Larry Murphy, Adventist Community Services director for the Mountain View Conference released this update on the West Virginia flooding:
I want to thank anyone who has contacted myself or the conference office making yourselves available to aid our fellow West Virginians in this terrible time of crisis. Many families have lost homes and loved ones, and we need to keep them in our prayers.
Adventist Community Services is actively involved in the coordination of relief efforts. The need that we fill here in WV is warehouse management. All donated goods have to be organized, so that emergency managers know what they have available to help the people they serve.
At this time, it is too early for donations to be sent, or volunteer help to arrive. Search and rescue efforts are still going on and local leadership is asking everyone to wait for now. Certain trained organizations are on location, and help is being given, but everything is being coordinated through the state EOC office.
We will post updates and needs here as the information becomes available. If you have ACS training, or just want to help, please wait for a call for volunteers to be posted here on this Facebook page. Please keep not only the victims, but also the emergency workers in your prayers.
Thank you and God bless,
Larry Murphy, ACS Director
Mountain View Conference
Bob Mitchell, Potomac Conference Adventist Community Services and Disaster Relief coordinator released this statement today:
As you have probably seen on the news and weather reports, there is MAJOR flooding in West Virginia. Forty-four counties have been put under a disaster declaration. Our Columbia Union ACS DR Coordinator has been contracted by the Mountain View Conference to possibly provide trained ACS DR volunteers to serve in the process of collecting, warehousing, and distribution of emergency supplies.
Several counties in Western and Southwestern Virginia have also been flooded. Traffic on I-64 in western Virginia is being controlled by the state police.
Editorial by the 2016-2021 Executive Officers
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This month starts a new five-year term for your Columbia Union Conference leadership team and executive committee. We are humbled by your confidence and support, and thank you for the opportunity to continue to serve. This new 2016-2021 quinquennium provides an opportunity to dream, evaluate, refocus and create shared vision about where we go from here and how we can touch our diverse union with Christ’s life-transforming message of hope and wholeness.
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Your Best Pathway to Health, a free clinic that provides medical, dental, vision care and support services including radiology, laboratory and pharmacy services, plus preventive medicine, is coming to Beckley, W.Va. Volunteers are still needed.
A total of 300 volunteers are needed for the event, broken down in the following areas: