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Map of Middle East highlighting Lebanon and Israel.Global Ministries encourages people of faith throughout God's world to be in constant prayer for the Holy Land and for the implementation of serious and effective plans for peaceful resolution of the region's crises.

How to Help: UMCOR is contributing to humanitarian efforts in the Gaza Strip through multiple partner agencies already at work in the region. The complex issues surrounding the situation in Gaza are compounded by limited access to the region. You can support these efforts to bring medicine, food and other aid to the Gaza Strip by giving to the Middle East Emergency Fund #601740. Give securely online.

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UMCOR Helps a Gaza Family Find Refuge

Homeless Palestinians are pictured in the devastated district of Zeitun following Israel's three-week long offensive in Gaza Strip January 24UMCOR Helps a Gaza Family Find Refuge:

Hanadi (not her real name) has faced many challenges in her thirty-three years. Her husband died from cancer and she was raising their six children as a widow in Gaza.
UMCOR Responds to Gaza Relief Needs

Action by Churches Together staff unload and distribute nutritional biscuits and fortified milk in the Gaza Strip.UMCOR Responds to Gaza Relief Needs

by Linda Bloom, United Methodist News Service
1/27/09: With a tentative cease-fire holding between Israel and Hamas, humanitarian organizations are stepping up their assistance to Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.
United Methodists Look to Assist Civilians in Gaza

Palestinians in Gaza City congregate near the site of a medical clinic destroyed Jan. 10 by Israeli missiles.United Methodists Look to Assist Civilians in Gaza

by Linda Bloom
1/13/09: Those caught in the war zone have have no food, water, or electricity and they are afraid for their lives. Damage to medical facilities has become another major concern.
Mission Leaders Stress Humanitarian Needs in Call for Ceasefire in Gaza
January 7, 2009
The United Methodist Church supports international law and equal rights as the basis for just and lasting peace for both Israelis and Palestinians.
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Letter of Concern About the Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza
January 1, 2009
Harriett Jane Olson requested Secretary of State Rice and Senator Clinton to use their influence and power to bring about a cease-fire. Read more...
Mission Leader Is Concerned about Situation in Gaza Following Closing of Border to Food and Fuel Supplies
January 23, 2008
Bishop Felton E. May, interim general secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries, said the picture is extremely complex but that his main concern is for the welfare of the people in both Gaza and Israel. Israel's border action has been attributed to rockets fired into Israel by the Hamas faction now in control in Gaza, a sliver of land along the Mediterranean Sea. Read more ...
Online resources, materials availalable for purchase, and travel opportunities for those concerned with peace and justice in the Middle East.
Israel-Palestine: A 2007-2008 Mission Study
Any understanding of what is happening in Israel-Palestine today demands that we listen for the voices that tell the story of how the past has shaped the present and will continue to shape the future.
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New World Outlook: March/April 2007
This issue devoted to the Israel/Palestine Mission Study complements other materials available on this topic. 
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2007 News

Mission Agency Takes No Position on Financial Divestment in Israel
Global Ministries has taken no position on financial divestment in Israel. The international mission agency is not submitting a resolution to The United Methodist Church's highest legislative body supporting divestment in companies doing business in Israel as a protest to Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.
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United Methodist Women Calls for a Just Peace in the Middle East
National leaders of the close to 1 million-member United Methodist Women organization took to the streets to call for peace in Iraq, no U.S. war in Iran, and an end to Israeli occupation of the Palestine Friday, April 20. Directors and staff of the Women's Division of the United Methodist Church held a noontime prayer vigil outside the Marriott Hotel in Stamford, Conn., where they met for their semi-annual board meeting April 20-23.
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Women’s Division Calls for Steps to Middle East Peace

Directors of the Women's Division of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries called for comprehensive actions toward Middle East peace at their April 20-23 meeting in Stamford, CT.
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2006 News


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