Texas Wildfire Update
When the wildfires raged through Texas this summer, Methodists in the Texas Annual Conference responded with their wallets to contribute over $233,000 by year-end to help fund relief projects.
During 2011, initial grants of $2,500 were given to more than a half-dozen churches to use to meet needs ranging from equipment to clear land or refurbish fire departments to expenses related to replacing utility poles or helping families cover temporary living expenses.
“Now that the assessment phase is underway, the Texas Annual Conference is ready to provide additional grants of $5,000 or more, as needed, to those who submit their requests through pastors and district offices,” explains Rev. Diane McGehee, Director of the TAC Center for Missional Excellence. “We hope to review the submitted requests by early March so that we can begin sharing these donations with the areas that need to restore their communities and families to normal operation. Once we are able to assess and the extent of the need in our local conference and help meet that need, we want to also provide assistance to the Brazoria area which was also hit with widespread damage to residences and open areas.”
TAC encourages churches or individuals to submit funding requests by March 1 through their District Superintendent and to specify items and amounts for which funds will be expended.
Rev. McGehee also encourages those working in disaster relief and recovery efforts to share their stories of hope – lives are being touched and transformed through the generosity of our members and we want those who gave so generously to hear these stories!