Disaster Response Ministries


NYAC Disaster Response Opportunities

Disaster Recovery Ministries Team

Tom Vencuss

February 07, 2017

VIM Long-term Recovery Team - West Virginia - February 18 to 25 Ross Porter is leading an LTR Team to assist with the recovery efforts from recent flooding. The team will be going to Rainelle, West Virginia, and staying at the UMC of Rainelle. They are now in the re-building stage of the disaster. All skill levels are welcome. ERT or Disaster Recovery training is not mandatory. Minimum age for trip is 16 years old.  Cost of trip approx. $200. Cost includes travel to WV, all meals and sleeping ...


Update on Hurricane Matthew Relief in Haiti

Disaster Recovery Ministries Team

December 02, 2016

December Newsletter By Tom & Wendy Vencuss Last Monday (November 21) we returned from a week-long, whirlwind trip to Haiti. Much of our time was spent in meetings, formal and informal. We met with Eglise Méthodiste D'Haiti  (EMH) leadership, Lauren James from UMCOR, Dr John and Sharon Harbottle, the EMH head engineer, the UMCOR agriculture specialist, Pastor Ezaus, and so many of our friends. While the visit was great, it was also hard, as Haiti is once again going through a ...


Haiti update from “Humanitarian Response”

November 10, 2016

Of the 806,000 affected people who are at the “extreme level” of food insecurity, 426,000 people (or 53 per cent) have so far received food assistance.   Continued security incidents targeting convoys of humanitarian supplies hinder the much needed delivery of assistance.   During the reporting period, heavy rains in the departments of Grand’Anse, Nord-Est, and Nord led to the death of 10 people (three women, four men, and three children). Three others are wounded and one is missing.   With crop...


Hurricane Matthew Response

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

October 24, 2016

Dear Friends & Colleagues, Just a short three weeks ago Hurricane Matthew began a path of destruction and chaos through Haiti and the southeastern coast of the United States. In the wake of the storm over 800 lives were lost and countless others were left without home or shelter. Less than two weeks ago, the aftermath of the storm created historic flooding in North Carolina leaving some towns completely under water. Last week I had the privilege of being with Bishop Jonathan ...


Hurricane Matthew: Report #2 from Eglise Méthodiste d’Haiti

October 18, 2016

To donate online: UMC International Disaster Response Advance #982450 Or, The Methodist Church World Mission Fund   The last week has been very busy with 16-hour working days and hence, we have not had a chance to send out an update on the aftermath of the hurricane until now. The EMH Bishop Gesner Paul was able to make an initial visit to Cayes and Jeremie over the weekend 9th-10th October to take food and other supplies and to assess the extent of need in the communities. The results ...


News from Methodist Missionaries/Workers in Haiti

Disaster Recovery Ministries Team

October 08, 2016

From: Dr. John and Sharon Harbottle, British Missionaries To: Tom and Wendy Vencuss Matthew Update October 8   News of the damage from Hurricane Matthew has reached you all by now and the pictures in the media we are all seeing are still the only real information available at this stage.  There continues to be no communication with our brothers and sisters in Jeremie and Leon in the far west, but there is some with Cayes on the south coast where virtually all metal sheet roofs were blown off, ...


Letter from Bishop Gesner Paul, Methodist Church of Haiti, Regarding Hurricane Matthew

Disaster Recovery Ministries Team

October 06, 2016

As you know, Haiti has just suffered a severe blow from the monster hurricane Matthew. While broadly speaking Port-au-Prince/Petion-Ville area has been spared, the big South comprised of Cayes, Jeremie, Dame-Marie, Miragoane including Petit-Goave areas have suffered a lot. It is still too early to assess the situation, but according to the news, Cayes and Jeremie have received the full blow of the wind. (click title to read more)