• Louisiana Flooding

    photo credit: www.usatoday.com It’s impossible to watch the news without hearing stories about what is going on in Louisiana with the recent flooding. Some are calling it the 500 year flood. It has been said to be the worst natural disaster since Super Storm Sandy in 2012. With tens of thousands of homes damaged or destroyed this storm definitely put...

    Continue reading »

  • Serve Tulsa

    What is Serve Tulsa? Because we are not able to work in disasters every day of the year we are asked one question more than any other. The one question we are asked is what we do when we are not in a disaster helping? The answer to that question has always been difficult. Because it’s impossible to schedule around a disaster and never knowing how l...

    Continue reading »

  • Meet Jason Schneider

    Disaster Relief Coordinator, Abiding Word Church, Sterling, IL I did not grow up attending church; no one in my family did really. I attended church a few times a year with my wife when she would ask me to go with her. I enjoyed going with her and listening to the messages, it just wasn’t a part of my life. As time went on, I felt like I needed to go to c...

    Continue reading »

  • #GivingTuesday

    Make your money and voice count this year! Did you enjoy the deals on Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Don’t let the holiday spirit end there; participate in Giving Tuesday, too! Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 as a way to harness the potential of social media and generosity of people to create real change in the world. It is also a great way to reme...

    Continue reading »

  • RSUM is Headed to Honduras!

    And You Can Be a Part! Right Side Up Ministries will be going to Honduras in January 2015 to serve alongside Ascend International Ministries and the Goodwin family. The Goodwins have spent the last four years as missionaries in Gracias Lempira, a small town in the center of the mountainous region of western Honduras. This is one of the poorest areas in the...

    Continue reading »

  • A Call to Pray

    This week we sent out our monthly Prayer Team Email. This month we focused on praying for friends and colleagues who are working around the world in ever increasingly dangerous areas. Please take a moment and read how you can pray for these incredible people. Whether it is violence or illness, the world is becoming more and more dangerous, our only hope is...

    Continue reading »

  • The First National Day of Action

    April 30, 2014 was  our nations first National Day of Action. It is a part of  America’s PrepareAthon! which is a nationwide, community-based campaign to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through participation in hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises conducted at the national level every fall and spring. As a part of this...

    Continue reading »

  • Volunteer- Working With Others

    Over the last few weeks, we have talked about what you can do to be a great volunteer. We have talked about the importance of flexibility, giving to the need, and your rights as a volunteer. These topics cover some of the most important aspects of volunteering. If we could have the opportunity to sit down with every person who wanted to give of their time ...

    Continue reading »

  • Volunteer- Your Rights as a Volunteer

    In this blog post we will talk about how you have three “rights” while preparing to serve in a disaster. You have these “rights” to ensure your safety and well-being, as well as the safety and well-being of those around you. Here are your “rights”: the “right” heart, the “right” attitude, and the ...

    Continue reading »

  • Volunteer- Donate to the Need

    I don’t know about you, but I think one of the worst feelings in the world is unwrapping a present in front of someone and having to fake a smile. You know those gifts- ugly sweaters, random household items, or even family heirlooms that make you think, “What in the world were they thinking? What am I supposed to do with this?”. But you d...

    Continue reading »

  • Volunteer- What is Flexible?

    In my previous blog post we talked about why it is important to be flexible. Now let’s talk about what being flexible really means. As I mentioned before, many of us have different definitions of the word flexible. Because of this we have a different idea about what it means for us to be flexible. From this point forward I want us to be on the same ...

    Continue reading »

  • Volunteer- Being Flexible

    So what does the church need from you the most as a disaster volunteer? Two simple words- “Be Flexible!” On paper it sounds simple enough, yet in action it can be quite difficult. During almost every orientation that I have given I have made this statement, “Let one word describe you today, FLEXIBLE!” Time and again I have seen a ma...

    Continue reading »