The New Vision Depot serves as the main hub for Disaster Relief Ministry of the West Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Learn More
Follow this link for a flyer with information about the 2018 Annual Conference collection of much needed supplies.
Recovery after a major flood takes a long time and coordination between volunteers and the communities affected. West Virginia Conference Disaster Recovery: A New Vision with Hope seeks to meet the needs of those affected by the Summer 2016 floods.
Conference Disaster Response Leaders
Rev. Dan Lowther: 304-642-0897 (c)
Rev. Sue Lowther: 304-642-0896 (c)
Rev. Jack Lipphardt: 304-639-7035 (c)
Rev. JF Lacaria: 304-561-8097
Volunteers in Mission Coordinator:
Rev. David Stilgenbauer: 304-210-6938
Work Teams Bring Blessings
It’s been over a year now since the “1000” year flood ravaged through Richwood, WV and left behind devastation and heartache.
A ray of hope was shed on Richwood when the work teams from various parts of the nation came to help tear down and rebuild our fine town. They came one after another leaving behind their family and friends.
They worked long hours tearing down walls, ripping out insulation, rebuilding new walls, painting and cleaning up whether it be a home, a business or a church. Hope was being restored.
We were in their prayers and on their minds as they planned to visit our fine town of Richwood. Upon walking into Fenwick UMC and First Richwood UMC there were homemade Afghans and blankets spread throughout the church and hanging over the chancel rail made by the work teams who came to help. We were overwhelmed with their thoughtfulness and prayers and so blessed.
From the bottom of our hearts in Richwood, WV we want to thank all the volunteers and work teams who gave of their time and energy to come and restore hope.
Greenbrier District Communications Coordinator
You can make a contribution to help with flood recovery from the 2017 northern WV flooding. Choose option #920 at the WVUM Foundation's giving portal. 100% of your contribution will be used in the recovery effort.Donate Today
Rev. Rick Duncan, pastor of Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church in Alderson, West Virginia, shares how their church is prepared for flood waters, a practice that prevented significant loss due to flooding in June 2016.
Only a few items are needed for the flood barrier: Plywood, helicoils, bolts, caulk, wrench. Plywood and bolts are stored until need arises.
“If we hadn’t put these in our basement would have had 3 feet of water in it, instead we had just a skim of water.” Rev. Rick Duncan. Pastor Duncan serves a church a block away from the Lower Greenbrier River.
As spring storms move into the region preventive measures such as this can make a difference! Watch the video for how Johnson Memorial UMC, Alderson, West Virginia built their own flood barriers.
Disaster Response Ministries: Responding with Love for as Long as it Takes.
Disaster response ministry demonstrates a core Christian value: caring for people affected by sudden emergencies.
Our Conference disaster response coordinators help assess needs in the days following a disaster, recruit work teams, and help organize and collect materials such as cleaning buckets, health kits, and other materials as needed.
The work of the West Virginia Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries is grounded in faith in God and in the communities we serve. This gives us the courage to serve boldly as the presence of Christ to alleviate human suffering and advance hope and healing.
- WV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries provides practical, proactive support to the most vulnerable survivors of chronic or momentary emergencies stemming from natural or civil causes.
- The WV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries honors cultural differences. We deliver aid to people without regard to race, religion, politics, gender or sexual orientation. We seek input from local communities in identifying needs and developing innovative solutions.
- All people have God-given dignity and worth. The most essential partner in the West Virginia Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries work is the beneficiary.
- WV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries works with partners—especially those who are indigenous to the affected locale. Civic organizations, faith communities, school leaders, and other local resources are great assets to sustainable recovery and development, particularly after massive traumatic events.
- WV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries is a good steward of its gifts and grants.
- WV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries does not tie the promise of its relief and development activity to any religious or political viewpoint.
- The WV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries professional staff incorporates best practices and standards to provide innovative, effective, and integrated ministry.
- The WV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries welcomes the good efforts of countless individuals and churches who support us through gifts, prayers, and service.