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The UMCOR Hotline

July 25, 2006

In Today's Hotline:

Red Arrow-giftMiddle East: More Funds Needed to Provide Relief

Red Arrow-giftSri Lanka: Homes for All

Red Arrow-giftAfrica: Preventing Hunger

Red Arrow-giftRelief Supplies: Help Sager Brown Stock up for the Storm Season


The Middle East Emergency fund allows UMCOR to respond to humanitarian needs throughout the region. UMCOR has years of experience in working with refugees in the Middle East and in assisting families and individuals affected by periodic wars there. UMCOR works with partners in Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank. In Israel, UMCOR works with United Methodist missionaries to identify clinics and other facilities serving those in greatest need.

"The humanitarian aid of The United Methodist Church knows no political or national boundaries," said the Rev Paul Dirdak, UMCOR director. "In recent weeks we have been concerned with families in Gaza affected by Israel bombing. Now we are also concerned about civilians in Lebanon and about civilians in Israel whose lives are being torn apart by the military action."

Cash gifts to UMCOR Advance #601740, Middle East Emergency, provide for humanitarian relief throughout the region to alleviate the suffering of tens of thousands of civilians affected by the violence of recent weeks. Online Giving


UMCOR is helping not only those who lost their homes in the tsunami, but also those affected by a decades-long civil war in Sri Lanka. "War affected people are often overlooked as they were not affected by the tsunami," said UMCOR Sri Lanka Head of Mission Guy Hovey. "Many have been waiting 15 years for help and this is intolerable. It is our duty to work with war-affected as well as tsunami-affected people."

On July 21 UMCOR handed over the keys to the first five houses completed in Karunkalicholai, Eastern Sri Lanka. These are the first of 113 houses that will go to people affected by the tsunami and the ongoing civil war in Sri Lanka.


In many places in Africa people regularly experience what is called the "hungry season." It's the months in between harvests when the food from the previous harvest has run out and this season's crops are not ready to eat. In normal years these periods when food is scarce is a hardship. And when rains fail or locusts strike the hungry season is extended and people already living on the brink of starvation fall into deep crisis.

UMCOR partners throughout Africa are working not only to alleviate the immediate hunger people have during famines, they are also working to shorten, if not eliminate, the hungry season by establishing irrigation programs and community grain banks.

Your gifts to UMCOR Advance #101250, All Africa Famine Relief, help thousands of people across Africa look to their future with hope. Online Giving


The United Methodist Relief Supply Depot, Sager Brown, is always in need of flood buckets, health kits and school kits. The depot stores these supplies and ships to people who need them. In some cases these are planned shipments, like the regular shipment of goods to UMCOR's work in Armenia. There are also demands on relief supplies for unplanned emergencies, like hurricanes and other natural disasters in the US and abroad.

Help ensure the depot has what it needs to respond in times of need by sending flood buckets, health kits and school kits. Visit the UMCOR Relief Supplies page to learn how. You can also send cash gifts to pay for the purchase of needed supplies by giving to UMCOR Advance #901440, Material Resource Ministry. Online Giving

UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit 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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