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Iowa Annual Conference

The Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church is a connection of some 158,000 people who gather in 760 communities of faith across the state, and as people of "open hearts, open minds, and open doors" are committed to making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

  1. Lana Brandt, Deb Robinson and Judy Holliman - Hamburg, Iowa, Flood 2019

    Lana Brandt, Deb Robinson and Judy Holliman grew up together attending Hamburg United Methodist Church. They have been helping provide meals and checking in on others in the community during the flooding in March 2019. When they were teenagers, their pastor's wife was instrumental in teaching them to love their neighbor. "This is our community and our town and our home," Brandt said. "She taught us that we are our brother's keepers, and I think that's what we're doing without thinking about it."

  2. Gary Barrett - Hamburg, Iowa, Flood 2019

    Gary Barrett remembers several of the floods that have hit Hamburg. He's a member of the Hamburg United Methodist Church and knows that this is in God's hands. "I believe the good Lord's with us," he said. "If we don't have that hope and don't have that faith what's the use? I trust in the Lord and I think we'll get through it."

  3. Judy Crain - Hamburg, Iowa, Flood 2019

    Judy Crain is a Hamburg, Iowa, resident and has been a leader in the response to flooding in March 2019. Crain has worked with others to organize the donations that have been flowing in faster than the water. "We have been receiving pick-up loads from Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, all over - we're even getting Amazon packages in the mail," she said.

  4. Greg Warden - Hamburg, Iowa, Flood 2019

    Greg Warden is a member of the Hamburg United Methodist Church and speaks about his experience during the March 2019 flooding. Warden works in agriculture selling seed and chemicals to local farmers. "Probably going to be a lot of acres that won't get planted this spring, and that's a lot of our business," he said.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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