UMCOR / News Room / Hotline News Update / Archives 2006 / 20060110

The UMCOR Hotline

January 10, 2006

In Today's Hotline:

redarrowUS: Immigration Reform
redarrowAzerbaijan: Keeping Health Primary
redarrowSudan: Seeds and Tools Program Yields Bumper Crop
redarrowUS: Souper Bowl of Caring

US: IMMIGRATION REFORM

An immigration reform bill (HR 4437) that passed in the House of Representatives last December and will reach the Senate floor later this month is of great concern to anyone involved with the rights and welfare of immigrants in the US. Section 202 of the bill would criminalize “any relative, employer, co-worker, co-congregant, or friend of an undocumented immigrant.” Under this provision, a church group that provides assistance to undocumented immigrants could be considered an “alien smuggler” and a criminal.

If passed, this bill would jeopardize the life and livelihood of an estimated 11 million undocumented persons in the US and increases detention and limits access to federal review for asylum seekers. You can let your congress person know how you feel about HR 4437 by calling his or her office and sending letters. For more information, visit this Church World Service website.

Support UMCOR’s ministry to immigrants in need of legal assistance by giving to UMCOR Advance #901285, Justice for Our Neighbors.

AZERBAIJAN: KEEPING HEALTH PRIMARY

Oksana, 9, and Alyena, 10, were found by police in the basement of an apartment building. Their mother was a heavy drinker and left them there with no one to care for them. Through UMCOR Azerbaijan’s primary health care programs these girls now have a new life. They receive supplements to combat the effects of malnutrition along with needed medical care. The girls were not able to stay together as one sister has disabilities and lives at a facility for children with needs like hers. The sisters are reunited every summer at a special children’s camp. UMCOR Azerbaijan’s primary health programs gives these girls and many like them critical support and caring.

Your gifts to UMCOR Advance #250135, Azerbaijan Emergency, help support programs that bring life and hope to people in Azerbaijan.

SUDAN: SEEDS AND TOOLS PROGRAM YIELDS BUMPER CROP

Good rainfall, new agriculture techniques such as planting several crops together in the same plot, and adequate food to eat during the growing season have yielded a bountiful harvest in the Al Daein region of South Darfur, Sudan. With a grant from Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church, Tipp City, Ohio, UMCOR distributed seeds to some 5,200 families displaced by the Sudan war and purchased tools from local blacksmiths to strengthen the economy in the region. Peanuts, millet, sorghum, watermelon and okra were among the crops harvested during November.

Further building the economy were the activities of threshing, provided by non-farm households; packaging seed for selling at local markets; and peanut seed storage in anticipation of the next growing season. UMCOR workers led training sessions in farming techniques, market prices and seed storage. This sustainable ministry continues with your generous donations. Please give to Sudan Emergency, UMCOR Advance #184385.

US: SOUPER BOWL OF CARING

As people prepare to host their Super Bowl parties, United Methodist youth and young adults are getting ready for another event on February 5—the Souper Bowl of Caring. It is a youth-led, grassroots movement that is now an international event. Participation helps young people put God's love into action. UMCOR urges local church youth and young adults to participate. Collect canned goods and donations to combat hunger in the US and around the world. United Methodist Churches are encouraged to give a portion of the collected offerings to a local charity and UMCOR’s World Hunger/Poverty Advance #982920. For ideas and more information visit www.souperbowl.org