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Hannah Snow was supported by churches when local businesses were unable to help.
Checkbooks come out when student helps disaster survivors

GALAX, Va. – Hannah Snow had a plan. She wanted to help Holston Conference collect cleaning supplies for people experiencing disasters at home or afar. At a time when floods, tornadoes, and fires seem more common, a massive delivery of detergent, ...

Jim Fetzer (left) and Harry Howe load
Ready when disaster happens: Mission supplies needed now

Mission leaders are asking congregations to collect cleaning and hygiene supplies so Holston Conference can be prepared to help when disaster strikes again. Holston's stockpile of "cleaning kits" and "hygiene kits" were depleted when used to help ...

The Rev. Mark Hicks (right) talks with with the Rev. Bill Seagren during a United Methodist pastors' meeting in Prague in February 2020.
Missionaries depart Prague church due to pandemic

En espanol BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Two months ago, the Rev. Mark Hicks was immersed in his ministry as pastor of the English Speaking United Methodist Church in Prague. By May 4, he was on his way to the United States, with only two suitcases and the ...

Neighborhood volunteer Rob Metcalf helps clear tornado debris in front of East End United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.
Holston prepares to help Tennessee neighbors after tornado

ALCOA, Tenn. (March 4, 2020) -- Holston mission leaders are reaching out to United Methodists in central Tennessee to learn how they can help after this week's deadly tornadoes. Tennessee is under a state of emergency Wednesday after the deadliest ...

In Hansonville, Virginia, volunteers prepare to help neighbors with cleaning buckets supplied by Holston congregations.
Pastors in Southwest Virginia work to help flood survivors

Feb. 14, 2020 update: Disaster-response leaders in Holston's Clinch Mountain District met Feb. 10 to prepare for possibly calling in teams for flood clean-up after assessments are made. "We have distributed many, many cleaning buckets and hygiene ...

Becky Puckett and Lieutenant Steve Ebb receive Holston donations designated for the Gatlinburg Fire Department.
Last of wildfire donations delivered to Sevier Co. firefighters

ALCOA, Tenn. – In the season of Thanksgiving, Holston Conference expressed gratitude to firefighters and emergency medical technicians who saved lives three years ago during the deadly Great Smoky Mountain wildfires. The anniversary happened to fall...

Paul Bowman sits with a child he met at the Uganda-South Sudan Annual Conference in September.
Fundraising for South Sudan is personal for Holston's Paul Bowman

ALCOA, Tenn. --  In the last five years, Paul Bowman has visited East Africa five times. On the last two trips, he wondered if he would ever go back. And yet, in March 2020, Bowman is scheduled to lead a mission team to again visit the South ...

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Holston team ministers with 1,800 children in Zimbabwe

"Hands-on" kits sent by churches distributed to most needy   It’s the hundreds of little faces and their expressions that inspire Amy Carmon to return to Zimbabwe each August. “It’s a blessing to see these kids’ faces ... You see those expressions ...