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Associated Churches Active in Disaster

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About ACAD

In recent years, Associated Churches has begun offering ways for local Christians to reach out to those hurting in our world.
In May of 2010 we sent a team of over 20 people to minister to those in need of physical and mental care in Haiti after the devastating earthquake. 

Associated Churches is developing a disaster response and missions ministry. Our goal is to connect the faith community, its volunteers and resources in times of disaster.

In 2013 ACAD...

  • Responded to flooding of apartment complex.
  • Organized congregations to respond to community disasters.
  • Continued work towards disaster plan for faith community. 

Watch this video to learn more about ACAD:



When Disaster Strikes Elsewhere...How Can You Help?

When we hear of a disaster in the next town, across the country or on the other side of the world, the first thing want to do is help.
It might seem cliché, but the fact is the best thing you can do at first is deploy your dollars. During the recovery phase, opportunities to volunteer in person might arise. But response organizations need your financial support immediately. Where should you send it? Here are some suggestions:
  • Your own denomination. Most national Christian denominations have their own disaster ministries. Check your denomination's website or check with your pastor.
  • A member of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. NVOAD includes the American Red Cross and other national organizations that coordinate their responses with each other to avoid duplication of services and to assure they meet as many needs as possible. Find a list of members on the NVOAD website,
  • Use a charity report website. Search for a charity and review its accountability score on a reputable website such as
To learn more about how you can respond, you may find the "Guide to Disaster Ministry in Your Congregation" to be a helpful resource provided by Church World Service.
Download the "ACAD Field Manual."

If you have questions, or want to direct a member to this ministry, please contact Fr. Dan Layden by email or call him at 260-579-5555.

Areas of need are being explored that our group of churches might be best able to help in times of local or national disaster.
These may include:
  • food relief
  • infant supplies
  • debris removal
  • rebuilding efforts
  • organizing donations
  • spiritual counseling
  • worship opportunities