Natural Disaster Support

June 12, 2019

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and mountains fall into the heart of the sea.” — Psalm 46:1-2

This spring, the flooding in Iowa and surrounding states has devastated many. Despite this, communities have unified, hope has remained strong, and trust in God has prevailed. The aid received so far has been vital and we are amazed at what God is doing through His people to clean up and restore the damage. However, there is still much more to do.

As churches, pastors, and individuals continue to work on the recovery of their churches and communities, we want to be here as a resource. The Iowa United Methodist Foundation is offering a ½ percent fee reduction on our church building and remodeling loan rate for churches impacted by natural disasters. We understand that some repairs cannot be put on hold so it is our hope that this will allow churches that are affected by flooding or tornadoes to get a loan to start making these much-needed repairs.

The Iowa United Methodist Church Building Fund Trust exists to provide loans to churches for the purpose of constructing new buildings, renovating or adding to existing facilities, making repairs, upgrading technology or appliances, purchasing land, or even buying a parsonage. Whatever work your church may need following the flooding, we want to help you overcome it. Learn more about the loan program.

We also have a grant available to communities to help with food assistance. If your neighborhood is in need of more food for the local pantry or requires support in repairing the community garden, the Carma Mohler Grant could benefit you. This grant goes to nonprofits that are addressing the issue of hunger through systematic interventions or programs providing immediate relief from hunger. Check out our website to view the grant criteria and learn more.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about these programs or other ways we can help your church. We continue to pray for all of the people and communities affected by the flooding and other natural disasters.