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The UMCOR Hotline

February 28, 2006

In Today's Hotline:

redarrow Mississippi: “Gutting It Out” in Pass Christian
redarrowJFON: Hospitality and Hope
redarrowCaucasus: Getting Medicine in the Right Hands
redarrowUMCOR: One Great Hour of Sharing

MISSISSIPPI: “GUTTING IT OUT” IN PASS CHRISTIAN

A visitor can shed many tears in the disaster zone where hurricanes Katrina and Rita tore away life as people knew it--especially when seeing evidence of survivors’ perseverance, courage, and dignity.

Judy’s house, deluged when Hurricane Katrina caused a storm surge and overflowed water channels around her Pass Christian neighborhood on the Mississippi coastline, was gutted out and washed down with a bleach solution recently. Judy, an administrative assistant at the local high school, hopes to move back in soon.

The phrase “gut out” is slang for what one does to prevail through a difficult time. “Gut out” also refers to the activity of removing the wet sheetrock, flooring, ceilings, and insulation from a home following a storm. A lot of both kinds of “gutting out” are going on in Judy’s town while householders like her work on their recovery plans with help from the Mississippi Annual Conference storm recovery center.

UMCOR is supporting the conference to accompany Judy and other survivors until all their needs are met after the storm. You can assist with this crucial ministry through your contributions to UMCOR Advance #982523, Hurricanes 2005.

JFON: HOSPITALITY AND HOPE

Justice for Our Neighbors is a United Methodist ministry of hospitality. Through the JFON program United Methodist churches provide free, high-quality immigration services and a warm welcome to immigrants in our congregations and communities.

Over the last month a young man who fled harsh circumstances in his homeland to the US on his own was saved from deportation through the assistance of the JFON program. He is now in a stable home environment in the US and is preparing to go to college.

JFON changes lives. You can be a part of this important ministry by giving to UMCOR Advance #901285, Justice for Our Neighbors.

CAUCASUS: GETTING MEDICINE IN THE RIGHT HANDS

UMCOR field offices, located in the Caucasus area of Europe, specifically Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, distribute life-giving medicines through a network of clinics, institutions and other health care facilities.

This program provides important vitamins, over the counter, and prescription medicines, donated largely by U.S. pharmaceutical companies, for free to hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people, such as the elderly, orphans and refugees. You can support this program and others like it by giving to UMCOR Advance #982353, Global Peace Building and Reconciliation.

UMCOR: ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING

Devastating tsunamis, monster hurricanes, life-altering earthquakes . . . your hearts and hands are there in the wake of these disasters and in others through UMCOR. Continue to be there by celebrating One Great Hour of Sharing Sunday on March 26.

OGHS makes all of the other UMCOR programs possible because it funds the cost of doing business for UMCOR. Any gifts that are over and above UMCOR’s administrative costs go to where they are most needed. Often they support under-funded programs.

It’s not too late to order your OGHS envelopes, posters, refrigerator magnets and offering boxes. Call 1-888-346-3862 to order and visit UMCOR’s OGHS website for more information and additional worship resources.