Helping European flood survivors
Flood waters innundated the Christian Academy for Health and Social Care Professions that sits on the Saale River in Halle, Germany. Trainees became flood volunteers when classes were suspended.
KLAUS ULRICH RUOF
The United Methodist Committee on Relief has reached out to Bishop Rosemarie Wenner of the Germany Episcopal Area and Bishop Patrick Streiff, Southern and Central Europe Area, to offer assistance after flooding in Central Europe, especially in Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria, caused extensive damage in early June.
The Rev. Klaus Ulrich Ruof, the director for media and communication of The United Methodist Church in Germany, said the United Methodist hospital Martha-Maria in Halle and its Christian Academy for Health and Social Care Professions were affected but also provided assistance.
The academy, which sits on the Saale River, suspended classes. Trainees became flood helpers at Martha-Maria Hospital, which received patients evacuated from a nearby town and also took in a group of dementia patients. A nursing student assigned to supplement the care team for senior citizens described the situation as "going smoothly," Ruof said.
The hospital provided flood helpers with hundreds of packed lunches and food rations. After work, many of employees filled sandbags as other colleagues offered accommodation.
Flood waters from the Saale River came very close to the United Methodist Martha-Maria Hospital in Halle, Germany. The city is 20 miles west of Leipzig and 110 miles south of Berlin.
KLAUS ULRICH RUOF
Wenner was impressed by the cohesion and helpfulness of many people, Ruof said. The bishop expressed hope that people would get the support they need and said the East Germany Conference planned to receive a special offering at the end of its annual session.
UMCOR helping around the world
If assistance is requested for flood survivors in Europe, it will come from gifts to UMCOR's International Disaster Response, Advance #982450. Gifts may be made to the fund through local churches, at www.umcor.org or by calling 888-252-6174.