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Joplin Disaster Relief


On May 22, Joplin Missouri was hit by a massive tornado which tore a 6-mile wide path across southwestern Missouri. This tragedy has killed over 100 people and affected thousands more. It is believed that at least two churches were lost as well as the district office.

Ways to Help

1.) Contribute to the Joplin Disaster Relief Fund

Donations received will primarily go to help the congregations, people and families affected.

The Missouri Conference has established a fund to receive monies into the Disaster Response account #7465.  A special Sunday offering will be collected on May 29th, through local congregations.  Donations for relief may be made through the local church or checks marked #7465 may be made payable to the Missouri Annual Conference and mailed directly to the Treasurer’s Office  at 3601 Amron Court, Columbia, Missouri, 65202.

You may also donate now. Please click the PayPal button to give generously to those in need in the Joplin area.



2.) Contribute to the UMCOR Spring Storms

These funds help the communities affected by the Joplin tornado, the Alabama storms, and the flooding of the Mississippi.

3.) Learn about forming a Volunteers in Mission Team for later cleanup and recovery

Please do not self-deploy before coordinating with the Office of Creative Ministries. For a list of other response options including joining future VIM teams and providing materials resources please visit the Office of Creative Ministries at

4.) Volunteering in Joplin - Things you need to know

Click here for information on volunteering from our Joplin Response Volunteer Coordinator - Jamie Piper

 5.) Watch and Share Bishop Schnase's Appeal to our churches across America

Bishop Robert Schnase shares few words of encouragement and appeals to the churches in Missouri and across our country. Click here to watch his Joplin Relief fund appeal as well as his appeal for the UMCOR Spring Storms fund. You are encouraged to download and share these videos in your churches and congregations.

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