On Sunday, Oct. 20, a massive storm that blew through the Dallas area generated 10 confirmed tornadoes ... including one EF-3. The tornadoes touched down in densely populated areas with winds reaching 140 mph, knocking out power to 150,000 electric customers.
The areas around Christ's Foundry UM Mission and Walnut Hill UMC were among the hardest hit. Walnut Hill UMC’s building sustained damage, and the steeple was blown off.
Since then, first responders and emergency-management personnel have been assessing the damage. Dallas Fire-Rescue said 104 buildings were destroyed, 286 buildings have major damage and 344 have minor damage.
Oct. 31 update: Christ’s Foundry and the NTC are now in a holding pattern in terms of our response as we make the shift from “relief” to longer-term “recovery.” Many affected families are waiting for a final word from their insurance adjusters before they really know what they will need to get back on their feet. Most families that were completely displaced have not yet identified where they will resettle. In addition, a lot of work remains among partner organizations to sort out who will handle what as we turn to recovery efforts. Much is up in the air. So, until the dust settles, we will wait expectantly for how God can use us next.
What You Can Do To Help
- Donate funds to the NT Disaster Relief to meet the needs in the affected communities. Please type in "Dallas Tornado" in the memo box so funds are directed to the correct group. The donated fund will go toward buying gift cards for families to replace basic necessities. Funds can fill in the gaps between insurance and out-of-pocket expenses.
Purchase gift cards: Target, Walmart, Sam’s Club cards can help families in transition. Send or deliver gift cards (to the attention of Rev. Andy Lewis) to the North Texas Conference Ministry Center, 500 Maplelawn Dr., Plano, TX 75075.