Thanks to everyone who has been part of the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering of the United Church of Christ. We continue to keep in prayer the victims and survivors of the tragic mudslide in the North Cascade Mountains of Washington state. A landslide along the north fork of the Stillaguamish River on Saturday, March 22 destroyed entire neighborhoods on the outskirts of the town of Oso. The local Emergency Management system is coordinating efforts for rescuers who continue to search through the mud that is 70 feet thick in some places.
You are active in this situation through your OGHS donation as part of systems already in place for the right response at the right time. Reports indicate that the response, still in the search and rescue phase, will be a long recovery. The UCC Pacific Northwest Conference Disaster Coordinator has been part of early conversations of planning with Washington State’s Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). The United Church of Christ is an integral part of the National VOAD. As the situation moves from search and rescue efforts to long-term recovery work, OGHS resources enable the UCC to be present through Church World Service to respond to requests for training support and for financial support to organize long-term recovery committees. OGHS resources make it possible for the UCC to be part of local responses and later, part of rebuilding.