On March 2, 2012, tornadoes touched down in several states, including Kentucky and Indiana. The storms killed dozens of people and injured many more. The twisters left a trail of destruction, as numerous homes, churches, and businesses were damaged. This tornado outbreak followed another round of devastating storms that hit the Midwest on February 29.
The West Liberty United Methodist Church had major damage. Click here to view photos of the damage to the church, parsonage, and other parts of West Liberty. View additional photos of West Liberty by clicking here.
A collection headquarters has been set up at Botts Elementary for Menifee Co. Click here to view photos.
Bishop Lindsey Davis has issued the following statement.
Sisters and Brothers, the devastating tornadoes yesterday here in Kentucky, Indiana and other states have left us heartbroken for those who have died and been injured. Communities have been damaged and recovery will take time, but we know that God sees our pain and God will provide for us in these days to come. I call on all United Methodists to unite in prayer for all who have been affected by these storms. We are a generous people and I urge our churches to respond by giving to our Annual Conference special offering. These funds will be used to assist those who have been harmed. May God bless us as we work together.
Blessings, Bishop Lindsey Davis
How You Can Help
The Kentucky Conference has set up a disaster response fund (Advance # KY200902). In response to the recent tornado outbreak, these funds will be used to alleviate human suffering in the Kentucky and Southern Indiana area. Some funds may be used if needed for church and parsonage repair if not covered by insurance damage.
To donate, make check payable to Kentucky Conference Treasurer and include Advance #KY200902 in the memo line. Mail checks to Kentucky Annual Conference, Attn. Tornado Response, 7400 Floydsburg Rd., Crestwood, KY 40014. You may also donate by clicking on the button below.
If you are interested in being part of a team helping with recovery in tornado-affected areas, please fill in this form indicating your interest, skills/training you have for disaster response, dates you are available, and whether you have a team to bring with you.
For more information, contact Jim Morse, Kentucky Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click on the button below to express your interest in volunteering.
VIM (Volunteers in Mission) training available March 24. Click here for details.
Please be in prayer for those whose lives have been turned upside down by the tornadoes. Remember those who mourn; those who are recovering from injuries; those who are rebuilding after the loss of homes, businesses, churches, and other property; and those who are assisting with clean-up and other disaster response.