The UMCOR Hotline
June 13, 2006
In Today's Hotline:
Camp Noah is a VBS-style day camp for kids whose lives were changed by natural disasters. It was originally created by the Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota to help children who were displaced by severe Midwestern flooding in 1997 cope with their feelings after the disaster. Camp Noah is now used to help children all over the US.
UMCOR is providing seed money for 11 Camp Noahs that will take place in South Mississippi this summer. The camps will help children affected by Hurricane Katrina work through their feelings and fears. Your gifts to Hurricanes 2005, UMCOR Advance #982523, help children and adults experience complete recovery after last year's terrible storms.
The blockage of funds following the January elections in Palestine has resulted in a lack of basic necessities in this conflicted region. Those who suffer the most tend to be the area's poorest populations. UMCOR is helping to supply aid through ACT International partner organizations already at work in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Food, health care, and educational assistance are being provided. UMCOR is supporting this important work. You can help by giving to UMCOR Advance #601740, Middle East Emergency.
The Makueni District in southwest Kenya received only one millimeter of rainfall this past rainy season. Once again, the crops failed and the people are faced with another hungry season. UMCOR's partner, Church World Service is working to prevent another crop failure from too little rain by building a dam which will collect water that can be used by 50 families in the area to irrigate their crops and provide protection from future droughts. The people will plant again in October, this time with assurance that there will be enough water to grow food. By giving to All Africa Famine Relief, UMCOR Advance #101250, you are giving food and life to many in Kenya and throughout Africa who suffer the effects of drought and famine.
Last year 42 United Methodist churches helped resettle 63 refugee families. Time and time again these churches report how cosponsoring refugees enriches the faith of everyone involved. "You get way more out of it than what you put in" comments Pamela Greenwell of her experience at St. Paul's UMC, Louisville, KY. UMCOR works with the Church World Service Immigration and Refugee program to resettle refugees in the US.
Tuesday, June 20 is World Refugee Day. Please use the church bulletin insert, Passage to a New Life , and report to donors, Loving a Refugee Family as if It's Your Own , to share the good word about how United Methodists are making a difference in the lives of so many families. In honor of this day, please consider starting a cosponsorship ministry in your church or supporting this effort through giving to UMCOR Advance #901778, New Hope for Newcomers.
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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