The UMCOR Hotline
November 13, 2006
In Today's Hotline:
Life is slowly returning to normal for children at the Souane Elementary School in Lebanon. These young survivors are still recovering from the 34-day conflict with Israel that damaged their school, many of their homes, and their psyches. UMCOR is partnering with Action by Churches Together members to repair some 23 schools damaged in the conflict.
Member organizations are also giving assistance to nearly 3,000 families and 30 villages as well as providing psychosocial care for survivors. Help bring restoration to Lebanon and other areas of the Middle East that are suffering from the results of ongoing conflict by giving to Middle East Emergency, UMCOR Advance #601740.
UMCOR is partnering with Action by Churches Together members to help a village in an extremely arid area of Kenya to have sufficient water. The people in Noduat Village are traditionally nomadic pastoralists, but this way of life has become increasingly difficult as food and water become scarcer in Kenya. They have settled down in an area that typically has sufficient natural resources, however when the last rainy season was too short, they found themselves in great need.
UMCOR is helping partners there to build and maintain a water tank that can be filled by delivery trucks to help the 13,000 people in the area to supplement their water supply. You can support this and many other lifesaving programs by giving to All Africa Drought and Famine, UMCOR Advance #101250.
Several days of rain last May brought severe flooding to regions of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. Roads, bridges and residential areas were severely flooded and these communities are still struggling to recover. UMCOR is working with the New England Annual Conference to help people who lost homes and property in severe spring flooding. Giving to Domestic Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670, helps UMCOR to respond to disasters that occur within our borders.
The 2007 UMCOR Calendar makes a great gift. This year's calendar, Questions of Crisis: Answers of Hope, features three photos each month as well as a compelling story about how UMCOR programs answer people in crisis with words of hope. Buy your calendar today at www.umcorcalendar.org, or by calling 800-305-9857. Calendars are $8.50 plus shipping and handling.
Give a gift that changes the world. Use the UMCOR Christmas Wish List as guide for giving this Christmas season. The list gives some of UMCOR's priority projects and examples of how your gift can help another person, family, or entire community. Go to UMCOR's Christmas Wish List to learn more about this list and how you can promote it in your church and community.
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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