The UMCOR Hotline
In Today's Hotline:
Ilunga Marie was not able to go to school in her village in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo because her parents could not pay her school fees. One day an UMCOR worker saw her outside her house during school hours and asked why she was not in school. Ilunga Marie explained that her parents could not afford to send her. UMCOR told her family about the girls education program that pays the school fees, provides uniforms and other school materials for girls in need in her community. Now, Ilunga Marie can goes to school. "The staff of UMCOR also visits our home to make sure that I stay in school," Ilunga Marie says. "They provide school materials and uniforms for me. It is a blessing."
You can bless girls like Ilunga Marie through the gift of education by supporting UMCOR programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo through UMCOR Advance #198400, Democratic Republic of Congo Emergency.
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 of the May earthquake near Yogyakarta on the Indonesian island of Java. They are providing relief to survivors in the form of housing, food, water and health services. Your gifts to UMCOR Advance #217400, Indonesia Emergency, support these efforts.
"This Medicine Box will serve many people who would not be able to get medicine otherwise," said a Medicine Box recipient in Angola. A Medicine Box contains 18 essential drugs and medical supplies--enough to treat illnesses and injuries in a population of 1,000 for three months. Medicine Boxes have proven to be of critical value from urban hospitals to rural and community health centers.
Justice for Our Neighbors is a life giving ministry for many people new to the US. This past year JFON was able to help a survivor of torture stay in the US. He had waited to apply for asylum in hopes of being able to return to his home country. However, when he realized that the political climate at home was not going to improve, it was already too late to apply for asylum. Returning home would have meant further torture and possible death for him, yet US law clearly stated that it was too late for him to begin asylum proceedings. He went to his local JFON clinic where he received the help he needed. The JFON attorney convinced the immigration judge that the man's delay was reasonable and his application for asylum was granted.
The UMCOR Hotline will not be published on Tuesday, July 4 due to the national holiday. Instead, look for the UMCOR Hotline on Wednesday, July 5.
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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