United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) teams sponsored and coordinated by the First United Methodist Church of Santa Rosa are an active bunch. They travelled to Mississippi twice after Hurricane Katrina struck; to Fernley, Nevada following a levee break; to Cedar Rapids, Iowa following a flood; to Galveston, Texas after Hurricane Ike; and, together with the entire California-Nevada Annual Conference, came alive to financially help the victims of the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan.
This year, for two weeks in early October, the FUMC Santa Rosa-sponsored team is turning its attention to Henryville, Indiana to help rebuild homes and lives decimated by a monstrous multi-vortex tornado that ripped through the area earlier this year, damaging or destroying numerous structures. So far, the team consists of 33 people – from one Catholic and two United Methodist churches in Santa Rosa; Habitat for Humanity of Santa Rosa; and one Presbyterian and three UM churches in Novato, Merced, and Tulare. Both the Rev. Blake Busick, pastor of FUMC Santa Rosa, and the Rev. Joe Major, pastor of Tulare UMC, will take part in the mission.
Please support the team by whatever means you can. Conference Disaster Response Coordinator Norm Hardin says everyone's efforts, "whether praying, paying, or playing," can help rebuild lives by putting families back in their homes where they belong.
"You may not be able to 'bang nails,'" he says, "but don't discount the effect of your prayers. They have a direct effect on family's lives when help is needed the most.
"Thank you for your continued support to the disaster response ministry!"