ongoing situation. All funds under this designation will be used for disaster response.

Volunteer If you are interested in getting information on joining teams to help in the recovery and rebuilding efforts for this, or other disasters, please use this link to enter your contact information, and the BWM will follow up with you regarding any specific opportunities to get involved.  Please contact the BWM with any questions.

Northern Province Office: 610.868.1732
Southern Province Office: 336.773.1732
Justin Rabbach
Director of Mission Engagement
Board of World Mission
justin@moravianmission.org

Young Adults Find Ways to Serve

JourneyTogetherBWMThe Board of World Mission is hosting an event called “FIT First” over Labor Day weekend (Friday, September 4th – Monday, September 7th) for young adults seeking to discern ways to be engaged in mission and to take on leadership roles in mission. A $25 registration fee will cover all food, lodging and program expenses for the event at Laurel Ridge in North Carolina for the first 25 participants. When those spaces are filled, the cost will be $150. Sign up now to reserve your spot and take advantage of this great deal! Click on “Serve” to learn more and register at MoravianMission.org/FIT