Dayton Tornado Relief Effort
On Monday, May 27, Memorial Day evening, there were 13 confirmed tornadoes in the Greater Dayton Area in SW Ohio. One of the hardest hit areas from the EF3 tornado was in Trotwood, a NW suburb of Dayton. There was one fatality, many people were injured and many homes were destroyed as a result of the many tornadoes that ravaged the Great Dayton Area. Governor Mike Dewine declared a state of emergency in 3 Ohio counties in Dayton on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.
We are grateful that two of our C&MA Churches in North Dayton were spared from the devastating winds. Unfortunately, the home of Sr. Pastor Darrico Murray, of the Faith Life Church, was severely damaged. The 130 mile hour winds ripped off the roof of his newly purchased home that caused major structural damage. The Murray family was out of state attending a nephew’s school graduation at the time the tornado destroyed their home. Rev. Murray’s neighborhood was hit hard by the tornado resulting in houses completely demolished and huge trees uprooted making the streets in the subdivision in passable. Pastor Darrico said, “My neighborhood looks like a war zone.”
C&MA’s Compassion & Mercy Associates, (CAMA) Services, The Ohio Valley District and Dayton Area Alliance Churches along with the Red Cross, Samaritan’s Purse and the Dayton Emergency Management Agency are all assisting in the Tornado Disaster Relief efforts.
Some ways that CAMA, Ohio Valley District & Dayton Alliance Churches are providing assistance:
- Fifty $50.00 Walmart gift cards were distributed by our two Alliance pastors to their neighbors whose homes were damaged by the tornado.
- The staff of Fairhaven Church is serving with Samaritan’s Purse to assist with the debris pick up in the devastated areas of the city.
- Alliance churches are assisting in providing food and water for people staying at area Red Cross shelters.
- Area Alliance churches are sending work teams to help with the disaster relief efforts.
- CAMA Services sent Phil Lohmeyer, CAMA’s Coordinator of Disaster Response Ministries, to assess the devastation and help area Alliance churches with a long-term strategic disaster relief plan.
- CAMA, Ohio Valley District, and Dayton area Alliance Churches are raising funds to help with the Dayton Tornado Relief efforts. Funds for this disaster relief effort can be sent to CAMA Services or the Ohio Valley District Office.
- As an Alliance family, please pray and give to the Dayton Tornado Relief efforts.
Videos of Pastor Darrico Murray
Video of Pastor Ron Ballard