United Church of Christ

Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

Cyclone Idai

Since March 14, Tropical Cyclone Idai and resulting flooding have claimed more than 1,000 lives in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Some 361,000 people remain displaced to temporary camps. An aggressive vaccination campaign is underway to stop the spread of cholera (cases as of April 9: 4,072 with seven deaths). The UCC has begun its early response and planning for recovery with partners. Thus far, $62,000 has been provided to address the needs.

20 is new capacity for Hurricane Harvey recovery work teams

Renovation of a second volunteer house means that now work teams of up to 20 persons at a time can come to Port Arthur, Texas, to help restore homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey. UCC Disaster Ministries aims to "book" at least 20 work teams in 2019. 

Indonesia - UCC Response - Earthquake and Tsunamis

Hundreds in coastal towns of Sumatra and Java were killed by a tsunami the weekend before Christmas. It was just September when a powerful earthquake and tsunami killed thousands in Central Sulawesi. UCC Disaster Ministries contributed an initial $23,000 for emergency needs following the September disaster and awaits word from partners as the current disaster unfolds.

Profile of Bill and Ellen Matten, long-time UCC Conference Disaster Coordinators

Bill (William) and Ellen Matten of Boalsburg, Pa., long-time Disaster Coordinators for the UCC's Penn Central Conference, enthusiastically live their faith. Not only do they generously share their time and talents, they share what they learn and experience after participating in group mission trips with their local church and with the UCC Humanitarian and Development Ministries.

Midwest Flooding

What has been called the ‘bomb cyclone’ inundated a massive region of the United States with heavy snow and/or rain along with high winds. The impact was felt across more than a dozen states as they dealt with flooding, flood watches, and flood warnings.