The United Church of Christ: Still Active in Haiyan Response
Thanks to an outpouring of generosity from across the United Church of Christ, hope is replacing horror in Haiyan-devastated Leyte Province in Central Philippines. You may recall, Haiyan damaged or destroyed a million homes, which displaced 4.1 million people.
Since that time, new typhoon-resistant homes, drinking water tanks and schools, along with vocational training and community education forums, are helping heal battered lives and communities and ensuring long-term livelihoods.
Blueberries symbolize "home at last" for Superstorm Sandy evacuees
"I miss the beach, but I love the woods. We have blueberries growing wild in our new backyard!" That’s how Natalie Gill sums her Superstorm Sandy story. Of course, a lot happened between fleeing the New Jersey Shore in 2012 and finally finding home this summer, in a new house constructed in a public-private partnership that includes United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries.
Ten Years After Hurricane Katrina-Living a Covenant of Compassion
Ten years ago this week, disasters caused and precipitated by Hurricane Katrina changed forever the lives of people on the U.S. Gulf Coast and in New Orleans, Louisiana. The storm surge that swept away swaths of the Gulf Coast and triggered the breach of levees that flooded the city of New Orleans left the landscape different and our collective psyche stunned. How could this happen and what could we do?
UCC Restoring Flooded Homes, Bridges in West Virginia
In flood-beleagured West Virginia, United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries is both literally and figuratively a “bridge over troubled waters”* – and over troubled water crossings. Consider the UCC's involvement just since late March, the start of the latest series of destructive floods that damaged or destroyed about 1,000 homes and 300 private bridges. The UCC has helped with cleaning kits, staff, work teams and a special focus on restoring bridges.
UCC, Partners Lead Disaster Ministry Training in China
Disasters affect an estimated 200 million people in China every year, but disaster response by China’s churches has been limited – until now. This week Protestant churches in China are taking an important step toward building a disaster ministry. A 40-member core group of China Christian Council staff and pastors from across China are being trained by disaster specialists from the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).