Nazarenes respond to tornado disasters
Friday, March 9, 2012
Henryville, Indiana
Nazarenes continue to respond to communities affected by tornadoes that hit the U.S. Midwest and South last week.

The unusual warm winter in most of the U.S. combined with a blast of cold air created the recipe for the tumultuous storms that swept across several states in less than 48 hours. Tornadoes categorized as EF4 caused destruction in Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and Alabama. Additional states impacted by storms include Ohio and Tennessee.

Nazarenes from across the U.S. are making a difference in the lives of those impacted by the storms and Nazarene Disaster Response has mobilized with teams working alongside local Nazarene churches in some of the hardest hit areas.

Nazarene Disaster Response is a recognized ministry of the Church of the Nazarene through National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster. Disaster response teams are currently working in Henryville, Indiana, and West Liberty, Kentucky.

A request for assistance from the district superintendents for the Southwest Indiana and Eastern Kentucky districts activated the use of disaster response teams to these affected areas.

Nazarenes have been and continue to respond in many of the other affected areas, too.

Local churches are currently working in Harrisburg, Illinois, and Huntsville, Alabama, to assist affected families.

Harold F. Berrian Jr., superintendent for the Eastern Kentucky District, reports there has been an outpouring of support for those in his area of the U.S. affected by the storms last week.

At least 11 counties on the Eastern Kentucky District sustained storm damage. Many of them have already received assistance from Nazarene churches. 

Two areas on the district incurred the most significant damage: West Liberty in Morgan County and the Martin County area. Nazarene churches in these areas request assistance from churches on their district for the following items: 

Maysville (606-564-4262), Mount Sterling (859-498-1114), Beattyville (606-325-4631), and Ashland First Church of the Nazarene (606-325-4631) served as drop off points as items were collected through Thursday, March 8. The Martin County Courthouse in Inez was also accepting donations. These items are now being prepared for transport to the affected areas on Friday and Saturday. 

Donations are still being accepted.

Additional ways to help:

Drivers are needed to transport donations from Ashland First Church to Inez and to Beattyville on Friday and Saturday, March 9-10. Please contact Andrea Covert (606-831-2708) for details.

Workers are needed on Saturday, March 10, in Beattyville and near West Liberty to categorize donations. Individuals must RSVP to Pastor Ric Isaacs (606-464-8028 or 606-424-7824). Please contact Pastor Isaacs for questions.

Nazarene Disaster Response teams are scheduled to work in these affected areas through March 17.

Crisis Care Kits are also needed on the Eastern Kentucky District.

In Henryville, Indiana, teams are responding and assisting with the cleanup efforts. Teams are scheduled to assist in this area through March 17 as well.

There is still a need for more teams to assist with the ongoing clean-up effort. Teams or individuals wanting to assist should register through the volunteer service database, NazServe, by completing a volunteer profile. Volunteer opportunities can be viewed on NazServe by clicking here.

There are currently opportunities to serve in Eastern Kentucky and Southwest Indiana.

Richard Sowder, national NDR coordinator, is coordinating teams into the affected areas. He can be reached via email at or The Nazarene Compassionate Ministries USA/Canada office is assisting persons or teams wanting to register and volunteer through the NazServe database. Persons needing additional assistance can email Susan Grube at or Nate Owens at in the NCM USA/Canada office or call toll-free 800-306-9950.

Althea Taylor, NCM USA/Canada coordinator, said she is thankful for the generous outpouring of love and support demonstrated from Nazarenes all across the U.S.

“It is during times like these that we see the love of Christ being expressed in tangible ways as the Church responds practically and compassionately to need in the Name of Christ,” Taylor said. “Long after the news media has stopped covering the damage caused by these storms, the work of rebuilding lives and communities will continue. Your financial contribution is needed to keep the recovery efforts moving forward. All contributions will go directly to responding to these disasters. Thank you for helping!”

To donate to relief efforts online through Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, click here.

To mail donations in the U.S., send checks to:

Global Treasury Services
Church of the Nazarene
P.O. Box 843116
Kansas City, MO 64184-3116

In Canada, send checks to:

Church of the Nazarene Canada
20 Regan Road, Unit 9
Brampton, Ontario L7A 1C3

* Be sure to put ACM1041 USA Tornadoes in the Memo area.

--NCM USA/Canada