The UMCOR Hotline
November 21, 2006
In Today's Hotline:
Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf continued her commitment to improving the health of the Liberian people by bringing much-needed improvements to Ganta United Methodist Hospital. In a visit to the hospital on Nov. 11, the president donated an air conditioner for the hospital's operating room and pledged the gift of a much-needed ambulance.
"The hospital has an excellent relationship with the government and the president," notes Victor Taryor, Ganta Hospital Administrator. "The president places health as number one national priority and as such, we continue to enjoy her confidence and support."
Triplets were born to a young, vulnerable family in Talin, Armenia. UMCOR was the first to offer a helping hand to the new family which gained a status of "large" at once. Having three boys now, they speak of themselves as the happiest family in the world, despite all difficulties and hardships. The UMCOR Armenia office provided them with six packs of layette kits, bedding packs and some baby items (small bottles, nipples, etc.) donated through UMCOR Sager Brown. It will ease their life for a while and give this growing family the feeling that someone else shares their burden.
Bees changed Victor Kpe's life. They helped his family, added to his community in Ghana, and now he's telling other farmers how bees can do the same for them. Each year he used the profits from selling honey, beeswax, and propolis, the glue bees collect from certain tree buds, to grow his business.
Mr. Kpe has trained some 400 farmers in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Democratic Republic of Congo through UMCOR's Sustainable Agriculture and Development program since 2003. He is among a group of trainers who teach appropriate sustainable agriculture techniques to farmers in Africa. You can add to this multiplication effort by giving to the Sustainable Agriculture and Development program, UMCOR Advance #982188.
Read more of this story and 11 others, available in the UMCOR 2007 Calendar. Be inspired all year long and order your calendar today at www.umcorcalendar.org
UMCOR's Christmas Wish List gives gift ideas for those looking to give to others this Christmas season. Gifts that serve others honor the birth of Jesus and show our concern for the whole family of God. Remember God's greatest gift by giving in Christ's name to help members of our extended family around the world. As always, 100 percent of donations will go to the designated program.
Gifts can be made in honor of someone as well as giving directly to the program. Those wishing to give a gift in honor of a loved one can receive a card from UMCOR to let that person know of the gift that was made in his or her name if the order is received by December 12. Call UMCOR to find out more about this program at 1-800-553-8583 or visit the UMCOR Christmas Wish List.
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.
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