The UMCOR Hotline
July 05, 2006
In Today's Hotline:
Tens of thousands last week fled flooded regions in states along the Atlantic Seaboard. Heavy rains were expected to continue through last Thursday. Swollen rivers also inundated Houston, TX, where UMCOR sent an emergency grant to assist in initial clean up efforts. Conferences from New Jersey to New England received over 1,300 flood buckets, and other emergency grants went to New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, and New England. UMCOR's annual conference partners continued to assess the toll over the weekend. UMCOR expects to receive word this week on additional emergency grants. You can help with donations of clean up supplies and generous contributions to UMCOR Advance #901670, Domestic Disaster Response.
Heightened awareness of malaria's toll, spurred by news of a business celebrity's gift last week, may help United Methodist efforts to stem the disease. Seven countries in Africa recently received grants from UMCOR to spray insecticide indoors, distribute bed nets that shield the vulnerable from mosquitoes, and conduct community awareness programs about this preventable scourge. Cameroon, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone were the recipients. According to a New York Times report, 800,000 young African children die every year of malaria, more than of any other disease. You can help stem the toll through generous contributions to UMCOR Advance #982009, Malaria Control.
Sheila Sdu Mkhize lives in Maphumulo, where the long-term effects of apartheid are still obvious. She is a "wandering teacher" sent to communities like Zulu-speaking Maphumulo by Phakamisa to provide free pre-school education for destitute children. Phakamisa-which means "pick it up" or "lift it up"-has trained some 1,500 people, mostly women, to care for abandoned children like those in Ms. Mkhize's class. Phakamisa also fields some 297 teachers in its Educare Centers. Every day 15,000 children attend school in the centers. Please give generously to these efforts on behalf of children. Phakamisa is a nonprofit agency supported by gifts to UMCOR Advance #180683. Pinetown Methodist Church Mission Trust implements this ministry for UMCOR.
The trailer was full of mold, and there was a hole in the roof. It still felt like home to the cancer patient who had survived Hurricane Katrina. But it was endangering his well-being. Yet he did not want to leave this beloved spot on the river. His doctor told him the cancer is terminal, and the man has a trach installed to ease his breathing. Alda Fairconeture and Melissa Dedeaux learned about his situation and paid a visit. They are workers with the Mississippi Annual Conference, supported by UMCOR funds to assist people regain their self-sufficiency by connecting them with resources and direct assistance they need. Some 6,500 families are currently receiving long-term assistance in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama-West Florida, Florida, and Texas annual conferences. The pair arranged with county officials to remove his damaged trailer, and worked with FEMA to install a new, temporary trailer. They're seeking another trailer to replace the temporary one. They continue to visit him in the riverside location where he says he wants to spend his remaining days. Stories like this illustrate the compassion and care of long-term recovery. UMCOR is fielding a robust program with your donations to Advance #982523, Hurricanes 2005. You can also help us prepare for this year's hurricane season with your gifts to UMCOR Advance #982500, Hurricanes 2006.
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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