The UMCOR Hotline
October 03, 2006
In Today's Hotline:
Javier came to the US from Mexico when he was just three years old. His father became a permanent resident and filed petitions for the rest of the family many years ago. These petitions were delayed year after year. Meanwhile, Javier grew up like most American children. He does not remember anything about Mexico. He attended a community college and began working for a construction company. He never felt secure because he did not have legal status in the US.
By the time Javier came to the Justice for Our Neighbors clinic in Des Moines, he had been married and was the only one of his brothers and sisters who was not a citizen or permanent resident. JFON attorney Rose Mraz helped the couple prepare Javier’s application package for permanent residence. This final request was granted and Javier is now a legal resident. He is now able to live securely in the only country he has ever known.
UMCOR is joining with The United Methodist Church in Germany to refurbish two United Methodist schools in Sierra Leone. The schools, known for their quality education in their districts, were severely damaged from the war and years of abuse. By providing the materials needed and using local workers, the project was able to provide some income for skilled workers in the community as well. The students are back in their new and refurbished classrooms and are thankful for a clean and safe place to learn. Your gifts to International Disaster Response UMCOR Advance #982450 support important projects like these around the world.
UMCOR Afghanistan has already completed several successful programs that help refugees return to their homes in Afghanistan. The integrated returns programs help these families reconstruct their homes, reestablish livelihoods and rebuild community infrastructure like wells and sanitation systems.
Well over 2,000 families have been helped through these programs since 2002. UMCOR Afghanistan just commenced a new program that will provide similar assistance to another 517 families. You can help these families rebuild their lives by giving to UMCOR Advance #602225, Afghanistan Emergency.
UMCOR's 2007 calendar, Questions of Crisis: Answers of Hope, shows how hope can break through even the darkest of hours and provide people in crisis what they need to restore their lives. Each month you'll be greeted with a story of how UMCOR offers the power of hope to people in difficult situations.
You can order your calendar now, while supplies last. Call 800-305-9857 or go to www.umcorcalendar.org to order.
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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