Office of Creative Ministries
3009 David Drive Columbia, MO 65202 573-474-7155 Fax 866-247-5755
Notice: The Joplin Volunteers in Mission team schedule is closed for the months of August and September. The city of Joplin has utilized an expedited debris removal process and most of that work has been completed. We will have limited work for volunteer teams until state case management can identify and approve rebuilding projects for our future Joplin Response. Please continue to be flexible with us as we work with the city of Joplin to meet their needs.
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On May 22, Joplin Missouri was hit by an EF-5 tornado with winds greater than 200 mph, measuring 3/4 of a mile wide, which stayed on the ground six miles. As a result, wide spread damage has affected thousands of people. All of our local clergy and their families are safe and accounted for. The local District office is still standing but sustained extensive damage. St. James UMC was destroyed and St. Paul's UMC also received extensive damage to much of the facility. Donations received here will be primarily used to help individuals effected but may also be used to help lift up the churches that have been destroyed. Please keep those affected by this tornado in your prayers.

From Missouri Bishop Robert Schnase:
“Our hearts and prayers go out to all those who grieve the loss of loved ones and who have suffered the destruction of homes and businesses following Sunday’s devastating tornado in Joplin. Several United Methodist churches have been directly affected. We pray for God’s comforting presence among those who feel completely overwhelmed. And we give God thanks for all those ready to help and serve and give and pray so that people can rebuild their lives. I invite United Methodists to respond prayerfully, courageously, and generously during these weeks to come. May God’s grace be known through our serving.”

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Joplin, MO Disaster Relief

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