The UMCOR Hotline
June 06, 2006
In Today's Hotline:
UMCOR partners in Yogakarta on the Indonesian island of Java are providing relief to earthquake survivors. A major earthquake rocked this highly populated area on May 27, killing more than 5,000 and leaving approximately 200,000 people homeless. Through ACT International, an international disaster response coalition, UMCOR is supporting the efforts of local organizations and Church World Service that are assisting more than 30,000 survivors. They are providing shelter, water, health services, psychosocial assistance, and advocacy. Your gifts to UMCOR Advance #217400, Indonesia Emergency, support these efforts.
UMCOR is providing relief to 800 families who lost their homes in the February mudslide that buried an entire village in Southern Leyte Province of the Philippines through local partners. The National Council of Churches in the Philippines is helping 800 displaced families who are still living in evacuation centers, awaiting resettlement. The families receive food, clothing, household items, as well as medical assistance through this effort. UMCOR continues to support their work to provide relief for these families as they await resettlement.
The first case of AIDS was diagnosed on June 5, 1981. Little did we know that this disease was about to claim millions of lives, wipe out entire communities, and affect life on every continent. United Methodists have been involved in AIDS ministry since the early days of this disease. This commitment continues. The United Methodist Global AIDS Fund supports education, prevention, care and treatment programs for people living with HIV/AIDS. The Fund, initiated in 2004, signifies a commitment on behalf of every United Methodist with a goal to raise one dollar for every member, or $8 million by 2008 to support AIDS prevention and care. Please do your part and give to UMCOR Advance #982345, Global AIDS Fund.
The Congregational Health Ministries Second National Conference will be held at the St. Columba Episcopal Conference Center in Memphis, TN, Oct. 8 - 11, 2006. The conference's theme, "Empowering Ministries of Health: Transform, Mobilize, Advocate," will be upheld through engaging speakers and breakout sessions to help Annual Conference implement health and healing ministries in local churches.
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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