Disaster Relief

Money and manpower is being gathered to help with the recent tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. Follow the links and/or read the releases below to find out how you can help. May the Lord comfort all who are suffering.

WELS Christian Aid and Relief

WELS Christian Aid and Relief is ready to respond to the devastating tornado wreckage in Moore, Okla., after Monday's storm.

Mr. Mark Vance, Christian Aid and Relief director of operations, has already been in contact with Rev. John Strackbein, pastor at Holy Cross in Oklahoma City. Early reports have confirmed that no members have lost their lives, but at least three families have completely lost their homes. Meanwhile, many others still are waiting to return to their homes after they evacuated to friends’ and families’ houses.

Vance plans to travel to Moore within the week to determine the best ways for Christian Aid and Relief to help. An initial $5,000 already is being wired to the congregation to help with initial needs, such as water and clothing.

Vance says, “What we’re going to do in Oklahoma is sit down with the congregation and the members who have been affected and see how we can help them in the recovery process—whether it’s financial, helping them rebuild their homes, clear debris, whatever it might be. Then, we’ll look at whether the church can do the same thing as a help to the community.”

Vance will also visit the Fort Worth, Texas, area where tornadoes struck earlier in May to meet with pastors there who are looking for guidance for ways to help their community.

To support WELS Christian Aid and Relief and help with needs in Oklahoma, you can give a gift online or send checks to WELS, Re: Christian Aid and Relief tornado disaster relief fund, 2929 N Mayfair Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53222-4398.

WELS Kingdom Workers

We need your help! Kingdom Workers stands ready to provide WELS Christian Aid and Relief  with volunteer help when it is determined that help is needed. Many are waiting to return to their homes after they evacuated to friends’ and families’ houses due to the recent disasters in Oklahoma and Texas. There are plenty of people in need of our help. Christian Aid and Relief Director of Operations Mark Vance is traveling to the affected areas to see how we can best help them in the recovery process. For now it is best to let the first responders do their jobs. Kingdom Workers is now looking for volunteers to serve as part of a disaster response team when one is needed, whether it be now or weeks from now, whether it be in Oklahoma or Texas or a disaster yet to take place. Let us know you’re interested by completing our online form at www.kingdomworkers.com/servemissions. Remember to check the Disaster Response box on the form. We look forward to hearing from you as we work together and share the gospel. Contact Kingdom Workers at KingdomWorkers.com, info@kingdomworkers.com, 414-771-6848.