The UMCOR Hotline
May 30, 2006
In Today's Hotline:
An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale shook the city of Yogyakarta and surrounding areas on the highly-populated Indonesian island of Java in the dawn hours of May 27. More than 5,000 people are reported to be dead with more than 200,000 people left homeless by the violent quake.
UMCOR Indonesia's offices are located on the neighboring island of Sumatra. UMCOR is in contact with ACT International, one of UMCOR's international partners already on the ground in Yogyakarta. UMCOR Indonesia staff is at the ready to provide any additional assistance ACT may need. UMCOR is working with another long-time partner, Church World Service, which is distributing supplies since the quake and is assessing further needs throughout the region. UMCOR is also sending needed financial support to assist with their efforts.
Even as Indonesia grapples with yet another disaster, this time on the island of Java, the slow road to recovery continues in tsunami-affected Sumatra. A story series and photo gallery highlighting the personal stories of people who survived the violent waves and are now courageously starting their lives anew begins this week. The four story series will run for the next two weeks with new stories posted each Tuesday and Thursday. The first story, "Rebuilding Communities, Rebuilding Lives" is now available.
The Atlantic storm season officially begins June 1 even as much of Gulf Coast continues to recover from last year's hurricanes. The national weather service predicts another active hurricane season. You can help prepare for the 2006 hurricane season by giving to UMCOR Advance #982500, Hurricanes 2006.
UMCOR works with United Methodists in Burundi to bring health and healing to some of the nation's most vulnerable people. The newly-reconstructed Kayero Health Center serves many people each day who were left without resources following a protracted war. Many of the patients are unable to pay for the center's services. The Kayero Health Center cares for anyone in need regardless of their ability to pay.
Kayero Health Center is still in need of repairs, medical equipment, and refurbished buildings reserved for staff housing. Please give to UMCOR Advance #982450, International Disaster Response to support this and many other efforts that help some of the world's most vulnerable people.
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. 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.
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