The UMCOR Hotline
August 22, 2006
In Today's Hotline:
When violence broke out in Sri Lanka in early August, UMCOR was already on the ground reconstructing homes and infrastructure following the tsunami. UMCOR personnel are first-hand witnesses to the violence that erupted in the area and set aside their development work to deliver aid to the tens of thousands of civilians fleeing the area to the town of Kantale, some 37 miles away.
Guy Hovey, head of mission for UMCOR Sri Lanka, reflected on this humanitarian crisis and what it's like to deliver aid in the midst of conflict. You can read more about his experiences in Notes from the Field.
Children in United Methodist Churches all over the US continue to find creative ways to contribute to a better world.
Children and youth at Sugar Loaf UMC in Sugar Loaf, NY, made 40 school kits and worked on their sewing and knitting skills to make layette kits, all donated to UMCOR Sager Brown, the United Methodist relief supply depot.
In Cushing, OK, the boys and girls in the First UMC vacation Bible school program held a contest to see who could collect the most pocket change. The girls won with 67 lbs of change and the boys at 53 lbs. The money collected by the girls went to assist UMCOR and that collected by the boys went to a local charity, for a total of $527.22-now, that's a lot of change!
UMCOR is supporting the work of Action by Churches Together members in Niger to ensure communities have a secure food supply during good years and bad. HEKS (Swiss International Aid) and Christian Aid are working with 50 villages to improve their agricultural resources, such as soil quality, food accessibility and irrigation.
Bright Spots is a biweekly newsletter that highlights the stories of persons affected by last year's hurricanes along the Gulf Coast. "These folks are heroes," said Paul Dirdak, UMCOR director, "Each of them has done their best to bravely face the nearly insurmountable challenges brought by this disaster. It is an honor to stand beside them as they work to create and implement their own recovery."
Bright Spots will be mailed every other Thursday to pastors and recovery ministry staffs in the Louisiana and Mississippi conferences. It will also be available by subscription and on the UMCOR website in the coming weeks.
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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