The UMCOR Hotline
April 25, 2006
In Today's Hotline:
United States: Hurricane Hunter Cares for the Least and the Lost
Eastern Europe: Floods Displace Thousands
Eastern Africa: Drought Continues to Endanger Children and Families
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Robert Sharp is a hurricane hunter pilot who who loved "punching through" the eye wall of storms when he flew for an Air Force weather reconnaissance squadron. Now, he told Disaster News Network last week, he faces new challenges of storms on the ground. He's the east regional disaster relief coordinator for the Mississippi Annual Conference. His role, like that of colleagues across the region, is to set up a fair way to help people most in need. "I am a firm believer in case management," he said. "It takes the least and the lost that would have slipped through the cracks." Case management is a system of care that helps a family map out a recovery plan. Considered best practice in long-term recovery, this family-by-family problem solving is the centerpiece of UMCOR's robust response in the Gulf Coast, not only Mississippi, but also Louisiana, Alabama-West Florida, and Texas. "That case manager becomes an advocate for the family," says Robert Sharp. UMCOR thanks all who have given so generously to Advance # 982523, Hurricanes 2005, that is enabling the rebuilding of shattered lives after last year's devastating hurricane season.
Severe floods are washing out roads, sweeping away homes, and displacing people in Romania and Serbia. UMCOR is responding with a grant to Action by Churches Together, the international alliance of ecumenical humanitarian agencies. Emergency food, fresh drinking water, diesel fuel, and construction equipment are being deployed in the devastated regions where farming is the principal means of earning a living. Thousands of hectares of wheat and maize fields are under water. You can assist with your gifts to UMCOR Advance #982450, International Disaster Response.
Drought and its consequences continue to threaten the well-being of children and families in countries in the horn of Africa. Nearly 2.6 million people in Ethiopia alone need food aid now, and another 845,000 are highly vulnerable. UMCOR is responding with a grant to provide food, water, and other emergency measures. The agency is also participating in longer-term assistance, such as improved water supplies, animal fodder, and tools. Please pray for sisters and brothers who live in harsh conditions, and give to UMCOR Advance #101250, All Africa Drought and Famine.
We invite you to visit our new web site, where you'll find a fresh new look and organization of material. Also--new stories, new pictures, new ways to give, and new resources. One resource you can download and print is a bulletin insert called "Better Roads, Better Health, Better Lives"--all about how fairly traded products help small farmers earn a decent living and strengthen their communities. You might decide to join the nearly 1,200 other congregations in the United Methodist family that participate in UMCOR's Coffee Project, a delicious way to experience fairly traded coffee, tea and chocolate. Celebrate Fair Trade Day May 13 in your church. And help UMCOR combine immediate food crisis relief with long-term solutions by giving to UMCOR Advance #982920, World Hunger and Poverty.
UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit umcor.org. 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. 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.
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