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The UMCOR Hotline

March 14, 2012

In Today's Hotline:

*NEWS: Tornado Recovery

*PRAYER REQUESTS: Tornado Survivors & Zimbabwe 

*MEDIA: One Great Hour of Sharing Video

*RESOURCE: Tornadoes 2012 Church Bulletin Insert


Whenever she stepped out of her house in West Liberty, KY, Lori Keeton could always count on a view of the West Liberty United Methodist Church, its steeple gracing the town's horizon against a backdrop of mountains. 

That view changed forever for Keeton and hundreds of others on March 2, when tornadoes destroyed not only the church, but also flattened houses and businesses in Kentucky and several other southern and Midwestern states. Read more.

The Rev. Tom Hazelwood, executive in charge of US Disaster Response for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), met with conference personnel, church communities, and survivors like Keeton in Kentucky and Indiana this week to express UMCOR’s solidarity and to view damages and needs firsthand.

UMCOR has provided immediate emergency support to six annual conferences as they assess needs and plan for next steps. For the time being, there is no need for outside volunteer teams in the disaster area, but there may be opportunities to assist in the future.

Your gifts to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670 will provide the best help to tornado survivors. When you give, please select “Tornadoes 2012” to designate your funds for this purpose. Online Giving 

As the spring storm season advances, your gifts of cleaning buckets also will be much appreciated by storm survivors. To learn more, click here.


Continue to lift up families across the United States who were affected by a rash of tornadoes at the end of February and beginning of March. While the affected towns have faded from the news headlines, survivors are still in the early days of recovery. 

Pray for people in Zimbabwe who struggle daily to put food on the table. UMCOR’s field office there is seeking this month to develop new agriculture and livelihood programs to help Zimbabweans meet food security needs.


One Great Hour of Sharing is this Sunday, March 18. Use the new UMCOR video to tell the story of why this offering is the backbone of UMCOR. It allows the organization to serve others on your behalf, as a tangible witness to God’s steadfast love for them


Use this new bulletin insert to increase awareness about what UMCOR is doing in response to the rash of tornadoes that brought destruction and loss of life to several states, including Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, and Ohio.

UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR’s ministries, please visit You can donate to any project by placing a contribution in the offering plate at a local United Methodist church; by sending a check to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068; or by calling 1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted. You can also give online by clicking on any of the “Give Now” links. UMCOR is exempt from tax under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States and qualifies for the maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors. And, please pray for those who are hungry, displaced, sick or in poverty because of these and other natural and human-made disasters, and for the workers who minister to them.

And, please pray for those who are hungry, displaced, sick or in poverty because of these and other natural and human-made disasters, and for the workers who minister to them.

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