The UMCOR Hotline
July 18, 2006
In Today's Hotline:
As the bombing continues in both Lebanon and Israel, UMCOR partners in the area are determining the best way to bring relief in this rapidly changing situation. Travel in the region is difficult, preventing relief supply delivery and evacuation of the area.
UMCOR is also working to bring relief in Palestine where 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.
An earthquake off the coast of West Java, Indonesia, triggered a tsunami on July 17, 2006. The waves, ranging between 4 and 10 meters washed away homes, fishing boats, and other wooden structures along the beaches of Java's southern coast. More than 200 people were killed and nearly 300 are reported injured. UMCOR partners in the region are assessing the situation to determine the best response. The assessment teams are carrying water and food to give to survivors for immediate assistance.
Please give to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450, which allows UMCOR to immediately respond to this and other international disasters. To designate your gift specifically to this emergency, write "Java Tsunami" on your check.
Ms. Champagne's home, like many in Mississippi, was rendered uninhabitable by Hurricane Katrina. Then she lost her job. Caring for her mentally impaired son on top of the loss of her job and home presented formidable challenges to Ms. Champagne. She was having great difficulty making any progress toward repairing her house when she began working with UMCOR -trained case manager, Buddy Cox. Mr. Cox used his contacts with organizations working in the area to get her the help Ms. Champagne needed. He found volunteers and funds to repair her roof so she and her son can move back in and take the first steps to restoring normalcy. "This homeowner's life will never be just like it was before August 29, 2005," Mr. Cox told Mississippi Annual Conference staff, "but we have made a difference and given her hope in a time of great difficulty."
Burundi is a small nation with big problems. A 13-year civil war ended July 1, 2006 with the signing of a peace agreement and a new democratic government in place. As refugees return home, they face a nation deeply scared by war and famine.
UMCOR is well aware of the difficulties this often-overlooked nation faces. Through programs that address, health, food security and the unique needs of returning refugees, UMCOR is helping to heal this land. Learn more about Burundi and how you can support UMCOR's efforts through UMCOR Advance #982450, International Disaster Response, in UMCOR's newest bulletin insert, Burundi: Health, Sustenance, and a Place to Call Home.
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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