Carla & Jim Nahkunst - Hamburg, Iowa, Flood 2019
Carla and Jim Nahkunst are members at Hamburg United Methodist Church. They farm in the area and talk about their experience during the flooding in March 2019. "As of right now, about eighty percent of the ground we farm is underwater, but we're blessed because we live up on the bluff so our house, our buildings, our shop are high and dry," Jim said.
Dave Newlon - Hamburg, Iowa, Flood 2019
Dave Newlon, chairman of the Administrative Board at Hamburg United Methodist Church, shares about his experience during the flooding in March 2019. "Our mission to reach out is why we're here," he said. "I think that's what we're called to do." The church has been feeding flood victims and reaching out to those in need, even while several of their own members have been affected.
Virginia Lynn - Hamburg, Iowa, Flood 2019
Virginia Lynn, a member of Hamburg United Methodist Church, describes the March 2019 flooding that happened to her community. She was evacuated from her apartment in the early hours of the morning and lost most of her possessions. Virginia recently received a new Bible to replace one she always kept on her nightstand. "It's not going to be any different," she said. "The words are still the same. God provides and God will give me the strength to carry on."
UMCOR partners in Iowa Disaster Response
Response to flooding experienced in Iowa in March 2019 is discussed by Rev. Catie Newman, Iowa Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, Cathy Earl, UMCOR Director of Disaster Response & US Partner Relations, and Christy Smith, US Disaster Response consultant for UMCOR. They celebrated the "incredible response" and are "so grateful ...for the people who have been faithful" supporters for the disaster recovery. They also noted, "there are so many ways to volunteer and help...everybody is a resource person in this recovery."
Flood recovery in Hamburg, Iowa
Pastor Luke Fillmore, describes the March 2019 flooding in Hamburg, Iowa. His congregation and his community are making their way through by faith, with prayer, and simply being willing to be present with each other.
Introduction to the Appointive Cabinet Statement
On behalf of the Appointive Cabinet of the Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, Rev. Paul Smith, Dean of the Cabinet, said, "This letter is our faithful response to the Called Special General Conference and to you as we continue to lead the Iowa Annual Conference."