The UMCOR Hotline
September 05, 2006
In Today's Hotline
UMCOR workers have trained some 400 people in 22 venues on the techniques of case management in recent months. The trainings are part of the capacity-building facet of the church's long-term hurricane response. Case management is person-to-person long-term recovery. One of the case managers, working in Alabama-West Florida, wrote, "I've been blessed to have training and work experience enabling me to minister to the emotional and spiritual needs of clients—recognizing the needs that go beyond house repair…. Clients have found themselves inundated with many stresses beyond those of everyday living. Inconvenience, homelessness, loss of income, helplessness in providing for their families as they have done in the past—these are a few of the many anxieties that I have encountered. Providing a listening ear has been part of our ministry. In most situations being available, attentive, understanding and supportive has been helpful and greatly appreciated."
This past spring a special school took place in Nimba County, Liberia. It's the Farmer-to-Farmer Field School and it's a unique way that UMCOR helps farmers improve their health, crops, and livelihoods. Fifty-eight farmers, more than half women, met for 18 weeks, or an entire growing season, to learn how to grow crops more effectively using fewer chemicals than they would normally use. They experimented with different growing techniques by planting test plots and trying out different chemicals and organic methods. The farmers also used this time to network and share experiences. The test plots gave the farmers the opportunity to conduct their own field studies for the first time in their lives. They were excited about being "researchers" in spite of their low levels of education.
UMCOR sponsors field schools like this one in Ghana, Liberia, and Democratic Republic of Congo. Your gifts to Sustainable Agriculture and Development, UMCOR Advance #982188, help farmers improve their lives and health.
A guide for assembling the Medicine Box® is available now from the Service Center, and two new downloadable materials are ready for your use in church or to share with friends. The United Methodist Church has a historic commitment to medical missions. Today, UMCOR cooperates with Interchurch Medical Assistance to distribute essential medicines packaged in the Medicine Box. Your congregation can play a direct role in saving lives. This guide and colorful wall poster, free except for postage and handling, show you how. Order online from the e-store, or call toll free 800-305-9857.
Share a new Report to Donors, "Girls' Education: Hope for Recovery," now available for downloading. "Educating a woman is educating the whole nation" is a folk saying in Democratic Republic of Congo. UMCOR's work with 2,500 girls in Katanga Province recognizes the reality in the heart of Africa that educated women are the key to sustainable recovery because of their traditional role in the family. Girls in the program dream of being teachers, doctors, tailors. Gifts to UMCOR Advance #198400, Democratic Republic of Congo Emergency, support this vital ministry.
"Bright Spots," an e-newsletter for persons interested in hurricane recovery in Louisiana and Mississippi, debuted last week. Every two weeks, Bright Spots will feature stories of recovery and hope, quotes from volunteers and UMCOR workers, and visuals you can show during a mission minute at a church service. You can subscribe simply by sending us a blank email with the subject line "Subscribe Bright Spots."
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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