Relief for U.S. Tornado Victims
May 31, 2011
[The following memo was sent to the ministry on May 26 by Victor Kubik, operation manager for Ministerial and Member Services.]
We are greatly concerned about all the destruction and loss of life from the current tornadoes. More than double the average of tornadoes this spring have brought severe damage and loss of life to many people living in Missouri, Alabama and Oklahoma over the past few weeks.
We are grateful to learn that no United Church of God members have suffered any physical losses or injuries from the EF-5 ranked tornado that hit Missouri this week, and are praying for the members in the related Church of God groups who did suffer the loss of their home or other damage.
Weather experts note that the unusually high number of tornadoes in the American Midwest has been caused by a very active jet stream, coupled with summer-like warmth, moisture and instability. These same experts expect these unusual weather conditions to continue into the month of June, so your continued prayers for protection and safety would be much appreciated.
Due to the many victims in the recent US natural disasters, including some members in the greater Churches of God, some have asked if they could donate to help victims. The United Church of God Good Works program will be providing help to those in need. If you wish to contribute to this cause, you may do so. Just write “Good Works, US Fund” in the memo section of your check or in a letter, and we will restrict it to that use.
We thank God that very few UCG members have so far been affected, but do wish to reach out to help others. The fund will be for all the recent tornado and flood victims and will be ongoing for future disasters.